A simple, sweet and easy Maple Braised Butternut Squash recipe is a side dish that will cozy up just about any meal.  Butternut squash is braised with turkey broth, butter, and maple syrup and seasoned with fresh thyme for the ultimate fall side dish. 

If you enjoy butternut squash as much as we do, be sure to check out my Southwest Black Bean Stuffed Butternut Squash, Smoked Gouda Dip With Butternut Squash, and Pumpkin Alfredo with Butternut Squash Ravioli.

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Last weekend was Heather’s birthday.  When we brought her home 26 years ago we had no clue what we were doing and we were so afraid we would mess up. But here we are now, with a beautiful, confident, strong, independent, caring, talented, funny and loving young woman…..I think we did a damn good job!

Like always, we celebrated by going out to dinner.  We tried a restaurant that we had never been to before, and I have to say……it did not disappoint!  I think it was one of the best meals I’ve had out in a long time!

If you are in the St. Louis area, you must try Annie Guns in Chesterfield bottoms!  Within its walls, Chef Lou Rook, III works his magic, creating irresistible dishes with a sophisticated country life accent. My filet, was exceptional, the mashed potatoes were the kind dreams are made of…….. but the butternut squash was probably the most talked-about item on our plates!

I have to be honest, I’ve never cooked butternut squash, and I’m not sure I’ve ever even eaten it.  The warm and sweet dish was endlessly tender and had a hint of maple, I had to ask the waitress about it.

She was more than eager to share how to make it with our whole table!  She told us she has made it herself and it was SO easy! Dice up butternut squash, braised in broth with maple syrup poured in……cook until tender!

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I knew it would be a perfect new side dish for Thanksgiving dinner!  But I didn’t want to wait until the big day to make a new recipe, so I gave it a trial run yesterday.  I did a quick google search to see if the recipe existed online, and found Butternut Squash from Bonappetit. BINGO!  That recipe sounded very much like what the waitress had shared.

I made a few minor changes, and the end result turned out every bit as good as it did that night at the restaurant.  The maple syrup is a wonderful flavor compliment to the butternut squash and gives each piece a beautiful glisten that makes your mouth water.

maple braised butternut squash in a bowl

How Do You Cut Up Butternut Squash

With just four main ingredients, you would be hard-pressed to find a dish that is this easy to prepare.  The hardest or most time-consuming part was cutting up the butternut squash.  I learned how to peel and cut a butternut squash at by watching a video on SimpleRecipes.

You could also cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, then cut each half lengthwise into 1-inch strips. This makes it easy to lay each piece on their sides and cut away the skin.

If you were making this side dish for Thanksgiving dinner, I think you could do this part a day ahead and store the cut squash in the refrigerator.

maple braised butternut squash in a bowl seasoned with fresh thyme in a bowl

What Pan Should You Use To Braise Butternut Squash

My Le Creuset Braiser was perfect for cooking this butternut squash dish, but you could also use a large, deep skillet.

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Even if you are not hosting Thanksgiving, this Maple Braised Butternut Squash dish reheated perfectly.  So you should have no problem traveling with it and reheat before serving.

More Butternut Squash Recipes

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta at Two Peas and Their Pod

Butternut Squash Chipotle Chili with Avocado at Cookie and Kate

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup at Just a Taste

Butternut Squash, Arugula and Bacon Quiche at Gimme Some Oven

Butternut Squash Lasagna at Simple Bites


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maple braised butternut squash in a bowl


Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

A simple sweet and easy Maple Braised Butternut Squash recipe that will cozy up just about any meal. The squash is braised with turkey broth, and maple syrup and seasoned with fresh thyme for the ultimate fall side dish.


  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1  (3 – 3 1/2 pound) butternut squash, halved lengthwise, peeled, seeded, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups turkey broth
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, to garnish (optional)


  1. Melt butter in a heavy large deep skillet over high heat.
  2. Add squash and sauté 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add broth, syrup, thyme, salt, and pepper and bring to boil.
  4. Cover, reduce heat to medium and cook until squash is almost tender 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, transfer squash to a large bowl. Boil liquid in skillet until thickened, 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. Return squash to skillet. Cook until tender, turning occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with thyme, if desired.

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