Want to know how to roast acorn squash? Acorn squash is a comfort dish that always hits the spot, while remaining a healthy option! I love that you can make it savory or sweet, too! If you prefer the combination of earthy, flavorful squash with added sweetness, follow the recipe as is. But, if you prefer a savory option, use olive oil instead of butter, omit the brown sugar and maple syrup, and add pepper! 

The Best Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe- finished baked acorn squash on a plate with fork and cutting board with white plates and fork with white and red towel
Roasted acorn squash is the perfect combination of earthy flavor with a hint of sweetness!

HOW TO COOK ACORN SQUASH

Squash recipes are the easiest to prepare! I love making this roasted acorn squash recipe, as well as creamy butternut squash sauce, and spaghetti squash!

Not only is squash nutritious and affordable, squash recipes are a good way to satisfy a carb craving without the sluggishness you can sometimes feel after eating the real deal. Win! Plus, this is an easy roasted acorn squash. It’s a simple way to prepare the squash halves, but so delicious and great for any time of year.

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THIS ROASTED ACORN SQUASH RECIPE: 

  • Serves 4
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 50-60 min
Supplies Needed For The Best Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe - acorn squash, butter, salt, brown sugar, syrup on white background
It only takes a few simple ingredients to make a flavorful roasted acorn squash!

Ingredients Needed For Roasted Acorn Squash

  • 2 whole acorn squash, cut in half and seeds removed
  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar ** see notes
  • 2-4 teaspoons pure maple syrup 
  • Salt to taste 

How To Make Roasted Acorn Squash 

Step 1

Step 1- The Best Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe - Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Isn’t the inside of an acorn squash beautiful? My daughter and I are always amazed by the beautiful pattern of the seeds!

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2

Step 2- The Best Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe - Cut squash in half on a cutting board and clean out seeds with a large spoon. Make sure you use a sharp knife or the acorn squashes will be a little tough to cut through.
Kids have fun helping to scoop out the inside of the acorn squash–it’s like scooping out pumpkin seeds at Halloween!

Cut squash in half on a cutting board and clean out seeds with a large spoon. Make sure you use a sharp knife or the acorn squashes will be a little tough to cut through.

Step 3

Place on baking sheet or a roasting pan flesh side up in a single layer.

Step 4

Sprinkle with salt.

Step 5

Step 5- The Best Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe - Step add a pad of butter to each half and then roast flesh side facing up
If you are looking for a vegan option, either use plant-based butter for this step, or use a cooking oil, instead.

Add about ½ tablespoon butter to each half in the center of the squash. You can use melted butter too. Just make sure the butter is thick slices.

Step 6

Step 6- The Best Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe - Step sprinkle brown sugar on each half
I don’t know a kid who wouldn’t be intrigued by a vegetable they are allowed to add sugar to, ha!

Add ½ tablespoon brown sugar to each half on top of the butter. I’m sure you could use another sugar like coconut sugar if you wanted.

Step 7

Step 7- The Best Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe - Step drizzle maple syrup on each half of squash
If you are having a hard time finding a dairy-free maple syrup as a vegan, you can use agave nectar, instead.

Drizzle with maple syrup.

Step 8

Bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden and tender.

Step 9

Step 9- The Best Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe - Step serve warm
Needless to say, roasted acorn squash is best served warm! Reheat in the oven, wrapped in foil to protect from overly browning.

Serve immediately.

Notes

Savory – if you prefer your squash more savory than sweet, use olive oil instead of butter, and omit the brown sugar and maple syrup. Add pepper to taste. 

Or if you love the buttery flavor you can always add garlic powder instead. 

Cooking Notes For The Best Roasted Acorn Squash- baked acorn squash cut in half and on a fork
While this roasted acorn squash recipe is already a vegetarian dish, it can also be made into a vegan dish if you substitute a couple ingredients!

HOW TO MAKE VEGAN ROASTED ACORN SQUASH

You might think that this roasted acorn dish is naturally a vegan recipe, since it is made from a vegetable, but that’s not exactly the case. 

Yes, the squash is veggie, but the butter needs to be replaced with a vegan butter, and the maple syrup label needs to be examined closely. 

Natural maple syrup is in itself vegan, but if dairy is mixed in as an ingredient, it will not be considered vegan.

The Best Roasted Acorn Squash

The Best Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe

Acorn squash is a comfort dish that always hits the spot, while remaining a healthy option!

Ingredients

  • 2 whole acorn squash, cut in half and seeds removed
  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar ** see notes
  • 2-4 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut squash in half on a cutting board and clean out seeds with a large spoon. Make sure you use a sharp knife or the acorn squashes will be a little tough to cut through.
  3. Place on baking sheet or a roasting pan flesh side up in a single layer.
  4. Sprinkle with salt.
  5. Add about ½ tablespoon butter to each half in the center of the squash. You can use melted butter too. Just make sure the butter is thick slices.
  6. Add ½ tablespoon brown sugar to each half on top of the butter. I’m sure you could use another sugar like coconut sugar if you wanted.
  7. Drizzle with maple syrup.
  8. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden and tender.
  9. Serve immediately.

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