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Air Fryer Butternut Squash

Air Fryer Butternut SquashSimmered in a soup or stew or added to puree, butternut is delicious! However, I argue that our air fryer butternut squash takes the tasty vegetable to a whole other level; it comes out perfectly crisp and caramelized! 

A plate of butternut squash garnished with fresh parsley.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • Butternut Squash: The naturally sweet flavor o butternut squash makes it a versatile side dish; I cut the squash into bitesize pieces for easy cooking.
  • Avocado Oil
  • Spices: Season the butternut squash with salt and white pepper.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND VARIATIONS

  • Savory: Olive oil, butter, or ghee.
  • Sweetener: Maple, brown sugar, or honey.
  • Herbs and Spices: Ras el hanout, cayenne, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, rosemary, sage, or thyme.

HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER BUTTERNUT SQUASH 

Preheat the air fryer to 400° F (204° C) and prepare the butternut squash.

A butternut squash cut into cubes.

Add butternut squash to a mixing bowl and coat the pieces with oil. Sprinkle with salt and white pepper; stir to combine.

Cubes of butternut squash added to the air fryer basket.

Add the squash to the air fryer basket and cook for 20 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.

Butternut squash with the air fryer basket being shaken.

Pour the finished squash into a mixing bowl and toss with white pepper to serve.

Butternut squash in a bowl with spices.

COOKING TIPS

  • Purchase butternut squash in season, which is usually between late summer and December. If you’re craving butternut squash out of season, then I recommend purchasing frozen butternut squash and preparing that.

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Butternut squash with the air fryer basket being shaken.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SQUASH

  • Select one with smooth skin. It should be firm and free of soft spots and blemishes.
  • The heavier the squash, the sweeter it will be.

HOW TO PREPARE BUTTERNUT SQUASH

Cut off the stem and base of the butternut squash. Peel the skin using a vegetable peeler.

The end cut off of a butternut squash.

Cut the squash lengthwise and scoop out the seeds.

Scoop out the inside of a butternut squash.

Cut the squash into 1/2-inch cubes.

Half of a squash sliced and half of a squash cut into cubes.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS 

WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVERS 

  • FRIDGE – Store leftovers in an airtight container; they will keep for 4-5 days.
  • FREEZER – Wait for the butternut squash to cool. Then, add the leftovers to a freezer-safe container or bag. It will keep in the freezer for 6 months.
  • REHEAT – While they won’t be as crispy as they were when you first made them, warm the leftovers in the microwave or air fryer at 400° F (204° C) for 5 minutes.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Can you eat the skin?

Surprisingly, the skin is edible. However, the texture is tough and off-putting, so I recommend peeling the butternut squash before cutting it into pieces.

Can I use frozen butternut squash?

You can, but they won’t be as crispy as using fresh butternut squash.

What are the benefits of butternut squash?

The squash is packed with vitamin, minerals, and antioxidants.

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A plate of butternut squash garnished with fresh parsley.

Air Fryer Butternut Squash

Tressa Jamil
Simmered in a soup or stew or added to puree, butternut is delicious! However, I argue that our air fryer butternut squash takes the tasty vegetable to a whole other level; it comes out perfectly crispy and caramelized! 
5 from 1 vote
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 61 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400° F (204° C) and prepare the butternut squash.
  • Add butternut squash to a mixing bowl and coat the pieces with oil. Sprinkle with salt and white; stir to combine.
  • Place the squash in the air fryer basket and cook for 20 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.
  • Pour the finished squash into a mixing bowl and toss with white pepper to serve.

Notes

Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 CupCalories: 61kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSodium: 583mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3g
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