Kabocha squash produce guide is an informative guide including nutrition benefits, how to cut it, cook it, along with 25 kabocha squash recipes!
This time of year is my absolute favorite, and winter squash is one of the reasons why. Each variety is special in its own rite, and while it’s hard to choose a favorite, I almost always gravitate toward kabocha squash.
Before I went to cooking school, I had no idea what kabocha squash was. My instructor did an amazing job of exposing my class to a wide variety of produce, and I’ll never forget the first time I tasted this wonderful squash.
It became a favorite of mine immediately for it’s flavor, texture, and versatility, and I love finding new ways to incorporate it into my recipes.
Although kabocha is fairly common now, I come across people all the time that have never tried it.
I have my cooking school instructor to thank for introducing me to this wonderful squash, and I’m excited to introduce it to some of you out there in this produce guide.
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What is kabocha squash?
Kabocha squash, also known as Japanese pumpkin, is a type of winter squash. It’s dark green and bumpy with flecks of gold on the outside, and the inside is bright orange with velvety sweet flesh.
How to grow kabocha squash
I’ve never grown winter squash to date, and hope to try it next year. If you’re interested, click this link to find out
how to grow kabocha. What does kabocha squash taste like?
Unlike most pumpkins, kabocha is sweet. It’s also slightly starchy with a nutty flavor.
Can you eat the skin of a kabocha squash?
The peel of the squash is edible, and adds a nice chewiness to the velvety sweet flesh.
I love that I don’t have to peel the squash, which makes prepping it so much easier.
What type of squash is a good substitute?
If kabocha is not readily available to you or you simply prefer other varieties, you can substitute it with almost any variety of winter squash, including the following:
Heirloom pumpkins — ask the farmer or market for the best edible types!
Kabocha squash includes many health benefits. It’s low in calories and fat, and is a good source of fiber, antioxidants, iron, copper, magnesium, beta-carotene, and Vitamins A, B and C.
Nutrition information for one cup of squash is as follows:
Choosing and storing
Choose squash that’s firm and heavy, with no bruising or discoloration.
The squash will keep at room temperature in a cool, dark place for up to one month.
Once you slice the squash, it will keep wrapped tightly in plastic wrap for 3-5 days.
Freeze cut squash for up to 3 months.
How to cut kabocha squash
Cutting kabocha can seem daunting, but it’s very easy to do following my handy tips below!
Stand the squash upright on a cutting board.
Insert a paring knife into the top of the squash and cut downward until you reach the bottom, and repeat on the other side.
Turn the squash over and either crack it open the rest of the way, or use your paring knife carefully to cut through the bottom of the squash.
Use the tip of a large spoon to scrape the seeds and stringy insides out of the squash.
Slice into wedges or cubes.
How to cook kabocha squash
You can cook your squash in the Instant Pot, oven or even your slow cooker! Check out details by clicking the links below!
Cook your kabocha squash whole in the
Instant pot or oven and puree it for soup, risotto or for baking. Grate it and use in baking just as you would carrot.
Roast it in wedges or chunks with your favorite seasoning and add to salads or serve as a side dish.
Simmer it in chili, curry or soup.
25 KABOCHA SQUASH RECIPES
Roasted Kabocha Squash with Tahini Dressing is an easy roasted kabocha squash recipe with garam masala spice and maple orange tahini dressing!
This creamy cinnamon ginger kabocha squash soup is topped with a tart cherry drizzle and pecan cherry crumble. Grab and bowl and get cozy!
Wild Rice Salad with Kabocha Squash and Brown Butter Vinaigrette
Learning how to cook Kabocha squash doesn’t have to be difficult! With these 3 easy methods, you’ll find one that works for you!
Oven Baked Chicken and Wild Rice Skillet with Kabocha Ribbons
A cozy Kabocha Two Bean Chili simmered in a chipotle and poblano base with fire roasted tomatoes and warming spices.
Dark Chocolate Kabocha Muffins (GF)
Creamy Kabocha Squash Mashed Potatoes are kabocha squash and yukon gold potatoes mashed to creamy perfection. They’re creamy, festive and so flavorful!
Learn how to make pumpkin puree effortlessly by cooking the pumpkin whole in the Instant Pot! It’s velvety smooth, and so much better than store bought!
Creamy, naturally sweet kabocha squash casserole with gluten-free walnut topping – a marvelous dish to share with friends and family during the holidays.
Make a grand entrance with my Whole Roasted Kabocha Squash with Chipotle Butter and ‘carve’ it right at the table — then get ready for rave reviews. This easy fall and holiday side dish will wow everybody!
Thai Pumpkin Curry with Chicken is a quick and easy pumpkin curry recipe that’s loaded with chicken, veggies and a creamy flavorful coconut red curry sauce!
If you love winter squash, you are going to love this easy stuffed kabocha squash recipe! This recipe is vegetarian, but there is a simple way to make this stuffed squash vegan as well!!
Light, fluffy quinoa is combined with roasted kabocha squash, pomegranate seeds, fresh herbs, crunchy pistachio seeds and a sweet maple dressing. Gluten Free. Vegan.
Autumn Minestrone Soup is an easy minestrone soup recipe with winter squash, kale and farro instead of pasta. This soup is hearty, flavorful and perfect for fall!
These cinnamon-spiked, gluten free, Chocolate Chip Kabocha Bars make for a decadent tasting dessert, but, check out the ingredient list and you will see that these are the perfect treat for breakfast too!
Roasted Kabocha Squash Salad
Lamb stuffed kabocha squash is filled wild mushrooms and couscous, fresh cranberries, blue cheese and aromatic rosemary. It’s the best fall has to offer on your plate.
Chili Maple Roasted Winter Squash is winter squash roasted to perfection with chili powder and maple syrup, tossed in an orange maple vinaigrette. It’s sweet and spicy, and is a side dish that no one will forget!
Roasted Kabocha Squash Dip is a healthy and delicious dip, perfect for a snack or for a party.
Kabocha Squash Spice Cake with Chai Caramel
Soicy Thai Kabocha Squash Soup
Chorizo Black Bean Kabocha Squash Chili is a hearty chili that’s packed with spicy chorizo, black beans, and sweetness from kabocha squash and a hint of maple syrup.
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