How to Make Air Fryer Squash (3 Ways!)

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Looking for an easy way to use winter squash? Then, look no further! We’re cooking acorn squash, butternut squash, and delicata squash in the air fryer and oven for a nutritious side dish that’s full of flavor and super easy with step-by-step tutorials, cooking tips, recipes, and more! Make them all or pick your favorite for tasty meals all season long. 

Roasted acorn, delicata, and butternut squash on a serving platter

Oh my GOURD! 

Did you know that squash is actually a part of the gourd family? Yep, it’s true! Gourds, squash, and pumpkins all belong to the Cucurbitaceae family and come in 4 main varieties including ornamental gourds, bottle gourds, sponge gourds, and snake gourds. Coming from the Algonquian language, squash means “eaten raw or uncooked,” and was traditionally eaten raw. However, today most squash is fully cooked before being consumed. Commonly thought of as vegetables, squash are actually fruit, producing blossoms and even containing seeds! However, that doesn’t make them any less delicious or nutritious, and every variety has its own unique qualities!

Butternut, acorn, and delicata squash

Acorn Squash 

As its name suggests, acorn squash has an acorn-like shape and ridged skin that varies in color but is most commonly a dark green color and often has a patch of bright orange towards the top of the squash. 

Taste: Fairly mild in flavor and fibrous in texture, acorn squash has a sweet and nutty flavor 

Nutrition: Low in calories and high in nutrients, acorn squash is especially rich in vitamin C, B vitamins, potassium, and magnesium. 

Butternut Squash 

Light orange and bell-shaped, butternut squash is easily recognized by its thin neck and bulbous bottom. 

Taste: Sweeter than other squash varieties, many people claim that butternut squash has a caramel-like flavor. Soft in texture once cooked, butternut squash has a nutty flavor similar to that of a sweet potato. 

Nutrition: Containing a long list of vitamins and minerals, butternut squash has the highest amount of vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium. In fact, one serving will provide more than 450 % of the recommended daily intake for vitamin A! 

Delicata Squash

Also known as peanut squash, Bohemian squash, and sweet potato squash, delicata squash is arguably the most unique in appearance. Easily recognized, it has a cylindrical shape and has cream-colored skin with green and orange stripes. 

Taste: As its nickname, sweet potato squash might suggest, delicata squash has a taste similar to that of sweet potatoes. Known to have a brown sugar-like flavor, it is often described as tasting like a cross between corn and pumpkin pie. 

Nutrition: Containing nearly 6 grams of fiber per serving, delicata squash is also a great source of vitamin A and vitamin C.

Pro Tip

Fun Fact: Delicata squash is technically a summer fruit but is typically classified as a winter food because it is harvested late in the season. 

Scrumptious Squash 3 Ways! 

No matter which squash variation you choose to make, the process remains the same! The best part is that air fryer squash is super easy and always delicious. Just pick your squash, slice it into cubes or rings, and follow the directions below. 

  1. Preheat. To start, preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine and Brush. In a small bowl, combine the oil, cinnamon, and sea salt. Then, place the squash pieces on a baking sheet, brush them with the cinnamon sauce, and add a sprinkle of salt on top.
  3. Cook. Once the squash has been coated, spray the air fryer rack with a cooking spray, and spread it in even layers on the prepared rack. Let it cook for 10 minutes, flip it over, and air fryer for another 10-15 minutes or until it is soft.
Pro Tip

Note: Each air fryer will cook differently, and each squash will require different cooking times. For instance, the delicata squash will cook the fastest. So, be sure to check it after 10 minutes! 

4. Serve. Once cooked, remove the squash from the air fryer, place it on a serving dish or baking sheet, and sprinkle it with extra salt and cinnamon if desired. 

Oven Method

Roasted butternut and acorn squash

No air fryer? No problem! Air fryer squash works perfectly in the oven, too! Just follow the same steps, preheating the oven to 400 degrees and coating the squash in the cinnamon and oil mixture. Then, place it on a baking sheet, and let it cook for 20 minutes before flipping the squash over with a wooden spoon or spatula and putting it back in the oven for 10-25 minutes or until the squash is tender. Once cooked, sprinkle additional salt and cinnamon to taste, and serve warm!

