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Air fryer butternut squash

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I absolutely love using my air fryer. It reduces the time it takes to cook just about all dishes and helps me serve up crispy and healthier food without the need for lots of oil. I’ve got 100+ great air fryer recipes on here and today I’m sharing how I cook my air fryer butternut squash.

I love to make this for a simple meal prep and I usually enjoy it alongside some air fryer chicken tenderloins or air fryer frozen salmon.

My air fryer is really simple to use, lightweight and I don’t have to worry about my little ones or dog being able to touch the hot oven when it is in use.

Sometimes I use my air fryer for air fried frozen chicken nuggets or air frying frozen french fries, and other days I use it for cooking entire meals.

I have a whole array of great Ninja Foodi air fryer recipes, as well as air fryer desserts and I’ve also got posts on the air fryer pros and cons and air fryer tips for beginners to share with you too!

If you’re a total beginner then check out my air fryer beginner recipes post. My best potato recipes are always a hit too in our home.

A bowl of air fried butternut squash

Ingredients for air fryer butternut squash recipe:

400g butternut squash

5-10ml vegetable oil (skip olive oil as it has a lower smoking point) or oil spray

Seasoning of choice – see below for some suggestions

A white bowl of root vegetable mash with a brushed steel spoon, a pat of butter on the top and a pink waffle tea towel in the background.

Method for cooking butternut squash in the air fryer:

Peel and chop the whole butternut squash by chopping off both ends, peeling with a vegetable peeler and then slicing down the middle and into half sizes lengths, then remove the seeds and slice into 1-inch thick slices.

You can also buy the butternut squash slices or cubed butternut squash ready prepared if that is more convenient.

Coat the cut butternut squash slices in the oil and your seasoning of choice.

Place in your air fryer basket in a single layer. This will allow for good air flow.

Air fry for 12 minutes at 190C (375F approx).

Flip over and cook for an additional 6-8 minutes until your slices have reached their desired browning.

I like my butternut squash to be fork-tender and lovely and golden.

Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper before serving.

Make sure to adjust the cooking time based on what size butternut squash you’re air frying.

A bowl full of air fryer carrots and parsnips.

Great seasoning ideas:

First up I love to make my own seasoning blends. Fajita seasoning, cajun seasoning, peri peri seasoning and Mexican seasoning all work perfectly on this air fried butternut squash.

Honey, cinnamon and maple syrup are all stunning for a sweet alternative. A sprinkle of brown sugar works great if you’re trying this too.

Garlic and rosemary go great as does rosemary, thyme and paprika.

Many of these seasonings are gluten free too, or can be modified.

What are some tasty uses for these easy air fryer roasted butternut squash slices? 

Personally I love these served with chicken breast mini fillets and also they are great in salads, with pasta or on the top of sourdough pizzas.

I blend these sometimes for a tasty pasta sauce that is packed full of flavour. I usually add a few roasted garlic cloves and some fresh herbs from my garden before serving with my favourite pasta shapes and topping with a little grated parmesan. This garlic and herb dip is delicious with it too.

air fryer roasted tomatoes in a glass bowl with thyme and rosemary sprigs

Can you reheat air fryer roasted butternut squash?

Yes. I’d recommend just air frying for 2-3 minutes at 180C (355F approx) and then checking they are piping hot before serving.

Is squash good in the air fryer?

Absolutely! It has to be one of my favourite air fryer vegetables to make. I love how the air fryer gives the squash a crispy outer layer and then inside it is still lovely, soft and tender.

The squash is really easy to flavour and just about all of my favourite seasonings work perfectly with it. I’m NOT a big fan of chopping and prepping the squash so I’ll often buy a prepared one from the supermarket for convenience.

Tenderstem broccolini in an air fryer basket

Should I peel my butternut squash before roasting?

This is down to your own preference. For me personally I like to peel it, as I prefer the texture, but the skin is edible and will soften up significantly when it is roasted.

If you’re going to use this for a soup then I would suggest peeling it to make for a smoother soup.

Should I microwave butternut squash before cutting?

This is a great way to help speed up the cutting process, and keep it a little safer too. Microwave for 3-4 minutes after piercing the skin all over with a fork, and then make sure it has cooled slightly before you cut into it.

A batch of sweet potato fries cooked in the air fryer in a metal basket.

Is butternut squash healthier than sweet potatoes?

You will find less carbs and calories in butternut squash than sweet potatoes but it is worth remembering that both vegetables are a great source of nourishment, fibre and rich in antioxidants too.

I love to cook both up and enjoy them together with my chicken for a little bit of variety.

If you’re looking to get the most from your air fryer these these are some of my favourite air fryer accessories and cookbooks:

Something to note about air fryer recipes is that all air fryers have different sizes, depths and as such the cooking times can vary. All air fryer recipes on this website are intended as a guide, and not a guarantee that the timings will be perfect. Enjoy!

Two corn on the cobs cooked in the air fryer on a white plate

How to roast butternut squash in the air fryer:

A bowl of air fried butternut squash
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Air fryer butternut squash

How to air fryer butternut squash
Course Side Dish
Cuisine British
Keyword air fryer, butternut squash, vegetables
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 112kcal
Author Katykicker

Ingredients

  • 400 g butternut squash
  • 5-10 ml vegetable oil skip olive oil as it has a lower smoking point or oil spray
  • Seasoning of choice – see above for some suggestions

Instructions

  • Peel and chop the whole butternut squash by chopping off both ends, peeling with a vegetable peeler and then slicing down the middle and into half sizes lengths, then remove the seeds and slice into 1-inch thick slices.
  • You can also buy the butternut squash slices or cubed butternut squash ready prepared if that is more convenient.
  • Coat the cut butternut squash slices in the oil and your seasoning of choice.
  • Place in your air fryer basket in a single layer. This will allow for good air flow.
  • Air fry for 12 minutes at 190C (375F approx).
  • Flip over and cook for an additional 6-8 minutes until your slices have reached their desired browning.
  • I like my butternut squash to be fork-tender and lovely and golden.
  • Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper before serving.
  • Make sure to adjust the cooking time based on what size butternut squash you’re air frying.

Nutrition

Calories: 112kcal

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

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A bowl of cooked butternut squash
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Carynn

Friday 5th of July 2024

Delicious! I used garlic salt, pepper, and paprika to season my squash slices. They came out tender and not mushy and really tasty. Even my kids loved them!

Anna M.

Friday 5th of July 2024

This was a very hearty recipe and very easy to make. Making it again.

Kara

Friday 5th of July 2024

This was perfect! I made it as a side for our roasted chicken and it came out great.

Gwen

Friday 5th of July 2024

These were so easy and delicious to make!

Rebecca

Friday 5th of July 2024

I would have never thought to air fry butternut squash, but it turned out great!

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