Microwave Brown Sugar Squash

Total Time

Takes: 20 min.


4 servings

Updated: Jul. 08, 2023
You'll love this sinfully good side dish that works with just about any meal. With brown sugar, butter and honey, what's not to love about microwave squash? One tester even said that it's so good it tastes like candy. We think kids will agree. —Kara de la Vega, Santa Rosa, California
Microwave Brown Sugar Squash Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 medium acorn squash
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Cut squash in half; discard seeds. Place squash cut side down in a microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high until tender, 10-12 minutes.
  2. Turn squash cut side up. Fill centers of squash with brown sugar, butter and honey; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover; microwave on high until heated through, 2-3 minutes more.
Microwave Squash Tips

Can you microwave other kinds of squash?

Microwaving squash is a great way to save time. You will lose some of the flavor that roasting gives, but if you’re mashing or adding more toppings, you can get away with it. Here’s our guide to picking the best squash for your meal, and the best way to prep each kind.

How can you make microwave squash your own?

This acorn squash recipe is sweet, but try making it sweet and spicy by adding cayenne or red pepper flakes. Or, amp up the umami with cooked bacon bits. You can also skip out of the sugar and butter, and mash and eat it on its own.

What can you serve with microwave squash?

Microwaving squash leaves room in the oven to make a delicious main, like herb-glazed turkey or mimosa-roasted chicken.

Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Associate Recipe Editor/Test Cook

Nutrition Facts

1/2 each: 216 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein.