Recipe: $2.98 | Per Serving: $0.75 | Yield: 4
If you're looking for a vegetable side dish that's flavorful, slightly sweet, and perfect for fall, look no further than this Roasted Delicata Squash!
If you have not yet found yourself in possession of one of these beauties, allow me to introduce you to the one and only DELICATA SQUASH.
Delicata is more of a fall squash than a winter squash because the season is short and it's not quite as starchy as your standard butternuts and acorn squashes. It is, however, the BEST squash, I promise you!
I have met a lot of squashes I didn't like - it took me years to come around to butternut - but this is a WINNER right out of the gate. Kabocha will always be my first squash love, but the ease of delicata (it's easier to cut!), the crispiness (SOO crispy!), and the shorter season (usually only around 4-6 weeks) are enough to make me crave delicata squash all the time.
Tips for Making Roasted Delicata Squash
- Use high heat - do NOT bother with a 350ºF oven. You want to cook this at 425ºF or hotter for the best caramelization.
- Use oil. I know there's a trend towards oil-free cooking in some circles, but oil-free roasted delicata just gets dry. Use oil here!
- FLIP IT! You can use tongs or a spatula, but it's actually pretty important to flip the squash at least once while cooking it. I know this seems finicky, but you'll be rewarded with supremely flavorful and crispy squash, I promise!
While you can easily roast this up into something edible, these tips take it to the next level.
What Does Delicata squash taste like?
This is the most frequent question I get about this gourd. It's sort of like a firmer butternut squash that's mild in flavor and tends to caramelize easily. It's the like Japanese Sweet Potato of the squash world - firmer and richer than a butternut, but with a less overpowering flavor.
(TIP: I like to keep my squash all lined up before I add the oil and seasonings - it gets MUCH better oil / spice coverage this way, and I don't waste any oil!) Like so:
Can you eat the skin of a Delicata squash?
Yes! You can actually eat the skin of many winter squashes, but this one is more tender than most of the others, so you'll rarely see it served without the skin.
This also makes it the EASIEST starchy squash to cut! I always have a struggle with kabocha, butternut, and spaghetti squash, but not with delicata! So much more manageable.
Is Delicata squash healthy?
Of course! First of all, it's a vegetable, which automatically makes it more health-promoting than many other foods, but much like other winter squashes, it's also rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and fiber.
Serve this baby up with your favorite rosemary meatloaf, or alongside eggs and sausage for breakfast. It. Is. Perfection.
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Easy Roasted Delicata Squash
- 2 Delicata squashes about 1 pound each
- 1-2 Tablespoons oil
- ½ teaspoon sea salt or more to taste
- ¼ teaspoon fresh black pepper or more to taste
- Optional: add more herbs and spices I love smoked paprika, cayenne, and Italian herb seasoning!
- Preheat oven to 425ºF.
- Cut the ends off the Delicata squash to create a flat surface, then cut the squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and discard or save for roasting.
- Slice the squash into ¼-inch slices. Place on baking sheet (lined with parchment paper) and toss with oil, salt, and pepper. (And any additional herbs & spices.)
- Spread the squash out on two baking sheets in one even layer.
- Roast for 20 minutes. Remove one tray at a time and flip each piece of squash. Roast for another 15-25 minutes, or until it is brown and caramelized.