Classic Brown Sugar-Roasted Acorn Squash


Savory-sweet acorn squash cook up tender and buttery in this simple, go-to recipe that is ready to become the backbone of all your fall and winter meals.

Classic Brown Sugar Roasted Acorn Squash
Photo: Greg DuPree
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
8 servings

Brown sugar, flaky sea salt, and unsalted butter melt together to create a slightly sweet, slightly salty sticky glaze that will keep you coming back, bite after bite.


  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted

  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar

  • 4 medium acorn squash (about 1 1/2 pounds each), halved and seeded

  • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Whisk together melted butter and brown sugar in a small bowl. Coat squash halves with butter mixture, reserving some of the butter mixture in bowl. Place squash, cut sides down, on a parchment paper–lined baking sheet.

  2. Bake in preheated oven until squash starts to turn golden on cut sides, 30 to 35 minutes. Flip squash, and spoon reserved butter mixture over squash. Return squash to oven, and continue baking until browned and caramelized, 15 to 20 minutes. Season evenly with salt and pepper.

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