Steamed Acorn Squash

Steamed acorn squash dressed simply with butter, salt and pepper can accompany just about anything. Steaming squash is easy, and it keeps the squash tender and preserves its natural sweetness.

steamed acorn squash
Photo: Victor Protasio
Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 4 cups water

  • 1 medium acorn squash (about 1 pound, 10 ounces)

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Pour water into a large pot or Dutch oven; place a steamer basket inside the pot and bring to a boil over high heat.

  2. Meanwhile, slice squash in half lengthwise, twisting the squash to open. Use a large spoon to remove and discard the seeds and stringy membranes.

  3. Place the squash halves, skin-side up, in the steamer basket; cover and steam until fork-tender, about 20 minutes. Remove the squash halves from the steamer and invert onto 2 plates. Brush the squash flesh with butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

138 Calories
6g Fat
23g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 138
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Vitamin A 969IU 19%
Vitamin C 24mg 27%
Folate 37mcg 9%
Vitamin K 1mcg 1%
Sodium 298mg 13%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 69mg 16%
Potassium 752mg 16%

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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