This easy roasted butternut squash is seasoned with garlic and thyme and it makes a delicious side dish that is sure to please even your picky eaters! It tastes incredible with chicken, beef, and seafood! Make it in about 30 minutes!

A white baking dish with roasted butternut squash.

One of my favorite things about fall is when winter squash start showing up at our local farmer’s market. I have quite a few gluten free winter squash recipes on the blog and today I can’t wait to share my new roasted butternut squash recipe! Winter squash is sweet and delicious, and it makes an incredible side dish.

If you haven’t experimented with winter squash, here is a great opportunity because this recipe is so easy to make. Give all of my delicious gluten free side dish recipes a try!

Why this roasted butternut squash is so good:

  • Butternut squash is nutritious, sweet, and easy to cook.
  • You can use butternut squash in both sweet and savory recipes.
  • The garlic and thyme flavors baked into the butternut squash taste incredible!

Ingredient Notes:

  • Butternut squash—This recipe can be made with butternut squash, honeynut squash (mini butternut squash), or any winter squash!
  • Garlic – I recommend minced garlic over garlic powder.
  • Thyme – Fresh thyme is more flavorful than dried.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400º F.

Diced butternut squash on a cutting board.

Step 1: Chop up your butternut squash on a cutting board.

You can peel the butternut squash before cutting or remove the peel after cutting the butternut squash in half and removing the seeds. Do whichever is easiest for you.

Seasoned butternut squash cubes ready to bake.

Step 2: Add the chopped butternut squash to a bowl and drizzle with avocado or olive oil and the crushed garlic. (Feel free to use any light oil that can tolerate heat.) Toss the butternut squash pieces to coat them all.

Step 3: Spread the butternut squash onto a parchment paper-coated baking sheet. Sprinkle with fresh thyme, salt, and pepper.

Step 4: Bake at 400º F for 30 minutes, turning them over at the 20-minute mark. Serve hot with dinner.

Baked butternut squash in a white serving dish.

Make it in the air fryer!

  1. Follow the above directions.
  2. Preheat your air fryer to 400º F for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the seasoned butternut squash and spread it out on the bottom of the air fryer. 
  4. Air Fry at 400º F for 10-12 minutes, stirring once so both sides cook.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do you need to peel the butternut squash before roasting it?

You do need to peel the squash before roasting it in this recipe, but if you are roasting halved butternut squash, you can leave the peel on.

Is butternut squash a bad carb?

Butternut squash is not a bad carb because it has a lot of nutrition.

How long does uncooked butternut squash last on the counter

Whole butternut squash can last on the counter for up to a month or longer, depending on the temperature.

Can you make squash ahead?

You can easily make this squash ahead by peeling and dicing it up to 2 days before roasting.

How long will roasted squash keep fresh?

This roasted squash will keep fresh for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

More Gluten Free Side Dish Recipes:

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

A white baking dish with roasted butternut squash.

Easy Garlic Thyme Roasted Butternut Squash

Sandi Gaertner
A quick and Easy Garlic Thyme Roasted Butternut Squash, a perfect Fall or Winter Side dish.
5 from 7 votes
dairy free allergen icon
an egg free allergen icon
gluten free allergy icon
nut free allergen icon
soy free allergy icon
A vegan icon.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Gluten Free Side Dish Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 168 kcal


  • 2 lb butternut squash 1 large , peeled and cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil * see note
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme


  • Preheat the oven to 400º F
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Toss the peeled and cubed butternut squash in olive oil, salt, garlic, and arrange it in a single layer on parchment paper-lined sheet pan.
  • Sprinkle fresh thyme over the butternut squash pieces.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, turn squash pieces after 20 minutes and sprinkle with fresh thyme.
  • Bake for a further 5-10 minutes or until it’s caramelized.
  • Remove from the oven, serve hot.


  1. You can peel the butternut squash while it is whole then remove the seeds and chop it, or cut it in half, scoop out the seeds then remove the peel and chop it up.
  2. If you can’t find butternut squash, you can use any winter squash. 
  3. You can make this ahead by peeling and chopping the butternut squash up to 2 days before baking.
  4. The roasted butternut squash will keep up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
You can also make it in an air fryer! 
  1. Follow the above directions.
  2. Preheat your air fryer to 400º F for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the seasoned butternut squash and spread it out on the bottom of the air fryer. 
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, stirring once so both sides cook.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 168kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 300mgPotassium: 815mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 24192IUVitamin C: 51mgCalcium: 119mgIron: 2mg
Tried this Recipe? Pin it for Later!Mention @FearlessDining or tag #FearlessDining!

Nutrition Disclaimer

Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating


  1. 5 stars
    I wanted a different kind of vegetable side for dinner so I decided to give this a try. Fearless dining recipes have never failed me before so I gave it a try. Oh my! Let me tell you how amazing these were. There were no left overs! Absolutely delicious!