This butternut squash fries up in minutes in the air fryer, so it's super easy to make a healthy, yet delicious veggie side dish. Free up oven space and get this maple roasted, sweet squash recipe on the table fast.
We cannot get enough of butternut squash this fall! It's low calorie, fiber-rich and full of nutrients like vitamin A and vitamin C. It makes a great side dish and is versatile enough for sweet and savory recipes. Some of our favorites are butternut squash pasta sauce, 5 ingredient butternut squash soup, roasted brussels sprouts and butternut squash and butternut squash lasagna.
Take this simple (yet delicious) ingredient and fry it up for the perfect, caramelized bite!
5 Simple Ingredients
- Butternut squash: these are mostly in season in the fall and winter, but you can usually find them year round. A medium squash will serve up enough for this recipe!
- Butter: get a quality butter or opt for a plant-based butter like Miyokos. I think the butter adds so much flavor to this dish, but you could use olive oil, olive oil spray or coconut oil if you have it on hand.
- Maple syrup: this pairs really well with the squash and brings out it's natural sweetness. It caramelizes as it cooks and adds a sticky sweet texture and flavor.
Do you leave skin on when roasting butternut squash?
The skin of butternut squash is pretty tough and not something I recommend eating. The easiest way to remove the skin is to use a vegetable peeler.
How to prepare the butternut squash
Don't be intimidated by the prep work involved with this winter squash! You'll have it ready in just 3 simple steps, and it's much cheaper to do it yourself than but it pre-cut. The taste of a fresh squash is worth it!
- Peel: as mentioned above, use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin from the flesh:
- Scoop: use a sharp knife to cut the squash in half lengthwise then use a spoon to scoop out the seedy center.
- Dice: cut the squash into 1 inch strips then cut them across to dice them to make butternut squash cubes.
How to cook butternut squash in the air fryer
- Prep: Follow the instructions above to peel and dice the butternut squash.
- Mix: Place the squash in a large bowl then add the butter, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt and toss well to coat.
- Air fryer: Transfer it to the air fryer basket, trying your best to get it in a single layer, and cook for 10-12 minutes. Open the basked and shake the squash then place it back in the oven and air fry for another 10 minutes.
More delicious butternut squash recipes
- 5 Ingredient butternut squash soup
- Maple roasted butternut squash in the oven
- Roasted brussel sprouts and butternut squash
- Fall butternut squash salad
- Butternut squash pasta sauce
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Easy Air Fryer Butternut Squash Recipe (5 Ingredients)
- 1 medium butternut squash peeled and diced into 1 inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons butter or vegan plant-based butter melted
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Air Fryer
- Preheat the air fryer to 375°F for 5 minutes.
- While it's warming, cut butternut squash. Use a vegetable peeler to peel the skin then cut the squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the seedy center and dice the butternut squash into one inch pieces.
- Place the squash in a large bowl then add the butter, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt and toss well to coat.
- Transfer it to the air fryer basket and cook for 10-12 minutes then open it and use the handle to shake the squash. Place it back in the oven and air fry for another 10 minutes. It should be fork-tender and starting to brown and caramelize around the edges. If your air fryer has an air broil function, you can broil them for 3-5 minutes to get the edges extra crispy at the end. Serve warm!