Cumin Crusted Barramundi with Maple Mashed Butternut Squash

by Matt on November 3, 2010

This was my second time EVER cooking butternut squash, but I think I did pretty well.


I love butternut squash, but I don’t really have very much experience cooking it. Aside from being exceedingly simple, it actually has a lovely flavor, especially when you enhance it with maple syrup, salt, pepper, and BUTTER. Mmmm….

Do you have any foods that you love, but you never seem to cook?

I got the idea for this dish by trying to recreate the amazing meal that I had last Saturday night.

My meal can be described as an herb marinated salmon filet over cured pork braised kale, sweet potato mash, and topped with tomato jam.

Basically, pure heaven.

Here is my version of a super easy, but intensely flavorful mashed potato side dish. This would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving meal this year!

Maple Mashed Butternut Squash


  • 1 butternut squash, halved and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a roasting pan with cooking spray.
  2. Place squash halves cut-side down in the prepared pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until can be pierced with a fork.
  3. Let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Scrape the soft squash flesh into a medium bowl. Stir in syrup, butter, cinnamon, and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Mash with a fork or potato masher until somewhat smooth.

Cumin Crusted Barramundi


  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Dash of chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 six ounce Barramundi filets
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil


  1. Preheat a to medium heat.
  2. Rub cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper over the top and the bottom of the fillet.
  3. Heat the oil on the .
  4. Add the filet and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until it flakes.
  5. Drizzle with lemon and serve.


The flavors of Fall :)

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November 3, 2010 at 7:52 AM

I almost ordered Barramundi at a restaurant last night…good stuff!!

I love love love tomato soup but have never made it. Need to work on that!!
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November 3, 2010 at 8:29 AM

Any kind of mashed potato/squash would taste good with maple syrup mixed in — sounds good to me!
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November 3, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Your title sold me! I need to try this, it sounds so so good!! The food that I forget to make that I absolutely love is salmon. I guess I just get scared to cook it because I think I will overcook it or something! How are your Vibrams?


November 3, 2010 at 9:59 AM

I don’t eat fish, but that looks really good! And, I love mashed butternut squash…yum!
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November 3, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Yum. Cumin is my favorite spice. This looks awesome. Mushrooms are one of my favorite foods but I never cook them because my husband is a hater.


November 3, 2010 at 3:12 PM

i’m all about that butternut squash. i like the idea of adding maple syrup, deeelish. :)
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November 3, 2010 at 4:00 PM

oooh I bet the maple syrup / cinnamon combination was a winner!


November 3, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Butternut squash is da bomb!
I love salads but never make them at home for some reason. They seem like too much work to me. :)
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November 3, 2010 at 7:40 PM

I love butternut squash. When mashed, it has the comforting texture of potatoes and the perfect sweetness. I love to roast it, too! My dad claims he hates squash, but always gobbles up the butternut when I make it.

This whole meal looks delicious!
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November 4, 2010 at 1:46 AM

I love butternut squash and you recipe sounds awesome! I am definitely going to make it soon. I usually just steam chunks of it and add cinnamon, or garlic and onion


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