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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


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.


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


  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, 1/2 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