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Microwave Acorn Squash (Super fast and easy)

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  • Author: Emily Roselyn
  • Prep Time: 5mins
  • Cook Time: 10mins
  • Total Time: 15mins
  • Yield: 2 1x


In little time at all, this simple Microwave Acorn Squash cooking method produces deliciously tender acorn squash! Fill with your favorite fillings, such as the comfort food classic butter and brown sugar, for a super fast veggie side that everyone will like!


  • 1 acorn squash
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 tablespoon butter (1 tablespoon portion each)
  • 2 tablespoon light brown sugar (packed – 1 tablespoon portion each)


  1. Cut the acorn squash in half and remove the seeds with a coring tool. Leave as much meat in each half of the acorn squash as feasible. After coring, give it a good rinse.
  2. In a microwave-safe basin or dish, place the acorn squash halves facing down with 2 tablespoons of water. Heat for 5 minutes on high.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon each of light brown sugar and butter to the warm acorn squash halves in individual bowls. In the microwave, heat for another 5 minutes on high. Check for tenderness with a fork after heating, and if necessary, heat in 1-minute increments until the squash reaches your preferred level of tenderness.
  4. Remove from the microwave and set aside for 5 minutes to cool before serving.


  • Keep your garden acorn squash in a cool, dry, and dark place for up to a month, if not two months, before cooking or cutting. However, because we don’t know how old the squash is, it’s preferable to utilize store-bought acorn squash within two weeks of purchase.
  • Wrap the thoroughly cooled acorn squash in plastic cling film once it has been cooked. Wrap the squash in plastic wrap and store it in an airtight container.
  • The cooked acorn squash can keep for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. Cooked squash should be discarded if it is not wrapped within the first 1–2 hours of cooking. *At room temperature, bacteria develop swiftly!
  • Acorn squash should be boiled before freezing, therefore now is a great time to freeze your acorn squash in the microwave! Cut the cooked acorn squash into bits and place them in an airtight freezer container or a freezer storage bag made of heavy-duty plastic.
  • Cooked acorn squash can be frozen and kept fresh for up to a year. Acorn squash that has been properly frozen and kept at 0°F (-18°C) can survive much longer.
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: microwave
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 2
  • Calories: 232kcal
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Sodium: 110mg
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 34g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 30mg

Keywords: Microwave Acorn Squash