These delicious and healthy baked acorn squash slices are seasoned with cinnamon, garlic, and olive oil. Perfect as a sweet and savory side dish or a vegetarian main course.
Acorn squash is a great vegetable to add to your winter meals. Its flavor pairs well with many herbs and spices making its taste slightly different depending on what you cook it with.
To me, one of the best acorn squash recipes out there is baked acorn squash. Not only is this an easy recipe to make but it tastes great too!
That is because baking intensifies the flavor in vegetables like acorn squash. The heat carmelizes the natural sugars found in squash. So you are left with a tasty and fork-tender squash.
This recipe features cinnamon, garlic, and olive oil. So it takes the slightly sweet and nutty flavor of butternut squash and kicks it up a notch with the spicy and savory flavor that will please any palette.
So if you’re looking for a new tasty and easy squash recipe to add to your collection you have come to the right place!
Read on to learn how to make this four-ingredient baked acorn squash slices recipe for an easy side dish that is a great healthy addition to your fall or winter meal.
Why You’ll Love This Acorn Squash Recipe
Acorn squash is a wonderful veggie to add to your weekly meal plan. Here are the reasons why you’ll love this baked acorn squash slices recipe:
- Few ingredients
- Requires little effort
- Accommodates different dietary needs (vegetarian, vegan, dairy, and gluten-free)
This baked sliced acorn squash recipe contains just a few ingredients. Some of which you may already have in your spice rack and pantry. So the only thing you may need to get from the store is the acorn squash.
This easy roasted acorn recipe takes very little prep and can be done in under 10 minutes! Then let the oven do the rest and you will have a yummy side dish ready in under an hour. So if you are already making dinner in the oven this recipe is pretty effortless to add on.
The naturally occurring sugar comes out when acorn squash slices are cooked. So even without seasoning acorn squash roasted slices are pretty flavorful.
Add olive oil, cinnamon, and garlic and you have a scrumptious sweet and savory taste. Another thing that is great about acorn squash rings is that they will fill you up. Even with just one or two slices you will satisfy your hunger.
This vegetable has a lot of essential nutrients so adding this acorn squash rings recipe will give your meal some additional nutritional benefits.
If you’re like me you can appreciate when a recipe fits your dietary needs. So anyone who is vegetarian, vegan, or needs to avoid gluten and dairy can enjoy it without worrying about it.
You will also love baked acorn squash slices for their versatility. You can serve it as a side dish, snack, or main course. It’s so good you might find yourself eating it right off the baking sheet.
What is Acorn Squash?
Acorn squash is a type of squash that is grown in the fall and winter months. It is a round or slightly oblong squash with ridges and a somewhat pointed shape that resembles an acorn. Hence its name, acorn squash.
What Does Acorn Squash Look Like?
In addition to its distinctive shape, acorn squash has some other characteristics that set it apart from other types of squash. They include size, skin, and flesh.
This vegetable is smaller than other squash and runs between one and three pounds. It also has very hard exterior skin.
On the inside, there is a slightly sweet and nutty yellow-orange colored flesh. It is surrounded by a stringy fibrous membrane and seeds similar to a pumpkin.
Other Types of Acorn Squash
There are a few acorn squash types with the most common being the traditional dark green. This is the one you will typically see in the store and what I have used in this recipe. Other types of acorn squash include:
- Golden acorn squash
- White acorn squash
- Carnival squash
- Sweet Reba squash
Golden acorn squash has pale yellow skin. White acorn squash has skin that is pale white or cream colored. Carnival squash is shaped like the common acorn squash but it has mottled green, yellow, and orange skin. Sweet Reba squash is a new variety of acorn squash. It has bright orange skin.
Acorn Squash Nutrition Information
There is a lot of nutrition you can get from this yummy squash. This vegetable provides a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. According to the acorn squash nutrition facts cup (205 grams) provides the following:
- Calories: 115
- Carbohydrates: 30 grams
- Fiber: 9 grams
- Protein: 2 grams
- Fat: 0.3 grams
Looking at the acorn squash calories you can see it is a low-calorie food. However, there are a good amount of carbs in acorn squash per serving.
The amount of acorn squash carbs is also something to consider if you were wondering, “is acorn squash keto?”
Thanks to the high amount of fiber in squash most of the carbs in this food are complex. This means that could be considered a low carb food. While it is not a zero-net-carb food acorn squash is a low-net-carb food. This means it can be incorporated into a keto diet in moderation when consumed with fat and protein foods.
Other important acorn squash nutrients include essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This food is a very good source of potassium, and vitamins A and C. It is also a good source of vitamin E, thiamin (B1), B6, folate, magnesium, manganese, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin.
