Get step by step directions and photos on exactly How To Roast Butternut Squash – 2 Ways! I’ve also included a few recipes on how to use it!
Yah for winter squash season! I love roasting things and am guilty of making all kinds of roasted vegetables even during the hottest of the summer months. Roasting just gives them so much extra flavor and I love how they get nice and caramelized.
A lot of you may already know how to roast butternut squash, but just in case some of you don’t, today I have a full tutorial on How To Roast Butternut Squash – 2 Ways!
The first method is what I call whole roasted butternut squash. You do actually cut it in half, so it’s not technically whole, but it’s pretty close!
I don’t use this method quite as much because it does take longer and I’m usually roasting it for a salad or something that requires it to be cubed. But, this whole roasted method is perfect if you just want to make butternut squash puree or if you want to stuff the butternut squash.
This method is also super easy! One thing I don’t love about preparing butternut squash is peeling it. The butternut squash gets pretty slippery so you have to be careful and it leaves this sticky stuff on your hands that is nearly impossible to get off.
Here’s what you need to do for the Whole Roasted Butternut Squash:
- Carefully cut the butternut squash in half. I like to cut the top little brown stalk off first. You want each half of the butternut squash to be pretty much the same size so that they bake for the same amount of time. Butternut squash skin isn’t too tough, so you should be able to get your knife in there and easily cut through it.
- Next, you will need to use a metal spoon to scoop out all the seeds. This should be pretty easy!
- Then, drizzle each side with a small amount of olive oil and season with salt and pepper, if desired. If I’m just making a butternut squash puree I will forgo the salt and pepper, but if I’m doing a stuffed butternut squash I’ll season it up!
- Then all you have to do is place the squash cut side down (for some reason I photographed it cut side up, but it should be down!!) on a baking sheet or in a pan and pour about 1/4 cup of water in the pan, this will help keep the squash from burning or getting too brown. Roast butternut squash until fork tender and cooked through, about 60 mins depending on the size of your butternut squash.
- If you want to make butternut squash puree, you can just scoop out all the squash, add it to a food processor and blend until smooth.
The next method of roasting butternut squash is my usual go-to method! I call this roasted butternut squash cubes 🙂 This method is great if you want to use the butternut squash as a side dish or add to a salad. It’s also super flavorful because there’s much more surface area for your seasonings to coat.
Here’s what you need to for Roasted Butternut Squash Cubes:
- Peel the butternut squash and cut off the top stalk and very bottom off. Cut the butternut squash in half, lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds.
- This next part is kind of up to you exactly how you want to tackle it. You want the end result to be in bite sized cubes. I usually cut just above where the seeds were and then cut each part into about 1/2 inch thick slices. Then cut those slices into thin French fry shaped strips and then cut those into bite sized cubes.
- Place cubes on a large baking sheet and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper until they’re all evenly coated and roast until fork tender and starting to caramelize, about 40 minutes. Feel free to toss them with different seasonings than salt and pepper!
- You can also make butternut squash puree by adding the roasted cubes to a food processor and blending until creamy.
This method is a little more time consuming but it’s still my favorite way to prepare it! I’ll link to a few of my recipes below to use roasted cubed butternut squash and then I also have a Roasted Butternut Squash Enchilada Bake recipe coming to the blog on Thursday!
Here’s a few recipe ideas on how to use each type of Roasted Butternut Squash:
Whole Roasted Butternut Squash:
- Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Squash from Well Plated
- Butternut Squash Mac N Cheese from Healthy Nibbles and Bits
Cubed Butternut Squash:
- Winter Quinoa Salad with Butternut Squash
- Roasted Butternut Squash Tostadas
- Roasted Butternut Squash Enchilada Meal Prep Bowls
- Roasted Butternut Squash and Sweet Chili Chickpea Salad
- Roasted Butternut Squash and Black Bean Tacos
How To Roast Butternut Squash – 2 Ways
- Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
I’m sharing two easy foolproof methods for How To Roast Butternut Squash!
- 1 large butternut squash
- Olive oil
- 1/4 cup water (for whole roasted)
Whole Roasted Butternut Squash:
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. Wash and dry butternut squash and cut off the very top dry stalk part. Cut butternut squash in half, lengthwise and use a metal spoon to scoop out the insides. Brush with olive oil and season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper (optional).
- Place butternut squash cut side down on a baking sheet or in a baking pan and pour in 1/4 cup of water. Bake butternut squash until fork tender and cooked through, about 60 minutes, depending on the size of our squash.
- Remove from the oven and let look cool before handling.
Roasted Butternut Squash Cubes:
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. Carefully peel butternut squash, cut it in half, lengthwise and use a metal spoon to scoop out the insides.
- Cut the butternut squash in half, just above where you scooped the seeds out and then cut lengthwise slices that are about 1/2 inch thick. Cut those slices into French fry shaped strips and then cut those strips into bite size pieces (see photos above).
- Place cubed butternut squash onto a large baking sheet and toss with olive oil and salt and pepper until combined. Roast squash until fork tender and starting to caramelize, 40-50 minutes. Enjoy warm as a side dish or cold in a salad!
You can make butternut squash puree from both methods:
- To make puree out of the whole roasted squash, scoop out all the squash and add to a food processor and blend until creamy.
- To make puree out of roasted cubes, add all cubes to a food processor and blend until creamy.
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 60 mins
- Category: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: How To Roast Butternut Squash
Sandra De Graff says
I have been cooking for over 60 years, and I make squash and pumpkin the way my mother taught me. It is the easiest way I have ever found for making squash puree. I wash the outside of the squash or pumpkin and place it on a foil-lined cookie sheet (yes, whole.) I pace the whole thing in a 350 degree oven and bake until it is browned and soft to a knife prick. (The pumpkin may even deflate a bit.) After it is out of the oven and cooled a bit, I cut open the squash, scoop out the seeds onto the foil-lined cookie sheet, scoop out the squash into a bowl, and throw the skin, seeds and foil away in the trash. Mash the cooked squash, season some of the puree or mash (depending on how finely I make it) to eat with dinner, and freeze the rest. I use the frozen squash for future meals or as a supplement to other dishes like soup, casseroles, and pies.
She Likes Food says
I’ve never roasted one without cutting it in half but that’s good to know that it works great that way!
Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness says
I need to start roasting butternut squash more often! I really enjoy roasted squashes, but for some reason I don’t do it as much as I would like.
She Likes Food says
I don’t do it as much as I should either, but I love eating it!
Sharon D. says
Are the tops & bottoms of either vegetable removed prior to baking?
She Likes Food says
When roasting the entire butternut squash you can, but you don’t have to. When dicing it up and roasting you will want to remove the top and bottom. I hope that helps!