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Roasted Delicata Squash

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This delicious roasted delicata squash recipe is the easiest side dish to make! It doesn't require much hands-on time and results in succulent, sweet squash.

You can serve roasted squash as a side for a nice dinner or use it in a green salad or blend it with some broth to make soup!

This recipe only requires a few ingredients and is naturally vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.

Roasted delicata squash on a large white serving dish.

Why You'll Love This Delicata Squash Recipe

Roasted squash is a simple yet elegant side dish. It looks beautiful, tastes buttery and rich, and is so easy to make.

Delicata squash is good for you - it's high in vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. You'll love how healthy but tasty this squash is.

Delicata squash, olive oil, spices, and thyme on a marble background.

Ingredients You'll Need

Delicata Squash - You'll need 2 delicata squash. Delicata squash are a tender type of winter squash. They're great because you don't need to peel the skin! They have a sweeter flavor than most winter squash and are often compared to sweet potatoes.

Olive Oil - You'll need 2 tablespoons of olive oil to toss the squash in before roasting.

Spices - You'll use 1 teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, and ¼ teaspoon paprika.

Fresh Thyme - You'll use 3 sprigs of fresh thyme to top the squash.

Sliced delicata squash on a black cutting board.
Chopped delicata squash tossed with spices and oil in a large metal mixing bowl.

More Recipes with Winter Squash

Here are some great squash recipes to try! Make sure to save the squash seeds to roast - you can eat them as a snack or use them to top a soup or salad.

Roasted delicata squash on a parchment lined half sheet pan.

How to Find the Best Delicata Squash

Here's how to choose the best delicata squash from the market or grocery store.

  • Color - The squash should be brightly colored and should not have any pale spots.
  • Weight - Ripe squash will be heavy for their size because they'll have a higher water content. If you pick up a squash that seems lighter, it probably means it's older and likely won't be as sweet.
  • Skin - The squash skin should be matte. If it's shiny, it was likely picked too early.
  • Blemishes - Make sure your squash doesn't have any cuts, soft spots, mold, or cracks.
Delicata squash on a large white serving plate with a silver spoon and fork for serving.

Tips for Making this Recipe

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Cooking Tips - Make sure to lay the squash in a single layer across the baking sheet. If they're on top of each other, they won't get a nice, crispy layer.

Recommended Tools - You'll need a sheet pan and some parchment paper for this recipe.

Storing Tips - You can save the roasted squash for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Make sure to reheat the squash in the oven or a toaster oven - microwaving them will make them mushy.

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Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Roasted Delicata Squash

Roasted delicata squash topped with herbs on a platter.

This roasted delicata squash recipe is an easy-to-make side dish!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 2 delicata squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme, finely diced


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Cut the delicate squash in half (lengthwise), then scoop out the seeds using a spoon. Slice the squash into ½ inch half-moon pieces, leaving the skin on the outside. 
  3. Place the chopped squash into a large mixing bowl and toss with the olive oil, salt, pepper, thyme, and paprika. 
  4. Lay flat on a parchment-lined baking sheet. The squash should not be on top of each other, so if your sheet pan is not large enough, use two pans.
  5. Roast in the oven for 45 minutes, until the squash is soft and golden.
  6. Remove the squash from the oven and plate them on a large serving dish. Serve immediately. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 316mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

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