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Four Best Butternut Squash Recipes

Updated on September 29, 2014
Steamed Butternut with Red Chili Sauce
Steamed Butternut with Red Chili Sauce | Source

Butternuts are Sweet and Versatile Vegetables

Pumpkins and squash are simply the most versatile and delicious vegetables around. Brighten up your dinner table with some butternut side dishes or make a complete meal with these golden recipes.

There are lots of ways too cook Butternut

Already fairly sweet, butternuts get even sweeter when cooked and commonly have their sweetness enhanced with things like cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg.

Butternuts are also scrumptious when prepared as a savoury dish, with feta or a sharp cheese, garlic and sage.

I make butternut soup, bake them, or prepare scrumptious steamed butternut with red chilli sauce

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 4

Steamed Butternut with Red Chili Sauce

  • 1 medium-sized butternut squash
  • cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chopped coriander - cilantro
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 medium serve
Calories 40
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Carbohydrates 11 g4%
Sugar 2 g
Protein 1 g2%
Sodium 4 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


  1. Slice onion and chop garlic and let sit for at least 5 minutes
  2. Bring 2 inches of water in a steamer to a boil.
  3. Cube butternut and steam in a steamer about 5-6 minutes.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon broth in a medium-size pan. . Saute onion in broth for 3 minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently. Add garlic and spices and mix well. After about 1 minute, add rest of broth and begin to simmer gently.
  5. When butternut is al dente, add it to simmering sauce and cook together for another 3-4 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with cilantro.
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Butternut Quick Tips

Rub butternut with oil and garlic before roasting

Roast butternut with sage leaves in a lightly oiled dish

Rub butternut with garlic and parmesan cheese before baking

Baked Stuffed Butternut

More ways to enjoy Butternuts

Susanna Duffy

Butternuts are the perfect size and shape for stuffing; scoop out the seeds and fill with any stuffing of your choice.

Pop the filled butternut in a steam bag and microwave for 3-4 mins on high or place in a colandar of boiling water and steam till soft.

Feta Stuffing

  • 200 g feta cheese -1/2 lb - crumbled into small lumps
  • thick slice of butter
  • 1 medium garlic clove finely chopped
  • a little olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • a good handful of torn basil leaves

Microwave Butternuts

Arrange the 2 halves of a peeled and seeded butternut in a shallow microwave safe dish, cut-side up.

Cover, and cook on full power for about 8 minutes or until tender.

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It tastes good whatever you call it

Squash? Pumpkin?

Squashes are true natives of the New World and found everywhere throughout both North and South America.

In Australia the butternut squash is called the butternut pumpkin, but it tastes just as good whatever you call it.

How do you like your butternuts?

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When Buying a Butternut

Look for a nice vibrant colour

Rap it to check for a hard shell

Feel up your butternut for a dense, heavy feeling when you lift it

© 2008 Susanna Duffy

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      Lynn Klobuchar 4 years ago

      Love butternut squash -- so good for you! Thanks for the ideas here.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Looking forward to trying these recipes. Squash makes a perfect meal.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I can buy freshly cut up butternuts and put them to boil with a little water. When they are cooked, stick an immersion blender (stick blender) in the pot and in two minutes it is soup. The stick blender washes up so easily. Basically no cleanup. And I have golden squash soup base for the whole family. Yay! I agree with you. Adding sage leaves to Butternut squashes is a great idea.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      i love yellow squash but have never really had a good butternut recipe. I will have to try some of yours. Thanks

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      Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

      I have copied a couple of the recipes her to try out. I love your recipe pages, I'm already on my second batch of 24 hour ginger beer - yum!

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      I have never prepared butternut squash but these recipes are tempting me.

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      Lynne Schroeder 5 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      Those butternut gnocchi look amazing but since I am not a gnocchi master I would need someone else to cook them for me

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      What great looking recipes to try! Thank you! =D

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      bjslapidary 6 years ago

      The stuffed squash looks good. May have to try it.

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great ideas! I might have to try the "stuffed" one!

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      The stuffed butternut looks really good. I need to try that one.

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      Nan 7 years ago from London, UK

      I just found this! Am lensrolling it to my 2 butternut squash recipes. 'Spicy Butternut Squash and Chickpea Soup' and 'Tasty Butternut Squash Risotto'.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I love butternut squash. Unfortunately they don't grow well here in the south.

      Thanks for sharing


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      rewards4life info 8 years ago

      I think stuffed butternut squash is my favourite dish with this lovely veg. Your recipe uses feta cheese in my I'm using rice. I need to try your recipe though, as I'm sure by using white cheese you are adding this extra creaminess to the whole dish. Also, I've almost finished my butternut squash soup recipe lens, so I'll be back to lensroll this lens to mine. Have a lovely day and thanks for sharing. =)

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      TopStyleTravel 9 years ago

      Love, love butternut squash! Great recipes here. You can eat it so many ways. I use a little as a thickener for my stew instead of flour. To make butternut squash easier to peel, I partially roast it to soften the skin.

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      LetaRussell LM 9 years ago

      Butternuts and squash in general abound in Australia and we love to eat them. I look forward to trying some of these yummy recipes. Your food lenses are so enticing!