Cooking butternut squash with its thick, hard skin can seem rattling. However, it's pretty easy once you learn a couple of basic know-hows.
The sweet, nutty flavour of butternut squash is perfect in either savory or sweet recipes and can be cooked in different methods with amazing results: roasted, mashed, pureed, or baked. With a huge number of butternut squash recipes on the web, it's still important to know some simple recipes that your whole family will absolutely savor.
How To Cut & Peel Butternut Squash
- Wash squash thoroughly using a vegetable brush. Pat dry with a paper towel.
- The most useful way to cut butternut squash is to start with a large sharp knife and a durable cutting board. Then, cut about 1/4 – 1/2 inches off each end.
- Stand the peeled squash upright on a cutting board. It must be stable. Make one long cut, down the middle from top to bottom using a chef’s knife.
- Scoop out the seeds using a spoon or your fingers.
- There are a few different things to do with the butternut squash. One is just to cut it into cubes and roast it. If you're going to do that, peeling is not necessary.
- The other common thing is if you're going to puree or mash it, you have to peel your butternut squash. You can peel the squash whole, running the peeler down the length. Or, you can peel it halfway up the sides and then turn it and do the other half.
How To Bake Butternut Squash
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 1 hour
- Using your knife, cut the squash in half and remove the seeds.
- After cutting the squash in halves, place both halves on a lined baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
- Put 3 drops of vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons of honey onto the butternut squash in the pan. Upturn the squash and spread the vanilla and honey to cover the squash evenly.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Place aluminum foil over the baking dish to prevent burning.
- Using a high setting, cook the squash for 30 minutes. Turn the halves so that the open sides are now facing up. Then continue cooking for another 30 minutes until the squash is soft and cooked.
- To know if it's thoroughly cooked, prick the squash with the sharp tip of the knife. It must poke through smoothly.
Preparing the best butternut squash couldn't get any easier.
How To Roast Butternut Squash
Roasting butternut squash will allow you to caramelize the flesh while maintaining its moisture and tenderness inside. The sweet, delicious roasted squash will shimmer through and transform into a side dish that's worthy of a significant occasion. Correspondingly, roasting a cube or half butternut squash makes a fantastic base for a soup or a recipe that involves mashed butternut squash.
Roasted Butternut Squash Cubes
Roasting time: 30-35 minutes
- Cover a bordered baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 375℉.
- Wash the butternut squash, cut in half, and remove seeds just like the directions above. Cut it into 1-inch cubes or small-inch cubes. Remember, the bigger the cube, the longer it needs to be roasted.
- Spread the cubed squash in an even single layer on the baking dish.
- Drizzle squash with a bit of olive oil to coat and season with ground black pepper, salt, and fresh herbs, depending on your taste. Prevent drying out while roasting.
- Roast in a 375°F oven for 30 to 35 minutes, flipping halfway through until the edges are tender and brown or can easily be poked by a fork.
Roasted Butternut Squash Halves
Roasting time: 50 minutes
You can roast butternut squash halves cut side up or side down, without peeling it. However, don't forget to get rid of the seeds.
- Preheat the oven to 375℉.
- Slice the butternut squash in half, lengthwise.
- Remove any seeds and place the butternut squash, cut-side up into a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Coat its flesh with olive oil, smudging the whole surface of the squash. Add a pinch of salt.
- Roast face down (skin side up) on the oven for 50 minutes, or until it's soft enough to be smoothly punctured with a fork.
Everyone In The Family Will Love Butternut Squash
When you start learning how to cook butternut squash, you can fully utilize the abundance of squash hitting markets this year. These simple, delicious recipes are especially healthy enough during the March Break but easy enough to wrap up any dinner.
If you're planning to include butternut squash in your meals, give our Butternut Squash Beet sauce a try. It contains some of the goodness and nutrients of the butternut squash that you and your family will love having in any veggie recipe.