Roasted Acorn Squash with Walnuts and Cranberries

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Roasted Acorn Squash with Walnuts and Cranberries

We love this roasted acorn squash recipe. It’s easy. Cut the squash into wedges the brush with olive oil and season with brown sugar, salt and pepper. Bake for about 1 hour then serve the roasted squash with a mixture of melted butter, walnuts and cranberries spooned on top.

How to Bake Acorn Squash with Walnuts and Cranberries

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Recipe updated, originally posted November 2010. Since posting this in 2010, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Roasted Acorn Squash with Walnuts and Cranberries

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Roast acorn squash in the oven and top with butter, crunchy walnuts and sweet cranberries. It’s stunning on the table and so far, everyone’s loved it.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

You Will Need

2 acorn squash

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

1/4 cup brown sugar

4 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup walnuts, chopped

1/4 cup dried cranberries


    Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.

    Cut squash in half and use a spoon to scoop out all the seeds from the middle. Carefully cut each half into 2 wedges.

    Place the wedges into a large baking dish then brush with olive oil. Scatter the brown sugar evenly on top then season with salt and pepper. Bake until soft and caramelized around the edges, about 1 hour.

    When the squash has roasted. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the butter, walnuts and cranberries; cook until the butter begins to bubble around the nuts, then spoon over the squash.

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AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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24 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Kate October 9, 2015, 7:10 pm

    Just made this for dinner! Eating is as I’m typing! SOOO good.

  • kirstin November 11, 2012, 8:41 pm

    I’ll have to double or triple this recipe for thanksgiving. what would that do to the cooking time?

    • Adam November 12, 2012, 8:38 pm

      Hi there! As long as you keep the squash in one layer, the cooking time should be about the same. If you are using two baking sheets/two oven racks, you might want to rotate halfway through cooking to make sure they cook evenly.

      • kirstin November 14, 2012, 1:55 pm


  • Jo von Klopfenstein October 26, 2012, 2:47 am

    Beautiful & flavorful

    • Joanne October 26, 2012, 2:05 pm

      Thank you!

  • Deb H. October 15, 2012, 9:22 pm

    Alright, I don’t care what time it is. I’m headed to the store to get the squash and cranberries, the rest I have. And they have an apple cinnamon marinated pork loin at the store that I think will be perfect….YUM!

    • Joanne October 18, 2012, 12:24 pm

      Awesome! This would be perfect with the apple cinnamon pork loin!

  • Eliana November 18, 2010, 11:13 am

    Hmmmm – this looks glorious!

  • Ashley Craft (Taste for Healthy) November 15, 2010, 11:32 am

    I love acorn squash!!! You recipe and photos look AMAZING! So healthy too. 🙂

  • Judith April 4, 2010, 9:22 pm

    Ooooooops……. and adding sweet potatoes to that lot of squash 😉

    • inspiredtaste April 5, 2010, 7:51 am

      Sounds delicious Judith, let us know how things turn out!

  • Judith April 4, 2010, 9:20 pm

    LOVE your photos.. absolutely beautiful!

    You have inspired me.. I am going to follow your recipe.. ‘bake the squash as you say.. but add my ‘fruit/sugar’ concoction to it, whilst it bakes for an additional 15-20 min.

    Concoction: I am going to do a brown sugar/maple syrup/butter glaze.. with currants and dried blueberries. ……… We shall see! :s 😉

    Keep up the good work! 🙂

  • Thailand Breeze January 8, 2010, 2:49 am

    Looks beautiful & yummy.

    If we don’t have squash here in Thailand, do you think that I can use pumpkin instead? They look pretty similar.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • inspiredtaste January 8, 2010, 7:57 am

      Although we have never tried it with this recipe, we think pumpkin would be a great replacement for the squash. The roasting time may be a bit different, but I think it is definitely worth a try! Let us know how it goes.

  • Rekha December 2, 2009, 10:38 pm

    looks delicious, great presentation

  • Beth @ 990 Square December 2, 2009, 7:38 pm

    Oh I love acorn squash. It looks like this recipe turns them into acorn squash candy!

  • jules and ruby November 15, 2009, 3:59 pm

    wow…what a fabulous combo of flavors…and great photos. YUM!

  • FoodFitnessFreshair November 15, 2009, 3:55 pm

    This looks delicious. I love baked acorn squash. This looks like a recipe I may use for Thanksgiving!

  • Bunny got Blog November 12, 2009, 1:04 am

    OH YUM, this sounds so good and healthy.

  • French Cooking for Dummies November 4, 2009, 5:53 pm

    wow I so want a bite of that!

  • Carrie @ Deliciously Organic November 3, 2009, 1:45 pm

    This looks amazing! I’ll have to make it for my family. You photography makes my mouth water! 🙂

    • inspiredtaste November 3, 2009, 2:00 pm

      Carrie, you are too kind 🙂

  • Tracy November 3, 2009, 12:21 pm

    Acorn squash, roasted and served simply with butter, salt and pepper and a side of wilted kale is one of my favorite fall dishes. But I’m all for gilding the lily every now and then. Might even tempt some of the squash-averse members of my family. Gorgeous photos!


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