Surprisingly easy to make, this air fried butternut squash should be served on your roast menu because it doesn’t take ages to cook. And it’s so appetizingly flavourful that you can even serve it as a snack.
Delightful side dish
Yes, this air fry butternut squash is delightful to enjoy as a side dish.
The subtle sweetness of the squash marries well with the spices and creamy feta cheese.
One can easily get carried away having this roasted butternut squash.
And the best part is, you can make it in less than half an hour using an air fryer.
So no more wasting time and energy to roast the squash in an oven.
What you need to make
I use a few spices to make this dish. Because they enhance the squash flavour delicately. It’s not a fiery kicking spice kind of way. But it’s more like giving a delectable aroma.
So to achieve this, we need butternut squash, olive oil, garlic powder, harissa powder, salt, pepper, feta cheese and walnuts.
Should you not be able to get harissa powder, but can obtain harissa paste, please use the paste. Both are good.
As for the nuts, you can omit them if you don’t want them. Or, you can change the walnuts to any other type of nuts you like. I find that pecan nuts, Brazil nuts or cashew nuts are good alternatives. So feel free to choose according to your preference.
How to air fry butternut squash
You prepare the butternut squash the same way you roast it in the oven.
Peel, scoop and cut in chunks your butternut squash. Then add the harissa powder and garlic powder. Generously season it with salt and pepper, then drizzle with olive oil.
Toss them well until all pieces are coated with spices and oil.
Preheat your air fryer at 190°C/ 375°F
Place the squash chunks in your air fryer basket and cook them at 190°C/ 375°F for 20 minutes. Check occasionally to flip the squash. I did it twice during this cooking time.
In the meantime, pan-roast the walnuts until crispy. Roughly chop them and set them aside.
When your butternut squash is fully cooked, take it out of the fryer and put it on a serving plate. Scatter the chopped walnuts and feta cheese crumbles all over the squash.
Top tip to air fry delicious butternut squash
- Though it may be a little tricky, try your best to cut the squash into the same size. The bigger the cut is, the longer it takes to cook it. I always aim to cut it into a 1-inch-size.
- Do not skip flipping and turning the squash when it’s cooking in the fryer. This is to ensure all pieces are cooked evenly.
Typical menu to go with air-fried butternut squash
Well, if you’re serving this air fry butternut squash as a part of your roast menu, I’d say the following recipe ideas will be good to try.
- Slow roast lamb shoulder.
- Microwave sweet potato gratin.
- Roast potatoes in an air fryer.
- Roasted Brussels sprouts with honey.
- Yorkshire puddings.
So thank you for checking this recipe out. If you did try it, let me know how you like it in the comments below. I’ll really appreciate it.
Take care and all the best.