Roasted Delicata Squash (Oven and Air Fryer)

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Roasted delicata squash is so delicious and easy to make. Learn how to cook delicata squash in the oven and air fryer in just a few simple steps. 

I have recently shared how to cook acorn squash in the air fryer, spaghetti squash in the air fryer and now we will share how easy it is to roast delicata squash in the air fryer and oven. 

Cooked delicata squash on a plate

This delicata squash recipe is a simple, roasted squash recipe that can be served as a tasty side dish. We love eating it with chicken legs, pork loin and meatloaf.

Ingredients needed

Delicata squash – This squash is a winter squash that is cream and green in color. It’s also known as a “sweet potato squash” because it’s sweet in flavor. They taste similar to a butternut squash. 

You can store these squashes in a cool place for up to 3-4 weeks before cooking. 

Olive oil, salt and pepper 

How to cut delicata squash

Be sure to wash squash well before cutting. Slice off both ends of the squash. 

Cut the squash lengthwise. Scoop out seeds with spoon and set aside. 

Do you peel delicata squash?

No need for peeling! You can eat the skin and it’s delicious once roasted. 

How to cook roasted delicata squash

Scroll to the bottom for full printable recipe, ingredients and video. 

  1. Prepare: Wash the squash well since you can eat the skin. Cut off both ends of the squash and discard them. 
  2. Cut: Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Slice the squash into 1/2 inch slices.
  3. Season: Toss slices in olive oil, salt and pepper. 
  4. Cook: 
    • Oven: Place slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes, flip the squash and cook another 10 – 15 minutes. 
    • Air Fryer: Place slices in air fryer basket and cook at 400 degrees F for 5 minutes, flip and then another 5 minutes. 

Delicata squash, oil, salt and pepper

How to store

Store: Let the squash cool and store in an airtight container for 3-4 days. 

Freeze: Let the slices cool and place on a baking sheet in the freezer for 1 hour. Once frozen, place slices in freezer safe bag for up to 3 months. 

Recipe tips

  • You can eat the skin of delicata squash so make sure to clean it well before roasting. 
  • If you have trouble slicing through the squash, use a sharp knife and try microwaving the whole squash for 30 seconds – 1 minute to help soften it up. 
  • To help remove the seeds, use your knife to cut around the seeds and then scoop out with a spoon. 


This squash is delicious on it’s own but feel free to get creative with different seasonings. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Maple syrup – Drizzle 1-2 tablespoon of maple syrup, and olive oil over the squash before baking. 
  • Brown sugar – Toss with oil and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon. 
  • Seasoning – I also like using seasoning salt or a little dried thyme. 

Sliced squash on pan and in air fryer

Is roasted delicata squash healthy?

Yes, this variety of squash is very nutritious. It’s full of fiber and potassium, vitamin C, B and more. 

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*** If you made this recipe, feel free to leave a comment and star rating below. 

Sliced roasted squash on plate.
5 from 7 votes

Roasted Delicata Squash

By Heather
Easily roast delicata squash in the oven or air fryer.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 delicata squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Wash squash. Cut off top and bottom of the squash. Cut down the middle lengthwise and scoop out seeds with a spoon.
  • Slice into 1/2 inch semi-circle pieces.
  • In a bowl, combine olive oil, salt and pepper. Add in squash slices and toss to coat.


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place delicata squash slices on a lined baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes. Flip the squash over and cook another 10-15 minutes.

Air Fryer

  • Place delicata squash slices in air fryer basket. Cook at 400 degrees F for 5 minutes, flip over and cook another 5 minutes or until desired doneness.


YouTube video


Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 793mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3096IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    That sounds really good. I love all squashes, but I’ve never had delicate before. I can’t wait to try this. That roasted flavor is calling my name.

  2. Ohh now this sounds delicious – I have to admit I don’t think I’ve had roasted squash before but I definitely need to try it out.