Celebrate fall and winter with this collection of 13 Delicata Squash Recipes! You’ll find savory recipes for stuffed, baked and roasted delicata squash, along with side dishes and salads. You’ll also learn nutrition information, how to cut it and so much more!

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There are so many varieties of winter squash, and each one brings something a little different to the table. The textures, colors and flavors all vary making them each unique in their own rite.

Delicata squash is very special to me because I first learned about it years ago in cooking school. We prepared some amazing dishes with winter squash, and delicata was my absolute favorite.

It’s got a soft velvety texture, sweet flavor and it’s so festive and beautiful. It truly makes every dish extra special whether it’s the star of the dish or an accompaniment.

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What is delicata squash?

Delicata squash is a variety of winter squash that’s characterized by its delicate, striped skin. It’s also known as Bohemian squash, peanut squash, and sweet potato squash.

What does delicata squash taste like?

The slightly chewy edible peel is a great contrast to the sweet, velvety flesh, which tastes like a cross between butternut squash and sweet potato.

When is delicata squash season?

I did a little research on this subject and found that while delicata squash is harvested and eaten in the winter, it’s actually in the summer squash family with pattypan, yellow crookneck and zucchini.

Can you eat delicata squash skin?

Yes, delicata squash skin is edible, which means it doesn’t require peeling. The name “delicata” is actually derived from the delicate skin or rind of the squash. The skin is soft and slightly chewy, which adds great texture to any dish.

Nutritional benefits

Delicata squash is an excellent source of Vitamin A, and good source of Vitamin C, potassium and fiber.Prepped and sliced delicata squash in a white bowl

Choosing and storing delicata squash

When choosing your delicata squash, make sure that it’s heavy and firm with no wrinkles or soft spots.

I store mine in the same cool, dry area where I store my onions, garlic and potatoes. It can keep for up to 3 months depending on the temperature.

How to cut delicata squash

Delicata squash has an edible skin so it’s a breeze to prep, especially with my handy step by step instructions and video.

One tip: when scooping out the seeds, use the tip of the spoon to dig into the flesh a bit.

Don’t toss those seeds! They can be roasted just like pumpkin seeds.How to cut delicata squash collage

How to cook delicata squash

Delicata squash is very versatile, and may be air fried, baked or roasted in half moons or rings. From there, add to salads, side dishes, grain bowls, etc.

It also holds its shape very well, making it great for stuffing. Fill with with your favorite fillings like chili, quinoa or meats.

What is a good delicata squash substitute?

It depends on the recipe, but you should be fine to substitute delicata squash with acorn squash, butternut squash or even sweet potatoes.

13 Delicious Delicata Squash Recipes

Delicata squash is velvety in texture, sweet in flavor, and the easiest variety of winter squash to prepare. The skin is edible so there’s no need to peel it!

It’s great baked, roasted or air fried, and makes a beautiful addition to your fall and winter recipes!

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Delicata Squash Bake with Tahini Sauce

Simple, 30-minute delicata squash bake with toasted hazelnuts, pomegranate arils, and a maple-tahini sauce!
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Roasted Delicata Squash with Maple Glaze

This easy to prepare maple cinnamon glazed roasted delicata squash recipe is a healthy dish perfect for sharing! Brussels sprouts and pomegranates add an extra burst of flavor and nutrition.
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Roasted delicata squash with pomegranate and goat cheese on white plate

Roasted Delicata Squash with Pomegranate and Goat Cheese

This Roasted Delicata Squash with Pomegranate and Goat Cheese is definitely a side dish you need to try out this Holiday season. The fragrant warming spices make it feel all cozy and festive!
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Stuffed Delicata Squash

This Stuffed Delicata Squash is a vegetarian dinnertime favorite! Black beans and quinoa provide lots of protein in this meatless meal.
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Delicata squash salad being drizzled with dressing

Autumn Harvest Salad with Pomegranates

This Autumn Harvest Salad uses the beautiful produce available as the months start to get colder, such as delicata squash, kale, and pomegranates, as well as farro and goat cheese to make a hearty cold weather salad.
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Brown Sugar Delicata Squash Recipe

This delicata squash recipe is roasted with brown sugar, maple syrup and cinnamon for a sweet and savory side that’s perfect for fall and winter meals.
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Kale salad with roasted delicata squash in a bowl with spoon

Thanksgiving Salad

A luscious and bold fall salad with roasted delicata squash, fresh chèvre, dried cranberries and sweet and spicy pecans, a great celebration worthy salad for Thanksgiving or the holidays.
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Quinoa stuffed roasted delicata squash rings on baking sheet

Quinoa Stuffed Delicata Squash Rings

Vegan quinoa stuffed delicata squash rings are stuffed with mushrooms, cranberries, brussels sprouts, and pecans! Simple to make and the perfect Fall meal or appetizer!
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Harissa Miso Delicata Squash Tacos

Delicata squash are roasted in a tasty harissa miso sauce and stuffed in warm corn tortillas. They’re the perfect weeknight meal!
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Roasted squash on a platter with yogurt cilantro sauce

Roasted Delicata Squash with Chili Yogurt & Cilantro Sauce

This Roasted Delicata Squash with Chili Yogurt and Cilantro Sauce is anything but basic. Roasted delicata squash is topped with a chimichurri style sauce, sriracha cream and pumpkin seeds.
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Kale Caesar Salad with Creamy Maple Mustard Dressing

Massaged kale with roasted delicata squash, crisp gala apples, tamari-cinnamon toasted pecans and a tangy cashew butter maple mustard dressing makes one deliciously different Caesar salad!
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Delicata Squash, Kale and Parmesan Flatbread

This Roasted Delicata Squash, Kale & Parmesan Flatbread is full of so many delicious flavors! It is a perfect holiday appetizer for all your party needs!
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