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  • Recipes
  • Ingredients
  • Vegetable
  • Root vegetables
  • Potato
  • Potato side dishes
  • Chips

Enjoy these salty, spicy, slightly sweet butternut squash fries on their own or as a side dish instead of chips.

2 people made this

IngredientsServes: 4

  • oil or cooking spray for greasing
  • 450g butternut squash - peeled, seeded, and cut into thick chips
  • 1 pinch salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, or to taste

MethodPrep:20min ›Cook:15min ›Ready in:35min

  1. Preheat oven to 230 C / Gas 8. Lightly coat a baking tray with oil or cooking spray.
  2. Blot any moisture from the butternut squash fries with kitchen roll and place on the prepared baking tray. Sprinkle with salt, black pepper and Cajun seasoning.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned and tender, 15 to 20 minutes, turning once.

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Reviews in English (69)

by Occasional Cooker

Hi. I am the recipe submitter. If you like butternut squash these fries are excellent and are ZERO Weight Watcher PPTS! Butternut squash has more moisture than potatoes. So here are a few tips for handling that. First, it is important to blot out as much moisture as possible before cooking. Also, if you are looking for crispier fries, try cutting them thinner. As another reviewer mentioned, spray not only the baking sheet but the fries with cooking spray. If the fries are large enough, you can place them on a baking rack on top of the baking pan so the air can circulate beneath them and that will also help crisp the fries. Lastly, if they are not crisp enough you can bake them a little longer. With regard to the seasoning I use a homemade cajun seasoning without salt. Then I can control how much salt is added. Different brands of cajun seasoning have different amounts of salt and therefore you may prefer to either adjust the amount of salt or leave it out altogether. I hope these tips are helpful; and I hope you enjoy the recipe.-25 Oct 2011

by dmphax

I mostly followed the cooking instructions, and cut thinner slices as I wanted a 'crispier' fry. I used PAM on a cookie sheet and laid the thin 'strips' out in rows. Sprinkled a no salt seasoning mix over the squash, and a light amount of sea salt. Baked for about 20 minutes as they were thinner pieces. Flipped once about halfway through. Have cooked these a couple times now and this is a keeper. They are delectable!-15 Oct 2011

The Easiest Air Fryer Butternut Squash Fries

If you love simple and healthy, then this air fryer butternut squash fries recipe is going to become a new favorite. With crisp outsides and tender insides, these "fries" are a perfect side dish to any meal. While they are not the same as a potato fry, they are an excellent substitute that is simple to make and easy to use as a substitute. Whether you cut a fresh squash or use frozen squash, this recipe is sure to please.

Cajun Spiced Butternut Squash Zig Zags

Have you tried butternut squash zig zags yet? They’re my FAVORITE! I don’t even know what it is about them, but they taste a zillion times more delicious than regular cubed butternut squash. I came across these zig zags from Mann’s Fresh Vegetables while I was at Whole Foods a few months back, and I knew immediately that I wanted to create these Cajun Spiced Butternut Squash Zig Zags! I love the sweet flavor of the butternut squash blended with the savory, slightly spicy flavor of the Cajun spice. It’s the perfect match!

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Butternut Squash Fries

Fries! Fries! Fries! They’re one of North America’s best-loved side dishes, but restaurant fries are usually off the Paleo menu because they tend to be cooked in PUFA-rich seed oils. But there’s nothing wrong with the crispy, salty starch + fat combination that makes fries so appealing, so a tasty Paleo option is to make them yourself with a non-toxic cooking fat.

Even if their fries are cooked in a healthier kind of fat, some people are still wary of them because of the potatoes. A Paleo diet doesn’t have to be low-carb to be healthy (there’s nothing wrong with a moderate amount of safe starches for most people), but many people still feel better without any potatoes, especially if they’re using a Paleo diet to control a metabolic disorder like diabetes. But even potato-avoiders don’t have to give up fries! The butternut squash used in this recipe is much lower in carbohydrates than potatoes, as well as containing several important micronutrients like Vitamins A and C. These fries are perfect as a lower-carb version of the classic Paleo sweet potato fries – a dish that brings a different twist to an old favorite, great for enjoying with friends alongside a Paleo burger like this portobello burger recipe.

Since the oil in this recipe is one of the main differences between these fries and their PUFA-soaked cousins, it’s important to choose wisely. I personally love the taste and cook with olive oil, but it’s a little more complicated when using it to fry because of its low smoking point. If you choose olive oil, make sure to keep an eye on your fries during cooking, to make sure they don’t burn. Coconut oil is always easier to work with, but it will add a little coconut taste to the fries – not necessarily a problem, if you want to put a new twist on the recipe. Alternately, you could always do half and half olive oil and coconut oil.

There are two ways to cook homemade fries. The first is the always-trusty oven: just roast them until crisp and golden. The second way is to deep-fry them on the stove. I usually recommend the oven-roasting, because it’s safer and it makes less oily fries.

