How To Boil Spaghetti Squash

A spaghetti squash can actually be boiled parted or whole. The procedure is similar for both ways, but the result is much better when the spaghetti squash is parted before boiling. The cooking time is also somewhat shorter when the spaghetti squash is parted before boiling.


  • Part the spaghetti squash lengthwise.
  • Remove the seeds.
  • Bring salted water to a boil in a saucepan.
  • Place the spaghetti squash in the saucepan with its skin side up.
  • Bring to a boil once again.
  • Bring down the heat to avoid overflow.
  • Boil 10-15 minutes.
  • You can check the spaghetti squash with a fork, if hard, let boil for a bit more.
  • Use a spoon or a fork to get the spaghetti strands out of the finished squash.


If you intend to use the spaghetti squash as a dessert and not a part of your dinner, don’t add salt to the water when boiling. The finished spaghetti squash can be used as an accessory to a meal or as a replacement for pasta, rice or potatoes. When boiled like this, spaghetti squash contains close to zero fat.

If you want to boil the spaghetti squash whole, the cooking time would be about 25-30 minutes, but it’s hard to actually check if it’s finished.

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