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Simple Acorn Squash Recipe

Add this simple acorn squash to your recipe files. Fall is the season for pumpkins and squash. Adding this to the meal planning for the week brings great fall flavors into the menu.

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Acorn Squash Fresh Picked
Acorn Squash Fresh Picked

I am always looking for easy ways to get great tasting meals on the table for the family. This simple acorn squash recipe is fresh and quick to make. I love to add brown sugar and butter or maple syrup and butter to the squash to make this squash just irresistible.

Simple Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar and Butter
Simple Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar and Butter

Save Time and Keep the Flavor

Sometimes, I just don’t have time to bake our garden fresh acorn squash in the oven. While, I must say that I love the squash baked in the oven, it does take some time. Often, it seems have to get a tasty and healthy meal on the table for the family with little time to spare, That is when the microwave comes into use.

This squash can be cooked in 10-15 minutes. If I cook the squash in the oven, it normally takes 40-50 minutes. I can have this cooking while I make something else. Dinner can be served for the whole family in 30-40 minutes if time-saving tricks like this are used.

Acorn Squash with the Seeds Removed
Acorn Squash with the Seeds Removed

Same Cooking Method for All Squash

No matter what squash you have on hand to make. Use the same cooking tips outlined in the recipe. The microwave can be a time saving tool if used properly. I have cooked spaghetti squash, pumpkin, and butternut squash this way.

Comes out beautifully each time.

Preparing Squash for Baking

Make sure to wash and dry the outside of the squash to make sure that any dirt is removed and the squash is clean. Using a paring knife, poke holes about 3 inches apart all around the squash. Place on a microwave safe plate and microwave.

Be careful when removing the squash as the plate and squash will be warm. Make sure to protect your hands with hot pads and have one on your counter to protect your counter too.

Whole Cooked Acorn Squash
Whole Cooked Acorn Squash

Notice the juices coming out of the squash? This is why you poke the holes in the flesh prior to baking. It allows the steam and a bit of the juice to escape. Putting this on a plate to cook, helps save you time from cleaning up the juices in your microwave.

Cut the squash in half, remove the seeds, and scoop out the tender squash.

Baked Acorn Squash
Baked Acorn Squash

Alternatively, this squash can be cleaned and quartered for an even faster cooking time. Just place in a microwave-safe container.

Simple Acorn Squash Cleaned and Quartered
Simple Acorn Squash Cleaned and Quartered
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Simple Acorn Squash Recipe

Acorn squash is such a tasty side dish. Try this easy and delicious recipe for this garden fresh squash.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh, recipe, Squash, vegetables
Servings: 1 Squash
Calories: 763kcal


  • 1 Squash
  • 3 Tbl. Butter
  • 3 Tbl. Brown Sugar or maple syrup


  • I like to wash the outside of the squash and dry with a towel. Then poke the squash about 2 inches apart with a pairing knife.
  • Place on a microwave safe plate and place in the microwave. Cook for 5 minutes on high. Turn the squash, cook for another 5 minutes. Turn the squash one more time and cook another 3-5 minutes.
  • Test to see if the squash is done by gently pushing on the squash. It should give and feel soft to the touch.
    Whole Cooked Acorn Squash
  • Remove and let sit a few minutes so you can touch the squash. Cut in half, dig out the seeds. Dig out the squash and serve with your favorite topping.
    Cooked Squash
  • Serve with brown sugar, butter, or maple syrup.
    Simple Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar and Butter

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Calories: 763kcal | Carbohydrates: 143g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 2699mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 60g | Vitamin A: 79725IU | Vitamin C: 159mg | Calcium: 451mg | Iron: 8mg
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