Acorn Squash

Last winter we had some of my husband’s friends over for dinner and I served acorn squash. They had no idea what it was, but once they tried it, they loved it. I was grown and married before I ever ate acorn squash, and I realize I am probably not alone. There are probably a lot of folks out there who have never eaten it, much less prepared it. It’s really easy to make and it is delicious. Here is a little tutorial for acorn squash which I served along with one of our favorite casseroles, Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole and Seasoned Green Beans.

Wash enough squash for each person to have one half of a squash.

Acorn squash

Slice each squash in half. The center will be filled with seeds similar to pumpkin seeds.

Slice the acorn squash in half

Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds and gunk from the center and dicard.

Scoop the insides out of the squash and discard

The cleaned squash should look like this.

Squash ready for cooking

In a pan large enough to fit all of the squash, pour just enough water to cover the bottom of the pan and place the squash upside down in the pan (not pictured). Cook in the microwave on high for several minutes until squash are tender but not mushy. Usually this takes 4-6 minutes but it will depend on the number of squash you are cooking and the strength of your microwave.

When the squash are tender, drain the water from the pan and turn the squash over. Place a pat of butter in the center of each half.

Place a pat of butter in each squahs half

Sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar to taste.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar

Heat until butter is melted and the butter/cinnamon/sugar mixture is bubbly. Serve immediately. To eat, just scoop the flesh of the squash out with a spoon or fork (don’t eat the skin). It’s delicious!

Serve squash immediately

Acorn Squash is shown here with Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole and Seasoned Green Beans.

Acorn Squash


Acorn Squash

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar or honey
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • dash of salt


Wash acorn squash, cut in half; scrape out seeds. Place upside down into a glass baking dish containing 2 Tbsp. water. Cook in microwave until squash is tender, about 6 minutes (time depends on your microwave strength and the number of squash you are cooking).

Remove from microwave, turn squash right side up in same dish. Into each hollow, place butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Cook in microwave until butter mixture is bubbly. Serve hot.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 squash
  • Calories: 138

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