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Air Fryer Butternut Squash

by Karly

This AIR FRYER BUTTERNUT SQUASH recipe is ready to serve in 12 minutes! This low carb side dish is perfect for Fall and has a sweet, Earthy flavor that we can’t get enough of.

Close up of cooked cubes of butternut squash, seasoned.

I’m a total sucker for a good sweet potato. Have you tried our air fryer sweet potato cubes? They are so darn good, but of course a sweet potato is loaded with carbs.

We like to do the low carb thing and butternut squash is a nice option…it looks like sweet potato, has a lot of that sweet, Earthy flavor, but it’s a squash and has more of that squash texture.

Butternut squash in the air fryer is so quick to make and simple to whip up. We serve this up with air fryer steak and air fryer chicken legs quite often.

This is a recipe that is easy to make, hard to get wrong, and one that provides you with a healthy option for a side dish. It is a staple air fryer recipe in my house, and it certainly belongs in yours!

Close up of cooked cubes of butternut squash in a small black bowl

Ingredient Notes:

Choosing your squash – When picking out your squash avoid any squash that has brown spots or holes in them.

Your squash should be a little heavy for its size. So pick up a few, feel their weight and choose one that seems to be dense. This is best for cubing them, which is what we will be doing in this recipe.

You can purchase butternut squash that is already peeled and cubed to save time. They’ll cost more, but the convenience is nice. This is the route we normally take.

Peeling and cubing the squash– We found you a great tutorial on peeling, seeding, and slicing your butternut squash that is really in depth for anyone totally new to working with squash. I highly recommend clicking the link above for step-by-step instructions.

The “too-long, didn’t read” version is to cut the ends off. Then cut it in half. Peel the skin until it starts to turn to a color representing the inside of the squash. Spoon out the seeds. Cut into cubes.

How to make:

Buuternut squash cubes in a clear glass bowl

Seasoning– Add your squash cubes to a bowl. Next drizzle oil over the top and stir to coat. Sprinkle your teaspoon of garlic, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper over the squash and stir again to coat it all as evenly as possible.

Overhead view of cooked cubes of butternut squash

Cook the squash – Add the squash to your air fryer and cook at 400 degrees F for 12 minutes. Halfway though cooking, remove the basket and stir the squash a little bit. This helps keep it from sticking to the basket and ensures that all the squash cooks evenly.

Every air fryer is a bit different. If your squash isn’t tender enough, continue cooking in 1-2 minute increments until it’s as soft as you’d like.

Close up of cooked cubes of butternut squash


How long will butternut squash last?

Store squash in a cool dry place for a month or so. If you have already cooked it, it will last 3-5 days in your refrigerator.

What should I serve this with?

Butternut squash has a sweet, Earthy flavor that pairs well with just about any dish. We serve these the same way we would sweet potatoes. These butternut squash cubes are delicious alongside pork chops, steak, cheeseburgers, and grilled chicken.

Cooked cubes of butternut squash in a black bowl

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overhead view of cooked cubes of butternut squash in an air fryer
Cooked cubes of butternut squash in a black bowl

Air Fryer Butternut Squash

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

This lightly seasoned squash recipe is a healthy, tasty option as a side dish or pasta addition in your next meal.


  • 2 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked pepper


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and toss to coat. 
  2. Add the squash to the air fryer basket and cook at 400 degrees for 12 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  3. Test for doneness and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes as needed.
  4. Serve immediately.


Feel free to adjust the seasonings to your tastes. Cajun seasoning is delicious on butternut squash as well.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 76Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 534mgCarbohydrates: 12gNet Carbohydrates: 8gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

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