Roasted Delicata Squash Rings is my new favorite fall vegetable and I’m pushing it on everyone I see! Seriously, if you were near me, you would not get away from me not telling you all about how much I love 💕this squash.
This started innocently in our house. I was out of town and my husband went to the store to see what obscure food he can try without me knowing. This is a game in our house and he is like a kid in a candy store when he is left to his own devices! He found the delicata squash at an Asian grocery store and brought a few home to figure out what to do with them. He roasted them with just salt/pepper and olive oil and they turned out both gorgeous and delicious! Then he sent picture after picture telling me how amazing they were!
Of course, he didn’t leave any leftovers, so when I came home, I went out to the store to get some more and fell in love with them. They are so easy to make and have such a great taste. It was a similar flavor to butternut squash but was almost as easy to prepare, similar to a zucchini. I also appreciated the fact that I didn’t have to peel them and they can be roasted on a sheet pan in minutes. That’s my jam! Quick and delish!
So since that weekend, I’ve been pushing it on everyone, including my mom who I was just visiting. I made her this version and she loved it! So I made her two sheet pans full and stocked her freezer with homemade meals. She put a Dizzy Dust seasoning on one sheet pan and the honey version on another and they were both amazing.
Fast forward to today and I’m still talking about it…can you tell? The intro to this recipe is way longer than normal. It’s because I can’t recommend these enough. You have to try it. Like right now!
When and Where can you Buy Delicata Squash?
This is a fall vegetable that is found in your local grocery store late in the year. They will be near all the other squash. They are gorgeous, so people think they are decorative squash and not edible. Don’t be fooled.
I have found them in not just the Asian grocery store but Trader Joes, Wegmans, Giant and even the farmers market all in the past couple weeks.
What does it Taste Like?
I think it tastes like a butternut squash. It is very mild and earthy and extremely delicious. I can’t say enough good things about it!
Can you Eat the Skin of Delicata Squash?
Absolutely! So make sure you wash the skin really well before cutting them. The skin is very thin and it reminds me of a zucchini. There is no need to peel or separate the skin like you would on an acorn or butternut squash. So, you get the great squash flavor without having to worry about extra steps to prepare it.
When is it Ripe and Ready to Eat?
Hold on to the squash and make sure it is firm and has no soft spots. Soft spots or indents are clues that the inside of the squash might be overripe. Also, be on the lookout for mold.
How do you Store This Squash?
Storing delicata squash should similar to how you store your potatoes. A cool, dry place is ideal. There is no need to store them in the refrigerator.
Other Delicata Squash Recipe Options
There are so many things you can do with delicata squash rings!
- A simple salt/pepper and olive oil always results in a fantastic go-to side dish! Keep that one in your back pocket!
- Dip them in an egg wash and then in breadcrumbs or Parmesan cheese.
- Substitute maple syrup or Agave for the honey.
- Cut them lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Make them a stuffed delicata…that is up next on our list!
- Grill them for a nice seared taste.
- Toss with your favorite herb mixture.
Can I Freeze it?
Absolutely! I made meal prep dinners for my mom and cooked them up and put in her meal prep containers. They worked out great.
This is especially good for when you cook too many and need to freeze for later use. They defrost in lunches great as well!
How to make Roasted Delicata Squash Rings
These are so simple to make that you will add them to your dinner rotation! Healthy and quick options are great to have!
Wash the squash thoroughly and then cut the ends off. Cut the squash lengthwise and remove the seeds using a spoon. Then cut into ¾ inch half rings.
In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and honey and mix well. Drizzle over the squash and toss them to fully cover.
Roast in an oven that is set to 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Flip them and roast an additional 5 minutes.
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Sheet Pan Roasted Delicata Squash Rings
- 2 delicata squash cut in half, sliced and seeds removed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp honey
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Slice the delicata squash in half and remove the seeds using a spoon. They simply scrape right out. Slice them in 3/4 inch pieces
- In a bowl, combine the olive oil, honey and balsamic vinegar. Put the delicata squash in a bowl with the olive oil mixture and combine with your hands.
- Once fully combined, spread out on a sheet pan and roast for 20 minutes, flip them over and roast another 5 minutes.