Steamed Acorn Squash

This a great Fall side dish and perfect for Thanksgiving, or any time they are available. It’s a little sweet and a great alternative to sweet potatoes.

Steamed Acorn Squash


  • Acorn squash
  • Brown sugar, 2 or 3 tablespoons
  • Butter, 2 or 3 tablespoons


Cut the acorn squash in half. Be careful. They can be tough to cut and you don't want them sliding all over your cutting board. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon.
Cut the squash into pieces. The safest way to do it is to make sure that a flat side is down providing a more stable base.
Place the pieces in a steamer. Bring the water to a boil, reduce to simmer, cover and steam for 20 to 30 minutes or until tender. You can use the fork test to be sure. Fork in, fork out, no resistance.
Once the squash has cooled sufficiently to handle, scoop out the flesh using a spoon and place in a bowl. The first two or three times I made this, I peeled the squash with a knife. A spoon is much easier.
Add brown sugar and butter and mix well. As always, you can adjust seasoning to taste.
Bring this to the table and wait for the compliments. Who knows, your kids might even eat this “vegetable”.

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