RECIPE: Simmered Buttercup Squash (Kabocha no Nimono) 

Yukie Fuchigami (Gohanyo: Secrets from a Japanese Canadian Mom)

Serves 6


1 small buttercup squash

Soup Stock:

1 cup water

2 tablespoons dashi-no-moto

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon sake

2 tablespoons kombu, cut into thin strips


1. Wash the squash and remove any hard bumps and peel. Slice in half, remove the seeds, and cut into 2-inch pieces.

2. In a large saucepan, combine water, sugar, soy sauce, sake and dashi-no-moto (or soup stock) and bring to a boil.

3. Add squash. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until squash is tender. Pour broth over squash occasionally. Serve with kombu strips.