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Baked Buttercup Squash

A simple and delicious side dish. Only a couple of ingredients that you may have in your pantry are needed to make a Baked Buttercup Squash.

Our friend and neighbor asked me if I would like a Buttercup Squash from his garden, his very productive garden. Of course, I would! Having never made one before, I was excited about the challenge.

buttercup squash

What is Buttercup Squash?

Buttercup Squash, also called turban squash is a variety of winter squash, but its peak season starts in early fall and lasts through the winter. It has an orange flesh that is typically described as sweet and creamy.

What is the difference between butternut squash and buttercup squash?

Buttercup squash has a sweet, nutty flavor and is best used in recipes that involve steaming or baking. Butternut Squash has bowling pin-shaped, tannish ones that you will find in a farmers market or grocery store.
Buttercup Squash

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Now, this squash is 5 pounds! That is a perfect squash for your holiday parties and also makes a wonderful centerpiece! We brought one to a friend’s house and they placed it front and center, so proud.


Cut the stem off and flip it over! Isn’t this a beautiful squash? There is a lot of “meaty” squash inside.


Cut off the top, like you would a pumpkin, scoop out the seeds and stringy “meat”.


Place Butter, Molasses and Brown Sugar, Salt, and Pepper inside the bottom half of the squash.


Place Top back on squash, completely cover with foil, and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Place in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the size of the squash. I did take the foil off after an hour and let it bake uncovered for another half hour.


Carefully remove foil, be careful of steam released when taking the cover off the top. Use a potholder or towel and carefully take off the top of the squash, scrape top and bottom carefully not going too deep and cutting through. Leave a half-inch along the bottom Gently using a soup spoon scoop the ” meaty ” part of the squash and melted butter and molasses and sugar. After scooping all “meat”, gently place the lid back on top to keep warm.

More Squash recipes:

Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Butternut Squash Side Dish

Sausage Stuffed Butternut Squash

Roasted Butternut Squash

How to Cook Acorn Squash

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Baked Buttercup Squash
Yield: 8 servings

Baked Buttercup Squash

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

This is an easy recipe that just takes a little time to cut the squash open, clean out and fill with delicious ingredients, perfect for a holiday centerpiece.


  • 1 large buttercup squash
  • 1 stick butter ( unsalted )
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Remove top of squash like carving a pumpkin, clean seed from top and keep to use when baking
  3. Completely remove seeds and pith from squash, salt and pepper inside of squash
  4. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil
  5. Fill squash cavity with butter, molasses and sugar, add more salt and pepper to taste
  6. Wrap squash completely in aluminum foil, place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 45-1 hour or until squash is fork tender
  7. Remove squash from oven and test for doneness, lift lid, piercing the flesh with fork. Squash is done when fork slides smoothly into flesh with no resistance
  8. Using a large spoon, scoop flesh in chunks leaving flesh inside the squash in the hot liquid
  9. Serve hot

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Buttercup Squash A simple and delicious side dish. Only a couple of ingredients that you may have in your pantry are needed to make a Baked Buttercup Squash. via @Mooreorlesscook

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Monday 4th of October 2021

I’m going to my farmer’s is week and look for a perfect size. Thank you for this great idea.

Judith Hannemann

Monday 6th of October 2014

Casserole looks yummy Nettie! Thanks for posting it on The Weekend Social


Thursday 16th of October 2014

Thank you Judith! Nettie

Heidy L. McCallum

Friday 3rd of October 2014

I adore squash and have never tried buttercup squash! I definitely must try this! Looks fabulous and perfect for fall!


Sunday 5th of October 2014

Thank you Heidy! Enjoy! Nettie


Saturday 4th of October 2014

Thank you Heidy, I know you will love it, we love our fall recipes! Nettie


Friday 3rd of October 2014

What a beautiful recipe. I am on a big squash kick so I am going to look for this squash at our produce market this week.


Friday 3rd of October 2014

We loved it Fearlessdining. Enjoy your buttercup squash! Nettie

Patty Haxton Anderson

Friday 3rd of October 2014

Love the recipe and it does makes for a nice looking center piece on a holiday table!


Friday 3rd of October 2014

Thank you Patty! We are going squash crazy over here! Nettie

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