Sweet n Spicy Butternut Squash

Sweet n Spicy Butternut Squash

I love butternut squash, but sometimes plain butternut squash gets a little boring. Let’s jazz it up with this sweet n spicy butternut squash! It’s gorgeous and crispy, with a little kick of heat and a sweet finish. If you like sweet potato fries, you’ll love these. However, it’s not the most beautiful recipe. These sweet n spicy butternut squash chunks should look a bit charred, and that’s okay. With this recipe, color means flavor.

Cutting up a butternut squash can be difficult. I’ve found that microwaving it for a minute or two helps a lot. Then peel the squash with a potato peeler, cut it in half lengthwise, scrape out the seeds, and cut off the ends before cutting it into chunks. Use a really big, sharp knife, and you’ll be just fine.


  • 1 medium butternut squash, cut into bite-size chunks
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter


Place the squash chunks in a large mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Mix all spices together and toss with the squash chunks until evenly coated.

Bake on a sheet pan at 425 F for 15 minutes. Then flip the squash and continue baking for 10 to 15 minutes or until crisp and slightly charred. Toss with butter and serve warm. Enjoy!

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