Grilled Butternut Squash in a foil packet

Fire up the grill and make grilled butternut squash in a foil packet for a super simple side that’s perfect for fresh summer meals!

Fire up the grill and make grilled butternut squash in a foil packet for a super simple side that's perfect for fresh summer meals!

Grilled Butternut Squash in a Foil Packet

I love this recipe because you don’t have to heat up the oven in the summer to enjoy a squash that’s typically eaten more in the winter. Butternut squash is such a versatile and easy-to-make veggie with a sweet and nutty taste. The foil packet grilling method makes it absolutely fool-proof, and you’ll be able to essentially set it and forget it for the half-hour-or-so it cooks.

Plus, cleanup is a breeze! All you do is toss the foil. As someone who seriously appreciates a quick and easy meal from prep to kitchen tidying, this one covers all its bases and tastes incredible, too.

For an extra hack, look for pre-peeled, seeded, and cubed butternut squash at your grocery store. Doing all that prep isn’t necessarily hard, but it does take some time, and the ready-to-go squash is just a couple bucks more for a whole lot of convenience!

Fire up the grill and make grilled butternut squash in a foil packet for a super simple side that's perfect for fresh summer meals!

What do you eat butternut squash with?

Butternut squash pairs really nicely with mild meats, like chicken or pork. Try grilling up some chicken thighs, marinated pork chops, or a pork tenderloin alongside your squash foil packets! You’ll be happy when it’s time to eat, and when it’s time to clean up.

What does butternut squash taste like?

Butternut squash is a little bit sweet, not unlike sweet potatoes. Some people think it tastes similar to pumpkin, but slightly sweeter with a bit of nuttiness.

Why does my butternut squash taste sour?

A sour-tasting butternut squash actually tells a lot about the environment in which it was grown. Often, if squash encounter environmental stress, like varied temperature flux or irregular watering, a group of chemicals called cucubitacins are released, causing a sour or bitter taste. It’s okay to eat if you don’t mind the taste, but you may want to toss it. It takes a long time for unopened butternut squash to go bad (it can keep for several months), so a sour taste usually doesn’t mean it’s spoiled.

Is butternut squash good for you?

Butternut squash is an amazing source of fiber, potassium, and several other important nutrients! Its array of beneficial nutritional content makes it helpful for digestion, blood pressure, and healthy skin and hair.

Fire up the grill and make grilled butternut squash in a foil packet for a super simple side that's perfect for fresh summer meals!

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Fire up the grill and make grilled butternut squash in a foil packet for a super simple side that's perfect for fresh summer meals!

Grilled Butternut Squash in a foil packet


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 35 min
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x

Description

Fire up the grill and make grilled butternut squash in a foil packet for a super simple side that’s perfect for fresh summer meals!


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Ingredients

  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • 12 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pieces of foil, 18 inches long each

Instructions

  1. Place the cubed butternut squash (about 4 cups) in a medium bowl.
  2. Drizzle with melted butter or olive oil, and sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
  3. Use your hands or a spoon to stir well so that the squash get coated evenly with the butter/oil.
  4. Place the two pieces of foil on top of each other so that they are layered over one another. Place the butternut squash in the center.
  5. Pull the two short sides up together, and fold them down. Fold up the other two ends to seal the squash into a foil packet.
  6. Grill over medium-low to medium heat for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the squash is tender.
  7. Serve with additional salt and pepper to taste.

  • Category: side
  • Method: grill
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 8 SERVING SIZE: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 30.2 Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 161.2mg Carbohydrates: 6.2g Sugars: 1.2g Protein: 6g Vitamin A: 293.7µg Vitamin C: 11mg

Keywords: butternut squash, roasted butternut squash, butternut squash recipe, grill, grilling, healthy, vegetable, side

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Fire up the grill and make grilled butternut squash in a foil packet for a super simple side that's perfect for fresh summer meals!

Fire up the grill and make grilled butternut squash in a foil packet for a super simple side that's perfect for fresh summer meals!

Butternut squash goes great with these main dishes:

Other winter squash recipes you’ll love:

Easy Grilled butternut squash is the ideal summertime side because it’s light and tasty, you can make it with other grilling-friendly items, and cleanup is a cinch!

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You found one of my favorites! Healthier than sweet potatoes – less carbohydrates. I bake the squash @ 425 for about 20 minutes, flip with a spatula and maybe another 10 minutes or until tender. Oh, yea, and I use abut a tablespoon of brown sugar when baking them. At the holidays I add raisins or cranberries. Holy moly are these great.

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As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.