Make this creamy and delish Air Fryer Butternut Squash recipe in under 30 minutes!

The air fryer takes dense veggies like butternut squash and cooks them up into a tender, creamy, sweet side dish that’s ready to serve in minutes. This popular winter squash is loaded with healthy antioxidants and fiber with a mild, nutty flavor that makes it a perfect vegetarian entrée, or a hearty side. Or it can be added to a soup, stew, or casserole.

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Air Fryer Butternut Squash

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  • This super easy recipe uses only 5 ingredients and is ready in 2 steps.
  • Minimal prep, cook time, and clean-up make air fryer butternut squash a recipe winner all around.
  • Adjust levels of cinnamon and sugar to suit your sweet tooth. The brown sugar will caramelize over the cubes giving them a sweet, crispy exterior.

Ingredients to make Air Fryer Butternut Squash

Ingredients & Variations

SQUASH Butternut squash is a tan-colored, bulb-shaped, heavy winter squash that has multiple uses. It’s easy, nutritious, and delicious!

SEASONINGS Brown sugar and cinnamon complement the mild, nutty flavor of butternut squash. Butter or bacon grease can replace the oil and a splash of vanilla extract will give the squash a richer, deeper flavor.

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How to Cook Butternut Squash in Air Fryer

Butternut squash is simple to make in the air fryer.

  1. Peel squash, scoop out the seeds, and cut into cubes.
  2. Toss cubes with olive oil and seasonings.
  3. Roast in the air fryer until the squash is tender (as per the recipe below).

Butternut Squash cooked in an air fryer basket

Tips & Tricks

  • The air fryer works best when heated air can circulate around the food, so be sure not to overfill the air fryer basket.
  • Shake the air fryer halfway through cooking to ensure even cooking.
  • Poke holes in the squash and microwave for about 3 minutes to make the squash easier to cut and peel.
  • If cooking in batches, keep them warm in the oven and then add them all back into the air fryer to reheat.

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Air Fryer Butternut Squash

This tender and sweet side dish will be ready in minutes.
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 2



  • 1 small butternut squash 1" dice (4-5 cups)
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Peel the squash and scoop seeds out with a spoon, chop squash into 1 inch pieces.
  • Toss squash with oil and seasonings and place in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 12-15 minutes or until squash is tender.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 1329mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 39863IU | Vitamin C: 79mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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