How to Peel and Cut Butternut Squash

Follow these steps to peel and cut this squash with confidence.

a butternut squash cut in half

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Peel and Cut with Confidence

Shaped like a bowling pin―long, cylindrical, and bulbous at the base―this winter vegetable is a cold-weather staple. Its bright orange flesh has a slightly sweet nuttiness that's similar to a sweet potato, and a texture that is even silkier. But to reach it, you must first remove the squash's thick, shiny skin. Cooking Light Test Kitchens Professional Mary Drennen finds that a sturdy serrated peeler works better than a paring knife. Follow her steps to peel and cut this squash with confidence.

Cutting a butternut squash

Randy Mayor

Step One

For stability, use a sharp kitchen knife to cut one inch from the top and bottom of the squash, and discard.

Peeling a butternut squash

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Step Two

Using a serrated peeler, peel away the thick skin until you reach the deeper orange flesh of the squash.

Scooping the seeds from a butternut squash

Step Three

With a spoon or melon baller, scoop away the seeds and membranes; discard. Then cut according to your recipe directions.

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