This food has been associated with improvements in inflammation, eye health, digestion, immunity, bone health, muscle function, and blood pressure. These potential acorn squash benefits may come from the nutrients found in this food.
So if you were wondering, “is acorn squash good for you?” the answer is yes!
**Please note that the nutrition information for this recipe will be different from that of acorn squash alone.
How to Tell if Acorn Squash is Ripe
When choosing your acorn squash you want to get a ripe squash. This will ensure you get the best flavor and texture. Here is what to look for when shopping for your squash.
Color of a Ripe Acorn Squash
The color of the squash will tell you how fresh it is. The duller the green color, the more ripe the squash.
If you only see squashes with a tinge of orange color that is okay. This tells you the squash is ripe and needs to be used within a few days. Be sure to steer clear of squashes that are pale or have any yellow or brown spots.
The Texture of a Ripe Acorn Squash
The texture of acorn squash is another sign of ripeness. Squashes with a hard and smooth outer surface are the ones you want to pick. Avoid squashes with bruises and soft spots.
You can press your finger to the skin to see how strong it is. If it is softer find another squash. Looking at an acorn squash’s stem can also indicate its level of ripeness.
Stem on a Ripe Acorn Squash
Do you see a dry, corky stem? Then you’ve got a fully ripe squash!
Alternatively, a moist or green stem will tell you the squash is not fully ripe. This may not be a problem if you are looking to cook the squash at a later date when it’s ripe.
Weight of A Ripe Acorn Squash
How heavy a squash is will give insight into its freshness. It should be small and heavy for its size. Look for ones that are 3 pounds or less. This will ensure you get a squash with a lot of flesh inside. Squash that is too big will be dried out stringy flesh.
Sound A Ripe Acorn Squash Makes
If you hear a hollow sound when you tap the squash with your knuckles you’ve got yourself a ripe squash.
By following these tips, you can determine the acorn squash ripeness and if your squash is ready to be cooked and eaten.
If you’re not gonna use your squash within the next day or so be sure to store it in a dry, cool place. This will keep it fresh until you’re ready to eat it.
What Does Acorn Squash Taste Like?
The flesh of acorn squash has a slightly sweet and nutty flavor with a somewhat fibrous texture. As it is cooked the flesh softens and becomes sweeter. This is because when you put acorn squash in the oven the heat brings out the naturally occurring sugar in this vegetable.
These sugars create a caramelized acorn squash and enhance its sweetness. These roasted acorn squash slices will also be tender and somewhat creamy. It is also important to note that overcooking can result in a dry, mealy squash.
The acorn squash taste also varies depending on the variety of the squash. Golden acorn squash has a milder, sweeter flavor than green squash. White acorn squash tastes slightly nutty and sweet. The flesh of the carnival squash is sweet and nutty. Sweet Reba squash has a very sweet taste.
Acorn squash also can take on the flavor of the seasonings added to it it. So you can make it a more savory or sweet squash depending on your taste preferences.
Can You Eat the Skin of Acorn Squash?
If you are wondering, “is acorn squash skin edible?” It depends on if we are talking about raw or cooked acorn squash skin.
Raw skin is tough and fibrous making it too hard to eat. However, acorn squash baked is a whole other story.
Cooking will soften the skin so there is the possibility to eat it after it’s roasted. There could also be an issue if the skin is still too tough after heating.
If you are asking me, “do you eat the skin of acorn squash?” It depends on the squash. Normally I will eat it unless it’s too tough. Then I will fork out the squash flesh and toss the skin.
One way to avoid a tough squash skin is by peeling the squash before you cook it. If you opt to do this look for a smaller, younger squash. This way it will have thinner and more tender skin. This will be easier to peel.
What to Do with Acorn Squash?
If you’re wondering, “what to do with acorn squash?” You have come to the right place! This squash is perfect for anyone who is looking for an easy way to make veggies taste great.
Acorn squash is a super versatile veggie. It can be incorporated into a number of dishes or cooked on its own with seasoning. It can be baked, broiled, roasted, steamed sautéed, stuffed, and pureed.
This vegetable will also add a layer of depth and richness when added to salads, soups, stews, and casseroles. The sweetness of acorn squash can also be used to make dessert dishes like pies, breads, and custards.
For me, roasted winter squash takes the prize as one of the best things you can do with this vegetable. This is among my favorite methods to cook this squash. That is because it makes the squash really flavorful, takes little effort, and can be done with just a few ingredients.
