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Air Fryer Butternut Squash

This Air Fryer Butternut Squash is cubed butternut squash made in the air fryer that bake perfectly crispy on the outsid¾¾e and tender and fluffy on the inside. It's a quick, healthy & easy side dish for fall and the best way to cook butternut squash! Takes less than 30 minutes and you've got perfectly tender and delicious roasted butternut squash! Naturally vegan, gluten-free, paleo and Whole30 compliant.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Holiday
Keyword air fryer recipe, butternut squash, christmas side dish, healthy vegetable side dish, roasted butternut squash, thanksgiving side dish vegetable, vegan, vegan side dish, whole30
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 136 kcal
Author Kelly

Ingredients

  • 1 small / medium butternut squash , about 2 pounds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons avocado oil , olive oil or any neutral oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt or kosher salt , or to taste
  • 1/3 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper , or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • Chopped fresh parsley , for garnish

Instructions

  1. If your air fryer requires preheating, preheat to 390 F degrees.
  2. Peel the butternut squash with a vegetable peeler, cut the squash down the middle, lengthwise and remove the seeds and pulp. Then cut into 1-inch cubes.
  3. Place the squash cubes in a large bowl and drizzle with oil. Season with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning plus any extra seasonings you like. Toss evenly to coat well.
  4. Working in batches, add the squash cubes to the air fryer basket spreading them in a single layer.

    Top view of chopped raw butternut squash cubes in an air fryer basket
  5. Cook for 10 minutes, then open the air fryer basket and shake the basket or toss the squash. Air fry again for another 7-12 minutes or until the squash are tender, with some char on the edges.

    Transfer to a serving bowl, garnish with fresh parsley and serve warm.

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Recipe Notes

How to Meal prep: 

Wash, peel and cut butternut squash into chunks and store in a large resealable bag or airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 day in advance.

How to store: Roasted butternut squash is easy to make ahead and can last in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three to four days

How to Freeze

Place the cooked squash on a large baking sheet and freeze for at least 20 minutes. Transfer to a large resealable freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How to reheat from frozen

When ready to reheat, place the frozen buternut squash (cooking in batches) in a single layer in the air fryer basket at 365F and heat for 7-9 minutes or until desired crispiness.

If you have any leftovers, store the butternut squash in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat them in the oven at 350°F until they're hot.

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Butternut Squash
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 8mg0%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.