I will make this short and sweet, because you didn’t come here to read a long story about how learning to cut up butternut squash has improved my life.
Learning to prepare butternut squash is quite simple. It takes a bit of time for me because I loath peeling. However, it really shouldn’t take long for those who enjoy it more than I do.
The Butternut Squash is technically a fruit in Botanical terms, so they have seeds inside of them. I have not cooked the seeds myself, but I have heard they are quite tasty if you roast them. Again, I have not tried this myself, so if you roast them and you don’t like them…it isn’t my fault.
Alright, so you have your squash, now what do you do? Well, you want to peel, cut, and remove the seeds and the pulp inside. squash for cutting and peeling.
Prepare butternut squash for cutting and peeling
First, cut off the top and bottom of the squash.
Now, I find it best to cut the long neck off from the round belly of the squash. It makes it easier to peel. Unless you are planning on roasting the entire body of the squash, then cut lengthwise down the squash, and skip the peeling step. I prefer to peel, cut, and the cook the squash.
Take a potato peeler and begin peeling the skin off the squash. You want to keep peeling until you see the nice bright orange of the squash, and all the green stripes are gone. These can be bitter and will not help the flavor of your food.
Cleaning the inside of the squash
Once your squash is peeled, remove all the seeds and pulp. The Butternut Squash is very similar to pumpkin, as they are in the same botanical genus, basically they are cousins. So, you can de-seed them and peel them like you would a pumpkin! Because the seed cavity on the Butternut Squash is so small you can use a spoon to clean it out.
Cutting your butternut squash
Now you can cut your squash! I try to keep my cuts small, so I cut my squash into small ¼ inch cubes, or you could do ½ inch cubes, depending on what you are trying to do.
Now you are ready to cook and season your butternut squash!
Try pan roasting your squash with other fall veggies for a healthy side to your evening meal.
Check out this delicious Butternut Squash Ravioli & Brown Butter Sauce recipe!