Roasted Acorn Squash is an excellent side dish that goes perfectly with so many main courses!

Get to know this roasted acorn squash recipe and discover all the ways it can be seasoned and served. Oven-roasted acorn squash comes out fork tender with a glaze of caramelized brown sugar butter and a touch of cinnamon!

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Easy Roasted Acorn Squash!

  • This uber-easy squash recipe just takes a few ingredients that are probably already in the pantry. 
  • Serve them as halves, slices, rings, or cubes! Even the seeds can be roasted for a tasty, on-the-go snack!
  • Or make acorn squash stuffed with rice pilaf, seasoned ground beef, or sausage. Or make a whole new meal using leftovers from the fridge!
  • Vegetarians love roasted acorn squash because its mildly sweet flavor goes with so many things like beans, nuts, and cheese.

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Ingredients and Variations

SQUASH: Choose whole, heavy acorn squash that are free of cracks or soft spots. They should be deep green in color and smell a little sweet at the base. Other types of squash to use in this recipe are butternut, spaghetti squash, and delicata.

SEASONINGS: Acorn squash works with sweet or savory seasonings! Use maple syrup or honey instead of the brown sugar or for a savory squash, brush with butter and sprinkle with Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese.

How to Roast Acorn Squash

This simple acorn squash recipe can be prepped in 3 easy steps!

  1. Prepare squash.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients and brush over slices.
  3. Bake until tender as directed in the recipe below.

Garnish with bleu cheese crumbles, sliced almonds, or a simple sprinkle of parsley for color.

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Roasted Acorn Squash Serving Suggestions

As a vegetarian main dish, serve it with rice, roasted veggies, and a crisp spinach and strawberry salad.

Roasted acorn squash’s delicate flavor goes with any kind of protein. Try it with pork chops, chicken, or this easy Crockpot meatloaf.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • Bake acorn squash on parchment paper for easy cleanup!
  • Keep leftover  squash in a covered container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
  • Serve cold over a salad, make a squash soup, blend into a smoothie or add to a stir fry.
  • Freeze leftovers in zippered bags for up to 4 weeks.

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Roasted Acorn Squash

Try making oven Roasted Acorn Squash with a brown sugar, butter and cinnamon glaze that will bring out such a deliciously sweet and creamy squash flavor.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Holly



  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop the seeds out using a spoon.
  • Trim squash to 1 inch slices and place in a large bowl. Mix with butter, brown sugar and seasonings until fully coated.
  • Place on a baking sheet and cook for 25-30 minutes or until pieces are tender.


  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper, making clean up a breeze!
  • Refrigerate leftovers in a covered container for up to 3 days, or freeze leftovers in zippered bags for up to 4 weeks.
  • Use leftovers in many recipes such as salads, soups, or blend into a smoothie.  
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 244mg | Potassium: 761mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1142IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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