by Olena

Oven Baked Butternut Squash

by Olena

5 from 1 reviews

Oven Baked Butternut Squash with no peeling or cubing. Easy and healthy Fall side dish with 4 ingredients.

You can serve it alongside weeknight dinner like chicken breast or baked salmon, or at a holiday table. So delicious and versatile!

Oven Baked Butternut Squash

Baked Butternut Squash

Let me show you the best way to make baked butternut squash! It is a dream – you don’t have to peel or cut squash into cubes.

Therefore this baked butternut squash recipe makes an easy weeknight side dish. Especially in late Fall-Winter months when local squash is an abundance and summer veggies scarce.

Everyone knows how sweet and tasty roasted butternut squash is but many dread peeling it therefore never make. For my mom, a thought of peeling any winter squash was equal to running a 10K marathon.

So, naturally we never ate one haha. Now we do.

Baked Butternut Squash garnished with parsley on a tray

Is Butternut Squash Good for You?

Nutrition wise butternut squash is killing it!

  • Healthy carbs: Eating complex carbohydrates found in whole foods is know to help maintain/lose healthy weight. Unlike simple carbs found in processed foods like white bread, white pasta, white sugar etc., complex carbs don’t make your blood sugar levels spike up.
  • Vitamins: Butternut squash contains 457% of recommended daily vitamin A allowance that helps improve eyesight. It is also a good source of vitamin E, folate and 1 cup of cubed butternut squash provides more potassium than a banana.
  • Fiber: We will get very personal now. Squash promotes regularity thanks to its high fiber content. Just like coffee minus the fiber. And who wouldn’t like this fact?! I think we should stop right here.:)
  • Antioxidants: Squash is full of antioxidants, beta-carotene, that gives it its bright orange colour. Antioxidants in squash may help reduce inflammation on your body, which is an issue with the Western diet.

How to Pick The Best Ripe Squash?

Look for butternut squash:

  • Beige in colour without green patches
  • With mat skin free of cuts and blemishes
  • That produces a hollow sound once you tap on it

Why I Don’t Have to Peel the Squash?

Because we slice the squash into strips that cook fast and the skin will melt in your mouth. Just scrub with a sponge or cloth under water well.

butternut squash in a sink with a scrubbie

How to Cut Butternut Squash for This Recipe?

  1. Trim the end. Using sharp knife cut squash into 2 halves lengthwise.
  2. Remove seeds with a spoon.
  3. Then cut one of the squash halves into 4 long slices and then make them shorter by cutting in the middle.
  4. Repeat with remaining half. You will end up with 16 squash slices. how to slice butternut squash

How to Season Butternut Squash?

Butternut squash is pretty sweet on its own. Once you bake it, it melts in your mouth. Seasonings I used and even my squash hating 12 year old liked this recipe:

  • Olive oil
  • Maple syrup
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper

You can sprinkle cinnamon and hot red pepper flakes if you wish.

sliced and seasoned butternut squash

How Long to Bake Butternut Squash?

How long to bake butternut squash? Bake for 30 minutes in preheated 425 degrees F oven or until fork tender and browned on top a bit.

How to Bake Butternut Squash in the Oven

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Arrange butternut squash on large baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and maple syrup.
  3. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  4. Toss with your hands and spread in a single layer.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until fork tender.

how to bake butternut squashhow to bake butternut squash

Can I Use Other Squash Using This Recipe?

Yes, you can use the following types of squash to make baked sliced squash recipe. You might have to help remove the flesh with a fork from squash variety with tougher skin like acorn or kabocha squash.

  • Acorn squash – slightly dry with nut like flavour.
  • Delicata squash – moist flesh that tastes and smells like a blend of corn, butternut squash and sweet potato.
  • Kabocha squash – the highest sugar content of all squash.
  • Buttercup squash – a smaller cousin of butternut squash.

What to Serve with Roasted Butternut Squash?

More Butternut Squash Recipes


Oven Baked Butternut Squash

oven baked butternut squash

5 from 1 reviews

Oven Baked Butternut Squash with no peeling or cubing. Easy and healthy side dish with 4 ingredients.

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: North American


  • 3 lbs butternut squash
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line large baking sheet with silicone baking mat.
  2. Wash squash well. Trim the end, cut in 2 halves lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Cut each half in 8 shorter slices.
  3. Arrange butternut squash on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and maple syrup. Then sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Using your hands toss to coat evenly and then arrange in a single layer.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until fork tender. Serve warm or cold. That’s it!

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

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Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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