Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Curried Delicata Squash Fries and Roasted Delicata Squash Seeds

The other day, we got a delicata squash in our CSA box. I only cooked with delicata squash a few times, and when I did, I believe it went into a pureed “clean out the fridge veggie soup.”

So I decided to do a little research. According to Wikipedia, delicata squash is considered a winter squash (even though it belongs to the same species as all summer squash, such as zucchini) and is also known as sweet potato squash because it tastes similar to sweet potatoes. As soon as I read that, I knew I was going to make fries with the squash. Hubby has also voiced interest in roasted pumpkin seeds for a while now, and I decided to roast the seeds as well.

Delicata Squash “Fries” & Roasted Delicata Squash Seeds

  • 1 delicata squash
  • Seeds from one delicata squash
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Curry powder

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut the ends off the squash, cut squash in half, and take out the seeds.
  • Cut each squash half into half circles.
  • Take the strings off the seed, rinse the seeds well under water, and dry them.
  • Spray the squash circles with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and curry powder.
  • Spray the seeds with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and curry powder.
  • Put squash and seeds on baking sheet.
  • Bake seeds for about 10 – 12 minutes, until slightly browned.
  • Take seeds out of oven.
  • Bake squash an additional 10 to 12 minutes.

I dipped the “fries” into some ketchup and liked them a lot. The guys liked them too, but they didn’t compare to the seeds, which they couldn’t get enough of.

Questions: What’s your favorite squash? What’s your favorite squash recipe?
Be well,


  1. I know we sell this where I work, but I've never even thought twice about buying it. I stick with foods I know, which is so unlike what a food blogger/dietitian should do! I'll have to try this out, especially if it tastes similar to my favorite vegetable; the sweet potato!
    My favorite squash recipe is probably butternut squash soup.

  2. I only just tried delicata squash for the first time last week - it is my new favorite! I have only roasted it as I do other squashes, and eaten it with butter, S&P...but I will have to try your fries. I have found the taste more like sweet corn than sweet potatoes but I've not heard anyone else say that. I love it so much I just bought a half-dozen, and plan to eat it every day...and then buy a half-dozen more! Can't wait to try your recipe, thanks :).

  3. Never had a delicta squash before, but very pretty, and seeds sound fantastic! I went on a decorative gourd binge today at Trader Joes. Super cute gourds for $0.69 cents each...how could I resist?? :-)

  4. Good for you washing and picking apart those seeds. I haven't dabbled in delicata but I love butternut. I went to a class last night and they roasted butternut with parmesan and it was insanely good. Curry is a great idea.

  5. That sounds really good! I love curry on foods. And I never thought to roast squash seeds--a new idea for me, since I looove roasted pumpkin seeds.

    :-) Marion

  6. I love delicata squash! I've stuffed it before with a rice mixture. Kinda like zucchini boats. :)

  7. Great idea - the "fries" look delicious and so do the seeds.

  8. I haven't tried delicata squash yet! I've been seeing on the blogs for years, but haven't seen it in my local supermarkets. Maybe I'm just missing it- gotta look harder!

  9. It's been soooo long since I've had delicata squash. I remember loving it! Both the fries and seeds sound perfect!

  10. I never had delicata squash and was wondering about the taste and texture...I will definitely give this a try after reading your post...love the idea of roasting...they look so cute as well.
    Hope you are having a great week Andrea and thanks for this post :-)

  11. I've never tried delicata before, but my fav has to be kabocha :)

  12. I've never had delicata, but it looks divine! My favorite squash recipe is a toss up between a butternut squash risotto and a buttercup squash soup I made recently. I might try to scour our market for some interesting squashes and give fries a try! Thanks for the fun recipe!

  13. I've seen these and they are so gorgeous but I'm confused- I always thought they were winter and not summer squash? Did the fries turn out crispy?? Did they taste like sweet potato??

    My fave is kabocha b/c it is sooooo sweet- like candy sweet :-)

    Like you, I love to roast the seeds too- waste not want not!

  14. @Deb: The taste of the fries did remind me of sweet potatoes but with a squash taste mixed in, if that makes sense. From what I have read, the squash is considered a winter squash, but I guess "biologically" it's a summer squash (and has soft skin, like zucchini for example). My fries were only slightly crispy, and I think I could have left them in the oven a bit longer to make them crispier. But I actually liked them kind of soft and "soggy"... And dipped in lots of ketchup... :)

  15. Last yr i did the roasted pumpkin seeds. Turns out I'm the only one who will eat them. This yr i passed. I love that squash idea. I made squash for thanksgiving, a pureed squash (like potatoes but yummier.)

  16. Yum! This looks great!
    I really need to save up some of the seeds and roast them up!
    I made a stuffed acorn squash the other day with brown sugar and couscous. It was just delicious!

  17. Anonymous10/28/2011

    The addition of curry flavor to the squash fries sounds terrific!

  18. I like butternut, but then I've never even heard of the one you cooked! Looks delicious.

  19. Anonymous10/28/2011

    what a fabulous recipe! yum! Hope you have a great weekend andrea :)

  20. Great pictures and great recipe! My favorite squash is spaghetti squash. Love that stuff!

  21. Thank you for sharing the pictures and the recipe. I like butternut squash.

  22. Fav squash spaghetti squash. I really enjoy it with roasted tomatoes.

  23. I have three of these lovely squash in my wooden bowl where I keep pretty foods that I like to gaze at. When I cooked them last year, I wasn't that crazy about them, so I am excited to try preparing them this way (and toasting the seeds!)

  24. I've been seeing this squash around lately! Maybe I'll give it a whirl. We bought pumpkins for carving and I want to roast the seeds, but now I'm second-guessing the carving process (oh, the mess!), so that might not happen ;) Maybe I'll just pick up a delicata instead...