Acorn Squash

Acorn Squash

My family loves acorn squash when I cook it this way. It’s soft, sweet, and buttery.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins

Wondering how to roast acorn squash in the oven? You’re in the right place! This easy baked acorn squash recipe is perfect to serve all season long.

How to Cook Acorn Squash

You’ll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let’s go over the basics:

How to Bake Acorn Squash

Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you roast acorn squash at home:

  1. Place the squash halves cut-side down onto a baking sheet.
  2. Bake until the flesh begins to soften.
  3. Transfer one half to a baking dish. Spoon the butter and sugar into the cavity.
  4. Place remaining squash half, cut-side down, on top to seal.
  5. Return to the oven and bake until the flesh is soft.

How Long to Bake Acorn Squash

All in all, you’ll bake the acorn squash for about one hour, or perhaps a little longer, in an oven preheated to 350 degrees F: 30-45 minutes to slightly soften the flesh, then about 30 more minutes after adding the butter and brown sugar to soften the flesh entirely.

Can You Eat Acorn Squash Skin? 

Yes, you can eat roasted acorn squash skin. If you plan to eat it, make sure you wash the skin extra thoroughly before baking.

How to Store Acorn Squash

Store your roasted acorn squash leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

“Loved this,” says one Allrecipes community member. “I simmered butter, brown sugar, tiny diced onion and poured that into squash! Yummy yummy yummy.”

“Always a hit and super simple to make,” says Enchntress. “I’ve also tried it using chunky applesauce, cinnamon and butter with tasty results as well!”

“Loved this recipe and followed the recipe as written,” Sandi Marx. “I served the acorn with super simple pork chops.”

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 medium acorn squash, halved and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    All ingredients gathered to make acorn squash.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Place acorn squash halves cut-side down onto a cookie sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until flesh begins to soften, about 30 to 45 minutes.

    Acorn squash halves placed cut side down on baking sheet.

  4. Remove squash from the oven and transfer one squash half, cut-side up, to a deep baking dish. Spoon butter and brown sugar into the cavity. Place remaining squash half, cut-side down, over top to seal.

    One half placed cut side up on a baking dish, filled with butter and brown sugar.

    Other half placed over top the filled squash to create a seal.

  5. Return to the oven and continue to bake until flesh is soft, 30 minutes.

  6. Serve hot and enjoy!

    high angle looking at two halves of baked acorn squash on a plate

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

189 Calories
6g Fat
36g Carbs
2g Protein

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