How to Cut Butternut Squash

Wondering how to cut butternut squash? Here’s a step by step guide and video that shows you how to peel and cut up butternut squash.

Video: How to cut butternut squash

Are you wondering how to cut butternut squash but not sure the best way? We’ll be honest: cutting butternut squash is not the most fun thing in the world! But Alex and I have a method that ends up in perfectly diced butternut squash. We use this method all the time, like when we make our butternut squash lentil soup or our easy butternut squash soup. Here’s our step by step guide for how to cut butternut squash, including a video of me cutting butternut squash in our kitchen.

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How to cut butternut squash step by step

Step 1

How to Cut Butternut Squash | Cut off the top

Using a large chef’s knife, cut off the top of the butternut squash.

Step 2

How to Cut Butternut Squash | Cut off the neck

Cut off the neck of the butternut squash, right where the neck meets the base.

Step 3

How to Cut Butternut Squash | Peel off the skin

Use a vegetable peeler to peel off the skin of the neck and the base.

Step 4

How to Cut Butternut Squash | Slice the base in half
How to Cut Butternut Squash | Scoop out the seeds with a spoon

Slice the base in half, and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.

Step 5

How to Cut Butternut Squash | Cut a flat edge on the neck

Cut a flat edge on the side of the neck, to use as a base.

Step 6

How to Cut Butternut Squash | Cut into slices

Cut the neck into roughly 1/4″ slices.

Step 7

How to Cut Butternut Squash | Cut into strips
How to Cut Butternut Squash | Then turn the other way and chop

Cut the slices into strips, then turn the strips and chop them crosswise to create cubes.

Step 8

How to Cut Butternut Squash | Slice the base into strips
How to Cut Butternut Squash | Chop

Slice off the end of the base and slice it into roughly 1/4″ slices. Then chop the slices crosswise to create cubes.

And there you have it: how to cut butternut squash!

Let us know if you try our method for how to cut butternut squash and tell us how it goes in the comments below.

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Looking for butternut squash recipes?

Now that you know how to cut butternut squash, here are some of our favorite butternut squash recipes for you to try:

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How to Cut Butternut Squash

How to Cut Butternut Squash


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: About 4 to 5 cups 1x

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Wondering how to cut butternut squash? Here’s a step by step guide and video that shows you how to peel and cut up butternut squash.


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Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash

Instructions

  1. Using a large chef’s knife, cut off the top of the butternut squash.
  2. Cut off the neck of the butternut squash, right where the neck meets the base.
  3. Use a vegetable peeler to peel off the skin of the neck and the base.
  4. Slice the base in half, and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.
  5. Cut a flat edge on the side of the neck, to use as a base.
  6. Cut the neck into roughly 1/4″ slices.
  7. Cut the slices into strips, then turn the strips and chop them crosswise to create cubes.
  8. Slice off the end of the base and slice it into roughly 1/4″ slices. Then chop the slices crosswise to create cubes.
  • Category: Knife Skills
  • Method: Cutting
  • Cuisine: N/A

Keywords: How to cut butternut squash, Cutting butternut squash, How to cut up butternut squash, How to peel butternut squash

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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