Using a knife to cut the peel off of butternut squash

How to Cut Butternut Squash

A visual, step-by-step tutorial on how to cut butternut squash! Plus, several ways to put your squash to use once it's chopped.

Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 6 (cups cubed)
Category: Side Dish
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 4-5 Days


  • 1 large butternut squash


  1. The best way to cut butternut squash is to start with a large, very sharp knife and a sturdy cutting board. To begin, cut off the top stem and bottom end of your squash and discard. 

  2. Then cut the squash in half where the small, cylinder shape and round, bulb-shape meet.  

  3. Use a sharp knife (or a sturdy vegetable peeler) to carefully remove the skin. Alternatively, the skin can stay on because it's edible when roasted! But if adding to a soup (or recipe where it won't be roasted), remove and discard. 

  4. Remove any seeds with a spoon or ice cream scoop. The seeds can be cleaned, washed, dried, and roasted if desired (similar to this tutorial).

  5. Cut the squash into small cubes and it's ready for use in recipes like this Curried Butternut Squash Soup, Saucy Butternut Squash Portobello Tacos, or Butternut Squash Hummus!

  6. You can use your squash right away, cover and store leftovers in the refrigerator up to 4-5 days, or freeze it in a well-sealed container up to 1 month.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 cup cubed without salt or oil.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 6 (Cups))