Caramelized Browned Butter Butternut Squash from One Lovely Life

Caramelized Browned Butter Butternut Squash

  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: about 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 as a side dish 1x


This gorgeous browned butter squash recipe is the PERFECT side dish–savory, sweet, and gorgeously caramelized all over! (Gluten Free) 



  • 1 3/4 lbs. Butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp Brown sugar (optional)
  • Salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Melt butter in a large saute pan over medium heat.
  2. Continue cooking, stirring regularly, until butter has browned and smells nutty/caramel-y, about 4 minutes
  3. Carefully add squash cubes to the pan (careful of splatters!) and stir to coat with the browned butter. Saute squash over medium 10-12 minutes, until the squash is starting to brown, and soften.
  4. Add brown sugar (if using) and 1/2 cup water and cook an additional 10-12 minutes, or until water has cooked off and the squash is caramelized and tender.
  5. Add salt and pepper, to taste.


Squash can be peeled, seeded, and diced a day ahead of time for easier preparation on the day you plan on cooking it. Dice and store in an airtight container or plastic zip-top bag in the refrigerator until ready to cook.

  • Category: Side Dish, Vegetables
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Butternut Squash, Butternut squash side dish, browned butter squash, browned butter butternut squash, butternut squash recipe