• 1 acorn squash
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar


  1. Cut squash in half, top to bottom; use spoon to scrape out seed.
  2. Sprinkle squash halves with salt and place halves cut-sides down in glass baking dish. Add 1/4 cup water to dish. Cover with plastic wrap (it may take more than one piece.); cut slits in plastic warp.
  3. Microwave for 15 minutes on high. (Time may differ by microwave and size of squash.) When done paring knife should easily slip into squash.
  4. Melt butter, brown sugar, and a pinch of salt, whisking to combine.
  5. When squash is cooked, transfer cut side up to metal baking sheet. Spoon in butter mixture. Place under broiler for 4 minutes to brown and caramelize.

Serves 2


Easy and wonderful. Hubby did not expect to like, thinking it would be too sweet, but declared it good. I think the salt helped cut the sweetness. I used Splenda brown sugar.