Any tips for peeling kabocha squash?

Only time I worked with it, almost hurt myself trying to peel the darn thing.

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  • March 27, 2013
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AntoniaJames
AntoniaJames March 27, 2013

Yes, kabocha is the worst. My only suggestion is to pop it into the microwave for about 5 minutes, then let it cool. That seems to help a bit. Also, figure out ways to cut on a straight line, down from top to bottom (holding the bottom firmly on a cutting board), as much as possible. And of course I don't need to tell you to sharpen you knife! (Do not bother trying to peel it with a peeler. Even the best peelers are no match for it.) Good luck! ;o)

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HalfPint
HalfPint March 27, 2013

I don't peel kabochas anymore. You don't need to because the skin cooks to tenderness like the flesh of the squash. So leave it on and consume with the rest of the kabocha.

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savorthis
savorthis March 27, 2013

I don't peel them either. I usually braise them in a smokey/sweet dashi (http://food52.com/recipes...) and choose to eat the peel or leave it depending on the texture. They are also magical in soup as they get so velvety. I roast wedges of them with a cubed sweet potato, shallots and garlic and blend it all up with veggie or chicken broth and sometimes a bit of chipotle.

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Ghost House Kitchen
Ghost House Kitchen March 27, 2013

Traditionally Japanese cooks don't peel the skin off of kabocha either. It becomes tender and it's fine to eat. But if you really want to peel it, perhaps you can cut into cubes first then using chef's knife, trim away the skin on cutting board.

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LE BEC FIN
LE BEC FIN March 28, 2013

So thrilled to see the support for not peeling this great squash. I have found a number of veggies like this-that don't need peeling. Beets and Sunchokes are others i don't peel. (And higher concentration of the nutrition is in a vegetable's skin)

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babytiger
babytiger March 28, 2013

I do peel it at home. A sharp chef (or similar type) knife works well. I usually cut one side so there is a flat surface to the board. And then I cut off the skin from the top down to the board. Never had a problem with getting the skin off that way.

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Jennie Pao
Jennie Pao August 14, 2016

I've never bought any whole kabocha so far. And since it usually comes quartered at my supermarket here in Japan, I just rinse it and place it in a steamer before cutting them into smaller pieces or getting rid of the skin. I don't know what it is called but the glass steamer in the shape of a fuji-san comes in pretty handy.

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