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How To Cook Butternut Squash in the Oven

Welcome to your ultimate guide for cooking butternut squash!

This simple yet delicious recipe is all about bringing out the rich, nutty flavor of butternut squash, making it the perfect addition to your holiday table or as a versatile side dish for any meal.

A Nutty and Flavorful Side Dish for Every Occasion

Sliced butternut squash on a white plate.

The recipe is great for making with your favorite main dish or for a side for Christmas and Thanksgiving.

Ingredients for Butternut Squash

  • Butternut squash
  • Olive oil (or coconut oil for variation)
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Optional: Brown sugar or cinnamon for a sweet twist
  • Optional: Parsley or Parmesan cheese for garnish

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

Butternut squash diced up in a white bowl with a wooden spoon.

Step-By-Step Instructions For Butternut Squash

Ingredients for butternut squash in bowls.

Step 1: Preheat your oven to a high heat of 400 degrees. Line a baking dish with aluminum foil or parchment paper for a stable base and easy cleanup.

Step 2: Prepare the butternut squash by peeling it with a good vegetable peeler and cutting it on a flat surface with a sharp knife. Cut into 1-inch cubes and discard all the seeds.

Diced butternut squash on a cookie sheet.

Step 3: Place the squash cubes on your prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat each piece evenly.

Step 4: In a small bowl, mix together the salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Sprinkle this seasoning over the squash.

Cooked butternut squash on a cookie sheet.

Step 5: Roast in your preheated oven until the squash is fork tender and the edges are golden brown, about 25-30 minutes. Garnish with parsley or parmesan cheese for an extra touch of flavor.

Butternut squash in a white bowl.

Tips and Tricks

  • To cut the squash differently, try using a large spoon to scoop out the flesh side after halving the squash.
  • Ensure the squash has a flat surface on the cutting board to avoid sharp edges.
Butternut squash in a white bowl.

Storage and Leftovers

  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. They can be reheated or used in different recipes, like creamy butternut squash soup.

Dishes that Go Great with Butternut Squash

Pair this roasted butternut squash with dishes like:

  1. Herb-crusted Pork Tenderloin from Spend with Pennies
  2. Baked Chicken with a Maple Syrup Glaze
  3. A Fresh Spinach and Pomegranate Salad
  4. Sorghum glazed sweet potatoes
  5. Crock Pot green beans and ham hock
Pieces of butternut squash in a white bowl.

There you have it, folks! A perfect recipe for oven-roasted butternut squash that’s both easy to prepare and utterly delicious.

How To Cook Butternut Squash in the Oven

Whether it’s a holiday feast or a simple weeknight dinner, this dish is sure to impress.

Sliced butternut squash on a white plate.

How to Roast Butternut Squash in the Oven

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Discover the best way to roast butternut squash in the oven, a simple side dish that's flavorful, fork-tender, and perfect for any meal.


  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Chopped parsley (optional, garnish)


  1. Peel and cut the squash into one-inch pieces. Discard the seeds.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
  3. Add the cubed butternut squash to the baking sheet in a single layer.
  4. Drizzle olive oil over the squash and toss to coat.
  5. Combine the salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a small mixing bowl.
  6. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture evenly over the squash.
  7. Cook for 25-30 minutes or until fork tender and beginning to brown on edges. 
  8. Garnish with parsley if desired.  


  • Best served warm.
  • Can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. 
  • Makes a great fall or winter healthy side dish!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 83Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 318mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

Nutrition is approximate.

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