Air Fryer Butternut Squash is an easy holiday side dish that requires just a few ingredients and comes together quickly in the air fryer. These butternut squash fries are seasoned with herbs, spices and maple syrup, so they strike just the right balance of sweet and spicy.
- 4 cups chopped butternut squash, 1-inch cubes (see cutting tips above)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper
- In a large bowl, add the squash cubes along with the other ingredients. Toss until the cubes are well coated.
- Arrange the cubes in a single layer in the air fryer basket and air fry on 400F for 15-20 minutes, or until the squash is fork tender and a little crispy on the outside. Shake or stir the cubes at the mid-way point.
- Carefully remove from the air fryer and serve immediately.
- I use a Cuisinart air fryer/convection/toaster oven. Depending on the make and model of your air fryer, you may need to adjust the cook time or temperature slightly.
- If you want to save a bit of time, buy pre-cut butternut squash cubes at your grocery store.
- When cutting the squash into cubes, make sure they are close in size so they air fry evenly. But don’t worry if the cubes are not all precisely 1-inch in size.
- For less spicy fries, reduce the amount of ground chipotle chili pepper or leave it out altogether.
- Stick with dried herbs and spices for this air fryer recipe. Fresh herbs and minced garlic do not stick to the squash cubes as well as dried herbs and spices.
- Time your meal so your squash comes out of the air fryer when you’re ready to eat. If the squash fries are left sitting for too long, they will lose some of their firm and crispy texture.
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