Baked Butternut Squash: a tasty recipe for a nutritious side dish

Total time: 100 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 2 people
By Cookist
butternut squash, halved lengthwise and deseeded
butter, divided
1 tbsp
salt and ground black pepper to taste

If you're looking for a simple, healthy dish you can serve as a side with dinner, you'll love this effortless baked butternut squash recipe. This phenomenal tasting, flavorful squash recipe is perfect for fall and goes great with all sorts of seasonal dishes or as part of your Thanksgiving spread.

You only need three ingredients to make baked butternut squash, but there are dozens of ways you can customize it. Add a dash of brown sugar or some fresh herbs, spices, or cheese. Whatever additions you may want to add, the cooking method stays the same. Just put the butternut squash in a baking dish, add some water, and bake it until it becomes tender. You can even make it ahead and enjoy it throughout the week!

How to Cut Butternut Squash for Baking

There are loads of different ways you can cut and bake butternut squash, but this recipe is one of the easiest. All you need to do is cut the squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. That's it! If you prefer, you can cut peel it and cut it into large cubes, but the method outlined below is the hands-down easiest way to prep and cook butternut squash at home.

How to Make Baked Butternut Squash

There isn't too much to do when it comes to making homemade baked butternut squash. Heat your oven to 350F. While the oven is preheating, place the squash in a deep baking tray with the cut side down.

Pour water into the dish around the squash, then pop it in the oven for 1 ½ hour, or until the squash is fork-tender. Take it out of the oven and brush liberally with butter and season with salt and pepper. If you're baking a smaller squash, it will need a shorter cooking time, so just keep an eye on it.

Expert Tips for Baked Butternut Squash

You can cut the squash into cubes if you prefer. Simply peel it before you toss it with oil and bake it.

When choosing the squash, look for one that doesn't have any brown spots or green streaks. It should be firm to touch.

You can keep the seeds and roast them the same way you would pumpkin seeds.

Season your squash however you like. For a sweeter flavor, use a sprinkling of brown sugar. However, you could opt for savory seasonings like Italian seasoning, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, fresh herbs, cayenne pepper, sage, or cheese.

What to Serve with Baked Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is a fantastic side dish you can enjoy with all sorts of meals. It's wonderful with roasted chicken, pan-seared salmon, risotto, pot roast, and more. You can even chop it up and add it to pasta dishes or a stir-fry. Butternut squash is amazing with black beans and in buddha bowls as well.

How to Store Baked Butternut Squash

Keep leftover baked butternut squash in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy it within 5 days.

Can You Freeze Baked Butternut Squash?

Absolutely! Transfer the cooked squash to an airtight container and freeze it for up to 3 months.

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Preheat your oven to 350F.

Arrange the squash cut side down in a baking dish. Pour water into the baking dish.

Cook the squash for 1 ½ hour, or until it becomes fork-tender.

Spread the butter over the top of the squash and season with salt and pepper.


Use a 9×13-inch baking dish to bake your squash.

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