Hasselback Butternut Squash with Chile & Garlic

Here, we give butternut squash a quick spin in the microwave to get it tender before roasting it. It shortens the cook time, but you still get the nice browning you can only achieve by oven roasting.

Hasselback Butternut Squash with Chile & Garlic
Photo: Greg DuPree
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 1 medium butternut squash (about 2 pounds), peeled, halved lengthwise and seeded

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 jalapeño pepper, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Place squash in a large microwave-safe bowl and add water. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on High until just tender, 8 to 9 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, mash garlic and salt together with a fork or a chef's knife on a cutting board, then transfer to a small bowl. Stir in oil, jalapeño and ground pepper.

  4. Lay one squash half, cut-side down, between 2 wooden spoons and make cuts 1/4 inch apart, cutting down just to the spoons so the squash remains intact. Carefully transfer to the prepared pan. Repeat with the other half. Brush the oil mixture over the squash, pressing it between each cut.

  5. Roast until the squash is lightly browned, 30 to 35 minutes. Serve garnished with cilantro, if desired.


Parchment paper

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

144 Calories
9g Fat
15g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 144
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g 2%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 102mg 4%
Potassium 458mg 10%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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