How to Microwave a Summer Squash


Zucchini, yellow crookneck and pattypan are some of the more readily available varieties of summer squash. The squash harvest begins in midsummer and lasts through the fall, with many garden plants producing an overabundance of the summer vegetable. The microwave provides a way to quickly prepare summer squash for the table. Serve the microwaved squash as a side dish or add the cooked, tender summer squash to other recipes.

Step 1

Wash the squash under cool running water. Scrub lightly with a soft cloth or your hands to remove any dirt without scratching through the thin skin.

Step 2

Set the squash on a clean cutting board. Trim of the both ends of the squash with a sharp knife.

Step 3

Cut the squash into ¼-inch-thick slices. Alternately, cut the squash into slightly thicker thicker slices with a crinkle-cut slicer to add more texture to the squash.

Step 4

Lay the sliced squash in the bottom of a microwave-safe casserole dish. Microwave no more than two squashes at a time to ensure even cooking. Pour 3 tbsp. of water over the squash, then cover the casserole with its lid or with a layer of microwave-safe plastic wrap.

Step 5

Microwave for three minutes at high power. Stir the squash then cook for an additional one to four minutes, depending on how tender you want the squash to be.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use caution when removing the cover from the casserole, as the escaping steam may cause burns.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloth
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Crinkle-cut slicer
  • Casserole
  • Lid or plastic wrap


  • Michigan State University Extension: Summer Squash
  • University of Illinois Extension: Using and Preparing Summer Squash
Keywords: microwave summer squash, zucchini squash preparation, cooking yellow squashes

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Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.