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Brown Sugar Butternut Squash Recipe

Griddle Roasted Brown Sugar Butternut Squash Recipe makes for a delicious fall side-dish.  A great farm to table recipe that comes straight from my garden and served to my hungry family. 

Easy to prepare in 15 minutes. A gluten free dish that only has three ingredients. Just the right texture and full of incredible flavor. 

Brown Sugar Butternut Squash Recipe on a Blackstone Griddle with a griddle spatula.

I love butternut squash! This butternut squash recipe is dressed up and is the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Kids will love this sweet vegetable and will ask for more.  This butternut squash dish is sure to please even the pickiest of squash fans in your household. 

Add a little cinnamon and nutmeg to take it to the next level of delicious flavor.  A great addition to chicken, sausages and almost any meat or poultry dishes.

Butternut squash is the most popular winter squash in the USA. Its texture is firm with a slightly sweet flavor.  

Caramelized with a sprinkling of brown sugar. Once you start making butternut squash brown sugar, you will make it over and over again!

Enjoy butternut squash with brown sugar. It makes a great recipe for the entire family.

Griddle Cooking Butternut Squash with Brown Sugar

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How to Cut a Butternut Squash

Butternut squash needs some preparation to cook it but it’s incredibly worth it. I suggest wearing disposable rubber gloves because the squash will ooze with sticky liquid that will not want to come off your hands. 

Use a whole butternut squash that has been washed clean. The first step should consist of cutting off both ends of the squash in order to avoid them from falling when you are cutting it.

Cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise by sitting it up on its big end and slice down the middle from the thin end to the thick end.  Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and goop.

How to Peel and Dice Butternut Squash on a green cutting mat with a sharp knife, spoon, and a peeler

Then cut the squash in workable smaller pieces.  You should end up with 4 or 8 pieces. 

The next step includes peeling the skin of the squash. You can easily peel it with a good vegetable peeler.

Dice the squash into small cubes. This step can be done ahead of time and stored in the fridge overnight.

You can also use precut butternut squash in the produce section to save time on preparation.

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How to Make Griddle Glazed Butternut Squash

Preheat the Blackstone Griddle on low to medium low heat. Once the Blackstone Griddle is hot, apply a squirt of your favorite cooking oil or cooking spray to the flat top. 

I like to use olive oil. Add your cubed butternut squash on top of the hot oil. 

With a griddle spatula, toss the squash cubes around to coat with the olive oil.  Spread into a single layer for faster cooking.

Use a squirt bottle of water and apply a couple tablespoons around the squash.  Cover right away with a dome lid to help steam the squash. 

Roasting Butternut Squash cubes on a Blackstone Griddle with a dome lid and griddle spatula.

Let cook for 2 to 3 minutes, uncover, and use your griddle spatula to stir the squash around.  Apply more water, cover, and cook until tender. 

Griddle Roasted Butternut Squash on a flat top griddle.

Once the griddle butternut squash is golden brown and tender, uncover.  Add the light brown sugar to the top of the roasted butternut squash. 

Add brown sugar to the top of griddle cooked butternut squash.

Let the brown sugar caramelize on the squash.  Toss to combine.  When the desired doneness is achieved, remove from the griddle to a serving dish. 

Serve immediately. Eat right away because the caramelized brown sugar will set up when it gets cold. 

Stirring Griddle Glazed Butternut Squash with a Griddle Spatula.

How to Store Leftover Butternut Squash

Brown sugar griddle butternut squash is best served warm after it has been freshly cooked. But, if you have leftover butternut squash, store in an airtight container for up to 6 days. Reheat in the microwave using 30 second intervals until the desired temperature is reached.

What to Serve with Caramelized Butternut Squash

There is so many things that will go with this griddle glazed butternut squash.  This brined turkey breast is a great choice.

Try my Blackstone Griddle Butter Steaks, Turkey Cutlets on the Blackstone Griddle, Blackstone Smash Burger, Chicken Kabobs, Air Fryer Panko Chicken, and Garlic Butter Chicken.  

