With a few simple ingredients and some basic kitchen equipment, you can easily make this butternut squash fries air fryer recipe. The fries are delicious, healthy and the perfect alternative to potato fries.
If you like butternut squash, check out this recipe for roasted butternut squash and apples!
When cooked in an air fryer, these fries are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. In addition, they are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber which makes them an excellent choice for a healthy snack or side dish and a good replacement for regular fries.
🤍Why you will love this recipe
- Unlike traditional fries, butternut squash fries are a healthier choice, with less carbs and more fiber.
- It's an easy and healthy recipe to make with simple ingredients.
- This is a versatile fries recipe; add your own twists by experimenting with different flavors. See the variations below.
Here is what you will need
This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this easy air fryer recipe; scroll down for a printable recipe card with exact measurements and detailed instructions.
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Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
The complete list of ingredients to make air fryer butternut squash fries is above. Below are notes about some of the ingredients and ideas for substitutes.
Olive oil - Olive oil is a staple in my kitchen and that is what I use for roasting and baking. It can be replaced with an equal amount of avocado oil or coconut oil.
Cinnamon - This adds a touch of sweetness to the fries and can be left our or substituted with a little bit of nutmeg or allspice.
How to make this air fryer butternut squash recipe
STEP 1: Peel the butternut squash with a y-vegetable peeler. Use a sharp knife to cut the squash in half horizontally at the bottom of the thin portion. Then cut each half in half vertically and scoop out the seeds.
STEP 2: Cut each of the quarters into slices that are about ¾ in thick.
STEP 3: Cut each slice of butternut squash into strips similar in size to french fries. You can also use a crinkle cutter for crinkled fries.
STEP 4: Place the fries into a mixing bowl and add the oil, garlic and cinnamon; toss. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees f.
STEP 5: Arrange the coated fries in a single layer in an air fryer basket or tray and place into the preheated air fryer and cook for 15 minutes until golden brown and crispy on the outside.
Note: Cooking time can vary depending on the model of your air-fryer. The fries will be done when they are golden and crispy on the outside.
How to store leftovers
If you have any leftover butternut squash fries, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days once they have cooled to room temperature.
When you are ready to eat the leftover fries, you can reheat them in an oven or air-fryer to maintain their crispness. If you heat them in a microwave, they may be too soft.
You can easily change up the flavor of this fries recipe to make them your own creation. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
Parmesan and Herb - In addition to garlic powder, toss the fries with dried oregano, basil and parmesan cheese.
Spicy - Add heat and mix in a pinch of chili powder, cayenne pepper and cumin.
Cajun - Instead of garlic, toss the fries in a cajun spice blend for a zesty kick.
Lemon Garlic - Combine zest and lemon juice with the olive oil and sprinkle with fresh parsley just before serving.
Maple Glazed - Add a teaspoon of pure maple syrup to the olive oil for a sweet note.
These homemade butternut squash fries also make a tasty appetizer or snack with your favorite dipping sauce such as mango salsa, ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing, honey mustard, or a spicy dipping sauce.
Air-fried butternut squash fries also taste great, sprinkled with parmesan cheese and served over a bed of greens for a filling salad entree.
- Save some time and use pre-cut butternut squash from your grocery store.
- Pat the squash dry before tossing them in oil to remove any excess moisture.
- Leave enough space between the fries for proper circulation and even cooking.
It is not recommended to leave the skin it. It can become tough during cooking.
Try to cut your fries about 3 to 4 inches long and approximately ½ to ¾ inch wide. More importantly it's best to cut them into uniform sizes that they will cook evenly.
You can use frozen butternut squash, however the texture may be different.
Yes. You can use various types of winter squash such as acorn squash or delacata squash. You can even use sweet potatoes to make air fryer fries.
Yes, you can easily make these fries in the oven. Prepare them according to the recipe instructions above. Instead of placing them in an air fryer, place them in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place them into a preheated 425-degree oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
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- Peel 1 Butternut Squash and cut it in half horizontally at the bottom of the thin or neck portion. Then cut each half in half vertically and scoop out the seeds.
- Cut each of the quarters into slices that are aobut ¾ inch thick. Place each piece into strips, similar to french fries. You can also use a crinkle cutter to cut them with crinkled edges.
- Place the fries into a mixing bowl and add ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder, ⅛ teaspoon Cinnamon, 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil and toss to coat all of the fries. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees f.
- Arrange the coated fries in an air fryer basket or tray and cook for 15 minutes until golden and crispy on the outside.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used
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