Roasted squash is a delicious winter squash that is easy to prepare and the perfect side dish for almost any meal!

Simple to prepare with sweet cozy flavor, oven-roasted delicata squash is a favorite side dish all year round. Roasting is easy to do and adds lots of flavor.

Keep the leftovers to enjoy in soups or even chilled in salads.

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How to Prepare Delicata Squash

Delicata squash is a winter squash with a long cylinder shape with delicate skin.

Because this skin is thin, it’s easy to cut and you do not need to peel it which means quick prep!

Ingredients for Roasted Delicata Squash

Delicata squash is very flavorful so I’ve kept the seasonings simple but have also included some delicious variations below.

Delicata Squash – This recipe calls for Delicata Squash but is an easy way to roast any type of winter squash. Try butternut squash, acorn squash, or even pumpkin (cook time may vary slightly).

Seasoning – Keep it simple with garlic and sage or change things up.

  • Savory: Try any of your favorite herbs or seasonings. We love poultry seasoning or sage with this recipe. It also pairs well with the flavor bacon (swap out the oil for bacon fat!), thyme, cumin, curry powder, or chili powder.
  • Sweet: If you prefer, add maple syrup or brown sugar and a pinch of cinnamon before roasting.

Oil – Olive oil is the perfect pair for this recipe. You can swap it out for vegetable oil or canola oil.

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How to Cut Delicata Squash

This recipe calls for sliced squash but Delicata is also great for cubing or mashing! The thin skin makes it easy to cut.

  1. Slice the squash in half with a sharp knife, lengthwise.
  2. Scoop out the seeds with a large spoon.
  3. Slice into ½” slices.
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How to Roast Delicata Squash

Delicata Squash is a healthy and delicious side dish that is ready in 3 simple steps!

  1. PREP: Slice the squash into ½” slices (per the recipe below).
  2. SEASON: Drizzle with oil and sprinkle seasonings, toss to combine.
  3. BAKE: Roast on parchment paper on a baking sheet until easily pierced with a fork.

Serve alongside oven-roasted chicken and a slice of homemade focaccia bread! Or toss in your favorite soup for a nutritious addition!


COUNTER: Uncooked whole delicata squash will last up to 4 weeks on the counter.

FRIDGE: Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3-4 days in an airtight container.

FREEZER: This squash will last 3-4 months in the freezer. Since Delicata Squash will soften once defrosted, it’s great to use for soups, purees, or to add to mac and cheese after being frozen!

What is delicata squash?

Delicata squash is a winter squash with a long cylinder shape with delicate skin.

Do you have to peel delicata squash?

Because this skin is thin, it’s easy to cut and you do not need to peel it which means quick prep!

Can you eat delicata squash skin?

Yes, the skin is delicate, thin, and tender once cooked. You can eat the skin.

Are delicata squash seeds edible?

The sure are! Roast them just like you’d roast pumpkin seeds.

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Roasted Delicata Squash

Roasted Delicata Squash is naturally sweet in flavor & seasoned with savory spices, then roasted until soft!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
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  • 4 small delicata squash about 2 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • teaspoon ground sage or poultry seasoning


  • Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut squash in half lengthwise and use a large spoon to scrape out any seeds.
  • Cut into ½" slices and toss with remaining ingredients.
  • Place squash on the prepared pan and roast 15 minutes. Flip squash over and roast an additional 10-15 minutes.


Leftover squash can be kept in the fridge for up to 3-4 days in an airtight container. 
Reheat under the broiler until heated through and crispy. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 217 | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 309mg | Potassium: 1590mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 6193IU | Vitamin C: 56mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
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