How to Prepare an Acorn Squash
If you’re curious about how to prep acorn squash before it’s ready to be cooked here are the steps:
- Wash the acorn squash
- Cut the Acorn Squash
- Scoop out the seeds and membranes
- Peel the acorn squash (optional)
Wash the Squash
Take the acorn squash and rinse it with water. Be sure to scrub off any visible dirt with a vegetable brush or scrubber*. Then pat the clean squash with a kitchen towel.
How to Cut an Acorn Squash
There are different ways to cut this veggie. It can sometimes be a little difficult due to its tough skin. Here is the breakdown of what I did in this baked acorn squash recipe.
Using a sharp, large knife*, I first cut off the top and bottom of the squash. Next, lay the squash on a cutting board on its side. Using a sawing motion gently apply pressure to the knife and slice it into 3 rings.
You also want to prevent cutting yourself so be sure to place your non-cutting hand on the squash in this position: your knuckles on top of your fingers with you your thumb tucked inside. A knife-cutting glove* is another way to protect your hand from injury.
In the middle of the rings, you will see there is the stringy membrane and which must be removed.
Remove the Inner Membrane and Seeds from the Squash
Take the three acorn squash rings and lay them flat on the cutting board. Using a paring knife* cut a circle inside the ring close to where the membrane and flesh meet. This will detach the seeds and stringy part of the squash.
Then scoop out the seeds and membrane out of each acorn squash slice with a spoon*. The rings close to the bottom of the squash may also not have an actual hole. That is okay. You just need to remove the seeds and membranes attached to the squash.
Scoop out the seeds and stringy flesh with a spoon. You can discard the seeds or save them for roasting.
Peel the Acorn Squash (Optional)
A big question that comes up with this veggie is, “how to peel acorn squash?” Since the acorn squash peel is edible and there is not much skin left on the ring I left the skin on in this baked acorn squash slices recipe.
But if the skin is annoying to you feel free to remove the peel before cooking. You can use the paring knife to take the skin off the squash rings or you can get it off with a vegetable peeler*.
If removing the peel is a step you want to avoid you can always take it off after baking the squash. Cooking will also soften the peel and make it easier to remove.
How To Cook Acorn Squash
Once the squash is cut it is ready to be cooked. Most people like to season their squash but if you’re not going to use it right away you can leave it plain and season it later. So cooking may or may not involve seasonings depending on your preference.
If you’re wondering, “how do you cook acorn squash?” There are a ton of different ways to enjoy this veggie. Some ways to cook this vegetable include air-frying, baking, boiling, grilling, pureeing, roasting, sauteeing, steaming, and/or stuffed squash.
It is important to note that the acorn squash cooking times will vary. Baking and roasting acorn squash will take less time than pureed or stuffed acorn squash.
So if you’re looking for an easier recipe to make, these baked acorn squash slices could be right up your alley.
Best Way to Cook Acorn Squash
Of all the ways to cook acorn squash in my opinion one of the best ways to make this veggie is in the oven. While there are three ways how to cook acorn squash in the oven, the ones I will be focusing on are roasting and baking.
Baking and roasting are not only easy cooking methods but they also help bring out the natural sweetness of this vegetable to create a tender and tasty squash.
Another thing I love about cooking squash in the oven is you can change the flavor of the dish with the addition of different seasonings. You can create savory or sweet dishes.
How Do you Bake Acorn Squash?
Once you have your squash prepped and seasoned it is ready to be baked. Acorn squash baking time can vary depending on the size and cut of the squash along with the oven temperature.
The average time it takes to bake an acorn squash runs between 30 and 60 minutes when cooked between 375 and 400°F. A medium-sized acorn squash may take about 30 to 40 minutes to cook. If it is cut into smaller pieces the cooking time may be less than that.
For specifics on this baked squash recipe refer to the instructions in the recipe card below.
Ingredients Needed to Make This Recipe
Here is a list of ingredients needed to make this baked acorn squash slices recipe. If you want full ingredient information and instructions see the recipe card below.
- Acorn squash
- Garlic powder
- Extra virgin olive oil
The combination of acorn squash, garlic powder, cinnamon, and olive oil baked together makes a mouthwatering savory-sweet flavor palette that you will love.
- A dull green color
- Hard, smooth skin
- Dry, corky stem
- Weighs 1 to 3 pounds, but feels heavy
- Sounds hollow inside
If you only see squashes with some orange color that is okay too. You want to steer clear of squash with a moist stem, soft spots, and/or colored spots.
Garlic Powder and Cinnamon
moment’s notice. These are also some of my favorite spices to use.
