Air Fryer Butternut Squash

September 30, 2019Kristy
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Make a great side dish or snack with Air Fryer Butternut Squash.  The wonderful taste and flavor will remind you of fall.

It’s fall and that means butternut squash is in season at most of our stores and farmer’s markets.  I know for us, I LOVE to use butternut squash. 

Air Fryer Butternut Squash

Typically, I tend to cook butternut squash in the slow cooker, but I’m finding that I really enjoy the taste of air fryer butternut squash too. 

Do air fryers make vegetables crispy?

YES!  In most cases, they do make vegetables crispy.  Air Fryers give vegetables that roasted taste without actually roasting them.

If you wanted to, you can also add batter to vegetables in air fryers as well.

Air Fryer Butternut Squash

If you do this, you will get that deep-fried flavor without the deep-fried calories, a good one to try are these Air Fryer Onion Rings

This is also a great recipe to add to your list of Ninja Foodi Recipes

What type of spray or oil should you use for the air fryer?

I almost always use Olive Oil Cooking Spray, you just need a light coat to give it some moisture.  The key here is to be sure you use a spray with a high smoke point.

Air Fryer Butternut Squash

I also suggest avoiding PAM Spray or similar sprays when using an air fryer, these can ruin the lining in the air fryer.

In the case of Air Fryer Butternut Squash, I use olive oil cooking spray and cinnamon…that’s it!

How do you prepare the butternut squash for the air fryer?

In order to get it fully cooked and roasted in the air fryer, you will want to cut the butternut squash into cubes or similar small chunks. 

I found this video to be the best at showing how to easily prepare the butternut squash they are a bit tricky and tough to work with but worth it! 

This can be done with already preparing butternut squash or frozen butternut squash too.

Air Fryer Butternut Squash

What do you need for Air Fryer Butternut Squash?

  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray
  • Butternut Squash
  • Cinnamon

That’s it!  

Air Fryer Butternut Squash

It pairs perfectly with flavors that resemble the fall season such as apple, maple, pumpkin, and cinnamon.  We like to serve it for Thanksgiving too. 

These Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts will also make a great additional side dish along with the squash.

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Air Fryer Butternut Squash

Air Fryer Butternut Squash

Yield: 4 Cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Make a delicious side dish with Air Fryer Butternut Squash.


  • 4 Cups Cubed Butternut Squash
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray


  1. Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil cooking spray or line it with foil and spray.
  2. Place the butternut squash in the basket.
  3. Sprinkle with cinnamon and coat with olive oil spray.
  4. Cook at 390 degrees for 20 minutes. It's best to check on it after 10 minutes, stir, coat and continue cooking. At this point, you can also add more cinnamon if you prefer.
  5. Serve.


Remember all air fryers heat differently, I suggest checking on this at 10 minutes, then continue cooking.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 57Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g
Air Fryer Butternut Squash


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  • Jill Fleischman

    October 19, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    My squash came out a bit dry .. was better in the oven . What am I doing wrong ?

    1. Kristy

      October 19, 2020 at 6:49 pm

      Did you use olive oil spray? It does need some oil, so I use the olive oil spray to keep the moisture/oil in.

    2. Lorri Trossen

      November 1, 2020 at 8:28 pm

      Don’t spray air fryer basket. It takes off the Teflon finish in time. I add a little oil in a bowl to my butternut squash the drop in air fryer

      1. Kristy

        November 2, 2020 at 7:53 am

        I use olive oil spray on mine, it works great!

  • Terri D

    December 27, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    I made this tonight. Always used to do the half baked in a pan of water and then fill the cavity with butter and brown sugar, which is delicious, but I really love the way these came out and so flavorful with just the hint of cinnamon sweetness.

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