Roasted acorn squash is a healthy and tasty fall dish that can be served either sweet or savory. And this wonderful dish can be prepared with the oven. The best temperature to use is 350 degrees. But how long to cook acorn squash in oven at 350 degrees? In this post, we like to share our answer and other cooking tips to help you pull off this simple and remarkably delicious recipe.
It takes 40-50 minutes to bake the acorn squash in the oven at 350 degrees. If you cut the squash to smaller pieces, like rings or slices, they will be ready faster. Keep in mind that 40-50 minutes is the time the squash needs to get super soft. This is how we prefer to eat it because we like to feel how the tender flesh melts in the mouth. But, if you like the squash to stay a bit crunchy after roasting, remove it from the oven 10 minutes earlier. Also, always check the flesh for the desired level of doneness using a toothpick or a fork.
While we prefer to stick to 350 degrees, there are other temperatures for baking acorn squash. You can try to roast it at 425 or 450 degrees which will obviously reduce the cooking time. However, this will increase the risk of the squash getting dried out. Plus, its edges will get browner. But there’s a way to fix this. To prevent the squash from drying out, just add water on the baking sheet so that it covers the edges of each half.
Well, the squash may get ready faster at 425 and 450 degrees. However, we recommend you to cook the acorn squash in the oven at 350 degrees instead. At this temperature, you get more control over the process with more chance to make adjustments to prevent the squash from going too brown and dry.
While 300 degrees is also a great option, you will have to wait over an hour for the squash to get tender. Not the best news for your hungry family and guests.
Here’s the recipe to cook acorn squash in the oven.
You can speed up acorn squash cooking in two ways. First one, by cutting it to smaller pieces. Rings and slices will bake faster than halves. If you love, like us, scooping up the tender flesh from the halved squash with the spoon, you will have to increase the temperature to reduce the cooking time. Make sure to add water on the baking sheet to avoid making the squash too dry.
Aside from salt and sugar, there are other ingredients you can add to your acorn squash to make its taste more pronounced and memorable. For sweet dish, use honey and cinnamon. Make sure to find a balance between honey and sugar to prevent making the squash too sweet. You can replace the sugar entirely with honey or maple syrup. If you take the savory route, red pepper, curry, garlic and oregano will make great seasoning options. To even further release the savory potential of acorn squash, serve it with roasted chicken, beef stew or spinach salad with goat cheese.