Learn how to cook a Japanese pumpkin with my delicious Kabocha Squash Recipes. Try it sweet or savory - there are many ways to bring out its unique flavors!
Kabocha squash is a delicious Japanese pumpkin and a versatile vegetable that you can enjoy in various ways, from roasting to deep frying.
If you are new to this sweet squash or looking for a new recipe to spice up your menu, you are at the right place!
This recipe will show you how to cook kabocha squash in 13 different ways.
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- You love kabocha squash.
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I hope you find your favorite recipe and enjoy this tasty and versatile winter squash to the fullest! Let's get started!
- About This Recipe
- How to Cook Kabocha Squash
- 13 Best Japanese Kabocha Squash Recipes
- What is Kabocha Squash?
- What does it taste like?
- Where to Buy
- How to Pick A Delicious Kabocha
- How to Cut a Kabocha Squash
- Watch How to Cut Kabocha In 5 Ways!
- How to Store
- Health Benefits
- Kabocha Squash FAQ
- Thanks For Stopping By!
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- 13 Easy Japanese Kabocha Squash Recipes To Try
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About This Recipe
- How to cook Kabocha squash
- Easy recipes with simple ingredients
- Mostly vegan recipes
- Kabocha squash FAQ
How to Cook Kabocha Squash
You can cook kabocha squash in many different ways. We often deep-fry it for tempura, but you could also simmer it or put it into a salad. It's also great for making desserts. You can make anything from savory side dishes to sweets with it.
13 Best Japanese Kabocha Squash Recipes
Let's dive into the delicious kabocha squash recipes. They are simple and easy to make from desserts, salads, soups, and savory side dishes!
I hope you will find your favorite one!
Soup & Salad
- Kabocha Squash Miso Soup
- Veggie-Loaded Kabocha Squash Soup (Vegan)
- Lotus Root & Kabocha Squash Salad (Vegan)
- Kabocha Squash Salad with Egg (Vegetarian)
- Veggie Quinoa Salad (Vegan)
Simmering and others
- Simmered Kabocha (Kabocha Nimono)
- Fried Kabocha Squash (Vegan)
- Leftover Roasted Vegetables (Vegan)
- Kabocha Tempura
- Japanese Vegetable Curry (Vegan)
1. Kabocha Dango (Vegan)
2. Kabocha Squash Muffins (Vegan)
3. Kabocha Squash Cookies (Vegan)
4. Kabocha Squash Miso Soup
5. Veggie-Loaded Kabocha Squash Soup (Vegan)
6. Lotus Root & Kabocha Squash Salad (Vegan)
7. Kabocha Squash Salad with Egg (Vegetarian)
8. Veggie Quinoa Salad (Vegan)
9. Simmered Kabocha (Kabocha Nimono)
10. Fried Kabocha Squash (Vegan)
11. Leftover Roasted Vegetables (Vegan)
12. Kabocha Tempura
13. Japanese Vegetable Curry (Vegan)
What is Kabocha Squash?
In this section, I'll talk more about Kabocha squash. If you want to know what it is, the health benefits, and how to pick it, then keep reading!
Kabocha squash, or Japanese pumpkin, is a type of winter squash and is a staple in Japanese cooking. It stands out for its tasty sweet flavor - much sweeter than butternut squash and other squash varieties.
The outer skin is dark green, and the inside is bright orange flesh. It's heavy, and the dark green kabocha skin is so hard.
We can find Kabocha squash all year long, but their harvest time is in summer, and they're at their best in the fall (and towards the winter) after being perfectly mature.
What does it taste like?
Japanese pumpkin is a delicious alternative to sweet potatoes or chestnuts. It's sweet, starchy, and fluffy with tender skin.
Also, like other winter squashes, they can be eaten skin-on or off, depending on your preference.
Where to Buy
You can find Kabocha squash at Japanese grocery stores, Asian grocery stores, and local farmer's markets during the season. You can find it at online stores as well.
Where to buy kabocha squash
- Japanese grocery stores: Mitsuwa marketplace, Marukai
- Asian grocery stores
- Local farmer's markets
- Online stores: Instacart, Walmart
How to Pick A Delicious Kabocha
They're such great ingredients for creamy soup and roasting, but how do you pick one at a store that is ready to eat? It can be hard deciding which ones are ripe enough since they all look the same.
I had a lot of experience - not being ripe, having no sweetness, and having a bland taste.
But since I learned to pick it with these checkpoints, you know what? It always gets me some good ripe Kabocha squash. Let's take a look at them!
- Pick the one that is dark green, hard, glossy on the skin, and heavy.
- If you find a Kabocha squash with a dry, cork-like stem, they're ripe ideally and taste good.
- The orange mark on the skin is called the "ground mark," which is the part that contacts the ground and does not turn green. If they are bright orange, it's a sign of mature Kabocha squash.
- If it's already cut, pick the one with bright orange filled with pulp and pumpkin seeds.
Follow these tips and pick the best starchy and sweet Japanese pumpkin! I hope it helps!
How to Cut a Kabocha Squash
The dark green skin of Kabocha squash is a challenge to cut through. If you are a first time to try, maybe you're not quite sure where you should be cutting from.
The easiest way is to take the stem first. Once you've removed the stem, start cutting where it was; cutting the rest is much easier.
You will need a sharp knife and a good cutting board. Please place a wet cloth underneath if your cutting board is slippery like mine.
The following recipe will show you how to cut a whole kabocha squash into quarters, plus five different sizes (large chunks, thin and thick slices, and more) depending on the dish you make. I put in a lot of information, so I hope it helps!
Watch How to Cut Kabocha In 5 Ways!
How to Store
You can store a whole kabocha squash at room temperature for 2 to 3 months in a cool and dry place.
Large pieces: If you buy a quarter kabocha at a grocery store, remove pulp and pumpkin seeds, cover it with plastic wrap, and store it in the fridge. It will last for 4 to 5 days.
Small pieces: If you cut kabocha into small pieces, put them into an airtight container and store them in the fridge. It will last for 4 to 5 days.
You can also freeze kabocha squash. Cut it into large chunks or cubes and put them in a freezer bag. It will last for 2 to 3 weeks in the freezer.
Cook straight from frozen for soup and simmered dishes.
The Kabocha squash is a nutritious vegetable that offers many health benefits. It contains beta carotene, vitamin E, vitamin C, and dietary fiber.
In Japan, we have a custom of eating kabocha squash on the winter solstice in December. This tradition is our way of preparing for the cold weather.
Because it benefits in fighting off bacteria and viruses that cause colds, the dry air in winter makes us more susceptible to catching infections, so eating it can help keep your immune system healthy.
Kabocha Squash FAQ
The skin is edible, and no need to peel it. But if you want that beautiful orange color for your muffins or other desserts - take off the skin!
Yes, you can. The skin is edible and rich in nutrients.
It has a rich sweet flavor with a soft and fluffy texture. It tastes like a delicious combination of potatoes and chestnuts.
Kabocha squash contains beta-carotene, vitamin E, and dietary fiber.
It has the benefit of fighting off bacteria and viruses that cause colds. The dry air in winter makes us more susceptible to catching infections, so eating it can help keep your immune system healthy during the cold season.
Yes, it is a carbohydrate. It contains 20 g of carbs per 100 grams, which makes it similar to sweet potatoes but less than rice at 37g.
Pick the one that is dark green, hard, glossy on the skin, and heavy.
Check the stem first. If you find a Kabocha squash with a dry, cork-like stem, they're ideally ripe and taste good. Another point is an orange mark on the skin, which contacted the ground and did not turn green. If they are bright orange, it's a sign of mature Kabocha squash.
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