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Brown Sugar Roasted Acorn Squash
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Sweet and savory, this healthy Brown Sugar Roasted Acorn Squash is an easy side dish for any night of the week! 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: acorn squash recipe, roasted acorn squash
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 159 kcal
Author: Blair
  • 2 acorn squash
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or more, to taste
  • Optional garnish: chopped toasted pecans; fresh thyme or fresh parsley
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment and spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.

  2. Slice squash in half. Scoop out the the seeds. Place squash flat side down on a cutting board and slice into 1 - 1.5-inch slices.

  3. Arrange slices in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the top of each slice with half of the melted butter. Sprinkle with half of the brown sugar and season with salt, to taste.

  4. Bake for approximately 45 minutes, or until squash is caramelized and tender. Halfway through the baking time, flip the squash over; brush with remaining melted butter, sprinkle with remaining brown sugar, and season with additional salt. 

  5. Garnish roasted acorn squash with chopped, toasted pecans and fresh herbs, if desired. Remember, the skin is edible!

Recipe Notes

Cooking Just for Two? Cut the ingredients in half and just roast 1 acorn squash. The rest of the cooking instructions remain the same.

How to Roast Acorn Squash Seeds:

  • Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.
  • Wash acorn squash seeds in water, and pat dry.
  • Place the dry seeds in a small bowl. Toss with olive oil (as much as you need to coat the seeds; the amount will vary depending on how many seeds you have); season with salt.
  • Spread seeds in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Roast for 15 minutes, or until the seeds begin to pop. Allow the seeds to cool on the tray before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Brown Sugar Roasted Acorn Squash
Amount Per Serving (1 /4 of the roasted acorn squash)
Calories 159 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 203mg9%
Potassium 747mg21%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 965IU19%
Vitamin C 23.7mg29%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.