October 29, 2020

Roasted smoked paprika delicata squash sticks

Finished roasted delicata squash sticks on a platter with a dish of creamy maple mustard dipping sauce.

Change up your side dish game with these smoky, sweet, and delicious delicata squash sticks! They are great for dipping and are a fun way to eat more winter squash.

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Delicata squash sticks (or fries) are perfect for serving up with burgers, sandwiches, wraps, quesadillas, and more. They are similar to a sweet potato fry, but have a bit more texture from the skin and have a sweet squash flavor. 

Delicata squash are one of my favorite winter squash because they don't need to be peeled and they have a flavor profile that reminds me of sweet potato combined with butternut squash and even a little sweet corn flavor. 

They are delicious and turning them into a dip-able stick makes them approachable to kids and those who may not be the biggest winter squash fans. Dips tend to make vegetables more appealing for kids and adults alike sometimes.

I like to make a version of the creamy maple mustard dipping sauce for these delicata squash sticks. It's creamy, a little sweet, and a bit tangy, and the flavors go perfectly with the squash and smoked paprika. For this recipe I used a grainy mustard. You can use other dips like ranch dressing, ketchup, honey mustard, etc.

A delicata squash cleaned out on a cutting board and hald cut into sticks.

I often cut delicata squash in half lengthwise and then into half moons, but for these roasted sticks, I prefer to cut them into quarters and then lengthwise into sticks that are straighter and easier for dipping. 

Place these roasted smoked paprika delicata squash sticks on a platter in the center of the table and watch them disappear!  

Tip: delicata squash seeds are small and perfect for roasting! They are smaller and thinner than many pumpkin and squash seeds and roast up crispy and delicious. Save the seeds and roast them up for a tasty snack or salad topping.

Finished roasted delicata squash sticks on a platter with dipping sauce and one stick being dipped into the sauce bowl.

Yield: 4-6 servings
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Roasted Smoked Paprika Delicata Squash Sticks

Roasted Smoked Paprika Delicata Squash Sticks

Change up your side dish game with these smoky, sweet, and delicious delicata squash sticks! They are great for dipping and are a fun way to eat more winter squash.


  • 2 lbs delicata squash (approximately), about 2 medium squash
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats.
  2. Cut the ends off of each squash. The cut each one in half crosswise and then lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and strings.
  3. Cut each squash quarter lengthwise into about 1/4-inch sticks.
  4. Drizzle each baking sheet with about a teaspoon of olive oil. Divide the squash onto each baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle with a little more olive oil. Sprinkle each baking sheet of squash with 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika, a few grinds of pepper, and a sprinkle of salt.
  5. Place in the oven (one on the upper rack and one on the lower rack). Roast for 11 minutes and then flip the squash with a spatula. Rotate the baking sheets and roast for another 10-13 minutes, until they are golden and fork tender.
  6. Serve with a dipping sauce of your choice such as this creamy maple mustard sauce, honey, ketchup, etc.
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A small bowl of dipping sauce with roasted smoked paprika delicata squash sticks surrounding the bowl.

This post was originally published in 2020 and has been updated in 2022 to improve reader experience.

Check out these other winter squash recipes: 

Roasted Butternut Squash Hummus

Winter Squash Dinner Rolls 

Smoky Garlic, Delicata Squash, & Bacon Pizza

Spaghetti Squash & Bacon Casserole 


  1. Smoked paprika is wonderful! Love its flavor. This is such a terrific appetizer. Or dinner, in my case. :-) Love how easy it is, and so tasty. Thanks!

  2. I love smoked paprika! This is simple to prepare and so delicious too, Amy.

  3. I was just looking at delicate squash yesterday and wondering what it tasted like ( sweet?) and wondering what I could do with it. I'll give this a try. Thanks for the idea.

  4. Oh Amy, great idea cutting the delicata squash and making sticks with it...such a delicious and healthy appetizer.
    Have a wonderful week ahead!

  5. I'm a huge fan of delicata squash! This sounds delicious.

  6. Oh yum! This looks like a delicious snack which can be made pretty easily (two of my favourite things, especially combined). And I had no idea you can eat delicata squash with the skin on - thank you for that tip!

  7. Love delicata, will have to grab a few and give this a try!

  8. Well these look absolutely delicious. I can see dipping them in a honey mustard dip. YUM!


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