Learning How to Cook Butternut Squash the easy way makes life so simple. 

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Butternut Squash is popping up at my grocery store and I’m sure it is in your area as well. I love making recipes using this fall favorite, but have to be honest – sometimes I didn’t use it because it is so gosh darn hard to cut.

Then, I had a revelation and I haven’t looked back.

Want to know how to cook butternut squash easily? How to get into it without the risk of cutting yourself or worrying with poking holes in it for the microwave?

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Well, today is your lucky day!

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Use your slow cooker.

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Yep, you probably guessed that would be my suggestion after I sang its praises with my slow cooker baked potatoes the other day, but seriously, it makes cooking butternut squash easy peasy.

Here’s how to cook butternut squash in your slow cooker:

How to Cook Butternut Squash

5 from 3 votes
Learning How to Cook Butternut Squash the easy way makes life so simple. Get these easy tips for cooking butternut squash.
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 1 minute
Servings: 3 cups


  • 1 2 pound butternut squash


  • Wrap butternut squash with aluminum foil or parchment paper and place inside the slow cooker insert. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
  • Remove from slow cooker and allow to cool for about 15 minutes before trying to handle.
  • Unwrap butternut squash, slice it in half with a knife, and then scoop out the seeds and membrane from the inside of the butternut squash and discard.
  • Scoop out the soft butternut squash flesh with a large spoon and place into an airtight container for later use.
  • Keep refrigerated up to one week in an airtight container.


Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 582mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Robyn xo

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  1. We cooked a spaghetti squash in the crockpot last week. Punctured 6 times and cooked on high for 4 hours. No foil and just a tiny bit of water. It was perfect! Doing butternut today without the foil

  2. 5 stars
    I ALWAYS cook it in the slow cooker now- safer than slicing the squash, so easy, can leave it unattended, etc. I have never used foil, just 1 T water. I have done this with butternut, delicata, acorn. I do have a large crockpot, a smaller one might be trickier with huge squash. Will be trying it with a big butternut tomorrow but assume it will work just as well. Just let it cool 15 minutes before cutting and removing seeds and flesh.

  3. These are one of those things I avoid because I had no clue how to fix them. Seriously….this simple! Pinning it!!