Maple Roasted Butternut Squash

By Rena |

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash is made with tender squash covered in a sticky maple syrup thyme sauce, then topped with pecans and dried cranberries. This dish is simple to prepare and the perfect vegan or vegetarian side for the holidays. It’s sweet, savory, and so delicious! 

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Tender squash, sticky maple syrup, crunchy pecans, and tart cranberries… There’s nothing not to love about this Maple Roasted Butternut Squash recipe! It’s simple to make, packed with flavor, and loved by kids and adults alike. This is a great recipe to serve during the fall or for special holidays, like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Plus, it’s a vegan and vegetarian option that is full of nutrients. 

Want a full holiday menu? Try serving this roasted butternut squash with Mustard Maple Glaze Roasted Turkey Breast and our Healthy Green Bean Casserole.

Why you should make this butternut squash recipe

  • So flavorful. Butternut squash has a sweet, nutty flavor that is complemented by the sweet maple syrup and fresh thyme. Perfect holiday flavors!
  • Healthy side dish. Butternut squash is full of vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and other nutrients. Plus this recipe is vegan and vegetarian.
  • Simple to prepare. This recipe requires cutting the squash, adding the maple syrup sauce, and baking. Super easy! Buy the squash pre-cut for an even easier side dish.
top view roasted butternut squash in a white baking dish

Ingredients you’ll need

This is just a list of ingredients you will need to make the Roasted Butternut Squash recipe. Full measurements are listed further down below.

Butternut squash
Olive oil
Maple syrup
Garlic
Kosher salt
Ground pepper
Fresh thyme
Dried cranberries and pecans (optional to serve)

Ingredients for maple roasted butternut squash

How to roast butternut squash

  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Make the sauce. In a small bowl, add maple syrup, oil, garlic, salt, and thyme. Mix well to combine.
  • Coat butternut squash. Place the prepared butternut squash in a large bowl and pour over the maple mixture. Mix until evenly coated.
  • Bake. Transfer the squash and spread it evenly to a large baking dish or a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 30-40 min, or until the tops start to brown and caramelize.
  • Garnish and serve. Remove the dish from the oven and allow it to cool. Then garnish with extra thyme, dried cranberries and pecans if desired.
White baking dish with roasted butternut squash, pecans, and dried cranberries.

Tips and substitutions

  • Butternut squash: Buy it whole or buy it peeled and chopped.
  • Maple syrup: Use real maple syrup (not pancake syrup) for the best results. You can also substitute honey.
  • Fresh thyme: You can substitute it with dried thyme, but it won’t be as flavorful.
  • If your squash is tender but not golden brown on the edges, you can broil it for a few minutes, in the end, to help it caramelize.
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FAQs

Do you have to peel a butternut squash before roasting it?

When roasting squash in small cubes, you need to peel it first. You can easily use a knife to remove the skin before chopping the squash.

How do you cut and peel a butternut squash?

The easiest way is to first cut the squash in half, halfway between the top and bottom of the squash. Then use a knife to carefully cut the skin off all of the sides (like you would a pineapple). Once the skin is removed, cut each half in half again vertically, remove the seeds, and chop into cubes.

How do I store butternut squash?

Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven.

What do I serve with butternut squash?

Butternut squash can be served with poultry dishes dishes, like our Lemon Garlic Oven-Roasted Whole Chicken or our Maple Mustard Glazed Turkey Breast. It can also be served over pasta, on a salad, or in a quinoa bowl, like our Easy Quinoa Vegetable Bowl or this Black Bean Quinoa Salad.

Top view of white baking dish with roasted butternut squash, pecans, and cranberries

Other side dishes

close up roasted butternut squash

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Maple Roasted Butternut Squash

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash is made with tender squash covered in a sticky maple syrup thyme sauce, then topped with pecans and dried cranberries.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 146kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs butternut squash peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme leaves picked
  • Optional: dried cranberries and pecans to serve

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • In a small bowl, add maple syrup, oil, garlic, salt, and thyme. Mix well to combine.
  • Place the prepared butternut squash to a large bowl and pour over the maple mixture. Mix until evenly coated.
  • Transfer the squash and spread it evenly to a large baking dish or a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Bake for 30-40 min, or until the tops start to brown and caramelize.
  • Remove from the oven and allow it to cool.
  • Garnish with extra thyme, dried cranberries and pecans if desired.

Notes

  • Butternut squash: Buy it whole or buy it peeled and chopped.
  • Maple syrup: Use real maple syrup (not pancake syrup) for the best results. You can also substitute honey.
  • Fresh thyme: You can substitute it with dried thyme, but it won’t be as flavorful.
  • If your squash is tender but not golden brown on the edges, you can broil it for a few minutes, in the end, to help it caramelize.
  • Storage: Store in a sealed container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven. 

Nutrition

Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 396mg | Potassium: 680mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 20090IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 1mg
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