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Friday, June 7, 2024

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash In The Pressure Cooker

 Looking for a quick and easy way to cook spaghetti squash? Using a pressure cooker is the easiest way to cook any hard squash like spaghetti squash. 

Spaghetti squash is a delicious low-carb substitute for pasta and many people like to serve it with tomato sauce. Cooking this hard winter squash has never been easier when you use a pressure cooker. You simply place the whole squash and 2 cups of water into the Instant Pot. The best part is you don't need to cut into the hard squash before cooking.

So grab your pressure cooker and save your fingers from being injured. In no time at all, you will have perfectly cooked spaghetti squash, that will be ready to use in all of your favorite low-carb recipes.

Spaghetti squash is a healthy alternative to pasta

 Using spaghetti squash as a pasta replacement is one of the best low-carb diet secrets. When cooked correctly and cut correctly, the spaghetti squash strands really give you the feel of eating a plate of pasta with sauce. 

I like to eat my spaghetti squash with a Thai Peanut Sauce. This delicious peanut butter sauce is so easy to make. Get the recipe here.

 Why cooking spaghetti squash in a pressure cooker is better than an oven

Most people dislike cooking spaghetti squash as it requires one to cut the squash in half before cooking. Most winter squashes, like spaghetti squash, are hard vegetables. Cutting the squash in half requires a sharp knife and lots of skill. Squash is typically round and it moves around, so fingers tend to get injured. The squash skin is so tough, that one needs a saw to cut it in half. 

Other reasons why cooking squash in the oven is a bad idea.

~ Then there is the slimy uncooked squash! It can be quite messy to remove all the squash seeds. 

~ Don't get me started on the long cooking time of baking spaghetti squash in the oven and how it heats up the house.

Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Squash Is

~ Low Carb

~ Keto-Friendly

~ Tastes Like Pasta 

~ Healthy

~ Plant-Based

~ Gluten-Free

~ Loaded with Fiber

FAQ About Cooking Spaghetti Squash in The Pressure Cooker

~ Do I have to poke holes in the squash?

Nope! All you have to do is wash the squash and peel off any stickers. No need to cut the squash in half either. Just place the whole squash in the pressure cooker.

~ I have an Instant Pot or a Ninja Foodi, is this the same as a pressure cooker?

A pressure cooker is the same as an Instant Pot or a Ninja Foodi, so these will work for the recipe.

~ What size squash works best?

As long as it fits in the pot and you can close the lid, any size will work. I have cooked 2 small squashes at the same time in my pressure cooker. 

~ How many cups of spaghetti squash will I get?

A medium squash usually yields 2-4 cups of cooked spaghetti squash.

~ How long do I set the timer for?

Cook the squash for ten minutes.

~ Natural release or quick release for the pressure?

After the cooking time has ended, let the pressure naturally release.

~ Can I cut the squash in half and remove the seeds before cooking?

You can but why go through that trouble. The spaghetti squash cooks perfectly when left whole and the seeds are so easy to remove after it cooks.

~ Is Spaghetti Squash Keto?

Yes. 1 cup of spaghetti squash is about 10 grams of carbs and contains 1.5 grams of fiber.

~ Do I need to use a wire rack?

A wire rack is preferred but it will cook fine without it. You may just have more liquid to drain once you slice open the squash. I like to place the squash strands in a strainer after I scoop it from the skin.

Recommended Recipes for Spaghetti Squash

Gluten Free Green Onion Pancakes With Thai Peanut Spaghetti Squash

Thai Peanut Sauce

Gluten-Free Green Onion Pancakes

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Kathy said...

I love spaghetti squash. I think it is really good. I've never had it in the pressure cooker, but now I want to try it.

Lavanda Michelle said...

Cooking spaghetti squash in the pressure cooker sounds like a game-changer. No more struggling with sharp knives and oven heat, just perfect squash ready in no time

Marysa said...

I recently made baked spaghetti squash and enjoyed it. It was really the first time I had cooked with this kind of squash. Looking forward to trying your recipe!

Unknown said...

Squash is one of my favorites, but I haven't tried this dish before. Thanks for the recipe! -LYNNDEE

Mimicutelips said...

I've never had squash before but I like the idea of using it as a substitute for pasta. I've been eating cleaner to get my body in better shape.

Marie Gizelle said...

We love squash at home but haven't tried these recipes with it yet. Thanks for sharing, looks yum and easy!

Christy G said...

I tried making spaghetti squash one time. I cooked in the oven with a glaze of olive oil. I wanted to love it but I wasn’t impressed. I’d rather have zucchini.

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