Air Fryer Cubed Butternut Squash

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Air Fryer Cubed Butternut Squash cook quickly in the air fryer and have a slightly crispy exterior and soft silky interior. Serve them with a little Parmesan cheese sprinkled on for the perfect side dish.

» You might also like these Parmesan Sweet Potatoes or Air Fryer Crispy Potatoes.

cooked butternut squash cubes

Butternut squash in any form (try roasting it whole in the air fryer!) makes a great side dish that gets away from the regular cubed crispy potatoes. The butternut squash has a lovely sweet delicate flavor that pairs well with any main dish. Acorn squash is another one of our favorite fall sides dishes made easy in the air fryer.

All you have to do to make this recipe work is cut the butternut squash into cubes and put them in the air fryer. Super easy. Yet super rewarding.

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Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Butternut squash – 2-3 lbs peeled and cubed. When picking one out go for a squash with a solid beige color without cuts or bruises. Avoid brown patches or punctures.
  • Olive oil – We like to use olive oil because it adds some flavor. You could use your favorite cooking spray as well.
  • Salt and pepper – To taste

How to Cube Butternut Squash

  • Cut the top and bottom off the squash.
  • Use a sharp vegetable peeler to remove the skin from the squash. If your peeler isn’t very sharp this can be a hassle, but do your best to remove all the white pith from the orange flesh.
raw butternut squash
  • Slice the squash in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds from the center. I like to keep the seeds and roast them in the air fryer too, for a tasty snack.
  • Slice the squash into long strips. Then cut the strips into cubes.
raw cubed butternut squash

How to Make Cubed Butternut Squash in the Air Fryer

This process is so simple and that’s why the air fryer is the perfect way to cook cubed butternut squash. It turns out like crispy potatoes and crispy sweet potatoes. All three are very delicious, easy to make side dishes.

  • Spray the squash with cooking spray (or toss with a small amount of olive oil) and season with salt & pepper.
  • Place the squash in the air fryer and cook at 385°F for 20 minutes, shaking the basket at the halfway mark. Season with additional seasonings as desired.

Why Use an Air Fryer

An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.

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How to Serve Cubed Butternut Squash

In my opinion, the best way to serve this butternut squash as a side dish is just with salt, pepper, olive oil and a shaving of Parmesan cheese. The savory cheese counteracts the sweetness in the butternut squash and it’s just divine.

If you want to get a little more adventurous, there are lots of flavors you can add to the butternut squash.

Serve it with any seasoning you like, Cajun seasoning, Italian seasoning, brown sugar and walnuts.

You can also add cubed butternut squash to a salad, which I find really delicious. It adds a soft texture to the salad that really makes it shine.

Air Fryer Cubed Butternut Squash

Frequently Asked Questions About Butternut Squash

Can I Reheat Air Fryer Butternut Squash?

They can be reheated the butternut squash cubes later, but they’ll lose their crispiness. If you need to reheat them again if you have leftovers, I suggest putting them back in the air fryer for about 5 minutes to warm and crisp them up again.

Can I Use Cubed Butternut Squash for Soup?

Yes, you can use these butternut squash cubes to make soup. All you would need to do is add broth and puree it all together. Check out this recipe for butternut squash soup that starts with cooked butternut squash, just like this.

Do I Have to Peel the Squash First?

You actually don’t have to peel the butternut squash before you cook it. Especially if you’re going to be using it for soup or as a filling for ravioli. You can just scoop it out of the skin once it’s cooked. However, it is easier to make the cubes and less messy if you peel it first.

What Oil & Oil Sprayer is Best for the Air Fryer?

The biggest issue most air fryer lovers face is finding the right oil and oil sprayer to use on food cooked in the air fryer. A fine mist of oil will help the entire piece of food crisp evenly, so it’s very important.

My personal preference is to use canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil. I use both a refillable spray bottle like the Evo one pictured below and non-propellant extra virgin olive oil, which has no harmful aerosols or chemicals.

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What to Serve with This Dish

There are so many options for main dishes to serve with this dish. You can make these all in the air fryer or in the oven, if you wish.

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Air Fryer Cubed Butternut Squash

Air Fryer Butternut Squash cubes cook quickly in the air fryer and have a slightly crispy exterior and soft silky interior.
4.9 from 14 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 56 kcal



  • 1 2-3 pounds butternut squash peeled and cubed
  • cooking spray or olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Cut butternut squash in half lengthwise. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the outer skin.
  • Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and pulp.
  • Slice and cube the butternut squash into ½” sized pieces.
  • Spray the squash with cooking spray (or toss with a small amount of olive oil) and season with salt & pepper.
  • Place the squash in the air fryer and cook at 385°F for 20 minutes, shaking the basket at the halfway mark. Season with additional seasonings as desired.



  • Add any type of seasoning you like to the butternut squash. I like Cajun seasoning.
  • Coat the squash with melted salted butter for a slightly different flavor.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.


Calories: 56kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 440mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 13288IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Air Fryer, Squash
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