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An overhead view of a large plate of air fried butternut squash fries garnished with fresh parsley.

Hand Cut Air Fryer Butternut Squash Fries

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  • Author: Emily Toshiko
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes (per batch)
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


These hand cut air fryer butternut squash fries are crispy and delicious! Best of all? You can have the first batch done in 30 minutes. 


  • 1 whole butternut squash (medium sized)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch (more as needed)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Fresh parsley (optional garnish)


  1. Peel the butternut squash and cut it in half (width wise) to separate the neck from the rounded bottom. Scoop out the seeds from the bottom and discard.
  2. Slice the squash into 1/4" to 1/2" planks and then into fries.
  3. Add the fries to a large mixing bowl with the garlic powder, smoked paprika, thyme, salt, cornstarch and olive oil. Mix until the fries are evenly coated. Add more cornstarch if needed and toss again. 
  4. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees for 18 minutes. When the air fryer is preheated, add a layer of butternut squash fries. Do not overcrowd the air fryer. Shake the air fryer basket halfway though cooking.  
  5. Remove the fries from the basket when the timer goes off. Repeat until all the fries are cooked. Garnish with parsley, serve with ketchup and enjoy!


  • For crispy fries make sure NOT to overcrowd the basket. To avoid overcrowding, add the fries to the basket one layer at a time. Try to minimize overlapping. 
  • These fries are best served fresh! If you work in batches I recommend serving them immediately and throwing in the next batch of fries as needed. 
  • If you don't want to fry everything up at once, save the uncooked butternut squash in the fridge until ready to use. Simply add another tablespoon of cornstarch before frying them.