Air Fryer butternut squash cubes are an easy veggie that pairs well with almost every dish! This squash dish tastes great and will make eating veggies easy!
I'm so excited to share this recipe for air fryer butternut squash! Although veggies aren't always on people's top priority list (unless you're a dietitian-loving-veggie-nerd like me 😜), I absolutely love this recipe for multiple reasons.
First, it's such a great way to eat butternut squash. Squash is one of those items that is on sale frequently at the store, yet many people do not know how to eat it or make it taste good. The seasoning that is used on these squash cubes creates a savory flavor that adds life to the dish, yet doesn't go overboard.
Also, air fryer squash pairs well with almost any meal. Whether it's pasta, grilled meat or a sandwich, this squash is the perfect compliment. The flavor honestly doesn't make it even take lot a veggie. Plus, these butternut squash cubes are super easy to make!
How to Peel and Cube Butternut Squash
Select a medium sized butternut squash. Rinse under water to remove any dirt. Prepare the squash by first cutting off both ends of the squash.
Next, slice the squash in half length wise, so that the seeds are showing in the middle. Remove all seeds using a spoon. TIP: I've found it easier to use a strawberry peeler to remove seeds, because it has sharp edges on it.
Once the seeds are removed, peel the skin off the squash. This can be done by either using a peeler, or using your knife and simply cutting off the peel.
After the squash is peeled, slice into cubes. Try to make all pieces a similar size so that they cook evenly. It's ok if not all pieces are the exact shape of a cube- some may be triangle or rectangular shaped depending on the part of the squash that's cut.
Let's cook some Air Fryer Butternut Squash
Place all squash cubes in a bowl. Toss with olive oil until all pieces are coated. Add the "Everything But the Bagel Seasoning" and mix well.
NOTE: "Everything but the bagel seasoning" is a pre-mixed seasoning blend that can be purchased at Aldi's or Trader Joe's. If you do not have access to this seasoning, their is an alternative seasoning blend in the recipe section so that you can make your own!
Place the seasoned squash cubes in the basket of the air fryer. Cook at 400F for 15 minutes. Stir and then cook an additional 5 minutes.
Remove from air fryer and serve hot! ENJOY!
Is Air Fryer Butternut Squash Healthy?
Butternut squash has quite a few nutritional benefits. First, it's packed with potassium. Did you know that butternut squash actually has more potassium than a banana? (Usually banana's are known for being a high potassium food). Depending on your nutritional needs, this may be beneficial.
In addition to potassium, butternut squash is also high in Vitamin A.
Butternut squash is considered a nutrient dense food, which means that it is a low calorie food with high nutrient content. Basically, you get good bang for your buck! This article goes through all the health benefits of butternut squash if you're interested!
This recipe uses olive oil as it's method of fat. This is considered a healthy fat and is good for you!
Why Cook Butternut Squash in the Air Fryer?
Using an air fryer to cook butternut squash has several benefits:
- The air circulates all around every side of the squash, which creates a shorter cooking time and more evenly cooked product.
- There is very little mess to clean up because you don't need to worry about washing large baking pans.
- Air fryer squash is a healthier method of cooking as opposed to frying squash in a pan of oil
Can I Use Frozen Butternut Squash Cubes in the Air Fryer?
Frozen squash can be used in the Air Fryer. Cooking times may need to be adjusted slightly, however. Using frozen squash is a great way to save time, as the squash is already pre-cut. And, if you're really into having perfectly cut squash cubes, frozen is the way to go!
Can I Cook Butternut Squash in the Oven?
Butternut squash cubes can be cooked in the oven in preferred. Prepare and season the butternut squash cubes as suggested in the recipe and then place cubes on a greased cookie sheet. Cook in a preheated oven at 400F for 20-25 minutes.
Does Air Fryer Butternut Squash Have to Be Peeled?
When making air fryer squash, it is recommended to peel the squash prior to cooking. The easiest way to peel butternut squash it to first cut the ends off of the squash. This creates a flat surface which allows the squash to stand on it's own. From here, either use a peeler or a knife and peel the squash using a lengthwise motion or by making long cuts down the squash.
Air Fryer Butternut Squash
- 1 medium butternut squash (about 2.5 cups of squash cubes)
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp Everything but the bagel seasoning (this is a pre-made seasoning sold at Trader Joe's or Aldis)
USE THE FOLLOWING SPICES IF NOT USING EVERYTHING BUT THE BAGEL SEASONING:
- ¾ tsp poppy seeds
- ½ tsp white sesame seeds
- ½ tsp black sesame seeds
- ½ tsp dried minced garlic
- ½ tsp dried onion flakes
- .25 tsp sea salt
- Remove skin and seeds from butternut squash. Cut into ¼ inch cubes.
- Place squash cubes in a medium size bowl. Pour in olive oil and mix until all pieces of squash are coated.
- Add the "everything but the bagel seasoning" (this is a pre-mixed seasoning). If NOT using "everything but the bagel seasoning", add the remaining alternative spices as listed in the ingredients list.
- Place squash in the airfryer.
- Cook at 400F for 15 minutes. Stir and cook an additional 5 minutes.