On nights you don’t feel like peeling and chopping fresh garlic, garlic powder is a nice solution to add a lot of flavor to a dish. Especially when you’re in a hurry to get dinner done.
For these oven-roasted acorn squash slices, garlic powder will provide a savory and pungent flavor that pairs well with the natural sweetness of acorn squash.
Cinnamon is just one of my favorite spices so I will use it a lot in my cooking. I found that pairing cinnamon and acorn squash is so delicious. The sweetness of acorn squash complements the warm and spicy flavor of cinnamon.
And cooking enhances this effect even further. Cinnamon infuses the squash with aroma and to meet is also makes the squash a little sweeter even without any added sugar.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The fat in olive oil is great for flavoring your vegetable dishes. And acorn squash is no exception. Olive oil adds fat and flavor to this dish.
It helps to cook the squash evenly which makes it tender. Olive oil also adds moisture to help to caramelize the squash for a crispy tasty texture. It also enhances the nutty flavor of the squash adding to the savory, slightly sweet taste
When combined with the other ingredients, olive oil not only adds a fruity and slightly bitter flavor but it also helps bring out the flavors of garlic.
Overall, the combination of acorn squash, garlic powder, olive oil, and cinnamon creates a delicious and unique flavor profile that makes sweet and savory roasted acorn squash slices.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Baked Acorn Squash Slices
Here is a step-by-step breakdown of how to make acorn squash slices.
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Gather the ingredients. Place the olive oil in a small glass dish and set aside.
3. Rinse the squash off and pat it dry with a towel.
4. Place the squash on a cutting board and slice off the top and bottom of the squash with a large, strong sturdy knife.
5. Lay the squash on its side and slice it into 3 rings about 1 inch thick.
6. Remove the acorn squash seeds and stringy membrane with a paring knife*. Cut a circle around the inside of the ring close to where the membrane meets the flesh. Repeat until all the rings have a cut in the center.
7. Scoop out the insides of the squash with a spoon so all that is left is squash flesh. Repeat until all the rings are cleaned out.
8. Line a baking sheet* with parchment paper* or a reusable baking mat*.
9. Place the squash rings flat on the baking sheet
10. Brush extra virgin olive oil onto the squash slices. Use about half of the oil.
11. Sprinkle garlic powder on each of the acorn squash rings.
12. Top the rings with cinnamon until they are well coated.
13. Flip over the acorn squash rings so the seasoned side is facing down. Repeat the seasoning steps on this side of the squash.
14. Brush the extra virgin olive oil on this side of the acorn squash rings.
15. Sprinkle on garlic powder.
16. Finally, top the acorn squash with cinnamon so both sides of the rings are seasoned.
17. Put the baking sheet pan in the oven for 20 minutes at 400°F.
18. Flip the rings over and cook for another 20 minutes.
19. Let it cool and enjoy.
Tips & Tricks for a Great Baked Acorn Squash Recipe
Some tips and tricks for making this baked acorn squash slices recipe include:
- Use a quality squash
- Cut even squash slices
- Check the quality of your spices
- Cooking times may vary so check the doneness
- Soften the squash to make it easier to cut
- Check for doneness with
- Make clean up easy with parchment paper
Get a Quality, Ripe Squash
Pick the right acorn squash. Look for a small, dull green squash that is heavy for its size and has a dark, corky stem. Avoid damaged squashes with soft spots, cracks, and weird colors.
Using a ripe squash will ensure you get a sweet and tender dish.
Cut Even Squash Slices
Cutting the squash evenly will help ensure this acorn squash recipe will cook evenly.
Check The Quality of Your Spices
The nice thing about this recipe is that with the exception of the acorn squash you probably already have the ingredients in your spice cabinet. However, spices stored improperly may lose flavor after 3 to 6 months of opening.
When exposed to air, moisture, and light, these spices may lose quality. If you notice any clumps, weird colors, or a rancid, or musty odor you might want to get some new garlic powder* and cinnamon*.
To preserve the quality of your spices keep them in airtight containers in a cool, dry, dark place that is away from direct sunlight, heat, and/or moisture.
Soften The Squash with the Microwave
Cooking acorn squash in the microwave for a few seconds will soften the squash enough so it’s easier to cut into.
Acorn Squash Cooking Time May Vary So Check for Doneness
The acorn squash cook time may vary between different ovens due to its size, power, age, and heating method. The size and thickness of the squash will also affect the cooking times.
For best results, cook at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes and check for tender squash that is easily pierced with a fork or knife.
If it’s not done after that time you can return to the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes until it’s fully cooked.
