Air Fryer Butternut Squash Fries

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Looking for a great way to use up some butternut squash? Air fryer butternut squash fries are a really good idea!

Easy to make and ready in minutes, these crispy yet tender squash fries make a nice seasonal side dish and are also great for dipping!

butternut squash fries on white plate on wood with ketchup beside
Air fryer butternut squash fries are really yummy!

Recipe Tips/Substitutions

Before you head off to make butternut squash fries in the air fryer, be sure to read through these few recipe tips so that you know what to expect!

  • We use a simple spice blend for these butternut squash fries. You can modify the blend however you like – even adding a bit of spice with something like cayenne pepper to the mix.
  • We use the long, slender part of the butternut squash (the part at the opposite end of the round seed part) since this allows for easy cutting of straight fries, but of course you can use any part of the squash.
  • Try to cut the fries roughly the same thickness so that will be done at the same time.
  • Don’t overcrowd your air fryer – this could prevent the butternut squash fries from cooking evenly and getting slightly crispy.

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Step by Step Instructions

For the recipe steps on how to make butternut squash fries in an air fryer, you can follow the process photos in this section. This way you can see just how we make ours!

If you’re feeling confident and just want to get making squash fries in the air fryer without visuals, you can skip to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

peeled butternut squash on wooden cutting board with knife beside
Peel and cut the butternut squash.

First, peel the butternut squash, then cut it in half and remove the seeds (if applicable). If you are just using the top part of the squash, there is no need to remove any seeds.

raw butternut squash fries on wooden cutting board on white counter
Cut the squash into fries.

Then cut the squash into long fries approx 1/2-3/4 inch thick. This is easiest if you use the straighter upper section of the squash.

Be sure to cut the squash fries all roughly the same size to ensure even cooking.

silver mixing bowl fill of raw butternut squash fries covered in spices
Add the butternut squash fries, oil, and spices to a bowl.

Now, preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.

Meanwhile, add the butternut squash fries, oil, garlic powder, salt, paprika, and black pepper into a mixing bowl.

butternut squash fries in silver bowl coated in spices on white counter
Make sure the fries are evenly coated in oil and spcies.

Gently toss the fries until they are evenly coated in oil and spices.

raw squash fries in black air fryer tray on white counter
Add the butternut squash fries to the preheated air fryer.

Once the air fryer is hot, add the fries to the air fryer in one even layer. This makes it easier for them to cook and crisp evenly.

cooked butternut squash fries in black air fryer tray on white counter top
Cook the butternut squash until tender.

Cook the butternut squash fries for 13-18 minutes until tender and slightly browned on the outside.

Shake the air fryer basket every 5 minutes to help with even cooking and browning.

squash fries on plate with ketchup dipping sauce beside
These butternut squash fries are ready for dipping!

When done, remove the fries from the air fryer. You can garnish them with chopped parsley before serving them with your favorite dipping sauce.

They make a great seasonal side dish to go with other fall dishes like roasted turkey breast. Enjoy!

Storage Tips

These crispy butternut squash fries from the air fryer are best enjoyed hot and fresh.

However, if you have leftovers, you can store leftovers in a container in the fridge. Just keep in mind that they will get a bit soggy.

Properly stored, the butternut squash fries will last for around 4-5 days.

To reheat, toss the butternut squash fries back into the air fryer for a few minutes. Avoid the microwave unless you don’t mind them being very soft.

Related Recipes

If you are looking for more air fryer squash recipes, you’ve got a few tasty creations to choose from right here:

squash fries on plate with ketchup dipping sauce beside

Air Fryer Butternut Squash Fries

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Air Fryer Butternut Squash Fries are a great way to enjoy this tasty squash. Easy to make and covered in nothing but oil and spices, these fries are a great side dish - ready for dipping!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound butternut squash (see notes)
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Peel the butternut squash, cut it in half and remove the seeds (if applicable). If you are just using the top part of the squash, there is no need to remove any seeds.
  2. Then cut the squash into long fries approx 1/2-3/4 inch thick. This is easiest if you use the straighter upper section of the squash. Be sure to cut the squash fries all roughly the same size to ensure even cooking.
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Meanwhile, add the butternut squash fries, oil, garlic powder, salt, paprika, and black pepper into a mixing bowl. Gently toss the fries until they are evenly coated in oil and spices.
  5. Once the air fryer is hot, add the fries to the air fryer in one even layer. This makes it easier for them to cook and crisp evenly.
  6. Cook the butternut squash fries for 13-18 minutes until tender and slightly browned on the outside. Shake the air fryer basket every 5 minutes to help with even cooking and browning.
  7. When done, remove the fries from the air fryer. You can garnish them with chopped parsley before serving them with your favorite dipping sauce.

Notes

  • 1 pound of butternut squash is approximately half a medium-sized butternut squash. We like using the long, straight upper section of the squash (away from the seeds) for fries since it's easy to cut and you don't have to worry about removing any seeds first.
  • You can also easily use the whole squash. Just double the ingredients listed below and cook the fries in two batches (unless you have a very large air fryer and can fit 2 pounds of squash fries without overcrowding).
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 68Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 269mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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