Storage Tips for Roasted Squash

Think you can’t make air fryer squash ahead of time? Think again!

Refrigerator: Once cooked, air fryer squash can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Freezer: Roasted squash can be stored in the freezer for 10-12 months. Just be sure to remove the skin first!

Reheat: For the best results, reheat your air fryer squash in the skillet, oven, or air fryer for a minute or two until it has heated through. I don’t recommend microwaving leftovers as it can cause the texture to become rubbery. 

roasted air fryer squash on a white serving platter with a spoon, fork, and fresh herbs

Can I Eat the Skin of Roasted Squash? 

Technically, the skin of squash is edible, but it’s not super tasty. Acorn and delicata squash varieties will have a softer, more palatable skin. However, butternut squash has a tough skin that proves fairly difficult to chew through. 

Nutrition Tip: If you want to enhance the nutritional benefits of squash, pair it with cinnamon to enhance its anti-inflammatory properties no matter how you cook it! 

Serving Suggestions

I shamelessly love adding melted cashew or sunflower butter to my acorn squash. It’s a great sweet snack! Or, try pairing it with Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup

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Roasted acorn, delicata, and butternut squash on a serving platter

How to Make Air Fryer Squash (3 Ways!)



  • Author:
    Lindsay Cotter

  • Total Time:
    25-30 minutes

  • Yield:
    1 1/2 to 2 cups cubed squash or 1 medium squash

  • Diet:
    Gluten Free

Description

Roast all your favorite squash with 1 simple recipe for an easy addition to any meal that’s full of flavor and ways to make!


Ingredients

Squash Choices:
  • 1 medium Acorn squash, top, stem, seeds, and bottom removed, cut into quarter moons
  • 1 medium Butternut squash (around 1.5 pounds), seeds removed, skin removed, cubed
  • 1 medium Delicata squash, sliced into rings with seeds removed

Seasoning (per 1 pound of squash)

  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter or coconut/avocado oil (naturally refined)
  • 2 teaspoon + cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

*Air Fry/Cook your choice of squash (above) or 1 1/2  -2 cups cubed variety squash

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place prepared squash (chopped, peeled, etc.) on prepared baking sheet.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the oil, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  3. Brush the squash pieces with desired amount of maple/oil mixture, and add a sprinkle of salt on top.
  4. Once the squash has been coated in oil, brush the air fryer rack with a cooking spray, and add the squash in a single layer. Spreading it out evenly.
  5. Cook the squash for 10 minutes. Then, flip it over, and cook for another 10-15 minutes or until squash is golden and tender. *Note* – Cooking times may vary based on the size of the air fryer and type of squash. Check progress before flipping halfway at 10 minutes.
  6. Once cooked, remove the squash from the air fryer, place it on the baking sheet or a serving dish, and add salt and cinnamon to taste.
  7. Repeat until desired amount of squash is cooked. 

Oven Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease or butter a large baking sheet. Place prepared squash (chopped, peeled, etc.) on prepared baking sheet.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the oil, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  3. Brush the squash pieces with desired amount of maple/oil mixture, and add a sprinkle of salt on top.
  4. Place squash in preheated oven for 20 minutes, flip it over, and bake for an additional 10-25 minutes or until the squash is tender.  *Note* Cooking times may vary based on type of squash. Check progress at 15 minutes. 
  5. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and add salt and cinnamon to taste.

 

 

Notes

  • 1 small butternut squash weighs around 1 – 1 1/2 pounds and yields 1 1/2 – 2 cups diced squash.
  • Nutritional information varies slightly depending on the squash used. 
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 small acorn squash
  • Calories: 158
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 5.8 mg
  • Fat: 11.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.6 g
  • Fiber: 2.1 g
  • Protein: 1.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 30.5 mg

Keywords: air fryer, squash, gluten-free, side dish, roast squash

I love all 3 of these squash so much, I can’t decide which one is my favorite? Can you? Let us know what your favorite squash is down in the comments below!

Cheers,

LC

 

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