This post may contain affiliate links.
There are a few things you will want to consider when it comes to selecting your squash. Luckily, even a not-so-great butternut squash is usually stilllll pretty darn great, but over-ripe or under-ripe could mean a lack of flavor, dryness, or mushy texture. Follow these tips to avoid those downfalls and be armed with tools to pick the sweetest and most flavorful of the bunch!
Prepare your squash by giving it a gentle rinse, light scrub, and drying completely. Next, microwave your squash for 30-60 seconds to loosen and soften the skin slightly. Doing this will make it much easier to peel.
Place your squash on a cutting board on a flat, stable surface, and use a sharp chef’s knife to slice off the stem at the top, as well as the bottom. Discard.
I like to use a y-shaped vegetable peeler like this one as it provides good leverage and control. Place your squash on a stable, flat surface and peel top to bottom to remove skin.
Stand your squash up on the bottom end on a flat, stable surface, and carefully slice it in half lengthwise.
Use a medium-sized spoon to scoop out the seeds and strings. These seeds can be washed and roasted just like pumpkin seeds if desired!
This time, lay your squash halves cut-side down on your cutting board and carefully slice them in half crosswise to have 4 even sections.
Cut each of the 4 sections lengthwise into 1″ thick strips.
Stack 2 or 3 of the sections at a time on their side and slice into 1″ x 1″ strips.
Take those stacks of strips and carefully slice into 1″ x 1″ cubes. Now, you’re ready to roast!
Roasted butternut squash is a delicacy, I swear. It is sweet, savory, tender, crisp, caramelized, and somehow feels like both a savory meal and a dessert at the same time! Because of this, it is a delicious addition to so many different recipes. Soups, salads, pasta, curries like this one, buddha bowls, and more. Follow these simple steps to achieve the tastiest, slightly crisp, perfectly tender, caramelized squash!
Butternut squash is so delicious and flavorful on its own, that I rarely add anything besides salt and pepper. However, depending on your recipe, there are some herbs and seasonings that compliment it wonderfully!
Absolutely! Butternut squash is a nutrient-dense complex carb. It is high in Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B6, Calcium, and magnesium. A 1 cup serving has 63 calories, 0.1g of fat, 16g carbs, 3g fiber, 3g sugar, and 1.4g protein. This makes it a wonderful addition to any meal!
Author of the Clean Vegan Cookbook, Food Blogger and Recipe Developer from Des Moines, Iowa.
Jackfruitful Kitchen has proudly been featured in Forks Over Knives, Vegan Bowls, Vegan Food and Living, and DSM Magazine.
Plant Based Meal Plans Designed With You in Mind.
These No Fuss 4 Week Meal Plans consist of 30 minute meals, 3 meals a day with mocktails, desserts and snacks. Made with a certified nutritionist, weekly grocery lists, step by step tutorials and more!
Subscribe by submitting your email!