Butternut Squash Steaks with Brown Butter–Sage Sauce

Have some extra sage to use up? Apply the classic steakhouse butter-basting technique to slabs of butternut squash and turn it into a hearty vegetarian main dish.



  • 1 large butternut squash (about 3 lb.), preferably one with a long thick neck
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 6 sage leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper


  1. Cut the neck off of squash; reserve base for another use. Trim the stem off the neck then peel. Resting neck on cut base, cut in half lengthwise, creating two lobes. Trim off outer rounded side of each piece to create two 3/4"-thick steaks (about 6 oz. per steak); reserve trimmed off sides for another use.
  2. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium. Cook squash steaks, turning every 3 minutes, until deeply browned on both sides and fork-tender, about 15 minutes. Add butter, sage, and garlic to skillet, tilt pan toward you so that butter pools on one side, and use a large spoon to continually baste steaks with butter. Cook, basting, until butter is no longer bubbling, smells nutty, and is beginning to brown, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer squash steaks to plates and spoon sauce over.

Recipe from: Epicurious

2 thoughts on “Butternut Squash Steaks with Brown Butter–Sage Sauce”

  • Hi
    Can I grow herbs and lettuce in the same garden or are different conditions needed? Similarly - does arugula need different conditions than Kale or other lettuces?

    • Hey Amy, sorry for the very long delay of response. You might already know the answer by this time, but just in case: Yes you can grow herbs and lettuces together in your garden. Almost all variety of lettuces do great in our AeroGardens, including kale and arugula. They all work on the same setting. We have struggled with spinach which is interesting, they must not like hydroponics as much. When you do grow herbs with your lettuces, just keep in mind that if any herbs (mostly basil) grow faster, then make sure to trim them so they are not covering the light to the rest of the plants. Hope that helps!

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