Remove the seeds from the kabocha. Wash and cut into bite-sized pieces.
Place in a heat-resistant dish and add 2 tablespoons of water. Lightly cover with plastic wrap or a lid and microwave for about 7 minutes.
Remove the wrap and drain the water.
If your microwave has a steaming function for steaming root vegetable, then use that.
Story Behind this Recipe
Since these are steamed with water, they won't turn out dry but deliciously moist. They're very convenient for various dishes, so always make them. I just came up with it on the spot. You can even eat these plain because they're so delicious. They also go well with ground sesame, salt, dashi soy sauce, mayonnaise, etc.
Step 2: The cooking time will vary on your microwave. Keep your eye on them. The time will also vary on what you'll be cooking the kabocha for. If they will be later fried, cook for a short time. If they will be used in salads or croquettes, heat for longer.