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Sweet and Spicy Acorn Squash on a round wood board with a scattering of parsley.
Sweet and Spicy Acorn Squash
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins

This sweet and spicy acorn squash is autumnn on a plate, with a kick!

Course: Vegetable Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: acorn squash
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 274 kcal
  • 2 lbs acorn squash
  • 1 chipotle in adobo sauce, plus 1 tsp sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  1. Lightly coat a griddle or grill pan with oil. (Alternatively, Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with non-stick foil or foil sprayed with cooking spray.)

  2. Combine all ingredients (except squash) in a food processor fitted with a steel blade and blend until smooth. Alternatively, mince the chipotle and whisk together with the remaining ingredients until homogenous.
  3. Cut the acorn squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Cut the squash in half inch thick slices. Toss the slices in the sauce well to coat.

  4. Heat the griddle or grill pan on high. Lay the squash slices down in a single layer. Brush with additional sauce. Cook for about 8 minutes, or until the underside is well browned and flip. Brush again with sauce. (Alternatively, place on the baking sheet and drizzle with remaining sauce and roast until browned and tender, about 20-25 mins. Brush with sauce once while they roast.)

  5. Continue to cook until thje squash is very tender, caramelized and can be easily pierced with a fork. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes
  • Acorn squash can be tough to cut through. I recommend buying a smaller squash, about 2 lbs, which will be easier to handle and muscle through.
  • Like more heat? Add another chipotle pepper or a couple more spoons of adobo sauce.
  • Whether you're cooking these on the stove top or in the oven, a nonstick surface is important so the sauce doesn't stick or burn.
  • Use the additional sauce to baste the squash as it cooks for more flavor.
  • Be sure the acorn squash is very tender before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Spicy Acorn Squash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 274 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 890mg39%
Potassium 797mg23%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1020IU20%
Vitamin C 27mg33%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.