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One vegetable (well fruit) that always gets me in the fall is a squash. It doesn’t matter what kind of squash it is, I’m all for it, including this Air Fryer Butternut Squash with Honey and Cinnamon.
I grew up having pureed butternut squash at Thanksgiving and it’s just not for me. I actually thought it came pureed like baby food for years. Turns out it doesn’t and it’s delicious when cubed and not pureed.
It was only a matter of time before I tried it in an air fryer and now, I won’t cook it any other way. Why wait 25 minutes for butternut squash to cook in an oven when I can just use the air fryer in less time?
This air fryer butternut squash recipe had my husband eating seconds and thirds. He actually told me he felt like he was eating candy. It’s that good!
It’s the perfect side dish to add this holiday season to get your family and friends hooked on an air fryer. I mean, just think, that’s an easy gift crossed off the list!
I made this recipe in my Cosori Air Fryer. It’s the hottest air fryer on Amazon and I can see why. It comes with a square basket, which allows for more cooking space.
See more about my review of the Cosori Air Fryer here.
I roasted whole butternut squash in my air fryer with this recipe with room to spare!
How to Make Air Fryer Butternut Squash with Honey and Cinnamon
How to Peel a Butternut Squash
When I first started making butternut squash myself, I dreaded peeling them. Since then I’ve learned some techniques to help make it easier.
The best way to peel a butternut squash is to use a Y-Peeler (they’re pretty cheap). Now, you may have a normal vegetable peeler, but these are completely different.
It allows you to have a better grip and peel the outside of the butternut squash with ease.
I laugh when I think back about me trying to peel butternut squash with a normal vegetable peeler or even a knife. Not a good idea.
Once most of the squash is peeled, I cut the ends off the squash on both sides. Then I continue peeling the rest of the squash.
I used to spend forever trying to peel the curves at the bottom and then realized most of them get cut off anyway, so I work backward to use less effort.
How Do You Cut Up A Butternut Squash?
This Air Fryer Butternut Squash with Honey and Cinnamon Recipe calls for butternut squash cubes. It’s my favorite way to enjoy butternut squash, but it can feel like a pain to cut if you don’t know how to.
Now that the ends are cut off the sides of your squash from the above directions, slice the squash in half.
Since butternut squash can grow big, it’s easier said than done. I have given up trying to cut them sideways, so here’s a secret.
Turn the butternut squash so it’s right-side up. Make sure you have a flat surface cut off at the bottom, so cut it flatter if you need to before doing this.
Once it’s sitting flat, simply take your sharp chef’s knife (sharp is very important) and slice down through the middle. You have more access to both sides of the knife and can cut with more force.
I personally use and recommend the Victorinox Chef’s knife because it’s very reasonably priced and makes cutting butternut squash so much easier.
If you’re having a little trouble, rock the knife back and forth while you work your way down.
Important note: It’s very important while making this type of cut to make sure all fingers, hands and basically everything is away from your cutting board and above knife level, so you do not injure yourself.
Once the squash is cut in half, remove the seeds with a melon baller or spoon and slice 1-inch thick slices.
Then take each slice and cut them into 1-inch square cubes trying to make them as consistent in size as possible.
Making the Air Fryer Honey Cinnamon Butternut Squash
Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees for about 5 minutes.
Once the butternut squash is cut up, place the cubes into a bowl with olive oil, honey, ground cinnamon, and sea salt.
Mix all ingredients so it evenly tops the squash.
Add the honey cinnamon butternut squash to the air fryer and cook for 14-16 minutes, shaking the basket every 5 minutes or so.
Do not fill your air fryer more than halfway full. If you own a smaller air fryer, you can halve this recipe or simply cook in batches.
The squash is done when it can be easily pierced with a fork.
Place Air Fryer Butternut Squash with Honey and Cinnamon in a serving bowl and drizzle with remaining honey.
How Do I Reheat Butternut Squash in an Air Fryer?
To reheat this recipe, preheat your air fryer to 330 degrees for about 3 minutes. Add butternut squash to air fryer and cook for about 5 minutes, until squash is hot.
Reheating at a lower temperature allows the food to cook evenly inside out instead of burning the outside while the inside is still cold.
You may need to add a tiny bit more honey to drizzle on top as some flavor can be lost when reheating.
Other Air Fryer Recipes You’ll Love:
- 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed, and cut into 1-inch chunks
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 teaspoon honey (for drizzling on top)
- Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees for about 5 minutes.
- Place cubed butternut squash pieces, olive oil, honey, ground cinnamon, and sea salt into a bowl and mix to combine.
- Add butternut squash mixture to air fryer (do not fill more than halfway) and cook for 14-16 minutes until tender, shaking the basket every 5 minutes or so.*
- Place in serving dish and drizzle additional honey on top.
- Enjoy immediately.
* The Air Fryer Butternut Squash is done when you can easily pierce a fork through it
Reheating directions: Recipe can be reheated at 330 degrees for 3-5 minutes until hot. More honey may be needed after it's reheated.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 118 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 135mg Carbohydrates: 16g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 11g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g