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Orange Pecan Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe

This Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe with Orange and Pecan is perfect for fall. A little bit sweet, a bit savory, a bit zesty. The orange, cinnamon, brown sugar and pecans paired perfectly with the squash.

roasted acrorn squash on white platter
Squash comes in so many fun shapes, sizes, and colors. I love seeing bins of winter squash in the fall, especially when my local market is having them on sale for $1 each! I definitely grabbed a bunch, even though I don’t really have a good place to store them. I stuck them in the cabinet under my sink for right now, and my toddler has a blast pulling them all out and playing with them. Good thing they are hearty (except I totally noticed a tooth mark in one when I was preparing this. Haha!).
This Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe is a perfect easy side dish in the fall. The squash roasts for about 15 minutes, and you just need a few minutes and ingredients to prepare it. The combination of orange, cinnamon, and pecans are a perfect sweet/spicy/zest combination that you will be craving.
This easy roasted squash is so easy and makes a perfect family weeknight recipe, but is special enough for a holiday meal as well.
Try serving this with Maple Bacon Beer Burgers!
 Roasted Acorn Squash Side Dish on white platter with fork in background

How to Cut Acorn Squash

Cutting through an acorn squash might seem hard if you have never done it before, but these few tips can make it easier.
Use a sharp and sturdy knife.

Do You Peel Acorn Squash Before Roasting?

The acorn squash is easier to cut up and roast if you leave the skin on. Especially with all the ridges on an acorn squash, you would spend a lot of time trying to cut the the skin off and you would loose a lot of squash in the process. It is easier to cut the squash into slices and roast, and then remove the peel.

Can You Eat Acorn Squash Skin?

Yes. If you want to, you can. But they don’t taste good.It is tough, stringy, and almost impossible to chew. But roasting them in the oven makes the thin skin of acorn squash tender and easier to chew. Some people enjoy eating roasted squash skin. You can either eat it, or eat the roasted acorn squash around it and set the skin to the side.
roasted squash on white platter with pecans

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  • Apple Cranberry Stuffing – This best homemade stuffing recipe is studded with fresh apples, dried cranberries and thyme. Easy to make, this Apple Cranberry Stuffing is perfect to make for any meal, whether its a holiday or not!
  • Cheesy Potato Casserole – Cheesy Potato Casserole is a staple at holiday meals. It is creamy, cheesy, and so delicious! You won’t be disappointed in your decision to enjoy it!


Orange Pecan Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe

Orange Pecan Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

This Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe with Orange and Pecan is perfect for fall. A little bit sweet, a bit savory, a bit zesty. The orange, cinnamon, brown sugar and pecans paired perfectly with the squash.


  • 2 medium acorn squash
  • 3 TBSP melted butter
  • 3 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 TBSP orange zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Cut the acorn squash in half and remove the seeds.
  3. Then cut the acorn squash into half again (so 1/4's, really) and then slice into strips - it will from half circles.
  4. Place on a rimmed baking sheet.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, orange zest, orange juice and pecans.
  6. Drizzle over the acorn squash slices and toss to coat.
  7. Arrange the slices so that they are in an even single layer on the sheet.
  8. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until fork-tender and starting to turn golden brown, turning halfway through baking time.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 184 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 15mg Sodium: 50mg Carbohydrates: 19g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 7g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g

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20 minute roasted acorn squash recipe

Recipe slightly adapted from: (Recipe Girl)


  • Reply
    October 14, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    Oh this sounds so good, I will have to try it.

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    October 16, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Yeah, my hubby would take one taste and let me know he didn't like it either! But it just makes more for me!

    Just wanted to stop by and let you know I finished baking my Daring Bakers' challenge yesterday…and it was FABULOUS!!! Thanks so much for sharing such a great recipe…can't wait for the reveal~

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