Air Fryer Butternut Squash
I cook for a living so I don’t always want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen at home. I’m just hungry and I want to eat something homemade and delicious without the hassle. Enter air fryer butternut squash.
Butternut squash are a great fall vegetable. People love them. Or at least people who go to restaurants do, because they order butternut squash like crazy (especially butternut squash soup, but that’s for another post). Butternut squash take a little more work to prep (peeling, scooping out seeds, cutting, etc.) so it’s nice if the rest of the cooking process is fairly simple to compensate, and butternut squash in the air fryer is simple.
Cooking Butternut Squash in Air Fryer
When I cook butternut squash (after it is cut into pieces), I’m looking to get some nice dark color on the surface and get the inside soft and cooked through. You can accomplish both these goals by putting butternut squash in the air fryer. And it’s minimal effort.
The ingredients for this recipe are simple. For the butternut squash, you’ll need butternut squash, a little oil and salt, and that’s it. After cutting the butternut squash into pieces (about a quarter inch thick), toss with the oil and salt. Put the butternut squash in the air fryer at 400 deg. F for about 20 – 25 minutes. Shake the butternut squash in air fryer about every 10 minutes to redistribute them and get even cooking. The butternut squash pieces on the top should get some nice color so you will have to rearrange them periodically (i.e., shake the basket) to get as many pieces browned as possible.
Garlic Ginger Honey Butter Sauce
Now you can eat the air fried butternut squash as is, with some butter or olive oil and seasoned to your liking. I would recommend tossing with chopped parsley.
However, if you want to step it up a bit, you can make this ginger honey butter sauce while the butternut squash are cooking. The ingredients are pretty simple: garlic, ginger, honey, and butter.
Ginger Garlic Paste
First you will have to make the garlic ginger paste. Peel ginger and garlic. Then finely grate both garlic and ginger on a grater or microplane. This ginger garlic paste will disappear into the honey butter sauce and add a nice punch of flavor.
Making the sauce
Heat up the honey in a small sauce pan or frying pan. When you see it start to bubble, add the ginger garlic paste. We want it to cook in the honey. Since the garlic ginger paste is fine, it shouldn’t take long to cook – a few minutes. Turn off the heat and whisk in your butter. That’s it – the garlic ginger honey sauce is done.
Worthy of a quick mention, the sauce is delicious but it is very flavorful – it’s not a light sauce. It is a honey based sauce so is quite sweet and the garlic and ginger are quite strong as well. A little goes a long way. Start with a little sauce with your squash at first and add more if you want.
Putting it all together
When the air fryer butternut squash is done cooking, toss with the chopped parsley. If you are not going to make the ginger honey sauce, you can toss with some butter or olive oil as well and it will be delicious as is. If you are making the sauce, you can still toss with some butter/olive oil for anyone who doesn’t want the sauce. Serve the air fried butternuts squash with the sauce drizzled over top and some extra sauce on the side for anyone who wants it. Enjoy!
Air Fryer Butternut Squash With Garlic Ginger Honey Butter Sauce
- Air Fryer
Air Fried Butternut Squash
- 1.5 lb butternut squash, peeled and cut into 0.25 inch slices
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- salt, to taste
Garlic Ginger Honey Butter Sauce and Parsley
- 0.5 cup honey
- 0.5 cup butter unsalted, cut into cubes
- 3 cloves garlic, grated
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
- 1 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 0.25 cup parsley, chopped
- Toss butternut squash with olive oil and salt. Put into air fryer at 400 deg F for about 20 minutes. Shake butternut squash every 7 to 10 minutes to redistribute for even cooking. They are finished when they have got some color and are cooked all the way through.
- Heat up honey on stove. Add grated garlic and ginger to honey and whisk. Allow to cook for a few minutes. Turn off heat. Whisk in butter while honey is still hot. Season with salt and freshly squeezed lemon by whisking.
- Toss air fried butternut squash with chopped parsley. Check seasoning – add salt if necessary. Drizzle sauce over butternut squash. Serve immediately.