Air Fryer Frozen Butternut Squash

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Searching for a simple side dish that is really easy to make? Air fryer frozen butternut squash is a great option!

Similar to fresh butternut squash in the air fryer, these tasty little seasoned cubes are versatile and ready for serving alongside a nice dinner!

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Air fryer frozen butternut squash is the perfect easy-to-make side!

Recipe Tips

Before you make frozen butternut squash in the air fryer, read through these recipe tips so that you know what to expect!

  • Your cooking time might vary based on your air fryer and the size of the butternut squash cubes. Ours were quite small (about a 1/4 inch thick) so if yours are thicker, your cooking time will likely increase a little bit.
  • You don’t need to thaw the butternut squash cubes first. You can add them to the air fryer from frozen.
  • We used simple seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder) for our butternut squash cubes – but you can change up the spices to suit your tastes!
  • Since these squash cubes are from frozen, do not expect them to get as crispy as fresh butternut squash or butternut squash fries.
  • Also avoid overcrowding your air fryer – this way the butternut squash can cook evenly and won’t get too mushy.

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

Step by Step Instructions

For the complete steps on how to make air fryer frozen butternut squash cubes, you can stay in this section and check out the recipe process photos.

It might be helpful if you are a visual learner – but it’s really quite easy!

If you just want to get started making air-fried frozen butternut squash cubes, you can also find the cooking times and temperatures in the recipe card at the bottom of this post!

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Add the frozen butternut squash, oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to a bowl.

First, preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.

In the meantime, add the frozen butternut squash cubes into a bowl with oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. 

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Toss until the cubes are evenly coated.

 Toss everything until all the pieces are evenly coated.

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Add the frozen butternut squash to the air fryer.

When the air fryer is preheated, add the frozen butternut squash into the air fryer basket.

Gently shake the air fryer basket until the squash cubes are evenly distributed – there should be very little overlap to allow for even cooking.

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Cook the butternut squash until tender.

Air fry the frozen butternut squash at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 (smaller cubes) to 18 minutes (larger cubes) until tender.

Shake the air fryer basket approximately every 4 minutes to help with even cooking.

Your exact cooking time can vary by the size of the cubes and your air fryer.

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These butternut squash cubes are ready for serving!

When the squash cubes are tender, remove them from the air fryer and add them to a serving bowl.

You can sprinkle the squash with some chopped parsley before serving. Enjoy!

They go great as a side to dishes like baby potatoes and frozen salmon.

Storage Tips

Once you’ve got air fryer butternut squash from frozen, it’s best enjoyed fresh and eaten right away.

You can store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge – but the excess moisture might make them very soft. It’ll last for around 4 days.

To reheat any leftover butternut squash cubes, we’d recommend the air fryer to help draw out some of the moisture!

Related Recipes

For more great frozen vegetable recipes, you can check out these classics – all of them make tasty veggie sides!

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Air Fryer Frozen Butternut Squash

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

Air Fryer Frozen Butternut Squash is a simple and tasty side! Made right from frozen, this lightly seasoned squash is ready to be a side dish in just minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound frozen butternut squash cubes
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In the meantime, add the frozen butternut squash cubes into a bowl with oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Toss everything until all the pieces are evenly coated.
  3. When the air fryer is preheated, add the frozen butternut squash into the air fryer basket. Gently shake the air fryer basket until the squash cubes are evenly distributed - there should be very little overlap to allow for even cooking.
  4. Air fry the frozen butternut squash at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 (smaller cubes) to 18 minutes (larger cubes) until tender. Shake the air fryer basket approximately every 4 minutes to help with even cooking. Your exact cooking time can vary by size of the cubes and your air fryer.
  5. When the squash cubes are tender, remove them from the air fryer and add them to a serving bowl. You can sprinkle the squash with some chopped parsley before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

  • The frozen butternut squash cubes we used were quite small (closer to 1/4 inch). If yours are significantly larger, the cooking time will likely be a bit longer than 10 minutes.
  • Frozen butternut squash will likely not get as crispy as fresh butternut squash due to all the extra moisture. It'll still be delicious but don't be surprised if the cubes are on the softer end.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 67Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 137mgCarbohydrates: 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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