This roasted butternut squash is both spicy and sweet and is 100% perfect! It’s an easy and healthy side dish that the whole family will love. 

Image of spicy sweet butternut squash in a small white bowl.

Let’s be real here for a minute.

Peeling and dicing butternut squash may just be the worst kitchen task ever. It takes forever, your hands get that weird film on them, and you can consider yourself very lucky if you finish the task with all ten fingers intact. (HINT: You can buy it already prepped from Costco! I pick up a package of it every time I go.)

Tip: I now have a full tutorial on how to cook butternut squash that includes step-by-step photos of how to peel and cut if you need some guidance!

Image of whole butternut squash.

Butternut Squash

However, it is one of my favorite fall treats. I love it roasted and tossed on top of a salad or as a side dish. This version is a fun mix of sweet and spicy that perfectly captures the flavors of fall.

Image of roasted cubed butternut squash

The combination of spicy and sweet is irresistible. I’ve put this squash in a farro salad with bacon and it’s unbelievable. (Also – if you like spicy sweet, you have to try these spiced pecans!)

This would also be a great side dish for Thanksgiving if you’re looking to do something a little different.

Basically, it’s great any day of the year.

This roasted butternut squash is both spicy and sweet is 100% perfect! It's an easy and healthy side dish that the whole family will love. 

A few more roasted butternut squash basics:

https://www.rachelcooks.com/2019/10/02/how-to-cook-kabocha-squash/

More Roasted Vegetable Recipes:
If you are obsessed with roasting vegetables like I am, I have a lot of great recipes for you to try, or you can check out my entire collection of roasted vegetables!

Spicy Sweet Roasted Butternut Squash

Spicy Sweet Roasted Butternut Squash

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This roasted butternut squash is both spicy and sweet and is 100% perfect! It's an easy and healthy side dish that the whole family will love. 

Ingredients

  • one large butternut squash
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Peel and cube butternut squash. (Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any personal injuries or anxiety attacks.)
  2. Place butternut squash cubes onto a large, rimmed sheet tray.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, syrup, cinnamon, cayenne and salt. Pour olive oil mixture over cubed squash and toss with your hands to coat. Spread out squash so that it is in an even layer.
  4. Bake for 15-30 minutes, stirring halfway through. Cooking time will depend on how crowded your squash is and how big your cubes are. You want the squash to be fork tender (stick a fork in and it comes right back out), but not mushy.
  5. Enjoy as a side dish or on a leafy green salad.

Notes

  • The size of the squash will determine how many servings there are.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 of 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 64 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 148mg Carbohydrates: 9g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 4g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
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Verdict: So good! Slightly sweet from the maple syrup, a little kick from the cayenne…and a touch of fall from the cinnamon. Good stuff!
Husband’s take: At the time I’m writing this, he hasn’t tried this roasted butternut squash yet! He’ll love it though.
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: Once you get that darn squash chopped up, easy!