Kabocha Squash Croquette

My neighbor’s leaves started to turn yellow and red (I know for some of you think it’s kinda late, but I’m in CA so got a long summer every year!) My neighbor’s grocery sells a variety of pumpkins and after noticing the color change of leaves, this is the time to enjoy autumn with my taste buds! 

I’m not quite a squash master yet. I never knew Jack-o-Lantern wasn’t edible but empty! Spaghetti squash, butternut squash, Mexican squash…(well, is it the squash I’m talking about?) hmm, I guess I should go back to basics and choose the most familiar squash to me this time: Kabocha squash! 

Unlike butternut squash, kabocha squash keeps a little more solid, so let’s cook yummy French-Japanese fusion food! 


<Today’s Recipe>

Kabocha Squash Croquette

pumpkin croquette


  • ¼ small kabocha squash (was about 200g)
  • ½ medium onion – chopped
  • ½ medium carrot – chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 2 tablespoons panko crumbs
  • 1/2 cube veg soup stock
  • Some garlic powder
  • Some nutmeg powder
  • Some salt and pepper
  • Some panko crumbs
  • Some pretzel sticks


  • 1 teaspoon kabocha squash – roasted
  • 1 teaspoon mayo
  • 1 teaspoon almond milk
  • Some garlic powder
  • Some nutmeg powder



  1. Preheat an oven to 375°F.
  2. Cut kabocha squash into quarters carefully and remove seeds. Wrap with aluminium foil and transfer them in the oven. Roast them for about 40~50 min.
  3. Remove kabocha squash from the oven and let sit for a while to cool.
  4. Pour olive oil in a pan and cook onion and carrot. Set aside.
  5. Scoop up the orange part of kabocha squash and combine it with veggies. Add parsley, panko crumbs, veg soup stock, garlic powder, nutmeg powder, and salt and pepper. Mix well.
  6. Shape the pumpkin and put panko crumbs.
  7. Transfer them in the oven and bake it for about 20 min.
  8. While pumpkin is baked, mix all ingredients for sauce and set aside.
  9. When pumpkin is ready, stub some pretzel stick to make it look like pumpkin.
  10. Pour sauce around pumpkins and enjoy!

pumpkin croquette

Mmm, the sweeter version of potato croquette is so obsessive! If you like sweet potato fries over regular french fries, try it and you’ll love it! 

By the way, the only squash called “pumpkin” in Japan is kabocha squash. When I heard Cinderella for the first time, little me thought I should keep a shorter height otherwise I would hit my head on the roof of a pumpkin chariot! 


<Other Perfect for Autumn Recipes>

When it’s getting cool, soup is the perfect food! Hearty Veg Soup

hearty veg soup

Autumn afternoon tea snack! Brown Sugar Milk Bun

brown sugar bun cut

Did you say bye to summer yet? Squash Gel Soba

mexican squash soba with jelly sauce

Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Ju-Lyn says:

    Love the plating and the very cute squash & ghosts! And so appropriate for this time of year!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you Ju-Lyn! Happy halloween weekend, may your weekend be sweet as halloween candies!🎃💀👻🍬🍭


      1. Ju-Lyn says:

        And to you too!

        Liked by 1 person

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