Make Clean Up Easy with Parchment Paper
Make clean-up easy with parchment paper* or a reusable baking mat*. If you don’t have these items you can also grease your baking sheet with oil or coconut oil. This will also prevent the items from sticking to the pan. This will make it easier to clean later.
Additions, Substitutions, and Variations of the Recipe
Read on if you’re interested in learning about additions, substitutions, and variations for this baked acorn squash slices savory/sweet recipe.
Possible Additions for Roasted Sliced Acorn Squash
I normally rely on cinnamon alone for sweet flavor, however, if you want more sweetness you can add a sprinkling of brown sugar prior to baking. Also, post-baking you can add a drizzle of maple syrup or honey.
If you want a natural sweetener you can also add in any of the following:
A pinch of nutmeg will add a warm and slightly sweet taste enhancing the cinnamon’s flavor. Vanilla’s sweet and floral flavor complements the warm and spicy notes of cinnamon. Citruses like lemon and orange add a tangy and refreshing taste that balances out the sweetness of the squash for a zesty and tangy flavor.
Add a little crunch to your squash with chopped nuts like pecans, almonds, and walnuts. These will also bring out the nutty flavor of the squash. Add these before cooking.
If you can’t find a specific ingredient here are recipe modifications and substitutions.
If you can’t find acorn squash you can sub in one of the other types of acorn squash (golden, white, carnival, and Sweet Reba squash).
Other squashes to sub for this recipe include delicata, kabucha, pumpkin, and butternut squash. Just know that making something like roasted butternut squash or roasted carnival squash slices could change the flavor and texture of the dish, but it should still taste pretty good.
Don’t have olive oil? Use coconut or avocado oil instead.
If you’re low on cinnamon you can sub in nutmeg, ginger, allspice, cloves and ginger, or cardamon. It is important to note that these may change the flavor profile slightly.
Remember that each of these substitutes has a slightly different flavor profile than cinnamon, so be sure to adjust the amount used based on your taste preference and the recipe you’re making.
You might want to start with a quarter or half teaspoon depending on your taste preference. For cardamon and the cloves ginger combination try starting with one teaspoon.
Two cloves of fresh garlic can also be used in place of powder, but this will also change the flavor of the squash.
This section shows you how to prep the recipe ahead of time and how to scale down the sweetness, and make it a little more savory using other
Prep The Squash Ahead of Time
You can also cut and season the squash a few days before you make the recipe. Once the rings are seasoned put them in an air-tight container. Use parchment paper to separate them and keep them from sticking together. Then place it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
You can also freeze them but know that this could change the texture and taste of the squash.
When you are ready to bake the squash take it out of the fridge/freezer and let thaw if necessary. Then bake as directed.
Scale Down the Sweetness
Season to your desire. I like a lot of cinnamon but if you find it’s too much feel free to use just 1 of cinnamon.
Make It More Savory
If you are looking to make a more savory dish. Some other ingredients to add to the baked acorn squash slices recipe include:
- Ground black pepper
- Cayenne pepper
Pepper has a sharp and slightly spicy taste with a hint of bitterness. It will add a layer of heat and depth to the flavor profile.
Cayenne pepper will kick up the spice of the squash and make it a sweet and spicy flavor. Paprika is another seasoning to add for a smoky and sweet flavor. You only need a small pinch of these.
Dried or fresh herbs like oregano, thyme, sage, and rosemary will add an additional flavor palette.
Oregano has a pungent, slightly bitter flavor with hints of mint and citrus. Sage has a slightly peppery and early taste. Rosemary has a piney and slightly bitter flavor.
Fresh parsley has a fresh and slightly bitter taste, with hints of sweetness and a mild earthy flavor. These spices can add herbaceous and earthy flavors that create a depth of flavor.
Feel free to get creative and add your own spin to the recipe. Keep it simple with some nuts or add in additional herbs and spices.
Another variation of this recipe is to make grilled acorn squash. Season as directed and put on the grill for 20 minutes flipping over at the 10-minute mark. This cooking method adds a smoky flavor.
What To Serve with Acorn Squash
Baked acorn squash slices are a perfect side dish for roasted beef, pork, fish, and poultry.
If you are in need of acorn squash vegan recipes you can also turn this side into an acorn squash meal by adding gluten-free grains, beans, nonstarchy veggies, and/or on top of a salad or sautéed greens.
How to Store Baked Acorn Squash Slices
When it comes to “how long does acorn squash last?” it depends on whether it is raw, cut, or cooked. Cooked, cut squash will not last as long as fresh raw uncut squash. However, if you have leftovers you can still save them for a good amount of time.
So if you have any leftovers here are the steps on how to store acorn squash slices in the fridge and freezer.
