Easy Air Fryer Squash

Air fryer butternut squash in beige bowl with gold spoon, on light beige and white surface

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Sweet, buttery squash crisped up and caramelized in the air fryer! Whether it's butternut, delicata, or acorn, this is a delicious, easy, and healthy side dish that goes with any meal. No stove or oven space required!


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  • 2 pounds of squash (butternut, delicata, or acorn), halved and sliced ~1 centimeter thick
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Preheat air fryer. Preheat your air fryer at 390 degrees for 2-3 minutes while you prepare the squash.
  2. Prep squash. Place squash slices in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper until evenly coated.
  3. Air fry squash. Place the squash in your air fryer in an even layer. Air fry the squash for 20 minutes at 390 degrees, stirring or flipping halfway through to evenly cook all the pieces. The number of batches you need to do will depend on your air fryer (see notes). The squash is done when the edges are browned, and the thickest pieces can be easily pierced by a fork. Once done, remove from the air fryer and serve!


  1. Air fryer. We use a 5-quart Ninja Foodi, which is perfect for air frying approximately 2 pounds of squash at once. If you have a smaller or larger air fryer, you may need to adjust the amount of squash and cook time accordingly. The best way to achieve great results is to check halfway through to see how quickly the squash is cooking!
  2. Oven fry. You don't need an air fryer for this recipe! To oven fry the squash, preheat your oven to 425 degrees and roast squash for 25-30 minutes (depends on your oven; check for doneness by seeing if squash can be easily pierced with a fork and starting to brown on edges). Just like with the air fryer, stir the squash halfway through to get an even heat exposure.