Banana Squash: How To Cook It

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Today, it’s all about how to cook banana squash, and it’s so easy! My friend, Debbie, gifted this beautiful squash to me. It is about 16-18-inches long.

She asked me if I wanted it, and of course, I said, yes! I mentioned Mark is not fond of squash, but I am. Mark’s mother loved to cook and serve baked squash to her family. She had a similar approach to preparation to the one I’m writing about today. I’ve grown to love squash and made many varieties part of my garden planting plans for years.

I told Debbie I would write a post about it and bring some cut squash for her family to enjoy. Mark and I also delivered a few pieces of it baked and ready to eat.

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Banana Squash: How To Cook It

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Banana Squash: How To Cook It

Washed Banana Squash

Step One

Preheat the oven to 375F/190C degrees. The first thing is to wash and scrub the squash and look for any bad spots to cut off. This one was in perfect shape and ready to slice.

Wash Squash

Step Two

Now, cut the ends off, and slice the banana squash into 3-inch sections.

Slice the Squash

Step Three

It’s much easier to cut it this way because you’re not having to handle such a large squash. I used a really good knife and it was easier than I had expected to cut through the skin and flesh. Now you cut the pieces in half.

Banana Squash: How To Cook It

Step Four

Now scrape the seeds out with a tablespoon or similar tool. Remove the excess stringy meat.

Scrape the seeds out

Step Five

Now, cut the pieces again, remove the skin on the ones you will cook on another day. We left the skin on the pieces we are baking today.

Remove the skin

Step Six

As mentioned, remove the skin on the squash you plan to cook at a later time. Place the peeled pieces in a bag or container to place in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Store the cut squash in bags

Step Seven

Use a fork, to lightly “scratch” or “score” the banana squash meat so you can add butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, or another sweetener of choice, like honey.

Banana Squash: How To Cook It

Step Eight

Place a dab of butter, with the desired amount of cinnamon you want on each piece of squash. Add the brown sugar or other sweeteners now or after you bake it. You may want to salt and pepper it as well.

Banana Squash: How To Cook It

Step Nine

Now, wrap the separate pieces of banana squash tightly in aluminum foil. Place a piece of aluminum foil on your cookie sheet and spray with vegetable oil.

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Place the wrapped squash pieces on the cookie sheet. Bake for one hour and 15 minutes, or until baked through.

Banana Squash: How To Cook It

Finished Product

Cooked and Ready to serve

Banana Squash: How To Cook It

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Cooked and Ready to serve
Banana Squash: How To Cook It
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 45 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 7 people
Author: Linda Loosli
Ingredients
  • 1 Banana Squash
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F/190C degrees. The first thing is to wash and scrub the squash and look for any bad spots to cut off. Now, cut the ends off, and slice the banana squash into 3-inch sections. It's much easier to cut it this way because you are not having to handle such a large squash.

    I used a really good knife and it was easier than I had expected to cut through the skin and flesh. Now you cut the pieces in half. Now scrape the seeds out with a tablespoon or similar tool. Remove the excess stringy meat.

    Now, cut the pieces again, remove the skin on the pieces you will cook another day. We left the skin on the ones we are baking today. Remove the skin on the squash you will not bake the day you cut the banana squash. Place the peeled pieces in a bag or container to place in the refrigerator for up to five days.

    Use a fork, to lightly "scratch" the banana squash meat so you can add butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar (or sweetener of choice). Place a dab of butter, with the desired amount of cinnamon you want on each piece of squash. Add the brown sugar now or after you bake it. You may want to salt and pepper it as well.

    Now, wrap the separate pieces of banana squash in aluminum foil tightly. Place a piece of aluminum foil on your cookie sheet and spray with vegetable oil. Place the squash on the cookie sheet. Bake for one hour and 15 minutes or until baked through.

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How do I store the raw uncooked banana squash?

Place the raw squash with the skin removed in a bag or an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will be good for up to 5 days.

How do I store the leftover cooked banana squash?

Place the cooked banana squash in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Can I freeze the cooked or raw banana squash?

I would not recommend freezing the raw or cooked squash. It will become too mushy and watery.

What can I serve with the cooked banana squash?

  • Pasta
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Steak
  • Salad
  • Spicy Sausage
  • Add it to a pot of soup
  • Top it with leftover stuffing/dressing
  • Eat it as a meal

Can I use a different sweetener?

Yes, you can use white granulated sugar, Stevia, honey, or any other sweetener of choice.

Do I have to use a sweetener?

No, you don’t have to use a sweetener. I prefer one, but it’s because I have a sweet tooth.

Is putting a dab of butter necessary?

No, it’s not necessary, but it makes it taste delicious!

Can I use a different spice?

Yes, you may want to try just salt and pepper, or another one of your favorite spices. Don’t be shy about trying other spices you typically use on your favorite veggie offerings.

Final Word

There is something about growing our own food, I’m so grateful that my friend, Debbie, gifted me this banana squash. This is the first time I had ever cut or baked one.

