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roasted acorn squash slices glazed with chili and honey topped with thyme

Roasted Acorn Squash with Honey Ancho Chile Glaze

Low prep easy cook roasted squash dish great for holidays or weeknight option.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Modern Soul Food
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 166kcal
Author: Marwin Brown

Ingredients

  • 1 acorn squash halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 3/4-inch slices
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey maple syrup or agave work well also
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ancho chile commercial chili powder can be used as a substitute
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper or to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  • Arrange acorn squash slices on rimmed sheet pan. Mix olive oil, honey, brown sugar, ancho chili powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Brush acorn squash slices with the mixture.
  • Roast in preheated oven until golden brown and tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Garnish with fresh thyme.

Notes

  • It's tough choosing good acorn squash with confidence since you can't see inside. These simple tips help to ensure you get a good one:
    • Dull is better than shiny when picking acorn squash.
    • Heavy is also good. Not necessarily heavy because of size; you actually want one that is heavy for its size
    • Go for the one with a good balance of green and orange skin. Balance means neither too ripe nor not ripe enough. Orange ones are overly ripe and will have many stringy bits vs. a green one won't be ripe enough and will be lacking in flavor.
  • A few tricks to cutting the squash in half include:
    • Make sure you have a sturdy, sharp knife. This should always be the case, but especially here.
    • Before cutting, pierce the skin in a few spots, place it in a microwave oven and heat on high for 2 minutes. Let it stand for a few minutes and wallah the squash is softened
    • When halving, cut through the stem end to the point rather than across the diameter.
      • Find a valley in between one of the ridges of the acorn squash ideally, the ridge should be just to the side of the stem as you DO NOT want to try to cut through the STEM.
      • Drive the knife through the acorn squash and continue by cutting around the entire squash. If the knife gets stuck, return to the starting point and rotate in the opposite direction.

Nutrition

Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 303mg | Potassium: 383mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 590IU | Vitamin C: 13.4mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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