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Sautéed Delicata Squash

This Sautéed Delicata Squash is simple, yet packed with fall flavor. Thinly sliced delicata squash infused with herbs and spices, then topped with toasted almonds. Ready in just 25 minutes. Vegan and Gluten-Free.
Course Side, Side Dish
Cuisine America, American
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Method Stovetop
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 100kcal
Author Caitlin Shoemaker



  • Prep the Squash: Cut the ends off of each squash, then cut in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out the center seeds of each half and discard. Cut each squash half into thin (~1/4”) slices; if you cut them thicker they will take longer to cook.
  • Toast the Almonds (optional): Warm a large sauté pan with a lid over medium heat. Add the almonds and mix occasionally, dry-toasting them until they are fragrant and golden brown. This usually takes between 3 and 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Aromatics: Add the olive oil to the same pan and add the thyme, cumin, and black pepper. Sauté for 30 seconds or so to infuse the oil.
  • Steam the Squash: Add the squash and salt. Mix well, then cover with a lid for 4 minutes to “steam” the squash
  • Sauté: Uncover the squash and sauté for an additional 10 to 12 minutes, or until the squash is fork-tender and slightly translucent. Stir only occasionally to help brown the squash. Add the garlic at around 2 minutes before you finish cooking; mix well with the squash.
  • Serve: Transfer the squash to a serving plate and top with the toasted almonds and more black pepper, to taste. Serve warm; leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.


  • Almonds: Almonds can be omitted or use another nut instead. Walnuts, pistachios, and pine nuts would all be great!


Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 440mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1562IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg