Roasted acorn squash and maple syrup on a black plate on a wooden tray, placed on a white countertop
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Roasted Acorn Squash, Two Ways: Easy Recipes

These easy recipes just require you to prepare the squash by coating the vegetable with a sweet or savory rub and roasting it till it turns golden. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Acorn Squash
Appliance: oven, Roasting Pan, Pastry Brush
Servings: 4 people
Author: Paromita Datta


  • 1 Acorn

For sweet version

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • Salt & pepper to taste

For savory version

  • 1/2 cup melted butter or olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper freshly ground


  • Start with prepping the acorn. Cut the acorn in two halves using a heavy-duty knife. Cut it lengthwise and split in two. Scoop out the seeds and fibrous inside with a metal spoon. Scour the inner surface in a diamond pattern. 
  • Turn on the oven, place a rack at the bottom half and set the temperature at 375°F. Preheat the oven and line a roasting pan with a baking sheet.
  • Prepare the squash by rubbing the outside with butter or oil and place it in the pan cut-side down. Roast the squash for at least 15 minutes. After this time, take out the squash and coat the inside.

For sweet version

  • Whisk together the butter and the maple syrup. With a pastry brush, apply this sweetened butter on the inside flesh. Sprinkle over some salt and pepper. 
  • Roast in the oven till the flesh crystalizes and the edges turn golden-brown. It will take 45 to 60 minutes. Take out the squash and check for doneness. When the squash is cooked, a knife should easily pierce the flesh and the skin. 

For savory version

  • Coat the inside of the squash with the melted butter or olive oil. Sprinkle over the salt and freshly ground black pepper. 
  • Roast the squash as mentioned above and check for doneness at the end. You can serve this version with a fresh, crisp salad. 
    Roasted acorn squash with sour cream and salad, served on a glass plate with a fork and knife on the side


You can also cut the squash in half-moon slices and roast them in a similar manner.