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Air fryer butternut squash in serving bowl.
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AIr Fryer Butternut Squash

Crispy Air Fryer Butternut Squash is an easy side dish for holiday gatherings that requires a few simple ingredients. Seasoned with maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice, it's savory and sweet.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 116kcal
Author: Alison Corey



  • 4 cups butternut squash cubed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper


  • 2 tablespoon dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoon fresh chopped herbs parsley or sage


  • Use a vegetable peeler or a knife to peel the butternut squash, and cut it into 1 inch cubes.
  • Combine the butternut squash cubes, olive oil, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Add to the air fryer basket in a single layer. Don't overcrowd.
  • Set the temperature to 400 F. Set the time to 15 minutes. Toss at the halfway mark. Air fry until tender. Time may differ depending on the size of your air fryer and the size of your cubed butternut squash. It could take anywhere from 12-20 minutes if you have larger pieces.
  • Transfer the roasted butternut squash to a serving bowl. Top with ¼ cup of dried cranberries, two tablespoons of pumpkin seeds, and 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh herbs (parsley or sage).



Tips for Making Air Fryer Butternut Squash
  • Use pre-cut or frozen butternut squash to save time chopping.
  • If using frozen, defrost before preparing. Pat dry, and then combine with other ingredients.
  • Omit oil if following a whole food plant-based no-oil diet.
  • Use cinnamon if you don't have pumpkin pie spice.
  • For a smoky flavor add a teaspoon of smoked paprika, and two teaspoons of garlic powder.
  • Start the time with 15 minutes, tossing halfway through. If you need more time based on the size of your air fryer and squash, add 5 more minutes of cooking time.
  • You use this recipe for your favorite butternut squash soup.


Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 376mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 9923IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg