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Delicata Squash with Caramelized Seeds

Half-moons of delicata squash make an inviting presentation. No part of the squash goes unused here -- this is one of the few types of winter squash with edible skin; the seeds are caramelized to provide added crunch.

  • Servings: 6

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2003


  • 2 delicata squash
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark-brown sugar
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Halve squash, and scoop out seeds and stringy fibers; reserve seeds. Cut each squash half in half again, and slice into 1 1/2-inch-thick half-moons. Place in a large saucepan, and set aside.

  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add seeds; cook, stirring, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in sugar, and cook until seeds are browned and caramelized, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.

  3. Season reserved squash with salt and pepper, and drizzle with oil. Add 1 cup water, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cover, and simmer until squash is fork-tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain; transfer to a serving platter. Serve immediately, garnished with seeds.

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