It’s all about practice, practice, practice. If we can teach our kids and grandkids how to cook from scratch, what a better world we will live in! If you like squash and cook it often, let me know your favorite approach to make it a special part of your meals, we love to hear from our readers. May God Bless this world, Linda

18 thoughts on “Banana Squash: How To Cook It

  • July 30, 2021 at 7:43 am
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    This is how we do our acorn squash too

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    • July 30, 2021 at 8:42 am
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      Hi Matt, I need to try Acorn squash, I see at the Farmers Markets. Linda

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      • July 31, 2021 at 10:54 pm
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        You will love it Linda. Bake as you do the Banana Squash, or stuff with your favorite stuffing and bake. 350° until fork tender. Leave the skin on. Or slice into rings, peel and bake. Fresh acorn lasts for weeks at room temperature. Much longer in root cellar conditions. I suggest Apple Pie Spice or Pumpkin Pie spice mixtures and ginger as other seasoning ideas. Curry goes with Butternut and would also work here. Take care, you’re experiencing terrible heat waves, severe drought, and wildfires out there, and now Covid 19 Delta Variant is spreading rapidly, too. I hope you and your’s stay safe and healthy. MA❤️❤️.

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        • August 1, 2021 at 8:57 am
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          Hi MaryAnn, oh my gosh, this sounds delicious! I will try it for sure. Yes, we had that terrible dust storm that killed I think 8 people on the main highway going north. I believe it was a 22 car pileup. CRAZY weather! The heat is going down a bit now, thank goodness. We have a lot of people in Utah against all V. No judgment, here, but the cases are rising so quickly and people are dying. It’s crazy, young, middle age, and the elderly, it’s so random. Utah has the highest number of UN-V. I have a daughter with MS, I’m not the only one that knows someone with a compromised immune system. God help us. Stay safe, stay healthy, Linda

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          • August 1, 2021 at 11:01 am
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            I know, Linda. You know I’m just outside of Boston now, and the mega cluster on the Cape in Provincetown. I only got the J&J Vaccine, there are no indications of it’s effectiveness against the Delta Variant. 70+% of the cases on the Cape are breakthrough cases. Some are hospitalized. I have lung and heart damage, if I get a breakthrough case, I’m really worried that it would be another really bad case. So I’m back in full isolation here. My husband is working, but his hospital is not taking Covid patients at this time, it’s a private Psychiatric Hospital, so they can do that. He got the Moderna shots, and he’s being really careful to not to bring it home to me. It’s really scary. This variant doesn’t respect immunization. So far no one has died, but I’m really concerned that will change. Delta could spawn an even worse variant. If it does, this fall and winter could make 2020-2021 pale in comparison. The high breakthrough rate is only going to give the anti vaxxers more reason, not to take the vaccines. I have 3 cousins with MS and there are so many people who are immune compromised, elderly who haven’t been reached yet, children with no authorized vaccine yet. So many vulnerable people who don’t deserve another wave. God help us, and protect us from the selfish.

          • August 1, 2021 at 11:44 am
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            Hi MaryAnn, I was so glad that Utah lifted the mask rule but it may come back. I went to the store yesterday and Costco was packed. I never go on a Saturday but I needed some bacon. I told my husband if we aren’t sick now we may be after we leave here. After last year we are in tune with people coughing and sneezing around us. AND it could be just allergies! But no one knows, really! God help us all, literally, we need it. Linda

  • July 30, 2021 at 8:35 am
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    My mom loved banana squash and baked it, as well. I hated it!! It was too sweet and the strings made me gag. As an adult and wanted to get a replacement for pumpkin, I used squash. I pureed it and now have many recipes to use it in. My kids loved the pancakes, breads, etc. and never complained. There is always a way to use winter squash without baking them . Also, once purees, it can be dried to add to soups , stews and to make pies with. There are always ways to get veggies into families that they will love!!

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    • July 30, 2021 at 8:43 am
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      Hi Cheryl, my husband hates banana squash! He never complains about any meal. I eat the banana or butternut squash and I LOVER it!! LOL! I will have to puree some and add it to pancakes, that sounds awesome! Linda

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      • July 30, 2021 at 8:47 am
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        Serve the pancakes with warm applesauce or maple syrup. It also makes wonderful dinner rolls.!

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  • August 1, 2021 at 1:57 pm
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    My husband and daughter and daughter in love like squash. I wonder if you can fry this type of squash? My husband does not like baked squash and refuses to eat it. So can you fry this squash? It looks like the skin is thin and it can be cut up in small pieces.
    If anyone has any ideas about frying this type of squash let me know. He used to only eat yellow squash but we get Mexican and Zucchini squash and it is cheaper to mix them instead of just getting the yellow because I know the Mexican is cheaper than Yellow where we live. I also wonder if I can find it around where we live.

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    • August 1, 2021 at 3:33 pm
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      Hi Jackie, I could have cut it into squares and fried it. Just take it and try it. Fry it in a little butter??? I have to find it at Farmers Markets. Linda

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      • August 2, 2021 at 8:40 am
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        Thanks for letting me know. I will look at sprouts and a couple other organic places and see if they have it. I have never heard of it before now. I wish I knew where to get seeds for it and I would grow it in buckets.

        Love
        Jackie

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        • August 2, 2021 at 9:28 am
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          Hi Jackie, I love Butternut squash too, it has orange flesh. You may want to try that one, most stores sell it. Linda

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          • August 4, 2021 at 1:05 pm
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            5 stars
            I tried a long time ago to use Butternut squash and Jack didn’t like it. He’s really picky and that was his mother’s doing. If she didn’t like it she would tell her kids it wasn’t worth eating. I have changed his eating in some ways but there are others he refuses to budge on. Oh well G-D gave him to me and I love him to death

            Love
            Jackie

          • August 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm
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            Hi Jackie, best comment ever! Some things aren’t worth the battle! LOL! I’m lucky as well! I love Mark to death and he will eat just about 99.99% of whatever I fix EXCEPT squash! LOL! Life is so good, Love you, Linda

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