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Boiled Butternut Squash

Boiled Butternut Squash

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Boiled butternut squash is the fastest way to cook it! It comes out sweet and tender, ideal for eating as a side or using in recipes.


  • 2-pound butternut squash (medium)
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Other flavor adders: Parmesan cheese, finely chopped sage or thyme, butter, maple syrup, chopped pecans, etc


  1. Peel and cut the butternut squash into small cubes about 1/2-inch thick. (Go to How to Cut Butternut Squash for a video! A serrated vegetable peeler works best.)
  2. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add the squash and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes until fork tender (test a piece to see if it is done).
  3. Drain, then place in a medium bowl. Mix with the olive oil, kosher salt, garlic powder and fresh ground black pepper. Add additional seasonings as desired.
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

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