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Sauteed Butternut Squash

Experience the delightful flavors of sautéed butternut squash with this easy stovetop recipe. Caramelized to perfection, it’s a quick and tasty side dish!

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Butternut Squash in an off-white bowl.

When it comes to easy sides that are bursting with fall flavors, sautéed butternut squash takes the spotlight! The combination of tender squash, light caramelization, and savory seasonings creates a dish that will tantalize your taste buds and warm your soul.

And did I mention that this recipe is incredibly easy to make? You only need 6 ingredients and about 10 minutes of prep time! Simply peel and dice the squash, then let the skillet work its magic.

As the butternut squash cooks to tender perfection, it develops a beautiful caramelized exterior that enhances its natural sweetness. The addition of cinnamon, garlic powder, salt, and pepper creates a delightful balance of sweet and savory!

If you’ve been looking for an easy way to cook butternut squash on the stove, you’re going to love this recipe. It’s so quick to throw together, and the results are downright addicting!

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Ingredients needed to prepare butternut squash.

How to Cook Butternut Squash Cubes

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

Butternut squash diced into small pieces.

STEP ONE: Peel and dice the squash into small pieces.

STEP TWO: On the stove, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Diced butternut squash pieces in a skillet with oil.

STEP THREE: Once the oil is hot, add the chopped squash. Season with salt, cinnamon, garlic powder, and pepper.

Seasoning added to diced butternut squash in a skillet.

STEP FOUR: Allow to cook, stirring frequently, until the squash is tender, about 15-20 minutes.

STEP FIVE: Serve immediately.

Diced butternut squash that has been sauteed in a skillet with a wooden spoon.

What to Serve with Sauteed Butternut Squash

How Long to Cook Butternut Squash on the Stovetop

Sautéing butternut squash on the stovetop typically takes around 15 to 20 minutes.

You want to pan fry the squash cubes until they become fork tender and develop a nice caramelized exterior. Make sure to stir frequently to prevent any sticking or burning.

You’ll know the squash is perfectly pan roasted when it’s fork tender with browning around the outside. You’ll also know because your kitchen will smell incredible!

Wooden spoon holding a scoop of pan fried butternut squash over a skillet.

Tips for Making the Best Pan Fried Butternut Squash

  • Try to dice all the squash pieces to a similar size so they’ll cook more evenly.
  • Use a large skillet to allow enough space for the squash to cook without overcrowding.
  • Stir the squash frequently to prevent sticking and promote even browning on all sides. This will also help evenly distribute the oil and spices.
  • For added flavor, consider garnishing the sautéed butternut squash with fresh herbs or a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese before serving.
  • Serve hot! Fried butternut squash is best enjoyed immediately.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. I recommend reheating in a skillet until crispy on the outside.

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Diced butternut squash that has been sauteed in a skillet with a wooden spoon.

Sauteed Butternut Squash

Samantha Erb
Sautéed butternut squash will become an instant family favorite! This pan-fried recipe creates tender and caramelized squash that's bursting with flavor.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 82 kcal


  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper


  • Peel and dice the squash into small pieces
  • Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet
  • Add the chopped squash, then season with salt, cinnamon, garlic powder, and pepper
  • Allow to cook, stirring frequently, until the squash is tender, about 15-20 minutes
  • Serve immediately


Serving: 1gCalories: 82kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 531mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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