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Za'atar Roasted Butternut Squash

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This delicious roasted butternut squash is topped with za'atar seasoning for a flavorful bite. It takes some time to roast the squash, but this is a simple and easy side dish to make.

Butternut squash topped with za'atar on a serving plate.

Why You You'll Love this Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasted butternut squash is tender, caramelized veggie deliciousness. Roasting vegetables always makes them taste better and this squash recipe is no exception.

Combined with the herby kick from the za'atar seasoning, you are in for a real treat.

You can serve this squash on its own as a side dish or add it to a salad or pasta dish.

Chopped butternut squash with za'atar, olive oil, and salt in a metal bowl.

How to Choose the Best Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is available year round, but it's at its best from September through March. The best butternut squash will have a hard rind, a beige-orange color, and will be free from any blemishes.

Avoid purchasing any butternut squash that has obvious bruises, soft spots, gouges, or holes. Butternut squash can be saved and stored for quite a while, but they can dry out. I've found the heavier the squash the denser and fresher the flesh will be.

What to Serve with Roasted Squash

These roasted butternut squash chunks are a wonderful side dish for lots of meals! Here's what we love to serve them alongside.

Diced butternut squash on a baking sheet.

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Closeup of a plate of za'atar roasted butternut squash.

Tips for Making this Recipe

  • You can make your own za'atar seasoning or purchase it, but like blends that are a bit chunkier and not ground into a powder. So if you're choosing between a few brands at the store, look for the one with the bigger pieces!
  • Make sure to line your baking sheet with parchment or aluminum foil - it makes the clean-up so much easier.
Yield: 4 servings

Za'atar Roasted Butternut Squash

Za'atar roasted butternut squash on a platter.

This delicious roasted butternut squash is topped with za'atar seasoning and is a flavorful and easy side dish.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 large butternut squash (about 3 pounds), peeled and seeded and cut in 1-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon za’atar seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Toss the squash with olive oil, za'atar seasoning, and salt.
  3. Spread the squash out across a parchment-lined sheet pan, leaving as much space between each piece as possible.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the squash is tender. Flip it once, halfway through baking, with a spatula.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1199mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

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