Air Fried Butternut Squash

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Make air fried butternut squash in your air fryer with a versatile seasoning blend to pair with countless main dishes. Easy enough for a weeknight but elegant enough for a holiday side dish at Easter or Christmas.

A white platter of cubed butternut squash has been air fried to a golden crispy brown.

Air fried butternut squash tossed with a savory blend of spices and a drizzle of olive oil gets golden brown crispy edges when roasted in your air fryer.

This easy side dish is a great choice for pairing with seasoned chicken or pork.

It's also an excellent way to bulk up a green salad for a vegetarian-friendly main dish.

Why This is the Best Recipe

I love using my air fryer to make easy vegetable side dishes while I cook my main dish in the regular oven. I think this is the best air fried butternut squash recipe because:

  1. Great Use for Pre-Chopped Butternut Squash: Slicing a butternut squash yourself can be a bit tricky, my recipe uses pre-chopped squash from the produce section of the grocery store to make the dish quickly.
  2. Versatile Seasoning: This savory blend will pair with almost any main dish you want to serve the squash with. It's the same one I use on my crispy roasted sweet potatoes and so tasty.
  3. Sweet and Spicy: The hint of spice from the red chiles pairs so well with the sweet butternut squash itself.


The ingredients to make butternut squash in the air fryer are on the counter.

All you need to make this side dish is:

  • Butternut Squash: You can chop your own or take the shortcut and just buy the tub of pre-cut squash.
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic Salt
  • Dried Thyme
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Season the Squash

If you're using the store-chopped squash, you may find that the cubes of butternut squash are a bit moist when you open the tub.

In order for them to get those crispy charred edges, the squash should be dry before you toss it in olive oil.

Use some paper towels to gently pat the cubes of squash first:

Paper towels are patting the squash dry.

Add the chopped squash to a large mixing bowl.

Drizzle the olive oil over the top. Then add the garlic salt, dried thyme, and crushed red pepper flakes.

Toss to coat.

The butternut squash is being seasoned in a large mixing bowl.

Cooking Instructions

Preheat the air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes. This gets the basket piping hot before you add the squash.

Pour the squash in and spread it out into an even layer.

Roast the butternut squash for 20 minutes, tossing it in the basket about halfway through.

You know the squash is done when you can easily prick it with a fork and it has slightly charred edges like this:

The air fryer basket is open and shows the butternut squash inside.

Make Ahead Tips

The roasted butternut squash tastes best fresh out of the air fryer but if you want to save time you can pre-chop the vegetable up to a week in advance and just store it in an airtight container in the fridge.

Or you can buy the store chopped kind and just keep it in the fridge for around 5 days depending on how fresh it was when you bought it.

Serving Suggestions

The white platter is filled with butternut squash and fresh sage leaves.

The squash will be delicious just as is but when I served it to my family I ripped up some fresh sage leaves I had in the fridge and stirred them in.

It makes an excellent side dish for chicken or pork. You could serve it alongside baked chicken breasts, a roasted chicken, or my easy pork tenderloin recipe.

If you love butternut squash, you may also want to check out my roasted gnocchi recipe which includes the butternut squash, sage, and fresh parmesan.

More Air Fryer Vegetables

An air fryer is a perfect way to cook roasted veggies on a busy night. Don't miss my air fryer asparagus, peppers, broccoli, and green beans, too:

📖 Recipe

A white platter of cubed butternut squash has been air fried to a golden crispy brown.

Air Fried Butternut Squash

5 from 1 vote
Toss pre-chopped butternut squash with a drizzle of olive oil and this savory seasoning blend and roast it in your air fryer for an easy side dish to pair with seasoned chicken or pork. Fresh sage and parmesan make excellent garnishes if you have them on hand.
TOTAL TIME 25 minutes
PREP TIME 5 minutes
COOK TIME 20 minutes
YIELD 6 servings


  • 1 butternut squash chopped into 1-inch pieces, about 3 cups
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • Place the chopped butternut squash in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle it with olive oil and sprinkle the seasonings over the top. Toss to coat.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes.
  • Pour the butternut squash into the air fryer basket and spread into an even layer.
  • Roast the squash for 20 minutes, shaking the basket half way through cooking. The butternut squash should start to char around the edges and be fork tender.
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The photo collage shows the butternut squash in an air fryer basket next to the roasted squash on a platter.

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