Baked Chayote Squash


Roasted chayote recipe for cheesy, custardy stuffed squash with bread crumbs on top. This dish is great as a side with beans, meat, and rice, Central American-style.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins


  • 4 chayote squash, cut in half

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • ¼ cup heavy cream

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoons shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 ¼ cups shredded Cheddar cheese

  • ½ cup dry bread crumbs


  1. Place chayote into a large pot; cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until very tender, 45 to 50 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry, 1 to 2 minutes.

  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  3. Use a spoon to remove seed and membrane from chayote; discard. Scoop out as much remaining pulp as possible into a large bowl without puncturing the shell. Pat shell dry with a paper towel and place in a baking dish; set aside.

  4. Squeeze out excess water from reserved pulp over the sink. Stir egg, heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons Cheddar cheese, and melted butter into squeezed pulp; mix well. Fill chayote shells with pulp-cheese mixture. Sprinkle remaining 1 1/4 cups Cheddar cheese on top, followed by bread crumbs.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until heated through and cheese has melted, 35 to 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

377 Calories
26g Fat
21g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 377
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 15g 76%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 466mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 16mg 82%
Calcium 408mg 31%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 451mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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