5-Minute Freezer Side Dish: Butternut Squash with Sriracha and Coconut

updated May 1, 2019
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Even with its subtly sweet, earthy undertones, butternut squash is seriously mild on the flavor scale. Thankfully it doesn’t take much to change that, especially when the terrific trio of fat, spice, and crunch are involved.

Why This 5-Minute Side Deserves a Spot on Your Table

Rich and fatty ingredients (in this case, butter) are always a welcome addition when you want to bring the food on your plate from mild to magnificent. Along with a kick from Sriracha, a few pats of butter make for a more flavorful and satisfying side. Toasted coconut chips add an additional fatty element and a crunch that makes for a nice contrast with the tender squash pieces.

How to Make It

Microwave a bag of frozen squash, according to the package instructions, until cooked through. Toss with 2 tablespoons of butter and up to 1 tablespoon of Sriracha. Top with about 1/4 cup of toasted coconut chips and a handful of torn cilantro leaves.

5-Minute Freezer-to-Microwave Side Dishes

Starting with a 12- to 16-ounce bag of frozen veggies, we’ll show you how to mix it with three pantry ingredients, and get it on the table in five minutes with the help of the microwave.