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5 from 6 votes

Microwave Spaghetti Squash

Microwave spaghetti squash is a quick, simple, and fuss-free way to cook this low carb pasta alternative at home! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Cooling Time10 mins
Total Time24 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten-free, low carb, microwave, nomnompaleo, paleo, Primal, Vegan, Vegetarian, Whole30
Servings: 2
Calories: 100kcal
Author: Michelle Tam



  • Use a sharp paring knife to cut the spaghetti squash in half crosswise.
  • With a large spoon, scrape out the seeds in the center of the squash. You can discard the seeds or roast them like pumpkin seeds.
  • Put half of the spaghetti squash in a microwave-safe glass container and add two tablespoons of water. Place a lid on the container making sure to leave a small vent. A microwave-safe silicone lid works well if your glass container doesn’t come with a lid.
  • The amount of time it takes to cook in microwave can vary depending on the wattage, but the total cook time is about 8 to 12 minutes for the strands to easily come away from the side when scraped with a fork.
    For a 1200 watt microwave, it takes about 9 minutes for the spaghetti squash to be a little toothsome and al dente. Start checking at 7 minutes and continue cooking at 1 minute or 30 second intervals until it is the desired consistency. Also, if you’re cooking the spaghetti squash for future meals, you can err on the al dente side because you’ll continue cooking it later.
  • Cool for 5 minutes and scrape the noodles out with a fork. Repeat the same steps to cook the other half of the squash.
  • Season the spaghetti squash with salt and pepper to taste.



  • If you have a large spaghetti squash, cut the squash cross-wise into 3-inch rings and proceed with the instructions!
  • The best microwave bowls to use is the Anyday Large Deep Dish. Save 10% with code NOMNOMPALEO.
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Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g