Oven Roasted Butternut with Za’atar


This pumpkin/squash recipe had been created for a quick and easy side dish to a fish recipe (Teriyaki Salmon Strips). The mixture of origin of both dishes (teriyaki/Japan and Za’atar/Arab) did not appear as a contrast but they completed each other perfectly. To the same meal I also added an Indian spice rice as side dish and all three made a perfect team.

The butternut recipe resulted more than delicious and I was lucky that the butternut was not watery and the preparation did not soak water and I confess that I don’t know if I was simply lucky or if the butternuts are perfect for this kind of cooking method.

I will make this again as this was perfect light side dish full of flavor and texture!

Oven Roasted Butternut with Za’atar

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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You need:

  • 500 g (or about this quantity) of butternut
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon za’tar spice mix (you can also mix 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, 1/2 salt, 1/2 teaspoon thyme and 1/2 teaspoon sumac), quantity to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 250°C/ 485°F.
  2. Peel and slice the butternut in 6-8 mm (1/4 inch) slices.
  3. In a big bowl combine butternut with olive oil and vinegar. Toss well.
  4. Sprinkle za’atar and toss well again.
  5. Arrange butternut slices overlapping them partially (see picture) and using a spatula spread the rest of the spices mixture from the bowl over the slices.
  6. Bake at 250°C/ 485°F for about 20 minutes until tender and just done (not mush!).

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4 thoughts on “Oven Roasted Butternut with Za’atar”

  1. I had this lovely side with baked chicken and mushrooms last evening and it was delicious. Loved the use of zatar here, I enjoy this seasoning of most everything. Excellent way to enjoy squash. 😀

  2. Wow wow wow. The squash was wonderful prepared this way. So good and so much flavor. Quick and super easy to make. I used your zatar spice mix, it tasted amazing. Thank you for sharing another lovely recipe. Made fyc tag game.

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