How Long to Cook an Acorn Squash


I’ve always been intimidated by acorn squash, but this week my friend showed me how easy it is to cut one open and cook it. Now I know how long to cook an acorn squash so that it’s soft enough to eat with a fork!

Put an acorn squash on the stove to cook.

To cook an acorn squash, put it in a pot with water and let it simmer until you can pierce it with a fork. Or, if you prefer to use the microwave, cook the squash for several minutes depending on its size. How long does it take to cook an acorn squash?

The answer depends on how big your vegetable is and whether or not you want to eat all of it at once (which means cutting into pieces). If you’re looking for something quick and easy that doesn’t require any prep work before cooking, try microwaving some slices of fresh-cut fruit like apples or bananas–they’ll come out tender without needing any additional steps beyond slicing into discs!

I’ve just learned how to cut an acorn squash, so now I know how long to cook it.


If you’re new to cooking acorn squash, I’ve got some tips for you. You can cut the squash in half and cook it with the skin on or off. It’s really up to your preference!

If you want to keep the skin on, just cut it down one side of the middle seam and then slice off both ends so they’re flat. Then use a sharp knife to cut through each half vertically (like an apple) until they separate into two pieces–one big piece will end up being about 2 inches thick; another smaller piece will be about 1 inch thick.

Then just brush them with oil or butter before baking at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes per pound (for example: if your whole acorn squash weighs 4 pounds total, then cook it for 80 minutes). If desired, season with salt before putting into oven because salt helps draw out moisture from food which makes things crispy/crunchy when baked; this also helps keep them from getting soggy since there won’t be any liquid inside after roasting!

You can put a whole or halved acorn squash in water and cook it until soft enough to eat with a fork.

You can put a whole or halved acorn squash in water and cook it until soft enough to eat with a fork.

Acorn squash is one of the best kinds of winter squash, in my opinion. It’s very versatile–you can use it as a side dish, slice it up and roast it with other vegetables, or even make puree out of them (like I did here).

The only problem with this type of vegetable is that sometimes it’s difficult to get through its hard outer layer without breaking your teeth! If you’ve ever had trouble cutting into one before cooking it up for dinner tonight then here’s some good news: You don’t actually have to cut into the whole thing at all!

Cook an acorn squash in the microwave for several minutes depending on its size.

To cook an acorn squash in the microwave, place it on a plate and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for three to five minutes, depending on the size of your squash. Check to see if it’s soft by poking it with a fork; if not, microwave for another minute or two until tender.

How long does it take to cook an acorn squash?

  • 20 minutes: the squash will still be firm and crunchy. It might be a little dry, but it’s good if you want to eat it as an appetizer or use it in a soup or stew.
  • 30 minutes: this is where the squash starts to soften up a bit, but not too much–you’ll still be able to slice through it with ease. Again, this is great for using as an appetizer or adding to soups and stews (especially those that take longer than an hour).
  • 60 minutes: now we’re talking about something completely different! You can cut into this acorn squash with no problem at all; it’ll have lost its crunchiness but retained its shape well enough so that you can serve slices from it at your Thanksgiving dinner table without worrying about them falling apart on their way across the room (or worse yet–onto someone else!). This would also work well sliced and roasted alongside other vegetables like carrots and onions if you’re planning on making something like ratatouille.* 90 minutes: now things are getting serious! You’ve left those poor little guys alone long enough! If they were human beings instead of vegetables…well…I’m sure we’d all agree that they deserve better treatment than being stuck inside some oven for two hours straight without food or water!!

Add water and let your acorn squash boil for about 20 minutes at medium heat.

Once you’ve added water to the pot and placed your acorn squash in it, put the lid on top and turn up the heat to medium. Let it boil for about 20 minutes, then remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes before removing from pot.


With these tips, you’ll be able to cook your acorn squash in no time at all! You can boil it or microwave it, and both methods will give you a delicious meal that’s perfect for winter.

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