Air Fryer Butternut Squash Recipe

Cut back on using the oven, with this air fried butternut squash recipe. It cooks in a fraction of the time with a naturally sweet flavor and caramelized edges. Looking for a more savory or sweet variation? Check out the optional ingredients below.


  • 2 pounds butternut squash (1 small)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Savory variation (optional):
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
Sweet variation (optional):
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Heat an air fryer to 400°F. Meanwhile, if needed, peel 1 small butternut squash, halve and remove the seeds, and cut the flesh into 1/2-inch cubes (about 5 cups). Transfer the squash to a large bowl.
  2. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper to the squash. If making the savory variation, also add 2 teaspoons ground cumin and 1 teaspoon paprika. If making the sweet variation, also add 2 tablespoons maple syrup and 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon. Toss to coat.
  3. Working in batches, add the butternut squash to the air fryer basket in a single layer. Air fry until the butternut squash is tender with browned and crispy edges, shaking the basket or tossing halfway through, 12 to 16 minutes total.
  4. Transfer to a bowl and loosely tent with aluminum foil to keep warm while you air fry the remaining squash.

Source: the Kitchn

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