How to roast butternut squash
October 28th, 2010
08:30 AM ET
Share this on:

Yup - we read the comments, and noted this while we were perusing yesterday's Five Tips on Cooking Fall Squash:

"Can you post how to roast an butternut squash, I have only every cooked in a pan of water until the meat is soft. Roasting sounds yummy." - ksbradley21

It is, indeed, and we're nothing if not helpful. As Chef Tony Conte says, "The heat brings out the natural sugars, makes the color more intense and makes the flesh much easier to work with or to make into a purée."

Here's how.

Halved butternut squash

1. Pre-heat the oven to 400°F.

2. On a cutting board, carefully cut the squash in half lengthwise. Make sure to trim off any hard stem parts.

*Update – A Twitter follower asks, "It is cutting it that is always the tricky part.....ideas?"

Yes. Slice off the top and the bottom so it sits flat on a secured cutting board. Rest it on the widest end, and using a heavy knife, slice down vertically. If you face resistance, use a mallet - ideally rubber - to tap gently on the tops of both sides of the blade. Work as slowly as you need to.

3. Use a spoon to scrape out innards. Guts and seeds can be composted or discarded, but butternut and acorn squash seeds are delicious roasted on a cooking sheet with a little oil and salt.

4. Prick the flesh with a fork, brush or spray all surfaces lightly with oil, sprinkle the cut side with a little salt and place face-down on a cookie sheet.

5. Roast for 40-50 minutes until you can easily pierce the squash with a fork.

6. Once it's cook enough to handle, peel off the skin, then chop, cube or mash and serve.

Hint: We like ours with a little bit of melted butter, Kosher salt, brown sugar and coriander. We also add grated Parmesan if we're feeling wacky.

Cubed butternut squash

1. Pre-heat the oven to 400°F.

2. Peel the squash using a vegetable peeler. For stubborn spots, stabilize the squash on a cutting board and carefully remove with a paring knife.

3. Cut the squash into 1" thick rounds, remove guts and seeds with a spoon, and then stack slices to cut into cubes of even thickness.

4. Brush or spray cubes with oil, or toss in a bag with oil to evenly coat all sides.

5. Place cubes on a cookie sheet, sprinkle lightly with salt and roast 20-25 minutes until fork-tender and the edges are brown, then serve immediately.

Got any other cooking queries? We're here to help. Post them in the comments and we'll do our best to delicious up your kitchen life.

Posted by:
Filed under: Cooking • Fall Vegetables • From the Comments • Help Desk • How To • Make • Roasting • Squash • Techniques & Tips • Vegetables

soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. nail design

    Unquestionably believe that which you stated. Your favorite justification seemed to
    be on the web the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get annoyed while people consider worries that they just do not know about.
    You managed to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people can take a
    signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

    July 10, 2014 at 8:46 am |
  2. Bobby Banks

    Iím impressed, I have to admit. Rarely do I come across a blog thatís equally educative and amusing, and let me tell you, you've hit the nail on the head. The issue is an issue that too few men and women are speaking intelligently about. Now i'm very happy that I stumbled across this in my hunt for something relating to this.

    June 21, 2014 at 11:58 pm |
  3. Dave Fields

    This is the right webpage for anyone who hopes to understand this topic. You understand so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I personally would want toÖHaHa). You certainly put a brand new spin on a topic that has been discussed for decades. Great stuff, just great.

    June 21, 2014 at 11:42 pm |
  4. Florentino Bruckmeier

    Howdy really love the web page keep up the superb work folks

    June 1, 2014 at 4:55 pm |
  5. when should you take garcinia cambogia extract

    Reliable data Regards.

    April 11, 2014 at 11:17 pm |
  6. pure garcinia cambogia warnings

    Possessing proven which property cost less of these
    close by neighborhoods, the next task is to think about a normal contractor
    compared to the system house or even premade residence.
    STEP #2: Work with one of their agents and select a house plan or provide your own and have them price it out for the materials package cost.
    Then, you might do well to consider a kit home or panelized home.

    April 9, 2014 at 5:02 am |
1 2
| Part of

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 9,987 other followers