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The best way to eat this healthy squash? As fries! These delicata squash fries will become a fast favorite, especially with easy buffalo sauce for dipping.

Delicata squash fries
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Delicata squash is finally on its way to becoming a household name! It’s Alex and my favorite for fall and winter. It cooks quickly with no need to peel, and has a sweet, buttery taste like a sweet potato. We love cutting it into delicata squash fries and serving it as a side dish with a homemade creamy sauce! Every time I see it, I can’t help buying this humble squash for friends just so they can have a taste. Because really, we believe it might be one of the keys to getting people hooked on whole foods. Keep reading for our delicata squash fries recipe!

Roasted delicata squash

How to make delicata squash fries

We dream of the day when the menus of everyday restaurants have things like delicata squash fries! And when foods like kale and quinoa are eaten by people other than foodies or hippies (we’re getting there!). When kids love Brussels sprouts and squash and mushrooms and spinach because they taste good. When our country craves whole foods because they’re delicious, rich in nutrients, and make you feel like a million bucks. And that’s what these roasted delicata squash fries can do.

How to make delicata squash fries? Simply roast thin slices of delicata squash. If you don’t know anything about cooking delicata squash, it’s truly easy. Here are the basic steps:

  • Cut the squash in half lengthwise, and then scoop out the seeds with a spoon.
  • Cut it into slices, which will make half-moon shapes.
  • Throw those half moons together with some olive oil and kosher salt.
  • Roast on a baking sheet for 20 to 25 minutes.

That’s it! Instant fries that are so, so tasty and nutritious too. This preparation is so simple and delicious that we hope it might be a gateway for those skeptics who aren’t quite sure about the whole “eating vegetables” thing.

Delicata squash fries

Serve them with sauce!

If you’re into it, our quick Buffalo sauce that takes these roasted delicata squash fries to the next level! It’s a little spicy, but seriously good. Here are the main ingredients in Buffalo sauce:

  • Frank’s hot sauce
  • Melted butter
  • Minced garlic

That’s it! It combines into a spicy, savory sauce for these fries. If you don’t like heat or you’re serving for kids, feel free to use a different sauce! Ketchup, Honey Mustard Sauce, Lemon Tahini Sauce, or Yogurt Dill Sauce would all be perfect.

Delicata squash

More delicata squash recipes

Outside of these delicata squash fries, here are a few of our favorite recipes with delicata squash:

This delicata squash fries recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten free. For vegan, plant based and dairy free use Lemon Tahini Sauce.

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Delicata squash fries

Delicata Squash Fries


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 1x
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The best way to eat this healthy squash? As fries! These delicata squash fries will become a fast favorite, especially with easy sauce for dipping.


Ingredients

Scale

For the delicata squash fries

  • 2 pounds delicata squash (2 medium to large)*
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper

For the sauce

  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons Mexican hot sauce (we like Cholula)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce or tamari
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon dried dill

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Wash the squash. Cut it in half lengthwise, then use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Cut each half into 1/2-inch half-moon shaped slices.
  3. Place the slices in a bowl. Mix with the olive oil, kosher salt, and plenty of fresh ground black pepper.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the squash on the sheet in a single layer.
  5. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes until tender and slightly browned. Eat immediately. (Store leftovers refrigerated and reheat in a 400°F oven.)
  6. While the squash roasts, mix together the sauce ingredients. (Or substitute Lemon Tahini Sauce for a vegan or non-spicy option.)
  7. Serve squash warm from the oven with the sauce.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Looking for more squash recipes?

This roasted delicata squash fries recipe is a fan favorite for cooking delicata squash! Here are a few more of our favorite squash recipes on A Couple Cooks using different types of squashes:

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 and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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11 Comments

  1. Georgia says:

    I tried this recipe and burned my squash at 10 minutes…and the parchment paper. Isn’t 450 high for using parchment paper?!

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      I’m so sorry about this! We don’t have any issues at 450F

  2. dishing up the dirt says:

    what a brilliant way to eat delicata squash! We grow a ton of delicata on our farm and I haven’t ever tried fries let alone buffalo sauce! yum!

  3. tracey says:

    Hi how dobyou make the buffalo sauce?

  4. A Buffalo Gal says:

    Skip the garlic and you have “real” Buffalo sauce!

  5. Linda @ Linda Wagner Nutrition says:

    This is so pretty!! I wonder if you could sub blended avocado for the butter in the buffalo sauce?

    1. Alex says:

      The hot sauce is probably strong enough to hold it’s own with avocado’s distinct flavor. Let us know if you try it!

  6. Arthur in the Garden! says:

    Yummy!

  7. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    These are so fun! And definitely look delicious! Yum!

  8. Tieghan says:

    Oh my gosh. These are probably two of my favorite foods ever. Roasted squash and buffalo sauce and together! I am so excited about this!!

    Hope you guys have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy a little break! Happy Thanksgiving! :)

  9. Belinda @themoonblushbaker says:

    Happy thanks giving! I hope you have a good one with family and friends!
    these look delicious and so moreish.