Garlic Butternut Squash Fries (Air Fryer)

Melanie Lorick
by Melanie Lorick
1 1/2 cups
30 min

Move over sweet potato fries - there's a new delicious fry in town! If you're a fan of air frying practically every vegetable that crosses your kitchen counter, then we have something in common! :) I just love the crisp texture of air fried vegetables; each one with a delicious flavor that is ideally kept simple and subtle. Why not let the natural veggie flavors shine?

These butternut squash fries are a fun alternative to traditional potato fries. While you can absolutely bake these in the oven, an air fryer is a little faster and offers a nice texture that more closely mimics least, in my experience.

A few notes before you get started:

  • You don't need much olive oil. For an entire medium-sized butternut squash, you only need about 1 teaspoon. I have successfully made these without any oil at all (*gasp*) and found them to be delicious.
  • I opted for short sticks, but you can cut them to the size you desire.
  • Though you can use a rough, rustic cut for these, it is best to try to keep the size of your fries as consistent as possible to prevent some fries from cooking faster than others.
  • Enjoy them immediately, or reheat them for a few minutes in the air fryer or oven. Though they are still tasty cold, they lose some of their shape and crisp consistency.
  • Depending upon the size of your air fryer basket, you might need to cook these in batches.

If you don't own an air fryer, you can bake them in the oven. Add at least ten minutes to the cooking time and check frequently for crispy edges. Smaller fries will cook faster than long fries.

I hope you love these as much as we do! Butternut squash fries are less dense than their sweet potato cousins, but have a great nutrient profile and are a fun addition to the table.

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Garlic Butternut Squash Fries (Air Fryer)
Recipe details
  • 1 1/2  cups
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 1 medium size butternut squash (approximately 20 ounces), peeled, seeds removed, and cut into sticks
  • 3/4 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • pinch of coarse sea salt (optional, for garnish)

Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF.
In a medium bowl, add the olive oil. Use your fingers to distribute the oil evenly over the butternut squash pieces.
Add the kosher salt and garlic powder. Again, use your fingers to distribute the seasonings.
When the air fryer has heated, add the fries to the basket. Create a single layer. Packing the fries too tightly will cause them to steam and affect their consistency.
Fry for 15 minutes, checking the fries (and giving the basket a shake) about halfway through.
Enjoy warm, or be prepared to re-crispen in the air fryer or oven. While warm, sprinkle with a pinch of coarse sea salt, if desired.
  • Experiment with a few of your own seasonings! Just remember that you need less olive oil than you realize. If you feel the olive oil is not evenly distributed after massaging the fries, add no more than 1/4 teaspoon more.
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