I recently discovered delicata squash and I cannot believe this squash has been missing from my life.
I always thought it looked funny and figured that it was just like any other squash (i.e. hard to cut and deseed) so I didn’t bother with it.
I should have known you should never judge a book by its cover because delicata squash is my favorite squash of all time now.
The macros on it are AMAZING!
What does delicata squash taste like?
I didn’t realize this and it actually surprised me with my first bite but it is SO sweet!
It’s like eating candy!
How do you prepare the delicata squash?
I wash the exterior and then cut off the two ends a little to discard.
Then I cut into rounds with a very sharp knife.
If you don’t have a sharp knife and you have unsteady hands, I recommend you cutting it lengthwise first then removing the seeds, then flip flesh-side down on the cutting board and cut into half moons.
Do you need to peel it?
The beauty of delicata squash is that YOU DON’T NEED TO PEEL IT!!
That’s what I love so much about it (next to the flavor).
The skin is thin and roasts up beautifully.
It’s not bitter nor is it hard to bite through.
What’s the easiest way to take the seeds out?
I just take a spoon and go around in a circle on the flesh and all the seeds and strings come out.
How big should I cut the rounds?
I usually do about 1/2-inch to 1-inch thick. It shrinks a lot in the oven.
Can you roast the seeds like pumpkin seeds?
You probably can but I didn’t do it so I don’t know!
How do you know they’re done cooking?
When the flesh is soft and fork tender!
If you love roasting vegetables, here are other roasted vegetable recipes:
- Roasted Parmesan Carrots
- Garlic Roasted Green Beans
- Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts
- Roasted Parmesan Broccoli
- Roasted Acorn Squash
The best way to make and eat delicata squash is to roast it! It tastes just like candy!
- Delicata squash, sliced into rounds or half moons and deseeded
- 1-2 teaspoons olive oil
- Trader Joe's onion salt (see note below)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place delicata squash onto prepared baking sheet and drizzle olive oil over the slices. Sprinkle salt and onion salt onto the slices. Using your hands, gently rub over the pieces and turn them over and do the same to make sure they're all coated.
Roast for 15-20 minutes or until squash has softened. Flip them halfway through for even browning on both sides.
If you don't have Trader Joe's onion salt, you can use garlic powder or onion powder as a substitute.