Roasted Butternut Squash with Moroccan Spices (or Smoked Paprika)
Roasted Butternut Squash with Moroccan Spices is unique and delicious, and this would be an amazing side dish to serve all winter long. Or try the variation that cooks the squash with a bit of smoked paprika if you prefer that flavor combination!
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Today I’m spotlighting Roasted Butternut Squash with Moroccan Spices as a favorite recipe that’s a tasty side dish option any time of year when you’re using the oven. What makes this butternut squash special is the Moroccan spice mixture, discovered via Fine Cooking Magazine, and this mixture is good on a variety of roasted vegetables. The butternut squash tastes amazingly sweet and just a tiny bit exotic when it’s roasted with these spices, and even though the mixture has quite a few spices, I don’t think it’s spilling over into the category of what some of my relatives would call weird food.
I inherited the butternut squash gene from my Grandmother Denny, and I love all things butternut squash, but this is one of my very favorite recipes for roasted butternut squash. But I’m also giving you an option to make Butternut Squash with Smoked Paprika if you don’t want to make the Moroccan Spice Mix.
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
- Olive Oil (affiliate link)
- Moroccan Spice Mix (see below)
- Kosher Salt (affiliate link)
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
- sea salt, for seasoning cooked squash
What ingredients are in the Moroccan Spice Mix?
- ground Cumin (affiliate link)
- ground coriander (affiliate link)
- chile powder, I used ground Ancho chile (affiliate link)
- Szeged Sweet Paprika (affiliate link) or any brand you like
- ground cinnamon (affiliate link)
- ground allspice (affiliate link)
- ground ginger (affiliate link)
- cayenne pepper
- ground cloves (affiliate link)
How much Moroccan Spice Mix do you need?
The spice mixture is great to keep on hand, so I highly recommend you make the full amount I’m giving here in the recipe, and then try it on other vegetables as well. Fine Cooking recommends using it on cauliflower, parsnips, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and turnips, and I know it’s amazing on Air Fryer Carrots!
What if you don’t have all the spices for the Moroccan Spice Mix?
I’m guessing if you don’t have one or two of the spices listed here that this would still be tasty if you left them out, but I’d encourage you to make the spice mix as written if possible, because it is so, so, so, so good!
If you prefer to make Roasted Butternut Squash with Smoked Paprika, prepare squash as directed, combine 1 tsp. smoked sweet paprika, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. onion salt, 1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper, 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar, and 2 T extra-virgin olive oil, toss it with the butternut squash cubes, and cook according to directions in this recipe. That’s another tasty way to cook butternut squash!
How do you peel and cut up a butternut squash?
I think roasted butternut squash you peel and cut up yourself has so much flavor compared to the pre-cut squash cubes, and here is How to Peel and Cut Up a Butternut Squash if you need help with that. But if that’s just not happening at your house, this recipe will still be good with the pre-cut squash.
Still Hungry for Butternut Squash?
Use My Favorite Roasted Butternut Squash Recipes to see more of my butternut squash faves or use use Butternut Squash to see all the butternut squash recipes on the blog. And try Foil-Wrapped Grilled (or Baked) Butternut Squash with Sage for another fun and tasty idea for butternut squash!
How to Make Roasted Butternut Squash with Moroccan Spices:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- Toss the cut-up butternut squash with olive oil, salt, pepper, and 1 or two teaspoons of the spice mixture.
- Spray a large roasting pan with non-stick spray and spread out the squash in a single layer, flat sides down.
- Roast at 450F/220C for about 40-50 minutes, turning it every 10-15 minutes.
- The first picture is how it looked after 15 minutes, and I turned it again after 30 minutes.
- Roast the squash about 40-50 minutes, or until it’s soft and starting to brown on the edges.
- Season with a a little more salt (preferably sea salt) and pepper if desired and serve hot.
More Tasty Recipes for Roasted Vegetables:
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts
- Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts
- Quick Roasted Broccoli with Soy Sauce and Sesame Seeds
- Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms, Balsamic, and Parmesan
- Roasted Cauliflower with Red Peppers, Green Olives, and Pine Nuts
Roasted Butternut Squash with Moroccan Spices
Roasted Butternut Squash with Moroccan Spices would be amazing for Thanksgiving, but seriously, make this all winter for an amazing side dish!
- one 2.5 lb. butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
- 2 T olive oil (or slightly less if you prefer)
- 2 tsp. Moroccan Spice Mix
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
- sea salt, for seasoning cooked squash
(makes enough for quite a few batches of roasted veggies):
- 2 T ground cumin
- 1 T ground coriander
- 1 1/2 tsp. chile powder or chili powder (I used ground Ancho chile)
- 1 1/2 tsp. sweet paprika
- 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp. ground allspice
- 3/4 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (or less if you don’t want it spicy at all)
- pinch ground cloves (optional)
- Preheat oven to 450F/220C while you make the spice mix.
