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Cooking tips

To bake

Simply wash the squash and place, whole on a baking dish.

  • Bake at 150-170°C for 50 to 60 mins.
  • To shorten baking time, cut the NZ Buttercup Squash in half with a very sharp knife.
  • If you wrap the NZ Buttercup Squash in aluminium foil, shiny side inside, the skin, which is edible and highly nutritious, will remain soft enough to enjoy along with the delicious flesh.

To steam

Cut the NZ Buttercup Squash into cubes and place in a steamer with sufficient water.

Turn heat to high and steam for 7 to 10 minutes.

To microwave


Take a whole NZ Buttercup Squash and simply cut a hole through the skin into the core.

Place in a microwave-proof dish, cover with plastic wrap to seal heat in and microwave on high until the skin is tender. (Squash is easiest to cut after microwaving this way)


Cut Squash into required pieces, cover and microwave on high until tender.

To peel

Japanese and Southeast Asian cooks prefer to leave the skin on the NZ Buttercup Squash because of its high nutrient content. However, if you choose to remove the skin, here are a few guidelines.

Squash is easier to peel after cooking. Using both hands with the knife in a horizontal position, peel off the skin by holding the blade away from the body and using a pushing motion to cut. After opening, take out all seeds.


How to Cut New Zealand Buttercup Squash

Butternut Squash

Buttercup Squash can often be difficult, since good tasting buttercup squash are very hard. However, with a microwave oven, this task is very easy.

Butternut Squash

Step 1:
Buy a nice firm NZ Buttercup Squash from your local supplier

Butternut Squash

Step 2:
Put buttercup inside the microwave oven and heat it for approximately 3 to 5 minutes. This will make it softer. Remove carefully from microwave.

Butternut Squash

Step 3:
After this process, you should be able to cut it easily.

Butternut Squash

Step 4:
And now your NZ Buttercup Squash is ready to use in soups, salads, tempura, pies and pastas