How to Peel a Butternut Squash


Oddly shaped and tasty, the butternut squash adds flavor to your cooking. However, its size, heft and outline make peeling difficult for the uninitiated. Peeling a raw butternut squash takes caution, but you can do it safely by following a series of precautions designed to help you keep all of your fingers intact. Once peeled and seeded, you can use butternut squash in any recipe calling for a hard winter squash.

Step 1

Slice 1 inch from the top and bottom of the squash.

Step 2

Set the bottom (widest) portion on a cutting board.

Step 3

Run a vegetable peeler down the sides of the butternut squash, removing the skin until you expose the orange flesh of the squash.

Step 4

Cut the peeled squash in half lengthwise.

Step 5

Scoop out the seeds with a spoon and cut the squash for use in recipes.

Things You'll Need

  • Butternut squash
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Spoon


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Athena Hessong began her freelance writing career in 2004. She draws upon experiences and knowledge gained from teaching all high school subjects for seven years. Hessong earned a Bachelor's in Arts in history from the University of Houston and is a current member of the Society of Professional Journalists.