Air Fryer Butternut Squash

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Looking for a tasty squash side dish? Air fryer butternut squash is for you!

Made with butternut squash, a bit of oil, and your combination of spices, these butternut squash bits are tender on the inside yet slightly crispy on the outside.

orange butternut squash in bowl on wooden board with green parsley
Air fryer butternut squash is so easy to make!

Recipe Tips

Before you make butternut squash in the air fryer, have a read through these few recipe tips:

  • Keep in mind: this is a recipe for fresh butternut squash. If you have frozen, you can check out how to prepare frozen butternut squash in the air fryer!
  • If you have to peel/cut the butternut squash first, you can follow these steps: First, cut the ends off. Then peel the squash using a vegetable/potato peeler. Once peeled, cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds with a spoon. Now cut the squash into long strips and then into small cubes, approximately 1/2 – 3/4 inch thick.
  • You might also be interested in making butternut squash fries in the air fryer – same squash, different form!
  • You can change up the spices to suit your preferences. We didn’t add any hot spices like cayenne pepper but you definitely can!
  • Be sure to try a piece or two when they are looking crispy on the outside. The squash pieces can be deceivingly soft on the inside while still looking like they need to be cooked longer!
  • Since every air fryer is different (and the size of the overall squash cubes may vary), you cook time might vary slightly. Just make sure that the inside is soft.

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

Step by Step Instructions

If you want to see exactly how we make our butternut squash in the air fryer, you can follow the recipe photos in this section.

Otherwise, you can skip to the recipe card below to get the times and temperatures for air frying butternut squash without the photos.

silver bowl of raw butternut squash with spices on top unmixed
Add the butternut squash cubes, oil, and spices to a bow.

We’re starting with already cut-up butternut squash. If you have to peel and cut your butternut squash first, you can use the steps in the recipe tips section above as guidance.

Add the butternut squash cubes into a medium-sized bowl. Also add the oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and/or other spices of your choice to the bowl.

silver bowl with raw cubed butternut squash on white counter top
Make sure the squash is evenly coated in oil and spices.

Toss everything until the butternut squash is evenly coated in oil and spices.

raw butternut squash pieces in black air fryer tray
Add the squash pieces to the air fryer.

Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit. When it is hot, add the butternut squash.

The pieces should be distributed in one even layer with little overlap so that they cook evenly.

If you can’t fit that much squash into your air fryer, you can make less or cook it in two batches.

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

Cook the squash for 18-22 minutes until tender and lightly browned on the outside.

Shake the air fryer basket every 5 minutes to help turn/move the squash cubes. Since every air fryer is slightly different, your cook time can vary.

orange butternut squash in bowl on wooden board
Butternut squash waiting to be eaten!

When the butternut squash is done, remove it from the air fryer. You can garnish it with a little bit of (chopped) parsley before serving if desired. Enjoy!

Storage Tips

We would recommend eating air-fried butternut squash while it’s warm and fresh.

If you end up having leftovers, you can store them in a sealed container in the fridge for 4-5 days. Just keep in mind that it will get mushier as time passes because of the water content.

To reheat it, you can toss the butternut squash cubes back in the air fryer to eliminate some of the excess moisture but microwaving is also a fast option.

What to Serve Air Fryer Butternut Squash With

Since squash is very much a fall and winter food, we like eating air-fried butternut squash as a side dish to filling dinner options like roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy.

Butternut squash also goes well as a side for crispy chicken drumsticks with a grain like rice.

The slightly sweet taste and soft yet crispy texture make it pretty versatile so try it out with other meal ideas. We even sometimes put it in a cold pasta salad as an ingredient and it is quite good!

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orange butternut squash in bowl on wooden board

Air Fryer Butternut Squash

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes

Air Fryer Butternut Squash is the perfect tasty and filling side dish. Made with a few simple ingredients, this tender yet crispy squash goes great with various different meals!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups butternut squash, 1/2 - 3/4 inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper (more to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Add the butternut squash cubes into a medium-sized bowl. Also add the oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and/or other spices of your choice to the bowl. Toss everything until the butternut squash is evenly coated in oil and spices.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. When it is hot, add the butternut squash. The pieces should be distributed in one even layer with little overlap so that they cook evenly. If you can't fit that much squash into your air fryer, you can make less or cook it in two batches.
  4. Cook the squash for 18-22 minutes until tender and lightly browned on the outside. Shake the air fryer basket every 5 minutes to help turn/move the squash cubes. Since every air fryer is slightly different, your cook time can vary.
  5. When the butternut squash is done, remove it from the air fryer. You can garnish it with a little bit of (chopped) parsley before serving if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If you have to peel/cut the butternut squash first, you can follow these steps: First, cut the ends off. Then peel the squash using a vegetable/potato peeler. Once peeled, cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds with a spoon. Now cut the squash into long strips and then into small cubes, approximately 1/2 - 3/4 inch thick.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 141mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 7gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g

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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