First, let the roasted acorn squash slices cool to room temperature. This will prevent condensation which can cause mold and spoilage.
Next put the baked acorn squash in an airtight container.
Finally, you want to store them in the fridge or freezer depending on how soon you will be eating the leftover squash.
How Long Does Squash Last in the Fridge?
For short-term storage use the fridge. In the fridge, the cooked acorn squash will stay fresh for 3 to 5 days.
How Long Can You Freeze Acorn Squash?
For longer-term storage place the leftovers in the freezer.
The steps on how to freeze squash are the same as fridge storage. Just be sure to wrap the leftovers tightly in a freezer-safe container. This will stop air from getting in and prevent acorn squash freezer burn.
You can store the sealed squash in the freezer for 2 to 12 months.
It is important to note that the acorn squash freezing process will change the texture of the squash. Once thawed the squash will be a little softer so it may not be the best storage method for certain recipes that require a firmer squash.
How to Reheat Roasted Acorn Squash Slices
To use frozen squash, simply remove it from the freezer, and thaw it in the refrigerator or at room temperature for a few hours before eating or adding it to another recipe.
Once the squash is ready to use you can reheat it using any of the following cooking methods:
- Air fryer
- Oven/Toaster oven
Air Fryer Reheating Instructions
Reheat the squash in the air fryer at 350°F for approximately 3 to 5 minutes flipping the rings over halfway through. Check to see if the squash is well cooked. Cooking times may vary depending on the size of the squash rings and the type of air fryer.
Grill Reheating Instructions
Preheat your grill to medium to high heat. Place the leftover squash rings on the grill and cook for a few minutes on each side until heated through.
Reheat Acorn Squash in Microwave
These baked acorn squash slices can also be reheated in the microwave. Place the acorn squash rings in a microwave-safe dish and cook on high for 1 to 2 minutes until well heated.
Reheat the Baked Acorn Squash Slices in the Oven
The squash can also be warmed in a regular or toaster oven. Preheat it to 350°F and place the squash slices on a lined baking sheet. You can brush on some more olive oil to keep them flavorful and prevent them from drying out. Once the oven is ready place the sheet in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes until the slices are well-warmed and steaming.
Stovetop Reheating Instructions
The squash can also be warmed up on the stovetop. Place a small amount of oil in a skillet and place over medium heat. Add the acorn squash slices and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until well heated.
No matter which method you choose, be sure to check the squash while reheating to prevent it from getting overcooked.
Actual reheating times will vary depending on the size of the squash pieces as well as the cooking method. Be sure to check the acorn squash while cooking to see when it’s heated.
Common and FAQs About Baked Acorn Squash Slices
Cutting an acorn squash can be tough due to its thick outer skin. Start by placing the acorn squash on its side on a sturdy cutting board. Take a large sharp knife and cut off the top and bottom of the acorn squash.
Then lay the squash on its side and cut it into three rings. If you find it hard to cut into the squash use a sawing motion to cut through it.
Once you have cut the rings lay them down flat on the cutting board so you can see the seeds and membrane inside. Next, using a paring knife cut a circle inside the ring to detach the membrane and seeds from the acorn flesh. Repeat until all the membrane is detached from the squash rings.
Then use a spoon to scoop out the membrane and seeds. Once the slices just contain squash flesh you can season, cook as desired, and enjoy them!
How long it takes to cook acorn squash will vary depending on a few things:
-The size and thickness of the squash
-How it is cut
-The cooking method used (air-frying, baking, boiling, grilling, microwaving, roasting, sautéeing, steaming)
Air-frying acorn squash at 375°F takes about 15-20 minutes. Baking an acorn squash that is cut in half will take approximately 30 and 40 minutes when cooked in the oven at 400°F.
Boiling squash takes about 20-30 minutes. Baking acorn squash can take between 45 to 60 minutes at 375°F and about 30 to 40 minutes when baked at 400°F.
Grilling acorn squash pieces take about 10 to 15 minutes on medium-high heat. This is broken out into about 5 to 7 minutes on each side of the piece of squash
Cooking acorn squash in the microwave takes about 8 to 12 minutes checking the squash halfway through.
Roasting acorn squash at 400°F takes about 30-40 minutes while at a 425°F it takes only 25 to 30 minutes to roast this veggie.
A general cooking time for sautéed acorn squash is about 10 to 15 minutes on high heat.
Steaming acorn squash takes about 20 to 30 minutes when it is cut into pieces.
