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7-Minute "Quick Steamed" Butternut Squash
Whole Butternut Squash (or Kabocha or Hubbard) takes about one hour to cook, but I discovered that by cutting it into 1-inch cubes and using the "Quick Steaming" method, it will cook in just 7 minutes and has the best flavor.
7-Minute Prep and Cook Time: 7 minutes

  • 2 cups Butternut Squash, cubed
  • 3 TBS extra virgin olive oil (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp lemon
  • sea salt and pepper to taste


  1. Fill the bottom of the steamer with 2 inches of water.
  2. While steam is building up cut squash into 1" cubes.
  3. Steam, covered with a tight fitting lid, for 7 minutes.Butternut Squash is done when it is tender (a fork caneasily pierce it), yet still firm enough to hold its shape.
  4. Transfer to a bowl. For more flavor, toss Butternut Squash with the oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper while it is still hot. Research shows that fat-soluble vitamins and carotenoids found in foods, such as Winter Squash, may be better absorbed when consumed with fat-containing foods like extra virgin olive oil.
Serves 2

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