Your ultimate guide to easily cooking spaghetti squash in a toaster oven. Enjoy a healthy veggie-filled bowl of buttery roasted spaghetti squash today.
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Why Roast A Spaghetti Squash?
Browned caramelized tasty bits of flavor. You want all of that deliciousness and can easily achieve it by roasting your squash with the flesh exposed.
Now, you’d also like to keep all of your fingers so slicing open a roll-everywhere-get-your-knife-stuck raw spaghetti squash seems like a dangerous gamble.
But it doesn’t have to be.
After years of terrifyingly trying to slice open raw spaghetti squashes, we discovered a simpler and safer way.
Pre-Cooking Your Spaghetti Squash
Pre-cooking will soften your hard raw spaghetti squash. Then you can easily slide a knife through it and expose the flesh for seasoning and roasting.
This can be done in your toaster oven as part of the regular cooking process or using your microwave oven.
The Fast Option: Start With Your Microwave
This method works great if your squash is too large or tall to place whole (unsliced) in your toaster oven. It will also reduce the final toaster oven cooking time to around 25 minutes if you need to get your squash cooked faster.
- Stab your whole squash a few times all over (like you’re making a baked potato).
- Place on a microwave-safe plate and microwave for 5 to 8 minutes on high until a knife easily slides into it.
- Preheat your toaster oven to 425 F
- Proceed to Step 4 in the directions below
How to cook Spaghetti Squash in a Toaster Oven (Step By Step)
Step 1. Move your toaster oven’s baking rack to the lowest shelf position and preheat to 425 F. (Like sweet potatoes, you can cook your squash at a much lower heat like 350F and it will taste fine. Just remember the lower the temperature the longer it will take.)
If you hate scrubbing pans, take a moment and cover your baking sheet or roasting pan with foil for easy clean up.
Step 2. Wash and dry the outside of the spaghetti squash. Carefully stab the squash with a sharp knife at least twice on each side (similar to a baked potato, the steam needs a way to escape as it cooks).
Step 3. Place the whole squash onto your prepared pan and cook in the toaster oven until a sharp knife slides in with little resistance (about 30 minutes)
Carefully remove the squash and let cool for 10 minutes (make sure to leave the toaster oven on during this time).
Step 4. Slowly slice open the squash lengthwise. Place a clean kitchen towel over the squash and lift the top half off (watch out for escaping steam) then place it back on the pan next to the bottom half.
Step 6. Scoop out only the seeds and “squash guts” using an ice cream scoop or spoon. (If you are meeting a lot of resistance a quick snip with kitchen shears will do the trick.)
Step 7. Drizzle each side with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper (if using).
Step 8. Turn both sides face down and return to the oven to roast for another 20-25 minutes (cooking time will depend on how large your squash is).
Step 9. The squash will be ready when a fork slides into the back of the squash without any resistance.
Step 10. Remove squash from oven, flip over and allow to cool for a few minutes before scraping the flesh into spaghetti-like strands.
Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
Enjoy your squash plain, mixed with your favorite pasta sauce or take things up a level with Veggie Pizza Spaghetti Squash Boats.
Special Equipment Used
Ice Cream Scoop: Nothing does a better job at grabbing the seeds and guts in any squash than an ice cream scoop. For the best experience, use a scoop that has a trigger likes this one with a no-slip-grip from OXO.
Selecting A Squash For Your Toaster Oven
When it comes to cooking spaghetti squash in your toaster oven knowing how large of a squash will fit is half the battle.
So how to know what size to buy?
Measure your pan and then pick a limb!
Our old toaster oven’s roasting pan was 10 x 10. My forearm (from wrist to elbow) is about 8.5 inches so I always knew if I purchased anything longer than my arm I was taking a chance.
What about width?
Since you’ll be cutting the squash and placing the halves side by side you’ll need to pick a squash that’s not too wide.
Make an “L” with your forefinger and thumb and measure the distance from tip to tip. My span is about 5 inches. So I needed to select squashes I could wrap my hands all the way around if I wanted them to fit our 10-inch pan.
A Silly Way To Remember?
Yep, but it’s the pits discovering a spaghetti squash you lugged home from the store is too big to be cooked in your toaster oven.
Plus you’ll only need to get “handsy” with a few squashes.
The more you cook with your toaster oven, the easier it will become to just eyeball what will or won’t fit and discover your favorite way to cook spaghetti squash in a toaster oven!
Nutritional Information is an estimate for 1/2 of a plain roasted spaghetti squash.