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butternut squash cubes

How to Peel & Cut a Butternut Squash

Learn exactly how to cut a butternut squash to use in all of your favorite fall recipes! With this step-by-step tutorial, you'll learn exactly how to peel, cut, and cube a whole butternut squash in no time at all. Perfect for roasting and adding to soups, salads, grain bowls and more! All you need is a butternut squash, a vegetable peeler, a wooden cutting board and a sharp chef's knife. Tons of delicious butternut squash recipes included!

Course How to
Cuisine American
Keyword how to cut a butternut squash, how to peel a butternut squash
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1 (2 pound) butternut squash


  1. Peel the skin off the butternut squash using a vegetable peeler. It’s important to go around the butternut squash twice with a vegetable peeler or until you reach the orange flesh.

  2. Cut off the ends of the butternut squash. Use a sharp knife to cut off both ends of the butternut squash. You’ll cut about ¼-½ inch off each end.

  3. Cut the butternut squash in half vertically. Place the butternut squash upright or vertically on a wooden cutting board that’s very secured to your counter. We don’t want the cutting board or squash to wobble as you cut it. Cut the butternut squash vertically down the middle with a sharp chef’s knife.

  4. Scoop out the seeds. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds of the cut butternut squash. Set aside to roast for later or discard them.

  5. Cut each squash in half and then into slices. Place the butternut squash cut side down, then cut each half in half. Slice each half into ½ inch slices. After that and depending on how large each half is, you may need to cut the slice into additional slices, then make crosswise cuts to create cubes.

  6. Use your cubed butternut squash in soups, salads and more! Makes about 5-6 cups of butternut squash, depending on how large your squash is. Don't forget to learn how to roast butternut squash here.

Recipe Notes

2 pounds of butternut squash will yield approximately 5-6 cups of butternut squash cubes.

To store: place butternut squash cubes in an airtight bag or container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.

To freeze: add your cubed butternut squash to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and pop it in the freezer. Once the cubes are frozen, add them to a freezer-safe bag or container and freeze for up to 10 to 12 months(!!). You can use the cubed butternut squash straight from the freezer to add to soups, stews or use for roasting!