Squash Fries

Okay, yeah, I know. squash fries ain't exactly the healthiest way to eat a crookneck squash, but I've been pretty lucky so far with my squash plants and so, I'm trying to get a few different recipes up for summer squash. Maybe you shouldn't eat these every day, but I have to say, they sure are good enough to want to!

I highly recommend using a deep fryer instead of pan frying because it fries food faster and at more even temperatures, absorbing significantly less oil. These should come out of the deep fryer super-crunchy, and they are best eaten hot and right out of the fryer.

If you're serving these as a side, make it the last thing that you cook because if they sit too long they will mush up on ya . though they don't sit still long enough around here for that business! The amounts listed are simply estimates to feed roughly 4 folks - adjust everything as needed! Enjoy.

Recipe: Squash Fries

  • 4 yellow crookneck squash , zucchini or other summer squash
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups of self-rising flour
  • Couple pinches of kosher salt , to taste
  • Couple turns of the pepper grinder , to taste
  • Couple dashes of Cajun seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama) , or to taste, optional
  • Dash of garlic powder
  • Additional salt for sprinkling, if desired

Preheat the fryer to 360 degrees. Cut squash into rounds, strips or a combination of the two, and let them sit in the buttermilk for a few minutes. Mix together the flour, salt, pepper, Cajun seasoning and garlic powder. Dredge each piece of cut squash into the flour and set aside on a plate. Add to fryer and cook until golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels, sprinkle straight out of the fryer with a bit more salt if desired, and absolutely serve immediately while they are hot, with Comeback Sauce, or your favorite dipping sauce.

To Bake: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place an oven safe rack on a baking sheet set aside. Prepare an egg wash with 2 eggs and 1 tablespoon of water. Prepare as above, except after dredging squash in the seasoned flour, dredge in the beaten egg and then roll in a cup of panko bread crumbs. Place on rack and bake until nicely browned, about 20 minutes, or until crisp and brown. May also add about 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese and 1/2 tablespoon of chopped fresh herbs to the panko if desired.

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  • 1 1/2 cups flour (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • dash ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 small butternut squash

Combine 1 cup of flour, the cornstarch, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and sugar. Whisk together the egg and milk and whisk into the dry ingredients until smooth and well blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour.

Put the remaining 1/2 cup of flour in a food storage bag.

Heat oil in a deep fryer or deep frying pan to 365 F.

Peel butternut squash with a Y peeler or vegetable peeler, cut in half, and remove seeds with a spoon, scraping the softer membranes out of the cavity.

Cut the squash into 1/2-inch by 2-inch sticks (approximately).

Toss the squash sticks with the 1/2 cup of flour in the food storage bag.

Dip in the batter and let excess drip off.

Fry in small batches for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden brown and tender. Drain on paper towels.

What’s the Difference Between Butternut Squash and Sweet Potatoes?

The main difference between butternut squash and sweet potatoes? B-nut squash has about half the calories & carbs of sweet potatoes. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with sweet potato, butternut squash can be an excellent “high volume” food, when you’re craving a big serving, or you’re watching your calorie intake—looking for more high volume snack recipes? Check out this post!

25 Easy Winter Squash Recipes You Should Try this Season

1. Roasted Butternut Squash with Cider Vinaigrette

While butternut squash is great by itself as a side dish, some people find it much more enjoyable to eat when it’s flavored and seasoned. This roasted butternut squash from Country Living is the perfect side to serve with any meat, and by roasting the squash with mustard, parsley, red wine vinegar and apple cider, you’ll have a flavorful side dish that might even steal the show from the main course.

2. Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash with Maple and Rosemary

This recipe by Well Plated is a delicious twist on roasting butternut squash and is an extremely simple dish to make. Using olive oil, maple syrup, rosemary and cinnamon, you’ll create a flavorful dish that will be enjoyed by the whole family. It’s an easy way to get young children eating butternut squash, with its sweet and delicious coating. Butternut squash is absolutely delicious when it’s roasted, and by cutting it into small cubes, it makes the perfect side to nibble with any meal.

3. Baked Acorn Squash Slices with Brown Sugar and Pecans

If you are looking for a special side dish for Thanksgiving or the holiday season, this Well Plated recipe is an impressive yet easy to make option. The flavors are complex, and the brown sugar and butter will caramelize when they are cooked in the oven. The pecans will become golden and toasted, and with a pinch of cayenne, you’ll balance out the natural sweetness of the squash.

4. Roasted Winter Squash with Cilantro Chimichurri

This is a cheap and easy to make a side dish by Simply Recipes, where you can use a mixture of squashes to suit your tastes. The cilantro chimichurri helps to take this dish up a notch and will impress any dinner guest this winter. It perfectly balances sweetness, acidity and herbs and just requires an oven to make.

