Air fryer butternut squash is a great side dish of buttery, cubed butternut squash perfectly seasoned and quickly cooked in the air fryer. This easy air fryer recipe for cooked squash takes just a few ingredients and cooks quickly in the air fryer.
We have been using our air fryer nonstop lately, it is perfect for making up a quick side dish or even some chicken wings for a fun appetizer. This recipe for butternut squash in the air fryer has easily become one of our favorites. The squash is so soft and flavorful after being roasted in the air fryer. It would even be awesome for using in a butternut squash soup recipe.
How to Make Butternut Squash in the Air Fryer
The first step to roasting butternut squash in the air fryer is to prepare the squash if you have purchased a whole squash. This recipe can be done with precut squash as well as frozen squash.
To prepare the squash, begin by cutting off the top and bottom of the squash so that it has flat sides. Next, use a sharp knife to slice to squash into two halves.
Next, peel the skin from the outside of the squash halves. I have found the easiest way to do this is with a vegetable peeler or even just use a sharp knife to slice the skin from the squash, start at the top and slice down to the bottom.
After the skin is all removed from the squash, slice it in half again and remove the seeds. I like to use a metal spoon to scrape the seeds from the inside of the squash.
Next, slice the squash into small cubes, I usually slice the cubes into 1 inch pieces. Try to get them all about the same size so they will all cook in the same amount of time in the air fryer.
Just before adding the squash to the air fryer basket, toss with some oil (I like to use either olive oil or avocado oil), then season with salt black pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. These are perfect spices for squash they add such a warmth and delicious flavor.
Find the full recipe instructions and amounts in the recipe card below.
How long to Cook Butternut Squash in the Air Fryer
Now that your squash cubes are oiled up and seasoned, toss them into the basket of your preheated air fryer in a single layer.
Cook the squash for 15-20 minutes, making sure to toss it, or give the basket a shake halfway through the cooking time. The squash will done when it is fork tender, when a fork slides easily into the flesh of the cooked squash.
Air Fryer Butternut Squash Recipe
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Air Fryer Butternut Squash
- 3 pound butternut squash skin removed and sliced into 1 inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Preheat air fryer to 400º F
- In a large mixing bowl toss together squash, olive oil, salt, black pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg until squash is well coated.
- Place squash into the basket of the preheated air fryer and cook for 13-15 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through the cooking time.
- Cook until the squash is pierced easily with a fork.
- Nutrition facts are just an estimate
- If you have a small air fryer, cook the squash in batches to avoid overcrowding the basket.
Air fryer butternut squash is a great side dish of buttery, cubed squash perfectly seasoned and quickly cooked in the air fryer. This easy air fryer recipe for cooked squash takes just a few ingredients and cooks quickly in the air fryer.