Baked Butternut Squash Recipe with Maple Glaze

Baked Butternut Squash is such a simple side dish, but so delicious and healthy too. This maple-infused recipe is so sweet yet the broth balances it out perfectly. This maple roasted butternut squash recipe is easy to make, and you can also make a mashed version if you prefer. Pair it with your favorite main dish for dinner, or make this as the perfect Thanksgiving side dish!

Maple Baked Butternut Squash Recipe

Baked Butternut Squash with Maple Glaze

Baked Butternut Squash with a maple glaze is such a sweet and delicious side dish. This winter squash recipe is perfect for the holidays!

Butternut Squash is one of those vegetables (well, fruit technically) that I don’t think about much. As a winter squash that isn’t pumpkin, it doesn’t get much recognition outside of Thanksgiving. This baked butternut squash IS the perfect Thanksgiving recipe though, so I get it.

This recipe comes straight from Annie Gunn’s, a popular smokehouse restaurant here in St. Louis. They have a Maple-Glazed Butternut Squash dish, and I had to have it! This is pretty close to what they serve, but maybe not 100% accurate. Either way, it’s delicious!

The squash is baked in a maple, butter, and broth mixture, and it adds SO MUCH flavor. Plus the natural sweetness of the butternut squash comes out while roasting, and it all combines so well. Top it with a bit of crumbled feta cheese after baking, add some thyme or parsley, and wow! I could eat this every night.

Make this maple-infused Baked Butternut Squash recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any night of the year!

Maple Butternut Squash Recipe

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe

Baked, Mashed, or Roasted Butternut Squash

This maple-glazed, baked butternut squash recipe is so sweet and tender. It’s absolutely delicious! I love this as a healthy and flavorful side dish any night of the week, and I love it even more as a welcome addition to the holiday table. How good would this be on Thanksgiving?!

This winter squash recipe is so good as it is, but you can also turn it into more of a maple mashed butternut squash, a butternut squash puree, or you can even roast it (cut in half) with skin on and then scoop out the flesh. And of course you can roast the seeds too. There’s a lot of variety with this hardy winter squash!

Winter Squash recipe with feta and maple

Maple Butternut Squash Recipe

How to Cut Butternut Squash

The first step in this baked butternut squash recipe is cutting into cubes. With big, odd shapes, winter squash can be difficult to cut if you’ve never done it before. It’s important to do it properly to ensure safety, but once you’ve done it, it’s easy peasy.

Here’s a few tips before you get started:

  • Make sure you use a large, SHARP knife (first rule of knife safety is to make sure they’re properly sharpened).
  • Hold the larger end of the squash with your non-dominant hand, with fingers tucked under it to get a good grip.
  • You can microwave it briefly beforehand to make it a bit softer, but it’s not necessary.
  • When making cuts, pierce the skin first, and then make a full cut.

This is how to cut butternut squash:

  1. First, cut the ends off
  2. Cut the butternut squash in half at the “neck” (where the larger half meets the skinnier part)
  3. This is the best time to peel the squash
  4. Take the “neck” half and cut horizontally into rings, and then cube
  5. Cut the larger part in half lengthwise and remove the seeds
  6. Then cut into slices, and then cubes

1-inch cubes work best for this recipe, and is generally a good size for many baked butternut squash recipes. You can save the seeds to roast, as you would pumpkin seeds. They’re so good!

How to Peel Butternut Squash

Peeling butternut squash is pretty straightforward. It has a thick, tough skin, so peeling can be a daunting task, but it’s easy. You can peel butternut squash before you start cutting, straight after you’ve removed the ends, or after cutting it in half. It’s easiest to peel after cutting the neck and the larger body apart. Just use a sharp peeler or a paring knife to remove the skin. Set the squash facing up (with a flat end on the cutting board), and peel downward.

Maple Butternut Squash on a fork

A bowl of baked butternut squash

How to Cook Butternut Squash in the Oven

Making baked butternut squash in the oven is one of the best ways to make it. Baking or roasting butternut squash really brings out the natural sweet flavors!

How to make Maple Butternut Squash:

  1. Cut squash into 1-inch cubes and place in baking dish
  2. Cover with maple syrup, butter, & broth, add salt & pepper
  3. Loosely cover the dish, & bake at 400°F for 15 minutes
  4. Remove cover, stir, and bake another 15 minutes
  5. Top with crumbled feta & thyme to serve

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2 bowls of maple baked butternut squash

Another amazing recipe to add to the holiday table, or to make along with a nice steak or pork tenderloin. I love this sweet side dish so much! Since winter squash is most widely available between September – November, this is the perfect fall recipe. However, if you find a butternut squash any other time of year, grab it and make this regardless of the season!

See the recipe card below for details on how to make this Maple Baked Butternut Squash recipe. Enjoy!

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Baked Butternut Squash is such a simple side dish, but so delicious and healthy too. This maple-infused recipe is so sweet yet the broth balances it out perfectly. This maple roasted butternut squash recipe is easy to make, and you can also make a mashed version if you prefer. Pair it with your favorite main dish for dinner, or make this as the perfect Thanksgiving side dish!

Maple Baked Butternut Squash Recipe

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butternut squash
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 143 kcal
Author: susie gall
Baked Butternut Squash is such a simple side dish, but so delicious and healthy too. This maple-infused recipe is so sweet yet the broth balances it out perfectly. This maple roasted butternut squash recipe is easy to make, and you can also make a mashed version if you prefer. Pair it with your favorite main dish for dinner, or make this as the perfect Thanksgiving side dish!
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Ingredients

  • 1 c chicken broth or turkey broth
  • 4 T butter - unsalted - melted
  • 1/4 c pure maple syrup - use 100% pure
  • 1/2-1 t coarse kosher salt per taste
  • 1/2 t black pepper - ground
  • 3 1/2 cups butternut squash peeled, seeded, cubed (SEE NOTE)

For Garnish

  • fresh parsley or thyme, chopped optional
  • crumbed feta cheese optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.
  3. Pour melted butter, broth and syrup over the squash then salt and pepper.
  4. Add herbs if using as this is strictly optional.
  5. Loosely cover and bake 15 minutes.
  6. Take off cover, stir and bake 15 more minutes or until squash is tender.
  7. **If the liquid around the squash is getting too dry, add a little broth.
  8. ***If after cooking the liquid around the squash is still a little soupy, use a slotted spoon to transfer the squash to a bowl. Then, pour the reserved liquid in a saucepan and boil until it is thickened and reduced.
  9. Once the liquid is thickened, pour the syrup, broth and butter reduction over the squash.
  10. Serve immediately.

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Recipe Notes

**Half the squash is used in this recipe. If using the entire squash, add 1/2 c more broth and 1/3 c syrup.**

Nutrition Facts
Maple Baked Butternut Squash Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 143 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 409mg 17%
Potassium 348mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 178.4%
Vitamin C 24.1%
Calcium 5.8%
Iron 3.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Rita Joyce
How much butter? The recipe doesn't specify.
    becky gall hardin
    Hi Rita...we are so glad you noticed that!! so sorry we didn't specify. mom updated the recipe. hope you enjoy it! thanks for stopping by!
Debbie
What step do you add the butter in?
    becky gall hardin
    Hi Debbie, you add the butter along with the syrup and broth. hope that helps! thanks so much for stopping by :)
      becky gall hardin
      Hey Debbie, I have updated the recipe. So sorry for the error and thank you very much for letting me know.
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