How to Spiralize a Butternut Squash

How to Spiralize a Butternut Squash

How to Spiralize a Butternut Squash

The title of this post says it all… today, I’m going to show you, step-by-step, how to spiralize a butternut squash. Many of you asked me for a tutorial after Monday’s and Tuesday’s post, and I’m happy you did!

To start off, let’s make sure we are spiralizing the right shape of butternut squash. As I mentioned on Monday, choose a butternut squash that is as evenly cylindrical as possible. Big bulbous bottoms are not favorable here. Ha, I chuckled to myself writing that sentence. Tehe. The bottoms of the squashes (where they get wider) are where the seeds are and that part cannot be spiralized. The picture at the top of this post is the ideal size for spiralizing.

Once you’ve got your squash, cut the bulbous end off.

How to Spiralize a Butternut Squash

Next, cut off the opposite end of the part of the squash you will be using.

How to Spiralize a Butternut Squash

Now, peel the squash, trying to get rid of all the green parts so that the tough outer skin is completely removed. I’m not going to sugar coat this part, it’s obnoxious. It takes a little bit of time (about 5 minutes) and you may have to peel multiple layers off before the orange inside skin pops through.

How to Spiralize a Butternut Squash

This vegetable is now about 6 inches long. You’re going to want to cut it in half to about 3 inches to make it easier to spiralize, like you would with any vegetable. The pen is for perspective, obviously.

How to Spiralize a Butternut Squash

Time to spiralize! Load one of the halves into the spiralizer. Press the teeth of the handle into the squash so that it is secure. When you spiralize, use the bottom handle for leverage and push while you crank the other handle.

There you have it, the tutorial is done. You’re ready to prepare your butternut squash noodles! That 3″ piece of the squash yields this many noodles (about enough to serve 2):

Lastly, keep in mind that butternut squash noodles are firmer than zucchini noodles. They take longer to cook in a skillet (about 5-7 minutes to soften).

UPDATE: Another way to cook the noodles is to roast them at 400 degrees for 5 minutes before putting them in with a sauce. The sweetness comes out more!

Other than that, you’re ready to go!

Do you have any other question about spiralizing a butternut squash? Was this tutorial helpful?

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93 comments

Ashley Brooke says:
Absolutely love my spiralizer and your site! Spiralized some butternut squash today and your tutorial was so helpful! I made a casserole with chicken, peppers, onions, pesto, and cheese. So easy and amazing (although the squash was definitely the most difficult thing I've spiralized so far.). The spiralizer has been my health-kick's best friend. 15 lbs down since Christmas!
paula de wit says:
Dear Ali, Only a few days ago I bought a spiraliser at my accustomed biological supermarket in Overveen, near Haarlem, the Netherlands. Together with some courgettes (or zucchini as you maybe call them). And today I took the opportunity to cook courgetti with a danish blue sauce. We were completely overwhelmed with the absolutely nice bite and, not less important, the nice and rich taste! My partner has just been diagnosed with diabetes type 2 and by eating a lot of (spiralised) vegetables among other things, we hope to reverse the process. So, a heartfelt thanks to you for taking the time and providing the energy for all of us to prepare scrumptious meals that keep us satisfied for a much longer stretch of time than the usual pastas!! Paula de Wit, Haarlem
Ann says:
I will have to make the spiralized noodles the day before. It was hard for me to turn the machine and work to clean up. I tire easily and am not strong. Otherwise, the dinner turned out great!
Diana says:
What brand of spirals we are you using? I just got one but it didn't work for butternut squash.
KO says:
I decided to try this today. I bought a small (3 lb.) butternut squash and it wasn't too hard to cut as described-the tip I saw about making sure the squash is held securely on the counter or cutting board helped. I used my titan peeler and it worked well, although the peeling takes a few minutes. Now I'm ready for some squash noodles (and I'll steam the bulbous part and roast the seeds!)
Just what I needed, I was always trying to figure out how to do this!.
joanne says:
When i try to make butternut squash noodles, it starts spinning and the center seems to get mushy. My squashes are fresh and not soft. Any suggestions
Meaghan says:
Hi Joanne, we recommend giving it another shot with a different squash. Those centers can sometimes be a bit too soft. If the issue continues, reach out to me - meaghan@inspiralized.com - and I can troubleshoot with you some more!!
Nancy says:
I have a veggie bullet. Can I use this instead.?
Meaghan says:
We do not use the veggie bullet, so we can not say. We recommend checking the manual to see what veggies you can spiralize with it.
Ally says:
Is there an electric version that will spiralize any type of squash (not just butternut) that you can recommend please? And something that I can easily buy in the UK would be even better. Thanks
Diane says:
If you have a KitchenAid there’s a KitchenAid spiralizer attachment that’s lovely!
James Anderson says:
Just did this on a Kitchen Aid w/ spiral cutter attachment. So guess what my wife is having for supper? With home made spaghetti sauce of course and a great garden salad.
Susan says:
I had a hard time using the spitalizer on a butternut squash, the first time, until I read some comments above. I found all this info really useful. Thanks everybody. I succeeded in spiralizing my squash and now I know what to do. By the way, I found it very easy to peel with my Tupperware peeler. It is excellent to peel everything, and I’ve had it a very Lon time.
Susan says:
I just was successful with my first attempt at spiralizing a butternut squash, thanks to all the comments and tips. I was having difficulty until I read some of the comments. I also want to point out that it was very easy to peel with my Tupperware peeler. I can peel anything with that peeler and I’ve had it for years.
Rehan says:
Thank you so much for individual information. I just bought myself a spiralizer.I have LOVED making some of your noodle peeler recipies :) But when I tried a butternut squash and I easily made noodle peeler into few minutes for this way. I tell to other users to visit this site.
Caroline says:
Hi! Thank you for the tutorial! I used it and loved it. I am wondering why we can't use the seeded part? Thank you!
Meaghan says:
The noodles will not be consistent and long. Soft veggies don't typically spiralize well or at all.
Anonymous says:
what is to become of the bulbus end of the butternut squash once the squash is ready for the spiralizer?
Meaghan says:
You can dice it up and use it in another recipe or just roast it.

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