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Easy Vegan Roasted Delicata Squash Recipe

Simple Roasted Delicata Squash (With Air Fryer Option)

  • Author: Gina House
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1-2 servings 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Roasted squash is so scrumptious, you just have to give it a try! This simple recipe is easy to make anytime and serves as a tasty side dish during the autumn months when squash are plentiful. Warm, nutty, and truly flavorful.


  • 1 medium Delicata squash (around 68 inches in length)
  • ½ tablespoon of vegetable oil or oil spray (or oil of your choice)
  • ½ teaspoon of salt and pepper (or to taste)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Wash the outside of the squash.
  3. Cut the ends off of the squash. Place the squash into the microwave and cook for 4 minutes on high (depends on the power of your microwave). The squash should be slightly squishy, but not fully cooked.
  4. Let the squash cool for at least 5 minutes before cutting. Once the squash is cool, use a sharp knife to cut the squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out all of the seeds.
  5. Cut the squash into ½” slices so that you have semi-circle (smiley) shapes.
  6. Lay the squash slices in a single layer onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  7. Brush or spray the pieces with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until the outside looks crisp and golden, gently flipping them over halfway through the cooking process. Once done, use a spatula to remove the slices from the baking sheet. Serve with tahini or your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!


  • Tahini Sauce – Add 2 tablespoons of tahini to a small bowl and add ½-1 tablespoon of warm water. Use a fork or whisk to mix well. Drizzle over your squash or add to a small bowl for dipping.
  • Oil-free Version – You can completely eliminate the oil if you wish or just give the bare minimum of oil spritzes onto the tray of squash slices.
  • Air Fryer Method – While you cut the squash into slices, preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees for 5 minutes. Lay your slices out on a plate or cutting board. Brush with oil and sprinkle with seasonings. Add the slices in a single layer to the basket and cook at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes, flipping the slices over halfway and being careful to check that they are crisp (but not burnt) on the outside.
  • Squash Substitutions – You can use other types of squash for this recipe. Kabocha, acorn, and butternut all work well in this recipe. Steaming time may vary if the squash is more dense than the Delicata squash, so microwave in 1 minute extra intervals if 4 minutes is not enough and your squash is still very hard.
  • Gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and nut-free

Keywords: easy, roasted, squash, vegetarian, side, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free