How Long to Cook a Butternut Squash


If you’re tired of winter squash overloading your kitchen, it may be time for some experimentation. Peeling and cubing a butternut squash is easy enough, but once that’s done, how long should you cook it? The answer depends on what kind of dish you want to make.

How long does it take to cook a butternut squash?

Butternut squash is a vegetable that grows on vines and is part of the winter squash family. It’s a good source of vitamin C, potassium, fiber and protein.

Butternut squash can be baked or steamed but it’s not recommended to boil or microwave it because the texture will change if you do so. Cooking times will vary depending on how large you cut your butternut squash into pieces as well as how much liquid you add while cooking it (if any).

What is the best way to cook a butternut squash?


The best way to cook a butternut squash is by baking it. Baking is the easiest way to cook a butternut squash, as you don’t have to peel the skin off or cut it into pieces. The only thing you need to do is prepare your oven and bake away!

If you want something more flavorful than just plain old baked butternut squash, then roasting may be right for you. Roasting gives your dish a deeper flavor profile thanks to caramelization and browning on its surface area due to high heat exposure (think: seared steaks).

How long does it take to bake a butternut squash?

Baking time depends on the size of your butternut squash. Generally, baking a small squash takes around 45 minutes to an hour, while larger ones may take up to 2 hours.

If you want your baked butternut squash to be soft when done (and not crunchy), it will need to cook longer than if you prefer a crispier texture in your baked goods.

You can also determine how long it’ll take for your baked butternut squash based on how you plan on serving it: If served as an appetizer or side dish with dinner, bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 45 minutes; if served as part of dessert with ice cream or whipped cream topping alongside cookies and chocolate fudge sauce drizzled overtop–like we did here–bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 60 minutes

The longer you cook your butternut squash, the softer it gets.

The longer you cook your butternut squash, the softer it gets.

If you’re looking for a creamy texture and rich flavor in your baked goods, the best way to do this is to use steam instead of water or milk.


With the right recipe, cooking a butternut squash is easy. It’s best to bake it whole and let it cool before cutting into it, but if you want something more convenient, try roasting or steaming your squash instead!

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