Kabocha Squash Filled with Shrimp


Brazilian favorite that has conquered Americans. Serve while hot over rice or on its own.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
4 servings


  • 4 pounds kabocha (Japanese winter squash)

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • water to cover

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 pound medium raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

  • 1 cup cream cheese


  1. Cut top off kabocha squash like a lid; reserve. Scoop out seeds and discard. Carve all but 1 inch of the flesh out of the squash.

  2. Microwave hollowed kabocha on medium power in 5-minute intervals until tender but not too soft, about 15 minutes.

  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a saucepan. Add squash flesh; season with salt and pepper. Pour in enough water to cover and cook, uncovered, until squash is soft, about 15 minutes. Drain off most of the water. Puree with an immersion blender until creamy.

  4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking pan with aluminum foil.

  5. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until softened, about 5 minutes. Add shrimp; season with salt and cayenne pepper; cook until shrimp turns pink, 5 to 6 minutes. Fold in pureed squash.

  6. Spread most of the cream cheese inside the hollowed squash with a spoon. Ladle shrimp mixture in carefully. Top with remaining cream cheese. Cover with reserved top.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until heated through, 20 to 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

532 Calories
28g Fat
44g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 532
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 236mg 79%
Sodium 414mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 54mg 271%
Calcium 206mg 16%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 307mg 7%

* 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.