Nov 29, 2019 (Last updated Jun 26, 2020) by Hannah Sunderani
For those asking, and we all have at one point or another, here is how to cut a butternut squash!
Certainly, cutting butternut squash can be a doozy. Especially when you have skinny wrists like me. Nothing is more intimidating than holding a huge butcher knife whilst an uncontrollable squash is rolling about your counter top.
But, I’m here to show you my method for cutting butternut squash that takes all the complication out of it. Surely you don’t need to pump iron to be strong enough to master cutting the butternut squash.
Here are my tips, with step-by-step photos, and video tutorial on cutting and cubing a butternut squash. Which you can then use to roast in the oven, or toss into soups and curries.
I’ve got a feeling that you’ll be enjoying a lot more butternut squash this season.
A few simple tips and tricks will make cutting your butternut squash a breeze. And it starts with the type of knife you use.
I urge you to use a big chef knife to cut your squash. It might look intimidating, but for cutting big veg like squash it will be your confidant. In fact, although a chef knife might seem big and scary, you will have a lot more control when cutting. Then, you can switch to a smaller pairing knife to peel the skins and cube if you prefer.
In fact, some people use a vegetable peeler to cut away the skin, but I’ve never had any luck with it. I find a knife much easier.
Now, here is how I cut my butternut squash. It’s my fail proof way that gives me full control over the cutting, and doesn’t put any strain on my wrists or back. Follow along with the corresponding photos to each step listed below.
1. Cut off the ends of the squash
2. Cut the centre to separate the neck from the bottom
3. This how it looks when you cut in half
4. Slice away the skin from the neck of the butternut squash and discard
5. This is shows how the neck of the squash looks when peeled
6. Now, slice the neck like bread
7. Next, cut those slices into bite-sized cubes
8. Now we will work on the bottom half of the squash. Peel the away the skin of the bottom half of the squash
9. Then, scoop out the seeds and discard
10. Slice bottom half of squash
11. Then, cut into bit-sized cubes
12. And you did it!
And, if you need more guidance. Here’s my video that shows the exact step-by-step for how to cut a butternut squash.
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So there we have it. A super simple method for cutting and cubing a butternut squash that won’t strain your wrists or back. Hallelujah! I hope you find this method as helpful as I do. Happy slicing!