How long an acorn squash should bake depends on the size, oven temperature, and personal preference for doneness. If you want a tender and carmelized squash you can bake it for 30 to 45 minutes at 375°F
The cut of the acorn squash for baking depends on what size pieces you want. The easiest way to cut the top and bottom of the squash off is with a large sturdy knife. Then lay it on its side and cut it in half lengthwise.
Next, cut out the inside membrane and seeds using a paring knife. Then scoop out the seeds and insides with a spoon. All that should be left is the squash flesh.
Once you have the initial acorn squash cut you can just stick with baked acorn squash halves. Or you can continue and cut the two halves into slices, wedges, or cubes.
Once you have finished cutting acorn squash to your desired size you can season and bake it until it is tender.
Yes, you can eat the skin of roasted acorn squash! Baking squash softens the peel and makes it taste better. You can also season the skin if you want to create a flavorful taste. It can also provide some nutrients and additional fiber. Just be sure to wash off any dirt before you cook the squash.
There are various ways how to cook acorn squash slices. First, they need to be prepped. This includes washing, drying, cutting into slices, deseeding, and adding seasoning. Then the squash slices are ready to be cooked. They can be baked, roasted, microwaved, steamed, or sauteed.
Baking and roasting acorn squash slices are done at temperatures between 375 and 400°F. It takes about 30 to 40 minutes to create a soft fork-tender caramelized squash.
Squash slices can also be cooked on a grill or stovetop. Cooking squash on the grill takes a few minutes on each side. This can be done on medium to high heat until brown and charred. On the stovetop, squash is sauteed in a skillet with oil for about 10 to 15 minutes until tender and browned.
Steaming squash slices can be done using a steamer basket over a pot of boiling water. Steam for 15 to 20 minutes until soft and tender.
Microwaving is a quick way to cook squash slices but they will be softer than other cooking methods. This will take about 10 to 12 minutes.
To prepare acorn squash for baking you want to do the following things:
-Wash the squash
-Dry the squash
-Peel the squash (optional)
-Cut to the desired shape and size
-Remove the seeds and membrane
-Season it with, olive oil, herbs, and spices
Acorn squash slices that are about ½ inch thick need to be baked at a temperature of 400°F for about 20 to 25 minutes or until caramelized and fork tender.
Baked acorn squash slices have a nutty and slightly sweet flavor that tastes great with a variety of seasonings. Some ideas include:
-Cinnamon and brown sugar
-Honey or maple syrup
-Olive oil and garlic (fresh or powdered)
-Almonds, walnuts, or pecans
-Bacon or prosciutto
Yes, you can make baked acorn squash slices ahead of time. You can prep the squash (wash, dry, cut and remove the seeds and membrane) and season the squash a few days ahead of making them.
Once they are prepped and seasoned place them in an airtight container separated by parchment paper to prevent the slices from sticking together. Then place them in the fridge for up to 4 days.
When you are ready to cook them take them out and follow the rest of the cooking instructions below in the recipe card.
I would avoid putting them in the freezer as it will change the texture of the squash and you might not have as good of a final product.
Acorn squash is a nutritious food. It is high in fiber and offers a good source of essential nutrients like vitamins A, and C, potassium, and magnesium. These nutrients are associated with healthy digestion, blood pressure regulation, and immune and eye health.
Depending on what is added to the baked acorn squash slices will also affect its overall health benefits.
If an ingredient with a lot of sugar is added it could affect the overall health benefits of the recipe. So just know that whatever is added to this recipe will affect its overall nutrient information.
Piercing an acorn squash with a fork or knife will tell you if it is cooked and done all the way. If the flesh is tender the fork or knife goes all the way through the thickest part of the squash easily it is done. When it is ready the flesh should also be soft and easily scoopable.
The color of the skin will also tell you the squash is done by showing a dark green color. If you can easily push in the squash it is also a sign that it is done.
Yes, this recipe is not only vegetarian but it is also vegan. It does not use any animal products in its ingredients.
Equipment Used in This Recipe*
Here is a list of equipment or similar items used in this baked acorn squash slices recipe:
- Baking Sheet
- Chef’s Knife
- Measuring spoons
- Basting brush
- Dinner spoon
- Paring Knife
- Parchment paper or a reusable baking mat
- Small glass bowl
- Cutting board
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Baked Acorn Squash Slices with Cinnamon
- 1 4-inch in diameter acorn squash cut into slices
- 1 tsp Garlic powder
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Gather the ingredients. Place the olive oil in a small glass dish and set aside.
- Rinse the acorn squash off and pat dry with a kitchen towel.
- Lay the squash on its side on a cutting board and slice off the top and bottom of the squash with a large sharp knife.
