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Try this perfect baked butternut squash! Here’s how long to bake squash so it’s perfectly tender and moist (both whole or chopped).

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Want to fire up your oven for squash? Try this Baked Butternut Squash! This vibrant orange vegetable is everyone’s favorite in the fall. But it’s notoriously unruly: difficult to cut and peel. The best way to bake it? Roast it whole: there’s no need to peel it, just pop it in the oven! Whole baked squash is perfect for purees and soups. If you’re looking for chopped squash as a side dish, we’ve got that too! Here’s what to know about how to bake butternut squash.

How to make baked butternut squash (whole)

One of the best ways to make baked butternut squash: roasting it whole! A major pro to this method: you don’t need to peel or chop it! Make a whole baked butternut squash when you’re making a mash, puree, or soup. It’s easiest to serve this squash by scooping the flesh out from the skin.

How long to bake butternut squash whole? A medium squash (3 pounds) sliced in half takes 45 minutes to bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Here’s how to do it:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Slice the squash in half. Drizzle with olive oil, then add salt and pepper.
  • Place cut-side down on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake until fork tender, about 45 minutes for a medium-sized squash.
How to bake butternut squash

How to bake butternut squash (chopped into cubes)

Want to serve baked butternut squash as a side dish? Cut it into cubes and roast it! This method requires that you peel and dice the squash. However, it shortens the cook time and makes squash cubes that are perfect for side dishes and salads.

How long to bake butternut squash chopped? Squash chopped into 1/2-inch cubes takes 30 minutes to bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Here’s how to do it:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Peel and cut the butternut squash into 1/2-inch cubes.
  • In a medium bowl, toss the squash with 2 tablespoons olive oil, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then pour the squash on top in an even layer. Bake 30 to 35 minutes until tender and browned, turning once.
How to cut butternut squash

Finding quality butternut squash

One note on the quality of butternut squash: we’ve found that sometimes butternut squash grown in gardens or even some from farmer’s markets aren’t perfectly ripe. We recently baked a squash that was gifted to us, only to find its flavor was dull and bland: not sweet at all! This can also happen if you’ve stored a squash for over 3 months. Store whole butternut squash for 1 to 2 months in a cool, dark place.

If this happens to you, don’t blame it on the method! It’s likely the squash. Many times there are no outward signs on the squash itself. Make sure you’re buying from a quality supplier and that the squash is as fresh as possible.

Baked butternut squash

Recipes for using baked butternut squash

Once you’ve baked up a squash, there are many ways to use it! Here are our top butternut squash recipes for using this recipe:

Whole baked squash

Chopped baked squash

This baked butternut squash recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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How to bake butternut squash

Baked Butternut Squash


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

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Try this perfect baked butternut squash! Here’s how long to bake squash so it’s perfectly tender, sweet and moist. For chopped squash, go to Roasted Butternut Squash or see the alternate method below.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 butternut squash (medium is 3 pounds, large is about 4 to 5 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Using a large chef’s knife, carefully slice the squash in half. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.
  3. Brush the cut sides with the  olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then place the halves cut side down. 
  4. Bake the squash until tender when a fork is inserted into the thickest portion, about 45 minutes for a 3-pound squash and up to 15 minutes more for a larger squash. 
  5. Alternative chopped method: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Peel and cut the butternut squash into small cubes (about 1/2-inch thick). In a medium bowl, toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then pour the squash on top in an even layer. Roast 30 to 35 minutes until tender and browned, turning once.
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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3 Comments

  1. Dixie Wann says:

    You state that the easiest way to bake squash is whole, but you NEVER tell the specifics. You even start a paragraph with “How long to bake butternut squash whole?”, then proceed with instructions for baking halves.

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Sorry, by whole we mean that you don’t need to slice and peel prior to baking.

  2. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!