Turkey Cutlets Recipe with a side of griddle butternut squash.
Turkey Cutlets Recipe with a side of griddle butternut squash.

Roasted Butternut Squash Tips

  • The easiest way of making it less sweet is by adding less brown sugar.
  • Add a tablespoon of melted butter with the brown sugar.
  • Sprinkle a dash of ground cinnamon or ground nutmeg as the brown sugar is turning into a glaze over the squash. 
  • Add maple syrup or substitute some maple syrup instead of the brown sugar.
  • Sprinkle some salt and pepper as the roasted butternut squash cooks.
Caramelized Butternut Squash Cooking on a Blackstone Griddle

Oven Recipe

If you don’t have a Blackstone Griddle, that’s okay! Make this roasted butternut squash with brown sugar on a prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper in the oven to 400° F.

Bake in the oven until tender. This recipe can also be prepared on the stove top in a sauté pan.

More Butternut Squash Recipes

Butternut Squash Soup

Mashed Butternut Squash

Griddle Grilled Butternut Squash

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Caramelized Butternut Squash Recipe

Brown Sugar Butternut Squash – FAQ

Do I need to peel butternut squash before roasting?

Yes, for this recipe, you need to peel the butternut squash before roasting on the Blackstone Griddle. 

What’s the best way to soften butternut squash?

The best way to soften butternut squash is to clean, peel, and dice into small pieces.  Then quick cook on a flat top griddle with a dome lid and a little bit of water to steam and help with the cooking process.

Griddle Roasted Sugared Butternut Squash

Brown Sugar Butternut Squash Recipe

For the full recipe and nutrition calories, click below for the recipe card.

Yield: 2 cups

Brown Sugar Butternut Squash Recipe

Brown Sugar Butternut Squash Recipe on a Blackstone Griddle with a griddle spatula.

Griddle Roasted Brown Sugar Butternut Squash Recipe makes for a delicious fall side-dish.  A great farm to table recipe that comes straight from my garden and served to my hungry family.  Easy to prepare in 15 minutes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • Butternut Squash, cut, peeled and small cubed 4 cups
  • Olive Oil 1 teaspoon
  • Brown Sugar, Light 2 tablespoon


  1. Wash and cut the butternut squash into pieces.
  2. Cut the squash in half, the long way and cut those two pieces in half again. Finally, cut all four pieces in half the short way.
  3. With a vegetable peeler, peel all the skin from the squash. Discard the peelings.
  4. With a spoon, clean the seeds and goop out of the squash. Dispose of the seed guts.
  5. Cut each of the butternut squash pieces into a small dice.
  6. Preheat your Blackstone Griddle to the low or medium low setting. When the Blackstone flat top Griddle is hot, squirt some of the olive oil (or oil of your choice) onto the griddle.
  7. Place the cubed butternut squash pieces on top of the hot oiled griddle.
  8. With a griddle spatula, toss the squash cubes to coat the oil.
  9. If desired, season with salt and pepper.
  10. Using a squeeze bottle of water, squirt about 1 to 2 tablespoons of the water around and on top of the squash.
  11. Cover the diced butternut squash with a dome lid right away to trap the steam from the water.
  12. Griddle cook for several minutes.
  13. Uncover and toss the butternut squash with a griddle spatula.
  14. Continue cooking the squash with a dome lid and add more water if needed until the desired doneness is achieved.
  15. Some like their squash cubes firm and al dente while others like their squash tender and soft.
  16. Add a tablespoon or two of light brown sugar on top of the cooked squash. If desired, season with cinnamon and/or nutmeg. Griddle cook until the brown sugar starts to bubble. Toss all ingredients with a griddle spatula.
  17. Remove from the flat top griddle and place in a serving dish. Serve hot.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 226Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 20mgCarbohydrates 54gFiber 13gSugar 19gProtein 4g

Note: For exact nutritional information, consult your dietitian. All nutritional information is simply a guideline.

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3 Comments on “Brown Sugar Butternut Squash Recipe”

  1. Roasting the squash cubes with the brown sugar and butter created such a beautifully caramelized crust. The sweet and savory blend of flavors was absolute perfection.


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