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How To Cook Acorn Squash

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Every time I go to post a how to post I have to remind myself: someone, somewhere, truly doesn’t know how to cook this/do this/how long to roast this. So here’s step by step, how to cook acorn squash. Fall is here and acorn squash are cheap and abundant – and they are truly delicious!

How to Cook Acorn Squash
How to Cook Acorn Squash

How to Cook Acorn Squash, Step by Step

It may seem redundant to a lot of people reading this blog, but we all had to learn somehow. So every time I go over a basic recipe or kitchen task, I am going to try and post it more. I know there are a few university kids reading my blog (other than the obvious ones I work with) and projects  reminded me that there are so many people learning still, so many younger adults yearning for more knowledge in the kitchen. And hey, I can’t count the times I google things myself, but that’s just old age and a lack of memory kicking in.

So the other night I made acorn squash.

It doesn’t get easier than this, cheaper, or a better way to sneak in a large serving of vegetables. The total cost at Superstore was about $1.45 a squash, each one serving two people.  Two! If my math serves me correctly, that makes each serving  about 73 cents. A very hearty serving, I might add. You hear that, university kids? Seventy three cents. Split with a roomie.

You also need nothing but a little butter, salt and brown sugar if you want. Mike decided he liked his plain with butter and salt rather than brown sugar.

No one needs to guess which one my sweet tooth prefers.

Or my son. He ate two halves by himself, since my brother “doesn’t like squash”.

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 acorn squash per 2 people
  • 1 tbsp butter per squash
  • 1/2 tbsp brown sugar per squash
  • salt
  • pepper

Kick the tires and light the fires to 350 degrees.

Whole Acorn Squash
Whole Acorn Squash

Using a nice sharp knive, cleave those squash in half.

Whole Acorn Squash cut in half
Whole Acorn Squash cut in half

Clean out the seeds and stringy bits, so that it’s beautifully clean, like this.

Half an acorn Squash with seeds and fibers cleaned out
Half an Acorn Squash with seeds and fibers cleaned out

Place cut side down on a baking sheet lined with tinfoil, then add enough water so that it slightly covers the sides of the squash. You can also cook these facing up, but I find this way you end up with amazingly soft squash that hasn’t dried out in places or burnt in others. It cooks them uniformly.

 How to Place Acorn Squash on Baking Sheet
How to Place Acorn Squash on Baking Sheet

Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes, until they are soft. Remove them baking sheet from the oven and place on top of the stove. Turn on the broiler in your oven.

Take your butter and place in the center of each.

Cooked Acorn Squash with Butter
Cooked Acorn Squash with Butter

If you are going for sweet, add the brown sugar. Sprinkle with salt.

 Cooked Acorn Squash with Butter and Brown Sugar
Cooked Acorn Squash with Butter and Brown Sugar

Return to the oven and broil for about 5 minutes, melting the butter/sugar, browning the edges slightly and you end up with a lovely, soft bowl of squash with a pool of sugary butter that you can eat with a spoon.Almost as good as dessert and you get about 2 servings of vegetables in.

Cooked Acorn Squash
Cooked Acorn Squash

If you want a really unique acorn squash recipe try my Acorn Squash Pie!  It is really fantastic and a great change from pumpkin! Happy cooking you guys! I hope this recipe helps you all out, learning how to cook acorn squash is really easy AND delicious!

Karlynn

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How to Cook Acorn Squash

How to clean, cut, prepare and cook acorn squash in the oven with a delicious sweet and buttery recipe as well! This is our favourite way to cook squash.

5 from 30 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Total Time
45 minutes
Course
Main Course
Cuisine
American
Servings
2
Calories
148
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients

  • 1 acorn squash per 2 people
  • 1 tbsp butter per squash
  • 1/2 tbsp brown sugar per squash
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Kick the tires and light the fires to 350 degrees. 

  2. Using a nice sharp knive, cleave that squash in half. 

  3. Clean out the seeds and stringy bits, so that it's beautifully clean. 

  4. Place cut side down on a baking sheet lined with tinfoil, then add enough water so that it slightly covers the sides of the squash. You can also cook these facing up, but I find this way you end up with amazingly soft squash that hasn't dried out in places or burnt in others. It cooks them uniformly.

  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, until they are soft. 

  6. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place on top of the stove. 
  7. Turn on the broiler in your oven.

  8. Take your butter and place in the center of each. If you are going for sweet, add the brown sugar. Sprinkle with salt. 

  9. Return to the oven and broil for about 5 minutes, melting the butter/sugar, browning the edges slightly and you end up with this: a lovely, soft bowl of squash with a pool of sugary butter that you can eat with a spoon. Almost as good as dessert and you get about 2 servings of vegetables in.

Recipe Notes

You can skip the sugar and only use butter if you like with this recipe!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 2g, Calories: 148kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 58mg, Potassium: 747mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 970IU, Vitamin C: 23.7mg, Calcium: 71mg, Iron: 1.5mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Shirley Fraley says

    If you slice a small notch off the center of rind on each half, the squash will not topple over.
    I tried a recipe using onion powder, garlic powder and dried rosemary sprinkled on top of sliced squash and it was delicious for those that do not like sweet (of course, you & I can’t imagine that!)

    • Johanna Ottervanger floyd says

      I am so happy I found your site bc I first went to Food Network & then Allrecipes but the recipes for a simple squash were excessive and yours are so simple and now off to bake my acorn squash…thx so much bc at 70 I need help…

  2. Rob St. John says

    I’ve always cooked acorn squash at 350-400 for 1 hour. Today I thought I would google it to see what the “official’ timing should be. Much to my surprise it runs from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours. Guess I’ll try 45 minutes and see how it goes. The oven is already preheated since I’m presently ‘cooking’ a frozen pizza 😉

  3. Julie Pilgrim says

    I am a grandmother but I live with and take care of my mother. I’ve never gotten into cooking but I can if it’s way simple easy stuff. I more than appreciate your knowledge and help. Double thanks for detailing everything because I am an older learning cook that without your details I would pull my hair out.
    I Truly Thank you
    J. Pilgrim
    Mountain Home, Idaho5 stars

  4. Sheryll says

    The only thing I would add, especially since you have young readers, is to absolutely always, every single time, WASH anything you cut before you do anything else.

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