Best Roasted Delicata Squash Recipe

If you’re not familiar with Chef John of Foodwishes (and his enormously popular YouTube videos), you are missing out. This is how I discovered how amazing delicata squash is, and how to make it, with a little twist …

I roast the squash the same as Chef John, but he makes a sauce of mayo, garam masala, turmeric and paprika. While the sauce is great (like pretty much everything by Chef John) I don’t think it really complements the delicata so well, since it kind of overwhelms the taste. So, here’s the way I like to make it!

Ingredients for 2 portions:

1 large delicata squash
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt

Sauce Ingredients:

½ c. mayo
½ juiced lemon
½ finely diced shallot
salt to taste


  1. Make sauce. The longer it sits before serving the better it tastes.
  2. Wash delicata, cut delicata in half, de-seed. Note that you don’t have to peel! The peel is edible and delicious.
  3. Slice into ½ inch moons, as pictured above.
  4. Roast at 450 F., for about 12 to 18 minutes, depending on how thick your slices are. I like to flip halfway through so both sides are browned.

Serve with sauce on the side for dipping. It works very well as a warm appetizer – so long as you provide napkins for salty fingers!