- Spray a large baking sheet with olive oil or non-stick spray.
- Peel butternut squash with vegetable peeler, cut off ends, and cut squash into cubes about 1 inch square.
- Put squash in plastic bowl and toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and 2 tsp. spice mixture (more or less to taste).
- Stir well to get oil and spices evenly distributed on cut surfaces of the squash.
- Arrange squash in a single layer on the baking sheet. (If you take time to get a flat surface touching the baking sheet on each piece, that will improve browning.)
- Roast about 40-50 minutes, turning every 15 minutes or so.
- Squash is done when it is soft and slightly browned on quite a few of the edges.
- Season with sea salt and a little more pepper if desired, and serve hot.
This spice mix is also great on other roasted vegetables. Fine Cooking suggests carrots, cauliflower, parsnips, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and turnips.
Here is How to Peel and Cut Up a Butternut Squash if you need help with that. I highly recommend using freshly-cut squash for best flavor, but if that just won’t work for you this will still be delicious with the pre-cut squash cubes you see in the stores this time of year.
Recipe adapted slightly from Fine Cooking Magazine, November 2007.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 109Total Fat: 4.8gSaturated Fat: .7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3.9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 272mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 5.3gSugar: 3.7gProtein: 1.7g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Butternut squash is a good choice for phase 2 or 3 of the original South Beach Diet and other low-glycemic eating plans and this Roasted Butternut Squash with Moroccan Spices will feel like a treat when you’re trying to eat healthy. Butternut squash is somewhat high in carbs for those on a stricter low-carb eating plan, although it does have quite a bit of fiber so check the nutritional information and see what you think.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2007! The recipe was updated several times through the years and it was last updated with more information in 2021.
55 Comments on “Roasted Butternut Squash with Moroccan Spices (or Smoked Paprika)”
I just saw this post, and it so appropriate! At lunch out today, I had some sweet potatoes that were done very similarly. But yours look even better! Now I don’t have to figure it out all on my own. 🙂
I am such a bad blogger! So many nice comments I haven’t responded to yet. Thanks everyone, and I do read them all (but in my e-mail, so when I’m rushed like lately I don’t always get back here to respond.) Stephanie, very glad to hear you liked it. I absolutely loved this spice mix and I’ve tried it on two more things which were also just wonderful tasting!
I was inspired by your recipe to make roasted squash and red peppers with Moroccan spices, served with quinoa. I always roast with herbs and it never occurred to me to use those spices. It was so tasty. Thanks for the great idea!
Kalyn: I love butternut squash AND your new header!
Love the recipe! Great combination of spices! 🙂
These sound good. What an interesting selection of spices.
I love the new header too. If only I have a talented brother too. ;p
I am glad you are counting down to Thanksgiving! I am going home to IL this year, so I am very excited!! I will practice your recipes until the day arrives. I love butternut squash! And I love the new winter header. It looks great:)
I noticed your new header the other day – gorgeous 🙂 And I am so definitely going to try this – I adore butternut and any new say to serve it always piques my interest. I have recently discovered cumin in a big way and am in the midst of a love affair with it – made lamb last weekend rubbed with a mix of cumin, chili, garlic, salt and olive oil – fab!
Oh, yay! Trader Joe’s had butternut squash for 99cents each — I bought two and now I’m looking forward to trying this out!
Mm all those spices sound amazing. A perfect fall dish.
Lovin’ the header! So cool. I still have to get off my but and fix mine (and my feed).
But I adore the sound of this butternut squash recipe – its my fav squash! Looks very tasty!
I love the sound of this spice mixture. And I really like your welome to winter header!
Yup, great spices on the squash. I roast them similarly (not as many) but in the same direction. Each piece gives you a new taste.
I bet that smells divine as it roasts. I’m going to make some…thanks.
Great looking squash! I am so glad I decided to plant the butternut this year!
Love the new look…lovely mushrooms!
Great spices! Sounds super yummy 🙂
I LOVE the new header!! Love it! And the butternut squash looks pretty darn good, too! 🙂
I love butternut squash cooked with the “warm” spices (the whole Moroccan tagine thing is my new passion). Looking forward to more South Beach-friendly recipes as I plan my own Thanksgiving menu.
Hey – your new header looks great!! Very “fall-ish” (I know, not a word – I shouldn’t do that to a teacher!). I love your squash recipes – I think winter squash is the main reason I tolerate the approaching winter. There’s nothing quite like cold weather comfort foods. Can’t wait to try this one…