Read through the simple instructions of “How to cook Acorn Squash” in the oven & microwave for convenience. Keeping in mind the flavor preferences, both sweet & savory recipes are mentioned.
Along with the recipes, you’ll find some quick tips that can be useful when purchasing the squash. The healthy effects and storage tips of acorn squash are stated below.
1. How to Pick Good Acorn Squash
Dark-green skinned acorn squash is a perfect pick as they are ripe and taste delicious. If you notice a yellow spot, it means the squash rested on that side, so it’s fine. Ensure not to buy the ones with vibrant orange-colored skin as they are over-ripe and will turn out stringy.
Opt for firm acorn squashes with dull skin. Press and check to avoid those with soft/soggy spots and shiny skin as that indicates a moldy & less-sweet squash respectively. As for weight, acorn squash weighing 1-3 pounds is a good pick. In case you purchase cut squash make sure to choose the one with vibrant yellowish or orange-colored firm flesh.
2. How to Cook Acorn Squash in the Oven – Baked Acorn Squash With Brown Sugar
2.1. Things you’ll need
- 1 acorn squash
- 1 tablespoon melted/softened butter
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- A lined baking tray, sharp knife, a spoon & basting brush
2.2. How Long to Cook Acorn Squash in the Oven
It takes an hour to cook acorn squash in the oven.
2.3. Cooking Process:
Step 1: Position the oven rack on the lowest shelf (below the middle one). Turn on the oven for preheating at 400°F.
Step 2: In the meaning, wash the squash under running water. Take a sharp knife and cut it in half from the stem end to the bottom end. (*If the stem is still attached, snap off and discard it before cutting). Also, scoop out the seeds with a spoon.
Step 3: Now, line a baking tray with parchment paper and place the halved acorn squash on it (skin side down).
Step 4: In a small bowl, mix the melted butter with brown sugar. Brush the butter & sugar mixture on the exposed flesh of the squash.
Step 5: Transfer the tray into the preheated oven for 55-60 minutes.
Step 6: Take out the roasted acorn squash and serve right away.
Tips: For the savory version, instead of brown sugar sprinkle salt & pepper.
3. How to Cook Acorn Squash in the Microwave
3.1. Things you’ll need
- 1 acorn squash
- 1 teaspoon salt and ground black pepper seasoning (cayenne pepper/paprika)
- A knife.
3.2. How long to cook acorn squash in the microwave
It takes 20-25 minutes to cook acorn squash in the microwave.
3.3. Cooking Process:
Step 1: Wash the acorn squash, slice it in half, and scrape out the seeds. Poke holes all over the skin-side of the squash with the knife.
Step 2: Take a large microwave-safe bowl. Put the halved squash (flesh-side down) on the bowl.
Step 3: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Leave a small opening so that the steam can escape while the squash is cooking.
Step 4: Put the bowl in the microwave for 20 minutes on high.
Step 5: After the 20 minutes is up, take out the squash and check if it is fork-tender. If it seems slightly tough, microwave for 5 more minutes on high.
Step 6: When serving, flip the acorn squash (flesh-side up). Rub a tablespoon of butter and season with salt and pepper.
Tip: You may sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg powder along with the salt & pepper to make it flavorful.
4. Is Acorn Squash healthy?
The extensively nutritious acorn squash is very healthy. Its rich Vitamin C content boosts the body’s immunity. Loaded with fiber, Vitamin B, magnesium and potassium this squash helps digestion, RBC production, supports muscle functioning and keeps blood pressure levels in check.
Furthermore, it also contains Provitamin A, iron, manganese and is packed with antioxidant properties.
5. What is the best way to store acorn squash?
To store for a 15-90 Days: Keep in a clean, dry, and cool place (temperature around 10-12 degrees Celsius with humidity ranging within 50-70%). Do not pile up several acorn squashes together as without air circulation they will rot. Moreover, don’t leave them on the floor as moisture will spoil the squash.
To store for 7-14 days: Put the acorn squash in a bag. Do not seal it tight. Keep in the fridge. That said they are best consumed within the 4-5 days of refrigeration.
To store cooked ones for 3-4 Days: To store the oven-roasted acorn squash (recipe mentioned above) put it in a tray, cover and keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.
These above give recipes on how to cook acorn squash will allow you to cook the veggies effortlessly at home.