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Air Fryer Butternut Squash Fries Recipe

air fryer butternut squash fries on a plate, sprinkled with parsley, and served with dipping sauce. plates, linen, and more parsley around it.

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If you haven't had butternut squash fries but love sweet potato fries, you will love these crispy air fryer butternut squash fries! They're an easy air fryer recipe and make a great side dish.

Ingredients

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  • 1 medium (3-pound) butternut squash
  • 1/4 cup (39g) cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup (33g) avocado oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Peel squash and cut in half where bottom "bulb" starts. You can either use the whole squash or just the top part for more uniform fry shapes!
  2. Cut the bulb in half, if using. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon and discard (or save to roast!).
  3. Slice the squash into 1/4" sticks. *For more on how to peel and cut a butternut squash, see "How to Cut and Peel a Butternut Squash" section above.
  4. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and spray air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Add squash sticks to a large bowl and sprinkle corn starch. Toss until sticks are evenly coated.
  6. Drizzle olive oil on top and sprinkle seasonings. Toss until evenly coated.
  7. Spread out evenly onto the prepared air fryer basket in a single layer (this is for optimal crispiness!).
  8. Air fry for 15-20 minutes, or until crispy.
  9. Remove the basket from the air fryer, toss, then air fry for another 10-15 minutes.
  10. Repeat until all of the squash sticks are cooked, spraying the basket with nonstick cooking spray between each batch.
  11. Sprinkle with fresh parsley, pair with your favorite dipping sauce, and enjoy!

Notes

  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
  • If you have any leftover fries, simply toss back in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown!
  • These butternut squash air fryer fries are the perfect side dish to really any main dish. You can serve them with your favorite dipping sauce (I love serving them with a honey mustard dipping sauce or garlic aioli) after sprinkling fresh chopped parsley!
  • They are a great easy side dish to serve during the holiday season to switch up any traditional recipes!
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  • Be sure to spread the butternut squash sticks into an even single layer in the air fryer basket. This will maximize the surface area for crispiness and even cooking!
  • Spraying the air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray before spreading out the fries will prevent them from sticking and becoming difficult to get off.
  • I use the whole butternut squash because I hate food waste but if you really want the sticks to be perfectly uniform, you can just use the top part of the butternut squash and save the bulb for a later use! It would be great roasted and turned into a butternut squash pasta sauce.
  • Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to make a few batches to make sure the fries are in a single layer. Be sure to re-spray with nonstick cooking spray in between batches to prevent sticking!
  • You can substitute sweet potatoes for sweet potato fries!
  • While these are on the savory side, you could also sprinkle some cinnamon on them before air frying, and then a little bit of brown sugar or drizzle with pure maple syrup afterwards to make them a sweeter side dish!
  • You can cut the squash into any french fry shapes you like. I've found sticks are the easiest but you can get creative!
  • If you don't have avocado oil, you could use regular olive oil. I prefer avocado oil because it has a high smoke point and can get pretty hot without smoking (which causes the fats to oxidize and become pro-inflammatory)!

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