Baked Acorn Squash Recipe (2024)

October 25, 2018

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Baked Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar and Butter is one of our favorite fall treats. This easy baked squash can be eaten for breakfast or for dinner as a dessert. The butter makes theroasted squash tender, while the brown sugar adds caramelization and a pleasant nuttiness.

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How to serve the Baked Acorn Squash

My kids like to sprinkle their baked squash with some chocolate chips (while the squash is still warm) and nuts (walnuts and pecans are best), while I like it simple just with whatever it was baked with. If you’re a fan of cinnamon you can add a sprinkling with the brown sugar before baking, or right before eating.

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Cooking Acorn Squash in the Microwave

When you’re pressed for time but still want some baked acorn squash goodness, don’t fret! Microwave the squash side down on a plate covered for about 12 minutes, then brush with butter, sprinkle with sugar and finish cooking it by microwaving for another several minutes. And there you have it – Baked Acorn Squash, just faster!

It would not get caramelized, but hey, you win some, you lose some 😉 Enjoy!

How to Cut Acorn Squash

  • To help stabilize the squash as you cut it, you can place a ring made out of a kitchen towel under the bottom of the squash, or just place it on a cutting board.
  • Use a sharp knife, otherwise, with a dull knife, the squash might slip as you struggle to cut through it and cause you to cut yourself with a knife.
  • Rock the knife back and forth as you go through the squash.
  • Once cut in half remove the seeds and discard.
  • Use a sharp paring knife to scorethe squash in a criss-cross pattern.

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How to Bake the Squash

  • Brush the inside of the squash with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. If the squash is unstable make a nest or a ring out of foil and place it on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Set the squash halves inside the rings. Place the baking sheet with squash in the preheated to 400 F oven and bake for 1hour or until the squash is tender and pierces easy.

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Baked Acorn Squash

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5 from 8 votes

Baked Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar and Butter is a simple and easy way to cook squash. Serve it with chopped walnuts and more brown sugar.

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: baked acorn squash, baked squash

Calories: 330 kcal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes



How to cut acorn squash

  1. Make a ring out of a kitchen towel and place the acorn squash inside. Now with a sharp knife cut the squash in half, rocking the knife back and forth to help it go through easier. Remove and discard the seeds.

How to Bake Acorn Squash

  1. Score the inside of the squash in a criss-cross pattern about every 1 inch. Brush it with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Place the acorn squash halves on a rimmed baking sheet. If the squash is not very stable, you can help stabilize them by making a "nest" out of aluminum foil then placing the acorn squash halves inside.

  2. Bake the squash in a preheated to 400F oven for about 1 hour or until the squash is soft and easily pierced with a fork. Remove to individual plates and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Baked Acorn Squash

Amount Per Serving

Calories 330Calories from Fat 153

% Daily Value*

Fat 17g26%

Saturated Fat 10g63%

Cholesterol 45mg15%

Sodium 165mg7%

Potassium 779mg22%

Carbohydrates 46g15%

Fiber 3g13%

Sugar 23g26%

Protein 1g2%

Vitamin A 1325IU27%

Vitamin C 23.7mg29%

Calcium 96mg10%

Iron 1.7mg9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Carolyn

    Question; When microwaving on a plate, cut side down, you say covered. Do you mean cover with a bowl or plastic wrap?

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  • Michelle

    This was a tasty recipe. Very easy to follow.

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    • Marina | Let the Baking Begin

      Thank you Michelle!

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  • Amy

    To stabilize my squash in baking dish, I cut a small slice of the rind off on the back side of each slice so it sits flat in the dish.

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  • Alisa

    In the text portion of the recipe, you say to bake at 400F, but in the printable recipe, you say to bake at 350F. Which would be better?

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    • Marina | Let the Baking Begin

      Hi Alisa, 400F is the temp to get the best results.

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  • Gigi

    I cut the squash across rather than lengthwise, add a T of butter and then fill the cavity with maple syrup. It’s really good, too.

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