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How to Cut Butternut Squash (and peel it, too!)

Super easy step-by-step instructions about how to cut butternut squash EASILY. Then you'll have gobs of delicious squash flesh on your hands to cook with!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how do i cut butternut squash
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 20.5kcal


  • 1 medium butternut squash


  • Place the squash on its side on top of a cutting board and cut top and bottom ends off. Discard.
  • Use a potato or vegetable peeler to remove the skin away from the squash, all the way around.
  • Stand it on its end and cut the squash down the center lengthwise.
  • Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds toward the fat part of the squash. Discard.
  • Turn the peeled butternut squash halves over so the flat sides are on the cutting board.
  • Slice each half lengthwise into 1-inch strips, then crosswise into 1-inch strips. Lay slices flat and cut another set of lengthwise cuts to create cubes.
  • The squash is now ready to roast or to use in your favorite recipe!


  • Grab your sharpest chef’s knife to cut into the squash. If you do not have a long, sharp knife, microwave the squash for 1-2 minutes to soften the skin. Stab the squash with a fork a few times first, if you go this route.


Calories: 20.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.38g | Protein: 0.46g | Fat: 0.04g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 2.05mg | Fiber: 1.64g | Sugar: 1.01g