Savory Roasted Acorn Squash

Savory roasted acorn squash is a side dish packed with flavor and nutrition! It’s easy to make and is a delicious complement to a roast or tenderloin.

Savory Roasted Acorn Squash

Savory Roasted Acorn Squash

Course Side Dish
Servings 4
Calories 200 kcal


  • 1 medium acorn squash (1½ pounds)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • tsp dried sage
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  • Preheat the oven to 450℉.  
  • Halve the squash, remove seeds and cut into 12 wedges.  Place wedges in a large bowl abd toss with olive oil, nutmeg, salt and pepper.  
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and lay squash wedges in a single layer.  Roast until lightly browned, 12-15 minutes.
  • While squash is cooking, put butter in a small skillet or saucepan and melt over medium-low heat.  Allow butter to simmer, stirring occasionally, until solids at the bottom begin to brown.  This can take from 1-5 minutes, depending on stovetop type and efficiency.  Do not leave unattended as the butter may burn quickly.
  • Remove pan from heat and whisk in sage, maple syrup and lemon juice.
  • Remove squash from oven after the first bake, flip wedges over and spoon butter mixture over each wedge.  Place back in the oven and roast for an additional 8-10 minutes or until tender.  
  • Hack:  Leftover squash can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.  To freeze, remove the rind and mash squash.  Package in serving size portions and freeze for 10-12 months.
  • Hack:  Uncooked winter squash can be stored in a cool, dark environment (less than 50℉) for up to 2 months so stock up when it’s on sale!  Cook, mash and freeze unseasoned winter squash for up to 12 months as a quick and easy addition to many recipes.
Keyword acorn squash, holiday side dish, oven roasted vegetables, savory squash, vegetable, vegetable side dish, vegetarian, winter squash

Did you know?  Winter squash provides numerous health benefits that may help reduce the risk of many diseases!

Suggestion: This pairs nicely with Cranberry Mustard Pork Tenderloin!

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4 Replies to “Savory Roasted Acorn Squash”

  1. Hey thanks for this recipe!

    I’m definitely wanting to try this recipe out! I haven’t tasted acorn squash before so this is going to be exciting. I also like how simple and quick it is to make it, hopefully it’ll turn out tasty. By that way do you know what dishes this will go best with?

    Thanks again!

    1. Thank you for reaching out, Sariyah!  This type of squash has a sweet and nutty flavor that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.  While many people associate it with Thanksgiving (and turkey), I like to eat it with pork or ham.  I had it just the other day with Cranberry Mustard Pork Tenderloin!

  2. Thank you for sharing this delicious dish. Putting the instructions and steps was very helpful onto making this dish. I would want to try it as it looks like toast and very crunchy as well. I want to try to make something like this because I want to learn how to cook as well and this site is perfect for it. You display each article with the information the people can understand. Nothing is really missing as well everything is good.

    1. Thank you for your comments, Caleb!  I love oven-roasted vegetables of all kinds as the dry heat of the oven caramelizes the natural sugars in vegetables, bringing about an amazing depth of flavor!

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