Butternut squash is a simple side that can go with almost anything. This air fryer recipe is vegetarian, paleo, Whole30, and gluten free. Using only a few staple ingredients it is ready in twenty minutes from start to finish. Add a new fresh and healthy side to your rotation with this air fryer butternut squash recipe!
Air Fryer Butternut Squash Ingredients
You’ll need a large butternut squash for this recipe for starters, along with a tablespoon of either olive oil or avocado oil. For seasoning you’ll need a teaspoon of garlic powder, and a half teaspoon of paprika. Round it out with about a half teaspoon of salt (or to taste) and quarter teaspoon of pepper (or to taste).
Making Butternut Squash in the Air Fryer
Start by preparing your butternut squash if you haven’t already. Do this by first peeling it and then cutting it in half the long way. Then take a large spoon and scoop out the seeds from the core and dice it into roughly one inch cubes.
Next, place the squash cubes into a mixing bowl along with the oil and spices. Toss it together until it’s evenly coated.
Add your seasoned squash to the air fryer basket. Make sure its in as even of a layer as you can depending on your size of air fryer. Set the air fryer to 400 degrees F and cook for about 16 minutes.
Shake or flip the squash halfway through. Add a couple of minutes to the cook time if you want it a little crispier. Just keep an eye on it so it doesn’t overcook!
If you go with larger cubes for the squash you may need to add to the cook time depending on how crispy you prefer it.
This recipe may take multiple batches depending on the size of your air fryer and the size of the butternut squash you’re using as well.
Serving and Storing Instructions
Garnish this air fryer butternut squash with a touch of chopped parsley if you desire or some fresh cracked pepper.
You can serve this recipe as a side to just about anything that needs a side.
I recommend these main dishes to pair with this squash: Garlic Chicken and Potato Skillet, Stuffed Pepper Casserole, Meatless Baked Ziti, Air Fryer Lamb Chops, Instant Pot Steak, Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks
To store your squash, let it cool to room temperature and place in an airtight container and refrigerate. It will keep in the refrigerator for about 5 days.
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- 1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed and cubed (diced in a small dice)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
- Optional: chopped parsley to garnish
- Add the cubed butternut squash to a mixing bowl with the oil and spices. Toss the squash to coat evenly with the seasonings and oil
- Place the squash into the air fryer basket or rack in an even layer and cook on 400 degrees F. for 16 minutes, until the squash is tender to your liking. For crispier squash, add 2 minutes cooking time. Shake or flip the squash halfway through cooking
- Remove from the air fryer and garnish with parsley if using
Notes: Cook time may vary based on how small or large you cubed the squash
If using a very large squash, and depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook them in two batches
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- Calories: 115
- Sugar: 3 g
- Sodium: 265 g
- Fat: 2 g
- Carbohydrates: 22 g
- Fiber: 4 g
- Protein: 3 g
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