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Baked Acorn Squash

Baked Acorn Squash

Baked Acorn Squash - a fuss-free healthy side side dish that can be served on regular or special days. It comes in both savory and sweet versions so you can choose one or make both! Truly one of the easiest and most versatile squash recipes you can prepare for the whole family!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword baked, sides, squash
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 halves
Calories 161 kcal
Author Imma

Ingredients

Savory Version

  • 2 medium acorn squash (approx. 1 pound each)
  • 2 tablespoon (28 ml) olive oil
  • teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • Pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon (0.62 g)cajun seasoning

Sweet Version

  • 2 medium acorn squash (approx. 1 pound each)
  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) unsalted butter , melted
  • 2 tablespoons (25 g) brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon (0.5 g) freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon (1 g) cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cajun seasoning
  • (0.5 g) Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray. Set aside until ready to use.

  2. Slice squash in half and scoop out the seeds using a spoon or ice cream scooper. You might need to use your hands as well to get everything out. Place squash cut-side down on a cutting board and slice into 1 slices. They should resemble “C”s.

  3. Arrange slices in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the top of each slice with half of the melted butter and half of the brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper mixture.

  4. Bake for approximately 40 minutes, or until squash is caramelized and aromatic, flipping halfway through and seasoning with remaining butter and spices.

  5. Garnish baked acorn squash with pecans and for a bit of a sweeter taste, a sprinkle of brown sugar! Perfect as a side dish or I even like it for a healthy breakfast!

Recipe Notes

  1. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.