Roasted Delicata Squash

by Beth - Budget Bytes
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I need to share a food with you that I’ve been crushing on lately. It’s not anything fancy or even unique, but somehow it still blows my mind every time I make it. I’m talking about roasted delicata squash. Everyone always talks about butternut squash, acorn squash, and spaghetti squash, but we need to be talking about Delicata squash. Because it’s the best winter squash by far, IMHO. We’re nearing the end of the season, so I wanted to squeeze this post in there so you can give it a try before the crop runs out!

Roasted delicata squash piled onto a plate

Why is Roasted Delicata Squash So Good??

This pretty little winter squash is a little sweet and almost has a rich quality to the flavor, making it taste rather dessert-like, especially when roasted. When delicata squash is roasted all of those natural sugars get caramelized so you get that buttery caramel flavor on the back end. It’s truly perfection and I have a hard time not eating the entire squash myself.

Can You Eat the Skin on Delicata Squash?

Yes! The skin of Delicata squash is 100% edible. That’s the second reason I love this squash so much. It’s so easy to prepare because you don’t have to bother peeling it. Not to mention that gorgeous yellow and green striped skin makes for a really beautiful plate.

How to Season Roasted Delicata Squash

Look, this squash is so delicious it truly doesn’t need any seasoning. That being said, I did just a pinch of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. You could also play around with adding some sweet-smoky-spicy seasonings like brown sugar, smoked paprika, or cayenne pepper. I think those flavors would pair beautifully with the sweet flavor of the squash.

What to Serve with Delicata Squash

Roasted delicata squash makes a great side dish to any roasted Autumn or Winter meats, like Herb Roasted Tenderloin, Cider Roasted Turkey, or Herb Roasted Chicken Breasts. You could also add it to a fall inspired salad, like this Autumn Kale and Sweet Potato Salad, or make it part of a sheet pan meal, like this Sheet Pan Cranberry Chicken Dinner. It would even go nicely with something Like Bratwurst and Sauerkraut.

Two whole delicata squashes
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Roasted Delicata Squash

4.67 from 3 votes
Roasted Delicata squash is surprisingly sweet and rich, and is almost effortless to prepare, making it the perfect fall or winter side dish.
Author: Beth – Budget Bytes
Close up view of roasted delicata squash on the baking sheet
Servings 2
Prep 10 mins
Cook 35 mins
Total 45 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 delicata squash (⅔ lb.) ($1.66)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil ($0.16)
  • 1/8 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder ($0.02)
  • 1/8 tsp freshly cracked black pepper ($0.02)

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Cut the ends off the delicata squash, then slice it open length-wise.
  • Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds, then slice the squash into ½-inch wide slices.
  • Place the sliced squash on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle the salt, garlic powder, and pepper over top. Toss the squash until it is fully coated in oil and spices. Make sure it is spread out over the baking sheet in an even layer.
  • Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and roast for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, flip the squash pieces over. Roast for an additional 10-15* minutes, or until browned to your liking.
  • Taste the squash and adjust the salt or pepper to your liking. Serve warm.

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Notes

*Cooking time may vary depending on the size of your squash.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 114kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSodium: 152mgFiber: 2g
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Close up view of roasted delicata squash on the baking sheet

How to Make Roasted Delicata Squash – Step by Step Photos

whole delicata squash on a blue background

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. I bought two delicata squashes, but I only roast one at a time because you need to make sure the slices have plenty of room on the baking sheet and are not crowded in order to get the nice caramelization. (I’ll just save the second one for next week 😏)

Seeds being scraped out with a spoon

Slice the stem off the squash, then slice it open lengthwise. Thankfully, Delicata squash are not that big and are slightly softer than butternut squash, so they’re much easier to cut. Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds.

Sliced delicata squash on a cutting board

Cut the squash into ½-inch wide slices.

squash slices on a baking sheet being drizzled with oil

Place the squash pieces on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with a tablespoon or so of olive oil.

Seasoned squash ready to roast

Also add a little salt, pepper, and garlic powder (about ⅛ tsp each). Toss the squash pieces until they’re evenly coated in oil and spices, then make sure they’re spread out evenly over the baking sheet again.

Roasted delicata squash on the baking sheet

Transfer the squash to the oven and roast for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, take the squash out of the oven, flip them over, then return to the oven for another 10-15 minutes, or until they’re nice and caramelized like in the photo above.

overhead view of roasted delicata squash on a plate

Give the squash a taste and add more salt or pepper if you prefer. Serve it up warm and enjoy! …And try not to eat all of it before you even sit down to your meal. ;)

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  1. I found this preparation method to be really excellent — the texture of the squash and its skin was really great. However, I have found delicata to be pretty bland the other times I’ve tried making it, so I ate this with some of the cranberry balsamic glaze from another Budget Bytes recipe. It was really tasty!

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  3. We love delicata squash so much that we now grow it in our garden. It is so easy to prepare and tastes great. Our dog likes it too.

  4. I had never tried delicata squash before today. Your recipe is delicious. Only adjustment I made was to peel the skin of the squash in ribbons so it wouldn’t be a choking hazard for my 1-year-old. He loves it! Thank you, Beth!

  5. I love delicata, but have taken to sautéing it instead of roasting. Halve and seed, slice pretty thin, maybe 1/4”. Heat olive oil in a wide pan, you want lots of surface area. I use a 12” skillet. Toss in the squash, season, allow to brown, flip gently. It takes 10-15 minutes to cook. 

    My favorite seasoning has been maple cinnamon, with a little chipotle for some background heat.