Roasted Squash with Crunchy Panko Coating

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This roasted squash makes an incredible winter side dish which is perfect with butternut or kabocha squash. With a crunchy panko and parmesan coating this squash recipe is so easy and tastes delicious!

Ok, this squash is seriously, ridiculously good!

Roasted squash with greens on a grey plate with a checked cloth

This year there are all kinds of amazing squash available at supermarkets. This is the first year I’ve noticed regular shops having what you would call ‘heirloom squash’ and we’ve been going mad for it as normally it’s hard to find anything other than butternut.

For this recipe I used kabocha squash which we first tried last year and fell in love with thanks to its mild sweetness and super creamy texture. 

The squash is coated in a mixture of panko breadcrumbs, parmesan and herbs before baking until super tender and lovely and crispy on the outside. I like mine served on a bed of rocket and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds.

This dish makes a brilliant side dish and would even work amazingly for your thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!

Overhead shot of roasted kabocha squash on a marble background

Close up of crispy roast squash with thyme and pomegranate

Why we love this roasted squash…

It makes a great side dish which would be delicious served with roasted meat or as part of a big vegetarian spread but it could also work as a main meal as part of a salad with some crusty bread on the side.

It’s a great vegetarian dish which makes the squash the hero and really enhances the flavour of it with the salty cheese and crunchy breadcrumbs.

This would make a great thanksgiving or Christmas side dish as it uses seasonal ingredients and looks beautiful as part of a festive spread.

Grey plate of parmesan crusted squash on a bed of lettuce with a checked cloth

Close up of panko crumbed squash with pomegranate

Panko Crusted Squash Ingredients

Squash: I used kabocha but you could use any squash you like

Panko Breadcrumbs: Get gluten free if you need to

Parmesan: For that salty kick

Garlic Powder

Fresh Thyme: Or you could use rosemary if you like

Pomegranate: Use the seeds to sprinkle over the squash before serving

Rocket & Lemon: To serve

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Platter of roasted squash on a marble surface

Close up of crumbed kabocha squash with rocket

How to make roasted kabocha squash

Prepare the squash: Deseed the squash and cut into wedges. Mix together the breading and spread out on a plate.

Coat the squash: Brush the squash wedges with olive oil then press the cut sides of each squash into the breading mixture until coated then place in a baking dish.

Cook the squash: Put the breaded squash in the oven and cook for 35-40 minutes until the squash is tender and the breading is crisp and browned. Serve on a bed of rocket and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

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Grey plate of crumbed squash with rocket

Close up of roasted squash with a checked cloth

Do you need to peel the squash before roasting? 

It depends on what type of squash you use. Lots of them can be roasted with the skin on as it becomes tender once baked. I used kabocha squash and the skin was perfectly soft to eat once roasted. This is also true of butternut squash as well.

What do you serve with this recipe?

I served this squash recipe with some store bought fish cakes for a quick and easy dinner but there are so many other options for serving. It would be perfect as part of a roast dinner like with this perfect roast chicken or with another comfort food like this vegetarian sausage casserole

How do you cut kabocha squash for roasting?

The kabocha squash is quite firm but isn’t too difficult to chop. Start by halving it then use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Then place each half cut side down and carefully cut into wedges.

Want more? Try these other squash recipes!

Overhead shot of roasted kabocha squash on a marble background

Roasted Squash with Crunchy Panko Coating

This roasted squash makes an incredible winter side dish which is perfect with butternut or kabocha squash. With a crunchy panko and parmesan coating this squash recipe is so easy and tastes delicious!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 142kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood


  • 1 Kabocha Squash or use your favourite variety
  • Olive Oil for drizzling
  • 25 g Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 30 g Parmesan grated
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Chopped Fresh Thyme plus extra sprigs for garnish
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Pomegranate Seeds to serve
  • 70 g Rocket to serve
  • 1/2 Lemon juiced


  • Heat the oven to 200°C/400°F. Slice the squash into wedges.
  • Drizzle the bottom of a large baking dish with olive oil. Mix together the breadcrumbs, parmesan, garlic powder, thyme and a generous helping of salt and pepper.
  • Brush the squash with olive oil. Spread the breadcrumb mixture on a plate and then press the cut sides of the squash into the mixture to get them coated in the cheesy breadcrumbs. Place in the baking dish and repeat with each piece.
  • Drizzle with a little more olive oil then place in the oven for 35-40 minutes until the squash is tender. Toss the rocket with lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil then place on a serving platter. Top with the roasted squash and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.
Nutrition Facts
Roasted Squash with Crunchy Panko Coating
Amount Per Serving
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 180mg8%
Potassium 892mg25%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 3597IU72%
Vitamin C 39mg47%
Calcium 199mg20%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
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  • Reply
    16/11/2019 at 8:20 PM

    5 stars
    This sounds amazing! Love how beautiful It looks plated too.

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    Lauren Vavala | DeliciousLittleBites
    16/11/2019 at 9:36 PM

    5 stars
    i’m always looking for new ways to make squash/ With this crispy coating, my kids might even try it!! Looks delish!

  • Reply
    16/11/2019 at 10:24 PM

    5 stars
    Roasted squash is always so delicious but I love the crisp factor you have come up with! A must try for me!

  • Reply
    16/11/2019 at 11:32 PM

    5 stars
    It is really one of the easiest recipes I’ve seen lately. I like how great of a side dish it is. It will be the perfect match for a few of my favorite mains. Definitely a must this holiday season.

  • Reply
    16/11/2019 at 11:37 PM

    5 stars
    This is the best way to eat squash! My whole family goes crazy over it.

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