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Easy Baked Acorn Squash

Baked Acorn squash is a delicious, easy and healthy side dish for a fall dinner.

Baked Acorn squash is so sweet, once baked, it makes a wonderfully popular family side dish. Kids love it

Eat it plain, with salt and pepper, or loaded with brown sugar and butter. It’s all good. This is a ‘must have’ recipe for fall meals.

Acorn squash, like all squashes, is extremely healthy for us.

How healthy? According to this article by HealthLine, acorn squash is fully loaded with fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Not to mention all those antioxidants acorn squash provides.

You really need to make squash recipes a regular part of your Fall diet.

Baked Acorn Squash

More Excellent Squash Recipes:

We have grown and loved several types of squash over the years.  Delicata squash makes a lovely saute with pomegranate,  Zucchini is excellent in SO many ways…if I had a nickle for every zucchini recipe I have made…then there is butternut and pumpkin.

Pumpkin Apple Spice Bread, Delicate Squash Sautè and Instant Pot Butternut Pumpkin soup are more of our favorite Fall Squash recipes. Just click those links if you want to see how to get creative with squash.

Now let’s refocus on my ole favorite. This easy peasy baked acorn squash recipe.

Why should we bake acorn squash rather than steam it? 

Two reasons:

  1. Squash releases nutrients into the cooking water so this method of cooking is best for recipes that retain that liquid. Like soups.
  2. Baking acorns squash halves on a baking sheet is about the easiest method of cooking them. They come out tender and ready to mash up with a fork right in the skins like a boat. Add your favorite toppings or eat them plain. So good!
Baked Acorn Squash Mashed
Baked Acorn Squash mashed with a fork at serving.

Easy Baked Acorn Squash Recipe:

There are lots of other ways to stuff Acorn squash with various ingredients and fix it up for supper if you prefer. I’m happiest when it comes plain out of the oven.

PRO TIP: The secret to excellent easy baked acorn squash is to turn the squash upside down on the baking sheet so it’s slightly caramelized. It won’t be as sweet if you bake it right side up.

When you flip the squash bottoms up the flesh of the squash caramelizes against the baking sheet. This sweetens the squash and improves the flavor enormously.

When It’s baked turn it back right side up and serve. Acorn squash boats are always a popular family side dish.

Acorn Squash-

Bake acorn squash at 400 degrees F. for about 40 minutes. It’s perfect when a fork or knife inserted through the skin goes in easily.

Be aware that acorn squash comes in a variety of sizes. Baking time may vary depending on the size of your squash.

If you have never tried this delicacy I encourage you to cast an eye toward the squash section next time you’re at the farmer’s market.

Baked Acorn Squash is delicious and healthy. It bakes up sweet enough to eat plain and still be happy.

Baked Acorn Squash
Yield: 2 baked acorn squash halves

Easy Baked Acorn Squash

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Baked Acorn squash is a delicious, easy and healthy side dish for a fall dinner! Full of nutrients and plenty of fiber.

Ingredients

  • Acorn squash
  • Butter
  • Brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Cut the squash in half and place face down on ungreased baking sheet
  2. Bake for 45 minutes
  3. Remove from oven and serve
  4. Garnish with 1 tablespoon butter and 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Notes

Once baked upside down the sweetness will concentrate in the squash. Additions of butter and brown sugar are not necessary. This is quite enjoyable as a low carb side without embellishments.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

half squash

Amount Per Serving Calories 77Total Fat 6gCarbohydrates 7gProtein 0g

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Anne

Thursday 5th of May 2016

I was wondering if you could post oven temp for the acorn squash. Thank you

Diane

Thursday 5th of May 2016

Hi Anne, Thanks for stopping by with your request. The oven baking temperature is listed in the printed recipe instructions. I have added it into the text for you as well. Have a great day. Enjoy your squash!

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