Squash rarely gets the attention elicited by spring asparagus or perfect summer tomatoes. Instead, they are the stalwarts of the kitchen, dutifully churning out the fall dishes we crave, rarely receiving any praise as they do. We decided to change all that and give squash its due as the star of an unexpected, killer side dish. The moment you try roasted butternut squash with lime, it’s sure to become a family favorite.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place a rimmed baking sheet in the oven while it heats.
Cut the squash in half where the neck and the base meet. Halve the base and scoop out the seeds. Cut into 1/3-inch slices. Halve the neck lengthwise and cut into 1/3-inch slices.
Whisk the honey, oil, cumin seeds, salt, and chile powder together in a large bowl. Add the squash slices and stir to coat. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and transfer the squash onto the sheet. Spread out the slices in an even layer and return to the oven. Bake until the squash is tender and beginning to caramelize in spots (watch it at this stage, as the honey will make it brown more quickly), flipping halfway through, about 20 minutes.
Remove the squash from the oven and sprinkle with the lime zest and herbs. Toss lightly. Transfer to a serving platter and squeeze the juice from the lime wedges over the top. Serve warm or at room temperature.