Parmesan Garlic Delicata Squash

Roasted delicata squash is buttery, nutty, and sweet. We love this recipe with garlic and parmesan. It’s easy enough for tonight and works beautifully as a holiday side!

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Roasted Delicata Squash Recipe Video

Creamy, sweet delicata squash is my favorite winter squash. It’s easy to prepare, there’s no need to peel the skin, and it cooks quickly. It’s delicious with a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and olive oil, but in this recipe, we bump up the flavors and add butter, garlic, and parmesan cheese. This dish works equally well for your next weeknight meal or entertaining friends and family over the holidays.

What Does Delicata Squash Taste Like?

Delicata squash is a winter squash that tastes similar to other winter squash, like butternut squash. I’ve heard people describe it as a cross between butternut squash and sweet potato, which seems fitting since it’s nutty and a little bit buttery with a lovely sweetness.

Roasted Delicata Squash Slices

Do You Really Eat the Peel?

I particularly love delicata squash because its peel is thin and, when roasted, adds a lovely texture to each bite. So, you do not need to peel this squash. Trust me.

Roasted Delicata Squash with Parmesan and Garlic

Our recipe below plays with the buttery, nutty flavor of the squash. We roast slices with melted butter, parmesan cheese, and garlic. The squash smells incredible as it roasts in the oven and tastes even better when done. We served this to a good friend who isn’t the biggest winter squash fan, and she loved it! Win!

Serving Roasted Delicata Squash

Since we roast the squash slices on top of the cheese and garlic, they melt down to create a lovely, cheesy crust on the bottom of each slice. They look beautiful and taste amazing.

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Parmesan Garlic Roasted Delicata Squash

Parmesan Garlic Delicata Squash

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Roasted delicata squash is buttery, nutty, and sweet. We love this recipe with garlic and parmesan. It’s easy enough for tonight and works beautifully as a holiday side.

There is no need to peel the squash. The peel is thin and is delicious once roasted.

Makes 4 servings

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You Will Need

1 medium delicata squash, about 1 ¼ pounds

2 teaspoons minced garlic, 2 small cloves

3 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil

1 ½ ounces grated parmesan cheese, about 1/3 cup

1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


    1Heat the oven to 425° Fahrenheit. Set a 13-inch by 9-inch baking dish aside. You can also use a rimmed baking sheet.

    2Cut the squash in half, lengthwise. Scoop out and discard the seeds. Cut each squash half into ¾-inch-thick slices.

    3In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter and garlic.

    4Spread half of the melted butter and the garlic over the bottom of the baking dish.

    5Sprinkle all but two tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese on top.

    6Arrange squash slices on top of the cheese. Drizzle the remaining butter mixture over the squash and use your fingers to spread it over each piece. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.

    7Bake the delicata squash for 20 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown and tender. You might need to rotate the dish in the oven once during roasting to prevent the back bits of garlic from over-browning. It’s okay if some cheese stays on the dish, it is easy to scrape up and serve sprinkled on top.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Vegetarian substitutions: Use a vegetarian-friendly cheese like cheddar instead of the parmesan.
  • Vegan substitutions: Use olive oil or a vegan butter and substitute the parmesan cheese with 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, vegan cheese, or leave the “cheese” out completely.
  • Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1/4 of the recipe / Calories 173 / Total Fat 11.6g / Saturated Fat 7.2g / Cholesterol 30.6mg / Sodium 327.1mg / Carbohydrate 15.9g / Dietary Fiber 1.8g / Total Sugars 5.1g / Protein 5.9g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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17 comments… Leave a Review
  • Jenny Reinbold April 11, 2024, 11:12 pm

    That was the most delicous squash I have ever eaten. I too added chili flakes Thank you for the fantastic recipe~

    • Joanne April 12, 2024, 12:13 pm

      Wow, such kind words! So happy you gave our recipe a try and thank you for coming back.

  • Lyudmila Tupikov December 5, 2023, 12:40 am

    Just made it.Easy and delicious My husband and I ate it all. 😋

  • Laura October 17, 2023, 11:08 pm

    This was delicious! I ate almost the entire squash. Will definitely make again

    • Adam October 18, 2023, 11:45 am

      We are so glad that you loved it! 🙂

  • Mary Ann Weinberg October 1, 2023, 7:37 pm

    I’m not a squash fan and never tried Delicata before but I absolutely loved this recipe! My new favorite! Thank you!

    • Adam October 2, 2023, 9:29 pm

      Yay! We are thrilled that you love the recipe 🙂

  • GG September 23, 2023, 9:01 pm

    SO good

    • Adam September 24, 2023, 10:42 pm

      So glad you loved it 🙂

  • Jeannie January 10, 2023, 10:27 pm

    Thank you. The beautiful pictures of glazed delicata was what prompted me to try this recipe. The flavors far exceeded the promise of the picture. The words gourmet, outstanding, truly delicious and thank you were heard at the dinner table tonight. It was our first time trying delicata, thanks for making it such a good experience.

  • Rebecca January 5, 2023, 8:36 pm

    Had to comment because this recipe is PHENOMENAL. My husband and I served it alongside crab cakes. It is the best squash dish we’ve ever cooked. Felt like a fine dining preparation for squash.

    • Nanette January 9, 2023, 10:29 am

      Absolutely phenomenal recipe! Made it with butter versus olive oil. The mixture of butter garlic and Parmesan on bottom of parchment lined panGot beautifully crispy. I did turn the oven down to 400 the last five minutes as with the butter it was getting dark. Inspired taste is true to its name! 6stars!

      • Joanne January 10, 2023, 5:01 pm

        Wow, 6 stars! We are thrilled that you enjoyed the recipe so much.

  • Brenda December 16, 2022, 12:01 pm

    We loved this recipe. We had never eaten Delicata before. I did add a little chili flakes which were delicious.

  • susan December 11, 2022, 9:56 am

    I love how you add a vegan option for us plant based people! I have made your black bean burger recipe and have consistently used it over all the other ones I’ve tried. Simple, easy & delicious! Thank you. PS : love the new kitchen !

  • Karen November 21, 2022, 1:00 am

    5 stars. Absolutely delicious. Very easy to make. My husband and brother liked the squash very much.

    • Joanne November 21, 2022, 2:45 pm

      Hi Karen, We are thrilled that you all enjoyed the squash. We were surprised with how delicious is was when we first made it, too. Thanks for your feedback!


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