- Keep the squash on its side and slice it into 3 rings about 1 inch thick.
- Lay the 3 acorn squash rings flat on the cutting board. Using a paring knife cut a circle in the inner part of the squash ring where the flesh meets the stringy membrane and seeds. Repeat until all the squash rings have a center with a cut circle in them.
- Take a spoon and scoop out the seeds and stringy insides of the ring so all that is left is the acorn squash flesh. Repeat until all rings just have all the seeds and membrane removed.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a reusable baking mat.
- Lay the squash rings flat on the baking sheet.
- Take a basting brush and brush olive oil on each of the squashes so they are completely covered with oil.
- Sprinkle garlic powder on the squash rings leaving about half of it leftover.
- Coat the rings with half of the cinnamon.
- Turn over the acorn squash rings. The seasoned side should be face down.
- Repeat the seasoning steps on this side of the squash rings
- Brush olive oil on the other side of the acorn squash rings.
- Sprinkle the rest of the garlic powder.
- Coat the acorn squash rings with the rest of the cinnamon.
- Place the baking sheet in the oven for 20 minutes at 400°F. Flip the rings over and cook on the other side for another 20 minutes.
- Let cool and enjoy.
Tips to Make Great Baked Acorn Squash SlicesLook for a quality acorn squash that is
- Dark green
- Less than 3 pounds (but feels heavy)
- Has a firm texture
- Has a dark, corky stem
Additions/Substitutions/Variations for this Baked Acorn Squash SlicesIf you are missing any ingredients or looking for variations on the recipe learn more here.
Recipe AdditionsI find cinnamon alone can really sweeten up the squash but if you are looking for some more sweetness you can always add a sprinkling of brown sugar before you cook the squash. Alternatively, you can also add a drizzle of maple syrup or honey to the cooked squash. The addition of a touch of nutmeg, vanilla, or citrus is another way to bring out the flavor of the cinnamon and keep the sugar level down. Adding nuts like pecans, almonds, and walnuts prior to baking is also popular. These can add not only flavor and a nice crunch, but you can also get extra protein.
Recipe SubstitutionsNeed a substitute for the acorn squash you can use
- Golden, white, carnival, or Sweet Reba squash
- Butternut squash
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp ginger
- ¼ tsp allspice
- 1 tsp cloves and 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp cardamom
Variations of the RecipeA clove or two of fresh garlic can also be used in place of powder. Just know that this will also change the flavor of the squash. If you want to prep your squash a few days ahead this can also save you time when it comes time to cooking. Follow the recipe up to the seasoning section. Then once the squash rings are ready for baking store them in a sealable container. Be sure to separate them with parchment paper so they do not stick together. You can place them in the fridge for 2 to 3 days or freeze them. Just know that freezing will change the texture of the squash and possibly the taste. When you’re ready to cook the squash take it out of the fridge/freezer and let thaw if needed. Then bake as directed. I love cinnamon and tend to use it a lot in recipes. If you want to scale back the sweetness you can use just 1 teaspoon instead of the 2 I use in this recipe. If you want to increase the spicy in this recipe add in black pepper, cayenne pepper, or paprika. If you’re looking to add an herbal and earthy flavor you can add parsley, oregano, sage, and rosemary. Whether it’s dried or fresh is up to you. Get creative and make the recipe your own if you want.
How to Store Baked Acorn Squash SlicesWhen it comes to how long cooked squash last in the fridge It depends on whether it is stored in the refrigerator or freezer. In the fridge cooked acorn squash will last for 3 to five days. If you know you’re not gonna eat this in time you may be wondering “can you freeze cooked squash?” The answer is yes, you can. Acorn squash will keep in the freezer for 2 to 12 months. Here’s what to do with any leftovers:
- Let the acorn squash slices cool to room temperature
- Decide if you are going to freeze or refrigerate your squash
- Put the slices in a sealable airtight container (if freezing use a freezer-safe container)
How to Reheat Baked Acon Squash SlicesOnce you’re ready to eat your squash leftovers you can reheat them using one of the following methods:
- Air fryer at 350°F for about 3-5 minutes (flipping over halfway through)
- Grill at medium to high heat for a few minutes on each side
- Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes on high
- Oven/Toaster oven at 350°F on a baking sheet* for about 10 to 15 minutes
- Stovetop in a skillet on medium heat with a dash of olive oil for 2 to 3 minutes on each side
Nutritional InformationWhat makes these roasted acorn squash slices healthy is the acorn squash and other ingredients. So just be aware that any changes will alter the nutritional information. *Nutritional information is estimated using Nutrifox nutrition label maker*
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