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Air Fryer Butternut Squash

This Air Fryer Butternut Squash is roasted to perfection and seasoned sweet with cinnamon or savory with onion and garlic. Grab fresh or frozen vegetables, either will work for this side dish!

air fryer butternut squash in a white bowl

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Butternut squash can typically be found in most grocery stores year-round, but many prefer to consume it throughout the fall. It’s the perfect fruit to add to your rotation.

How Does it Taste?

It reminds me a lot of sweet potatoes. It’s sweet, buttery, and has a slight nutty flavor. The texture is much softer than a sweet potato.

How to Cut and Prepare the Squash

  1. Start by cutting the stem and the bottom off the squash.
  2. Use a vegetable peeler and remove the skin from the squash.
  3. From there, slice the squash in half horizontally.
  4. Scoop out the inside flesh and seeds.
cut up butternut squash in a glass bowl along with a bowl of spices

Do You Have to Peel It?

You can eat the skin, so there’s no need to peel it, if you don’t want to. Simply halve it, scoop out the seeds and chop it into chunks. Peeling is a matter of preference. You can also grab peeled butternut squash in the refrigerated produce section of stores like Trader Joe’s.

Is Butternut Squash Healthy?

It’s technically a fruit. Butternut squash is low in calories but high in nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium. A one-cup serving of cooked butternut squash provides more than 450% of the Recommended Daily intake for vitamin A and over 50% of the RDI for vitamin C.

butternut squash in an air fryer

Can You Eat Butternut Squash Seeds

Yes! The seeds actually have nutritional value. You can eat them just like you would pumpkin seeds.

How to Make Air Fryer Butternut Squash

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Peel and cut the butternut squash into chunks 1/2 to an 1 inch thick.
  2. Drizzle the squash in cooking oil and sprinkle with spices.
  3. Air fry.
butternut squash in an air fryer

Air Fryer Temperature

I recommend 400 degrees.

Cook Time/How Long to Cook

Cook the squash until it is tender, typically 12-15 minutes.

butternut squash in an air fryer

Frozen Squash

Frozen squash can be used and cooked at the same temperature. You will need to add a few additional minutes to the cooking time. Cook until tender.

How to Reheat

Reheat in the air fryer at 350 degrees until warm.

Additional Spices and Ways to Season It

Homemade Ranch Seasoning
Homemade Blackened Seasoning
Homemade Chili Seasoning
Homemade Taco Seasoning
Homemade BBQ Seasoning and Rub

air fryer butternut squash in a white bowl

Pair With these Recipes

Butternut Squash Chili
Panera Butternut Squash Soup
Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breast
Teriyaki Chicken Wings

Hot Honey Wings

Air Fryer Butternut Squash

This Air Fryer Butternut Squash is roasted to perfection and seasoned sweet with cinnamon or savory with onion and garlic. Grab fresh or frozen vegetables, either will work for this side dish!
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Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer butternut squash, air fryer roasted butternut squash, air fryer squash
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Calories 84kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 cups butternut squash Peeled and seeded chopped into cubes about 1/2-1 inch thick. This was 1 butternut squash for me.
  • Cooking oil I use olive oil.
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • It's important your chunks of squash are equally sliced and sized, otherwise the smaller pieces will cook and char faster than the others.
  • Spray or drizzle the squash chunks in cooking oil then sprinkle the spices throughout.
  • Place the squash in the air fryer basket. Air fry on 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes until tender.

Notes

Cook time may vary based on the air fryer and model you use. Be sure to keep a close watch if it’s your first time making the recipe.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g
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