Steamed Butternut Squash


Butternut squash steams quickly, making this a great cooking technique to enjoy this fall vegetable as a weeknight side dish. For extra flavor, toss the steamed butternut squash with salt, pepper and a little bit of olive oil, butter or Parmesan cheese after cooking.

Steamed Butternut Squash
Active Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
10 servings

How to Cook a Butternut Squash Quickly

One of the fastest and easiest ways to cook butternut squash is to steam it. Halve the squash, remove the peel and seeds and cut the flesh into uniform cubes and you're ready to steam. To make the process go even faster, look for prepackaged butternut squash cubes in the produce section where other prepared vegetables are sold. (Have a little more time on your hands? Try Roasted Butternut Squash.)

Do I Have to Peel Butternut Squash before Cooking?

While the peel is technically edible, it is tough and is better to remove before cooking. If you want to skip the peeling, opt for a winter squash with a more delicate skin such as delicata or honeynut squash.

How to Use Steamed Butternut Squash

Steamed butternut squash can be dressed up simply with a little salt and pepper, oil or butter and tossed with Parmesan cheese, chopped nuts or fresh chopped herbs. If you don't like cubes, you can mash steamed butternut with a pinch of salt and pepper and a teaspoon or two of butter or olive oil with a fork. From there you can enjoy it as is, or add the mashed butternut to soup or risotto for a fall spin.

Can I Cook Steamed Butternut Squash Ahead?

Because it is delicate, butternut squash is best enjoyed right after its cooked, but that doesn't mean you can't get a head start! You can prepare and chop the squash and store it in the refrigerator, covered, up to 3 days before cooking. If you've bought the packaged variety, cook it within a day or so of the sell-by date on the package.

Additional reporting by Hilary Meyer


  • 1 (20 ounce) package cubed peeled butternut squash


  1. Bring 1 inch of water to boil in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket.

  2. Add squash. Cover and steam until very tender, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

26 Calories
0g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 26
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 1g 1%
Total Fat 0g 0%
Vitamin A 6027IU 121%
Vitamin C 12mg 13%
Folate 15mcg 4%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Magnesium 19mg 5%
Potassium 200mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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