You’re going to love this recipe for Air Fryer Butternut Squash with Cinnamon that is the perfect healthy side dish. This recipe is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian.

bowl of air fried butternut squash with fresh parsley on top

I get a lot of questions about air-fryers and whether or not it’s worth adding another appliance to your kitchen. I was also skeptical of getting an air-fryer but now I really love mine and use it daily. See all of my healthy, gluten-free air-fryer recipes.

Most air-fryers don’t have to be pre-heated either, which makes cooking faster and simpler. This air-fryer is similar to mine.

This recipe for Air Fryer Butternut Squash Cubes is a perfect example of a simple easy side dish that you make without having to use your big kitchen oven.

Butternut Squash Facts

  • Butternut squash is a type of squash that is usually found from early fall through wintertime.
  • Because butternut squash is naturally sweet, even kids will usually eat it.
  • Squash should be cooked before being consumed.
  • Butternut squash is high in beta-carotene, fiber, and antioxidants.
labeled photo with ingredients for air fryer butternut squash

Recipe Highlights

  • Use your air-fryer to make this recipe if you don’t have space in your oven, or you don’t want to heat up your entire oven. This recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving or other holidays.
  • You only need 30 minutes cooking time for this simple roasted Air Fryer Butternut Squash recipe.
  • Increase the cooking time to 45 minutes if you want to make this in a regular oven.
  • Include a dash of cinnamon when you’re cooking the squash to add extra flavor to the dish.

Recipe Steps

Step One

The easiest and fastest way to make this recipe is to start with pre-cubed butternut squash. You can use 1-2 pounds depending on how big your air-fryer is.

If you buy pre-cubed squash, make sure the pieces aren’t large than an inch. If you start with a whole butternut squash, then you will need to peel it, cut it in half, remove the seeds, and then chop up the squash (see this butternut squash tutorial).

Next, place the cubed squash in a bowl and toss them with coconut oil and ground cinnamon. See the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact measurements.

bowl of cubed butternut squash with coconut oil ready to be baked

Step Two

Put the butternut squash cubes in the basket of your air fryer, and set the temperature to 390 degrees F for 30 minutes.

If you are using a regular oven, then place your cubes on a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes at 425 degrees F.

squash cubes in an air fryer basket ready to be cooked

Step Three

Once your squash is fully cooked, the cubes will be slightly browned. You can sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper on top and serve them warm.

cooked butternut squash in a bowl topped with parsley

FAQs

Can I bake these in a regular oven instead of an air fryer?

Yes! You can make roasted squash cubes in an oven. Set the temperature to 425 degrees F for about 45 minutes, tossing once during the cooking process.

Other Healthy Air Fryer Recipes

Or, see my entire index of healthy air fryer recipes.

bowl of cooked butternut squash cubes ready to be served

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Air Fryer Butternut Squash with Cinnamon

bowl of cooked butternut squash with a gold fork

You’re going to love this recipe for Air Fryer Butternut Squash with Cinnamon that is the perfect healthy side dish. This recipe is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian.

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Air fryer
  • Cuisine: Healthy
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound butternut squash cubes, no larger than 1-inch in size
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the cubed squash, melted coconut oil, and ground cinnamon. Toss to combine.
  2. Pour the squash into the basket of an air-fryer. Bake at 390 degrees F for 30 minutes. Toss the squash once during the cooking process.
  3. When the cooking time is up, transfer the squash to a serving bowl and enjoy warm. 

Notes

  1. You can double this recipe depending on how big your air fryer basket is.
  2. Store any leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat before serving. 
  3. To make this recipe in a regular oven, cook the squash on a baking sheet at 400 degrees F for 45 minutes, tossing the squash cubes once during the cooking process.

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