Air fryer butternut squash is so delicious and simple. The edges are crispy and inside is cooked tender. A batch of this air fried butternut squash is a great side dish.

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Easy Air Fryer Butternut Squash Recipe

If you love roasted butternut squash you’re going to love this air fried version just as much! Our air fryer butternut squash recipe is one of those quick and easy recipes that will be your go-to. It’s so simple to learn how to cook butternut squash in the air fryer. The texture of the squash is just like roasting in the oven but even crispier! With some added seasonings and little olive oil spray, you get a fantastic butternut squash side dish that’s healthy and easy.

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We love this dish because it’s the perfect vegetarian or vegan air fryer dish.  The butternut squash can be served as a side dish for any occasion, especially for holidays. Air fried butternut squash is fantastic as  Thanksgiving side dish that won’t take up the oven or stove. It is also great for any time of the year. Add the crispy squash on top of a salad or add your favorite salad toppings on it. Chopped nuts, cheese and dried fruit are just a few options to add to the squash. If you have any leftovers, it’s great in tortillas for butternut squash quesadillas or tacos! What is butternuts squash? Here’s a great article.

How to Air Fry Butternut Squash

  • Start with fresh butternut squash, you’ll get the best results. Using frozen butternut squash is ok, but it’ll have a more mushy and soft texture. If you’re using frozen, then you have to add about 3-5 extra minutes of cooking time.
  • Cut fresh squash into bite sized cubes and season with oil and seasonings.
  • Add to air fryer basket and cook until tender.
  • More recipe details in the recipe box below with step by step photos.


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Air Fryer Butternut Squash

Cooking time is approximate and depends on the size you cut the squash. If squash is cut smaller, it’ll cook faster and become crispier. Bigger pieces will require more cooking time and more shakes and stirs.  If your air fryer is smaller, cook this in batches
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  • 1 small butternut squash (1.5 pounds), peeled and cut into 1/2” cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt , or to taste
  • black pepper , to taste



  • Peel and cut butternut squash into bite sized 1/2" cubes.
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  • In large bowl, whisk together oil, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add squash and toss in marinade to coat all squash pieces.
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  • Transfer squash to air fryer basket (if you have a small air fryer, cook it in two batches).
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  • Air Fry at 380°F for 20-24 minutes. After cooking for 10 minutes, shake and turn the squash, then continue cooking for the remaining 10 minutes or until the squash is tender.
    Serve warm.
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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 128kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 587mg, Potassium: 499mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 15191IU, Vitamin C: 30mg, Calcium: 68mg, Iron: 1mg


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