If you’re in the mood for a delicious and healthy side dish, then this is it! Acorn squash can be grilled in a variety of different ways to produce an array of flavors. In this blog post, we will teach you how to grill acorn squash along with its cutting guide.
How can you cut an Acorn Squash?
You may already know that acorn squash has a tough exterior and a soft and sweet interior. It is because of this tough exterior that we will need to cut it first.
Step #1: Cut the Acorn Squash in Half
When cutting acorn squash, the first thing you want to do is take off its top, which can be done by sticking your knife into where the stem and bottom meet. This will cut through the skin of the squash, which will then allow you to lift off its top (stem).
Step #2: Cut Off Its Bottom
To do this, we recommend that you use a smaller knife to make an incision to get it started. Afterward, you can use your hands to pull it off so that the acorn squash will fall on its side.
Step #3: Cut Into Rings or Squares
The next step is to cut into pieces of rings, squares, triangles, and rectangles, depending on what kind of shape you want for your finished product. You can cut your pieces as thick or thin as you’d like.
Step #4: Cut Off Skin and Seeds
The final step is to remove the skin/rind of the acorn squash and then scoop out its seeds with a spoon before grilling it on high heat for about 20-30 minutes, depending on size.
How to Grill Acorn Squash?
To grill acorn squash, you need to follow our recipe.
- Olive oil
- Black pepper
- Acorn Squash
- Kosher salt
Step #1: Preheat Grill
You want to preheat your grill on the highest heat setting possible while you cut up your acorn squash. Keep in mind that it may take longer for grills with more than one burner, so make sure to keep an eye on them!
Step #2: Brush With Olive Oil and Season To Taste
Once your grill is hot enough, brush the outside of acorn squash with olive oil and season it with salt and pepper to taste. We recommend using kosher salt because its large crystals will help give you a better crust on your grilled acorn squash.
Step #3: Grill for 20-30 Minutes or Until Cooked Thoroughly
Once your acorn squash is seasoned, place it on the grill, occasionally turning for about 20-30 minutes or until you can easily pierce a fork through its flesh. Make sure to watch the pieces closely so that they don’t burn!
Step #4: Remove from Grill and Serve Immediately
After grilling, remove from heat immediately because you don’t want it to overcook and become mushy. After removing, serve immediately with your favorite sides like a salad or veggies.
Acorn Squash Nutrition Facts
Acorn squash is a great source of dietary fiber, which promotes healthy digestion. It also contains vitamin A and C, along with other antioxidants that are essential to your health!
Hopefully, at this point, you know how to grill acorn squash as well as its cutting guide. So, follow our guide to grill delicious acorn squash.