Roasted Kabocha Squash with Miso Glaze

By Amanda Paa – Updated October 8, 2023
5 from 5 votes
This roasted kabocha squash recipe is absolutely delicious, paired with a flavor packed, garlicky miso glaze that comes together quickly. Kabocha squash tastes sweet and rich once roasted, a true delight. And an extra bonus - the skin is edible, so you don't have to peel this squash!
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drizzling miso glaze on kabocha squash that it on a white plate.

If you’ve been a reader of Heartbeet Kitchen since the beginning, you might remember that I published a cookbook on squash in 2014 – yes, the entire thing is squash recipes! Today, Smitten with Squash still exists on Amazon and is one of my greatest accomplishments, developing 80 different recipes on both winter and summer squash.

What does kabocha squash taste like?

Having always loved this expansive vegetable family, it has been a joy to introduce others to varieties they may have never tried, like kabocha squash. It’s rich, sweet flavor and dense, flaky texture when roasted is a welcomed difference from earthy, more vegetal butternut. And it’s a great source of beta carotene, iron, and Vitamin C.

This particular recipe is an absolutely delicious pairing of flavors, with sweet, caramelized squash meeting a creamy, garlicky, miso glaze that packs a punch of umami and freshness. (Miso is a fermented soy bean paste that I love using with vegetables for its salty, buttery funk.)

This recipe is a breeze to make as well, blending the glaze ingredients together in one quick blitz while the kabocha squash roasts. It’s a great side dish for grilled bone-in pork chops or rotisserie chicken.

Bonus: you can eat the skin of kabocha squash!

It’s true -the skin of kabocha squash is edible, so no peeling required. It makes cooking with this squash even easier. I love roasted red kuri squash for the same reason.

kabocha squash wedges on a sheet pan

What does kabocha squash look like?

Kabocha, a native Japanese squash, is fairly easy to identify with its dark green skin and sometimes light green spots or vertical stripes. It is round with a flatter bottom, almost resembling a round sourdough boule in shape!

Fully ripened, a kabocha squash will have a dry, cork-like stem and when you cut it open, you’ll find it’s blazing orange flesh.

hands holding a kabocha squash

Differentiating between kabocha squash and buttercup squash

Buttercup squash is also dark green with some irregular stripes, but is usually squatter and chunkier.

But the easiest way to differentiate it from kabocha comes from its bottom – buttercup squash have a bubble-like knob (almost like a belly button) on the blossom end.

roasted kabocha squash wedges with miso glaze on a white plate with gold fork
roasted kabocha squash wedges with miso glaze on a white plate

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roasted kabocha squash wedges with miso glaze on a white plate

Miso Glazed Roasted Kabocha Squash

Tender and delicious roasted kabocha squash drizzled with a creamy, garlicky miso glaze. This recipe is a healthy side dish and ready in 30 minutes.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time :10 minutes
Cook Time :30 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
Author: Amanda Paa



  • 1 (2.5 to 3 pound) kabocha squash
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Miso Glaze

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed or sunflower oil
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium tamari
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons white miso
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (1/4 teaspoon if you blend the glaze)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Cut your squash in half vertically, from stem to root. Scoop out seeds. Then cut each half into slices/wedges that are about 1/2 inch thick. Add to a large bowl and drizzle olive oil over the top. Toss squash with your hands and rub olive oil into the pieces.
  • Place on a parchment lined baking sheet so that they are not touching. Sprinkle with salt.
  • Roast for about 30 minutes, turning the squash onto the opposite side halfway through. Squash is done when it is fork tender, when fork easily pierces through the skin.
  • While squash is roasting, whisk all of the glaze ingredients together, or use a blender to puree. Either works! I prefer the blender just because it makes it nice and smooth.
  • When squash is done roasting, remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Then, while squash is still warm, drizzle glaze over the squash slices liberally, brushing a bit to coat. This allows all of the flavor to work its way into the squash.

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October 18, 2021


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  1. Barb

    5 stars
    Made this with no changes and loved it!! Amazing, flavorful glaze for kabocha.

    • Amanda Paa

      So glad to hear that Barb!

  2. Katy

    5 stars
    I added black garlic and white pepper. Thanks for this fantastic recipe, I will make it again!

    • Amanda Paa

      oh, black garlic – yum!

  3. Liz B.

    5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was a hit! Used garlic powder instead of fresh to save time, and ended up roasting with glaze for about 5 mins just to give the squash a bit more time to cook through. Great flavor.

    • Amanda Paa

      So glad you enjoyed the squash recipe, Liz!

  4. Miranda

    5 stars
    I was not expecting this to be so good, I’m going out today to buy more squash just to have more of that glaze! Easily my favourite squash recipe by far. I didn’t have tamari so I had to use dark soy sauce but it still did the trick!

    • Amanda Paa

      I’m so glad you liked it, Miranda! Kabocha is just so delicious.