Delicata Squash Recipes To Try

Delicata is the lazy cook's winter squash. And it's the breeziest to work with! Here are some favorite recipes.

Delicata Squash Recipes To Try

Delicata is the lazy cook's winter squash. The sole squash I'm able to square off with in breezy fashion. Unlike working with other squash, maintaining composure throughout the preparation of this varietal is usually attainable. If you've ever cursed a Hokkaido, or permanently lodged a knife in a Hubbard squash, you know what I'm talking about. The delicata is a dream. Thin-skinned, there is no need to peel them. A length-wise slice from end to end is the toughest maneuver, and from there it's smooth going. A quick drag of a spoon clears the seeds, and a run of cuts yields a perfect deck of scalloped crescents. More often than not, at this point, I'll roast the squash a few degrees shy of oblivion - it becomes golden, crusted, and perfect straight from the oven. As we're on the doorstep of winter squash season, I thought I'd do a quick round up of a few of my favorite delicata squash recipes from the archives, and link out to a handful of delicata gems I've spotted out and about as well. Enjoy! xo -h

Delicata Squash Recipes

Roasted Delicata Squash Salad (above)
Please make this. Pretty, scalloped-edged cross-cuts of the delicata squash, a few small potatoes, chopped kale, radishes, Marcona almonds - and a miso harissa oil. An all-time favorite.

Delicata Squash Recipes

Roasted Vegetable Orzo (above)
This one I love for its simplicity. In autumn, delicata and kale are nearly always around. Chances are you have most of what you need to pull it together - roasted delicata squash and kale tossed with orzo pasta & salted yogurt dressing.

Delicata Squash Recipes

Miso Sesame Winter Squash (above)
This beauty was inspired by a recipe in Bryant Terry's cookbook, The Inspired Vegan. Roasted winter squash (and tofu) with a miso, maple, sesame, citrus sauce.

Delicata recipes out-and-about:

- Maple Spice, Fennel, & Kale Bowl (Sprouted Kitchen)

- Delicata Squash & Lime Tabbouleh (The First Mess)

- Roasted Delicata Squash Veggie Bowl (Love and Lemons)

- Baked Delicata Squash with Cream & Parmigiano (The Yellow House)

- Chickpeas with Delicata Squash, Kale, and Coconut Milk (Healthy Green Kitchen)


Happy roasting all - if you have other favorites, feel free to give a shout in the comments. -h

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Love your commentary on the delicate nature of this squash. Sure beats the meat cleaver moments of Red Kuri. Especially with vegans. Not many vegans have cleavers. Also love its size for single portion stuffed squash, like in my recipe, linked. Works with any rice, bread, thrown together stuffing though.

Katie Simmons

So funny to see this post: I grabbed two Delicata at TJ's on the weekend with your Roasted Delicata squash salad in mind :) It's one of my all time favourite recipes from this site, and it's become a go-to whenever I find myself with a surfeit of squash, kale and potatoes. The miso-Harissa combo is brilliant and the almonds give it perfect crunch. I'm not a fan of radish and always leave this out, but the recipe never seems to have suffered. Agree with the Delicata love--now kicking myself for not buying more! :)


I rarely have the pleasure of finding Delicata Squash locally. Although I have tried it and understand your love for it. It truly is a dream to work with. Book marking these for the next time I run into one at the market.

Trish @infinebalance

I love Delicata and, like you, cook it straight up in the oven. However, I have also made a recipe of Delicata Squash with Lady Apples (and slab bacon) and it was divine. It's hard to find Lady Apples so I have also substituted any baking apple, sliced. Now I want to go cook.

Agnes Gawne

Great to have all of these recipes in one place - thanks! Delicata is my go-to squash, for sure. As well as being easy to prepare and low on waste (since you can eat the skin too), it's easy to grow in a smallish garden space.

Laurie MacBride

Perfect timing. The delicata -- never easy to find here in Ontario -- are available for their short window and I'm stockpiling them. Just made the miso/harissa "salad" (we eat it as a one-dish feast, all food groups covered) earlier in the week...


I love your Miso-Curry Delicata Squash roast from your second cookbook. It is a favorite around our place this time of year. I also really like adding the squash to a thai red curry with basil and coconut milk.


Delicata is a fabulous squash, especially on a weeknight, somehow, when time is of the essence. I had your miso-roasted squash, tofu and potato recipe with kale last night and it was on the table 40 minutes after I walked in the door!

Susanna Singer

Que bom aspeto!!! Kiss, Susana


I have been experimenting with using coconut milk and came up with a yummy recipe for Delicata Squash stuffed with coconut curry swiss chard and chickpeas. You just roast the delicata in a 400 degree oven then stuff with coconut milk, curry, swiss chard and chickpeas mixture and enjoy. The complete recipe can found on my blog

Peggy for

yes, my other favorite is the recipe you recently posted from the Kinfolk Table. I've made it twice already! I never would have thought to put mozzarella together with the squash and greens, but the combo is really great. Thanks for sharing this list, I'll certainly be cooking my way through it this fall.


A squash for lazy cooks? Count me in!

Rachel @ GrokGrub

It is always nice to have an ingredient that poses minimal threat to your fingers. In other words, not chopping them off!

Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate

I, too, love the delicata. And I can't wait to use it in all of these recipes this season. Happy eating! Safe travels!


A delicata squash is officially on my grocery list. I've been hearing about its wonders (no peeling the skin did it) and I can't wait to try it. Thank you for the ideas!


I love cooking with delicata squash, they are so pretty. My kids always have a kick eating them with the skin on! Thanks a lot for sharing your favorite recipe list, my Mom just brought me back some harissa paste from France, so I cannot wait to try your miso harissa delicata salad! Happy Spooky Halloween to you!

Ketmala Phoumalavong

OK - wow - these all look so good, but I have to go for the miso sesame one first. Is it weird that I've never done delicata? Acorn, check. Butternut, check. Spaghetti, check (though I'm not really a fan), but no delicata. Clearly, my time has arrived ... :-)


I bookmarked that miso squash recipe a while ago, and it looks just as delicious to me now as it did then...I'd better get round to actually making it soon!

Catherine @ Chocolate & Vegetables

❤ ❤ ❤ !


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