Simmered Kabocha Squash with Dashi (Kabocha No Nimono)

Simmered Kabocha Squash with Dashi (Kabocha No Nimono)

Large chunks of kabocha (a Japanese winter squash somewhat similar to butternut) are braised in dashi using the microwave until fork-tender and flavorful. You can serve this simple veggie side dish piping hot, but Chef Dave Chang enjoys it best when chilled.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.


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When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.


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Product Size

  • Small Dish
  • Medium Shallow
  • Large Shallow
  • Medium Deep
  • Large Deep

Prep Time

5 mins

Cook Time

10-12 mins

Free Time

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  • 1 cup (240ml) cold dashi stock (use store-bought hondashi or make your own)
  • 1 tablespoon agave 
  • ¼ (230g/8oz) kabocha squash, seeded and cut into large chunks


  1. Place the dashi, agave and kabocha in the Anyday dish. Cover with lid (knob lifted). Cook in the microwave for 10-12 minutes, or until the orange flesh is tender when pierced with a fork.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Serve hot or cold.
  • Substitute dashi with your favorite stock or salted water. Add miso to the water for an extra rich broth.
  • Serve with some chili crisp for an easy side dish.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.