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How to Cook Acorn Squash

Learn how to cook acorn squash by roasting it in the oven. I’ll show you how to master the techniques for safely cutting and maximizing the flavor of this vegetable.


2 (454 g) acorn squash about 2 pounds each
3 tablespoons (45 ml) olive oil
kosher salt for seasoning
black pepper for seasoning
2 tablespoons (30 ml) maple syrup optional
1 teaspoon (1 g) chopped parsley


Set the oven rack to the center position and preheat to 400ºF (204ºC).
Wash and thoroughly dry the acorn squash.
Place the squash on a sturdy cutting board. Use a chef’s knife to cut the squash in half lengthwise as follows: Identify one side of the stem and begin to carefully cut through the skin and flesh between the ridges until it feels hollow in the center, not the actual stem. Continue to cut around, using small saw motions until you reach the other side of the stem, leave the stem uncut.
Use your hands to pull the two halves apart.
Use a large spoon to remove the seeds. If desired, wash, separate and dry the seeds for roasting later.
Line a large baking sheet with foil.
Grease the foil with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, use a paper towel to evenly spread.
Brush the flesh of the acorn squash with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Place the squash cut side down and evenly spaced on the baking sheet.
Roast until a knife can easily pierce into the flesh, about 30 to 45 minutes depending on the size of the squash.
Carefully turn the squash over with tongs and season with salt and pepper.
If desired, brush the flesh with maple syrup then roast until caramelized, about 5 to 10 minutes.
Season with more salt and pepper, garnish with parsley.

Roasted acorn squash seeds: Wash and dry the seeds. Toss in some olive oil and salt. Place on a sheet pan and roast at 350°F (177ºC) for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes until crunchy.

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Laura J. Boss

Meet Laura J. Boss, a passionate blogger and cooking enthusiast who loves to experiment with different recipes and cuisines from around the world. Born and raised in a small town, I grew up watching my mother cook and developed a keen interest in the art of cooking from an early age.After completing my education, I decided to pursue my passion for cooking and started my own food blog. My blog features a wide range of recipes, from traditional family favorites to fusion dishes that I have created myself. My blog has gained a huge following, with many of my readers trying out my recipes and sharing their own cooking experiences.When I am not cooking up a storm in the kitchen, I enjoy traveling and exploring new cultures. I believe that food is an important part of every culture, and love to learn about new ingredients and cooking techniques from around the world.Through my blog, I aim to inspire and encourage others to cook and experiment with different flavors and ingredients. I believe that cooking is not just about making delicious meals, but also about sharing love and creating memories with family and friends.Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook, my blog has something for everyone. So why not give my recipes a try and discover the joy of cooking for yourself?