This is the easiest and best way I know How to Peel, Cut and Roast Butternut Squash. I use this super delicious squash often and especially during the cooler months. This squash is perfect for meal prep and it is incredibly versatile in all diets.
Below is a simple step by step guide on how to peel, cut and roast Butternut Squash.
The easiest method is to buy ready to cook squash for this salad however, if you like, you can peel your own. This the easiest method of preparing the squash:
- Use a vegetable peeler to peel all the skin of the butternut squash.
- Next, cut the top and bottom end off.
- Cut in half and with a spoon, remove the seeds and the extra fibers.
- Cut into 1 inch cubes.
- You can roast it all for meal prep or just roast what you need for this salad and save the rest for another meal.
How to Roast Butternut Squash
Once you have peeled and cut the squash, my favorite method of cooking it is roasting it. For this you want to preheat your oven to 400ºF.
In a rimmed baking sheet, line it with parchment paper. Now you can place the cubed, butternut squash onto the lined sheet and spray or drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper. Toss to make sure it’s all coated.
Roast in oven about 20 minutes. Mid way you can remove the baking sheet from the oven and toss the cubed squash so they roast evenly. This is optional.
It will be roasted when it’s fork tender. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
How can I use Roasted Butternut Squash
Now you have all this roasted squash, what to do with it. I love it in salads, especially in Kale salads like my Kale Broccolini Roasted Butternut Squash Salad or my Chicken Schnitzel with Autumn Kale Salad. Both of these dishes are so delicious, you won’t know you added Butternut Squash to your salad.
Another type of Butternut Squash hybrid is the tiny Honeynut Squash. I alternate these when in season with roasted Butternut Squash in my Colorful Superfood Spinach Salad. These darlings are sweet and the best part is you don’t have to peel them. I also love these roasted and they can be roasted in the same way as described above.
Another delicious way to enjoy Butternut squash is mashed. Just like mashed potatoes. Steam or boil the squash, when tender drain water. Add a little butter and some milk or cream to the mashed squash, salt and pepper and it’s the perfect side to Simple Herb Roast Chicken.