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Air Fryer Butternut Squash

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Preparing and cooking your favorite squash just got a whole lot easier with this air fryer butternut squash recipe! Serve it up as a side dish or a hearty snack. 

Air Fryer Butternut Squash on a white plate with fork in it

Roasted butternut squash is one of those foods that just scream fall – although I’ve been known to serve it all winter long. It’s nutty, sweet, and there are so many different ways to prepare and enjoy it.

To be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of pureed butternut squash. I decided to give it another try as an adult, and it turns out it is really delicious cubed!

I had to try butternut squash in the air fryer and the results were incredible! Not all butternut squash recipes in the air fryer are created equal. Here’s mine!

Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post: 

  • In-depth tips on how to cook butternut squash in the air fryer.
  • The best way to peel and cut butternut squash. Plus, suggestions on the best flavors to pair with it – and how to serve.
  • Instructions on how to reheat air fryer butternut squash and answers to other common questions.

This is one easy-to-make side dish that will have your family and friends coming back for seconds (and thirds!). 

And if you love vegetables, check out all these vegetables you can make in your air fryer!

I made this recipe using the 5.8 QT Cosori Air Fryer. Its square basket makes it the perfect size for our family of 4.

Title and Shown: Air Fryer Butternut Squash (on a white plate)

How to Peel Butternut Squash

Don’t be intimidated when it comes to peeling your butternut squash. Here are some key tips:

  • Use a Y-peeler for ease of use instead of a traditional vegetable peeler.
  • Once most of the squash is peeled, cut off the top and bottom ends, then keep peeling. You won’t use the ends anyway, so don’t even attempt to peel those curves!

How to Cut Butternut Squash

  1. Turn the squash on its side so that it’s resting on the large base. For this to work you’ll need to make sure that the bottom where you cut off the curvy section is completely flat.
  2. Once your squash is standing upright, take a chef’s knife and slice it down through the middle.
  3.  Take out the seeds with a spoon. You can then cube your squash as you would any other fruit or vegetable.

Use a sharp knife. I like my Victorinox Chef’s knife best! Be careful – it’s very easy to cut yourself when slicing up a large squash. Safety first!

Air Fryer Honey Cinnamon Butternut Squash on a white plate

How to Cook Butternut Squash in the Air Fryer

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F. Peel your butternut squash cut it into 1-inch cubes. 

STEP TWO: Place the cubes in a bowl and add your oil, honey, ground cinnamon, and sea salt. Mix well, so that the squash is well covered. 

STEP THREE: Place your cubed butternut squash in the air fryer and cook for 14-16 minutes, making sure to shake the basket every 5 minutes or so. Your dish is done when the squash can be easily poked with a fork.

STEP FOUR: Place in a serving bowl and drizzle with honey. Enjoy!

Tips For Making the Best Butternut Squash in the Air Fryer

  • Cube your butternut squash into consistently sized cubes. Smaller cubes will cut faster than larger ones, so it’s important to let them evenly cook.
  • Once a fork gently glides into the butternut squash, it’s done!
  • Drizzle your roasted air fryer butternut squash with extra honey. It gives it more flavor and the sweetness you will love!
Closeup of Honey Cinnamon Butternut Squash on a white plate

What to Serve with Air Fryer Butternut Squash

You can check out our other Air Fryer Dinner Ideas to try too!

What Flavors Go Well with Butternut Squash?

My recipe calls for honey, cinnamon, and sea salt as a sort of marinade for the butternut squash, but there are several different flavor combinations out there!

  • Nutmeg, cloves, rosemary, sage, thyme, bay leaf, and cardamom. Use them all together or pick and choose your favorites!
  • Brown sugar, honey, and maple syrup
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Bacon, chicken, and beef taste great with butternut squash.
  • For some tasty veggies, opt for onions, leeks, or carrots.
Air Fryer Winter Squash on a white plate
How to Reheat Butternut Squash in the Air Fryer

For this butternut squash recipe, preheat your air fryer to 330 degrees. Place the cooked squash inside and reheat for about 5 minutes, or until the squash is hot. Reheating at a lower temperature allows the food to cook evenly. 

Feel free to drizzle a bit more honey on top before you serve.

How Long to Air Fry Butternut Squash

Air fry butternut squash at 400 degrees F for 14-16 minutes. Make sure to shake the air fryer basket every 5 minutes so that it cooks evenly!

How Much Squash Can I Put in the Air Fryer?

This will depend on the size of your air fryer. You can fill up your air fryer until halfway full. Anything more will cause your food to cook unevenly.

Can I Use Frozen Butternut Squash in the Air Fryer?

Absolutely! You can use frozen cubed butternut squash. Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees F and cook for 10-18 minutes. You’ll still need to shake the air fryer basket every 5 minutes or so to ensure even cooking.

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Air Fryer Weight Watcher Points per serving: 5

Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Butternut Squash

Air Fryer Butternut Squash on a white plate with fork in it

A tasty and sweet air fryer butternut squash made with honey and cinnamon for a candy-like flavor the whole family will love.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed, and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon honey (for drizzling on top)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Place cubed butternut squash pieces, oil, honey, ground cinnamon, and sea salt into a bowl and mix to combine.
  3. 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.*
  4. Place in serving dish and drizzle additional honey on top.
  5. Enjoy immediately.

Notes

* 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.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 118Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 135mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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