How to Cut a Butternut Squash

How to Cut a Butternut Squash

Ready to learn how to cut a butternut squash?

Butternut squash is super versatile and can be used in so many different ways. You can buy it pre-cut in the store but it will be more fresh and it’s more economical to just do it yourself. And, it’s easy!

Below are step by step photos and instructions to help guide you:

Butternut Squash
Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is almost as popular as pumpkin during the Fall and Winter. It takes about 3 minutes to prep it and you are ready to go!

There are so many fun recipes you can make once you have it peeled and cut. Use this method to prepare the squash for everything from soups to simple roasting. Adding to salads is an easy way to turn a simple side salad into a meal.

One of our favorite recipes for sliced squash is Roasted Butternut Squash with Pomegranate

butternut squash with feta and pom seeds

How to cut a butternut squash:

  • This guide will make sure you safely cut the squash. Here are steps:
  • 1 and 2: Because the shape is odd, cut the stems off on both ends to begin
  • 3 – Cut in two equal pieces and lay the squash flat on each end to safely cut and peel
  • 4 and 5- Once the squash is peeled (step 4) you will slice it in half again (see step 5)
  • 6 – Scoop out the seeds and discard them
  • 7 – Lay the squash quarter flat side down and cut into slices
  • 8 – Cut the slices into cubes, if desired

Step by step photo guide to prepping butternut squash:

Equipment needed:

  • Large cutting board
  • large, heavy sharp knife
  • A good peeler. I prefer a swivel peeler, but a good Y peeler works equally well.

Does butternut squash have to be peeled before roasting?

The skin on butternut squash is very tough so it should be peeled before you can eat the squash. There are some who like to eat the skin once it is roasted but most prefer the squash peeled.

Can you prep and peel the squash ahead of time?

Yes! You can peel, prep and cut the squash up to 3 days in advance. Once prepped just store in a airtight bag or container in the refrigerator.

One of the most popular ways to use cubed squash is in Butternut Squash Soup. Ours is garnished with pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries and makes the perfect starter, light lunch or dinner.

bowl of butter nut squash soup with garnishes
sliced squash on a tray
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How to Cut a Butternut Squash

A step to step guide on how to cut a Butternut Squash, including photos. It only takes 3 minutes to cut or slice for recipes and roasting
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: How to, Side Dish, vegetables
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 56kcal


  • 1 butternut squash


  • Cut stem off butternut squash on both ends
  • Cut in half & peel entire butternut squash
  • Cut butternut squash in half again
  • Remove seeds by scooping them out with a spoon. Discard seeds
  • Lay the squash quarters flat side down and cut into slicesĀ 
  • If desired, then cut into cubes


Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 440mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 13288IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg

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