Grilling butternut squash highlights the squash's natural sweetness while crisping up the outside. Add a honey maple glaze with a little char and you have a delicious squash recipe worth eating all year long.
There are a lot of interesting ways to cook butternut squash, what we like so much about using the grill is how it helps bring the squash's inner sweetness out, without ending up with a pile of mush.
This grilled butternut squash recipe uses honey and maple syrup's natural stickiness to coat the outside of the squash to create a crispy crust full of flavor.
This is a great dish that goes with just about anything and works as well for backyard picnics as it does for fancy dinner parties.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 to 25 minutes
Servings: 2 to 4 servings
Start by peeling the squash, scooping out the seeds, and cutting the squash into half-inch rounds.
Combine the melted butter, honey, chili powder, salt, and pepper with 1 tbsp of water.
On a medium grill, that has been preheated, spread the squash out on the grill. Paint each slice with the glaze. After coating one side, turn the squash over, and coat the other side.
Grill for the squash for 8 to 10 minutes. Flip them over and coat the other side with the glaze.
Grill them for another 8 to 10 minutes. The squash is done when they are soft all the way through, but not floppy. The best tasting ones are the ones with a little char on the outside, but aren't burnt.
The squash rounds that come from the top of the squash tend to be denser than the pieces towards the bottom. To make sure they are cooked all the way through, the denser pieces often need to be grilled longer than the pieces that come from the bottom of the butternut squash.