This Insanely Easy Recipe for Butternut Squash Will Blow. Your. Mind

Butternut Squash after

What’s not to love about butternut squash?

It’s cheap, healthy, and tasty.

Butternut squash, a winter squash and cousin of the pumpkin, is abundant now. Its sweet and nutty flavor reaches a peak when ripe and is accentuated by roasting. Nutritionally, butternut squash is a great source of vitamin A (orange flesh means cartenoids) and vitamin E. It is also a good source of fiber and potassium, so sorely lacking in most people’s diet.

But preparing it may seem a bit daunting to some of you, so here is a really easy recipe.


  • 1 butternut squash
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar (optional)


  • Chef’s knife (not a must, see below)
  • Spoon – for scraping out the seeds
  • Baking dish and cover
  • Basting brush (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to high (400 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. Wash the butternut squash and dry it off.
  3. Carefully halve it with your chef’s knife. If it is too scary, or too difficult, you can microwave the squash on high heat for 5 minutes to soften it up, then try again and use a smaller knife.
  4. Use a spoon to scoop and scrape out the seeds.
  5. Place the two halves in the baking dish
  6. Drizzle olive oil on each half. Use the basting brush (or your finger) to evenly spread the oil.
  7. sprinkle salt and sugar on top.
  8. Cover baking dish and place in oven.
  9. Come back in 25 minutes. Remove cover and turn heat setting to roast (or 450 degrees).
  10. Come back in 3 minutes and remove from oven.


  • lisa

    Whas the translation of “high” and “roast” in degrees?

    • TLady

      I was going to ask the same question……

      • marie

        i would just throw it in at 400 degrees for 25 minutes, or until its tender when you poke it with a fork!

    • Fooducate

      Just updated the post to answer those questions.

  • marie

    use one of the cheap little pumpkin cutting saws instead of a chefs knife. its safer and much easier.

  • jo

    microwave? should thew words healthy and microwave appear in the same recipe?

    • Chris

      I agree!

    • Cactus_Wren

      Heat is heat.

      • Willow Silverhawk

        Actually, it’s not. The microwave changes the molecular structure in a completely different way than heating in the oven.

        • Cactus_Wren


        • InfiniteOnion

          Yes, please cite your source, I’m really curious.

          • ATom917

            The Hidden Messages In Water by Masaru Emoto is one great source of how microwaves destroy the beauty of Nature.

          • plawler


        • plawler

          So Willow? No sources to back up your assertion that the molecular structure is changed in a “completely different” (or even incompletely different) way than heating in the oven?

        • SimonĂ© Cameron

          I am not a fan of Microwaves either and don’t even own one. But I do wish to share two articles which I found one:

  • kcijones001

    guys, come on with this photo.

    • kmmunoz

      When I first saw this, a few things flashed in my mind, but none was “how do I cook squash?”

    • Kat Eaton

      agree! it looks gross. recipe is great, butternut is a fave at our house.

      • Willow Silverhawk

        It doesn’t look gross, but it does look obscene.

        • kcijones001

          EXACTLY. I’m going to make this for the next bachelorette party I attend!

  • Syllyb

    We keep it even more simple. Bake the whole squash for 45 min to an hour. Easy to cut open with a regular knife; scoop out seeds. Tastes great as is.

  • Brooke

    I’m with @17ef96b367b48e3932a96392457b62cb:disqus. We stab it a few times, then bake it whole. Nothing could be easier!

  • Mister_Brooks

    Hahahaha #thatlookslikeadick. Good article though

  • Julia Meadows

    explode the flavor, substitute coconut oil for olive oil

  • Phoenix

    Ah man this blog about the squash made my day. Love it… love people with a sense of humor. Its fun to be silly and what’s sillier than penis shaPed squash. :)

  • Christi

    You can also cut it into half inch thick pieces put olive oil salt and pepper on it and grill it you can then peel the skin off before eating