Spice-Drizzled Acorn Squash

Spice-Drizzled Acorn Squash served on a black platter with a black background.
Prep Time: 
2 1/4 hours prep time
Number of Servings: 
Recipe Source: 
Everyday Slow Cooker by the Editors of Cooking Light ($24.99, Oxmoor House, 2018), Image Credit: ​© blm photography


  • 12 cup water
  • 2 (1 14 lb) acorn squash, seeded and quartered
  • 14 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 12 tsp black pepper
  • 1 14 cups pomegranate arils
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro


6 quart slow cooker


  1. Pour water into a 6-quart slow cooker. Place acorn squash quarters, flesh side up, in slow cooker.
  2. Stir together honey, butter, cinnamon, cumin, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Drizzle honey mixture over squash.
  3. Cover and cook on High until tender, 2 hours to 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle evenly with pomegranate arils and cilantro.


With the honey, butter, and cinnamon sauce drizzled on top and the sprinkling of pomegranate arils, this squash side dish is almost like a dessert. You can also drizzle the sauce over oatmeal and baked apples for breakfast.

Nutrition Info: 
93 Calories, 1 g Protein, 18 g Carbohydrates, 2 g Fiber, 3 g Total fat (2 g sat), 215 mg Sodium, Vitamin B1 (thiamine), C, D