Roasted Kabocha Squash With Cumin Salt

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by blucoat

A simple and delicious autumnal recipe from Self Magazine (September 2008). The cumin salt tastes great on any meat or fish, or even on cheese.

Top Review by yamakarasu

I think this was the first time I've tried this squash, and it was fabulous. I think this might have become my favourite squash recipe. All the spices, the sweetness, everything complemented the squash perfectly. I could not stop eating this dish! Thanks!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed, toasted 1 minute in a dry skillet
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 14 teaspoon smoked paprika (pimenton) or 14 teaspoon regular paprika
  • 2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 kabocha squash, partially peeled, seeded, cut into 1-inch chunks (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Heat oven to 375°F
  2. Combine cumin seeds with bay leaf and paprika in a spice mill or clean coffee grinder and process briefly. Add sugar and salt and process to combine. Set aside.
  3. Toss squash with oil, then cumin mixture. Spread on 2 baking sheets and roast until tender, about 25 minutes.

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