5. Butternut Squash and Feta Tartlets

If you are looking for a sweet yet salty appetizer for your Thanksgiving or holiday party, these are a fantastic option from Good Housekeeping. These bite-size tarts will be appreciated by everyone at your party, and balance the sweetness of the butternut squash chunks with a crumble of feta cheese.

6. Stuffed Squash with Turkey and Apples

If you are looking for a complete meal based around acorn squash, this is a fantastic option from Simply Recipes. Filled with ground turkey, sage, rosemary, wild rice, and apples, this dish is a well-rounded and filling dinner during the winter months. The tart apples and cranberry will help to bring out the sweetness in your squash, while the wild rice helps to add some texture to the dish.

7. Butternut Squash Apple Cranberry Bake

Perfect for your upcoming holiday gathering, this Simply Recipes bake will serve many guests and is simple and easy to make. After you’ve mastered cutting up butternut squash, you’ll be able to quickly garnish this dish. Pop it in the oven for an hour, and it will be ready to serve! Featuring apples and cranberries, this is a sweet and colorful bake to add to your holiday spread.

8. Breakfast Casserole with Butternut Squash and Kale

You may associate butternut squash with lunches and dinners however, it’s an incredibly versatile ingredient and is the perfect base for a breakfast casserole. For this Simply Recipes dish, you’ll begin by tossing pieces of bread in a sage and garlic egg-milk mix. You’ll then make the casserole’s layers by adding butternut squash, kale and cheese. It’s a hearty and healthy way to start any day this winter.

9. Focaccia with Roasted Squash

If you are looking for a decadent bread to serve this winter, topping your homemade focaccia with roasted squash will impress your whole family. This recipe from Food and Wine makes two eight-inch round loaves, and you’ll top this delicious bread with strips of roasted butternut squash. The final touch involves adding a drizzle of honey and scattering of thyme to bring out the flavors of both the bread and squash.

10. Brown Butter Yellow Squash with Almonds

For a simple side dish that takes just twenty minutes to cook, consider trying this brown butter yellow squash with almonds recipe by Food and Wine. The toasted almonds add a crunch to this dish, and the brown butter helps to bring out the flavor of the yellow squash.

11. Shaved Yellow Squash with Arugula, Goat Cheese and Pecans

While squash is so often associated with warm dishes, it’s also a great salad topper. This salad from Food and Wine uses paper-thin slices of yellow squash to imitate pasta, which can easily be achieved by slicing it lengthwise using a mandoline. Complete the salad by tossing the arugula and goat cheese together in olive oil. Pecans are sprinkled on top to add a little crunch to the dish.

12. Winter Squash and Spinach Lasagna

If you are looking for a meat-free lasagna recipe this winter, this is recipe from Good Housekeeping is a great option and utilizes frozen squash puree and spinach. With mozzarella and cottage cheese, it makes a rich and creamy dish to serve to the whole family. Lasagna is a filling dinner for the winter season and is perfect for a night in front of the television. You can reheat it throughout the week for extra meals, so consider making a few extra portions to save for another day.

13. Roasted Squash and Pumpkin Seed Mole Bowls

For vegans and vegetarians, this Good Housekeeping recipe is a hearty and flavor-packed meal for any time of the year. With the sweet chunks of butternut squash, even meat-eaters will enjoy this as a replacement if they are looking to cut down on meat consumption. The heat of the jalapeno in the sauce adds flavor and excitement to this dish. Garnish with cilantro and lime to serve this great low-calorie dinner that will leave you feeling satisfied this winter.

14. Pumpkin Pie Bars

No list of winter squash recipes would be complete without a dessert, and what better way to celebrate the season than with a pumpkin pie inspired treat by All Recipes. This recipe uses cake mix to keep things quick and easy and will taste exactly like pumpkin pie. With a crumbly streusel topping and served with whipped cream, this is the perfect sweet treat for the whole family to enjoy.

15. Spaghetti Squash Tacos

One of the most popular Mexican dishes gets a winter twist with these spaghetti squash tacos. This dish from Nikkidinki cooking is the perfect way to enjoy Mexican food at home. These tacos are great for vegans and vegetarians. Pair them with corn tortillas, sour cream, guacamole, and fresh salsa and serve them like you would a traditional taco. By stripping the spaghetti squash into small strands, it will be a manageable topping to use with any Mexican dish.

16. Butternut Squash Cajun Fries

For an alternative to greasy potato fries, use butternut squash to create this tasty and sweet All Recipes side. Serve as usual with ketchup or your dipping sauce of choice, and they can be enjoyed with burgers, chicken and many other dishes.

17. Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Take inspiration from Maine this fall and bake this delicious pumpkin bread by All Recipes. It’s the perfect gift for family to take home this holiday season and retains its moisture well. It actually tastes better the day after baking, when you’ll be able to fully appreciate the spices and pumpkin in the bread.

18. Lentil Stew with Butternut Squash

It’s time to bring out your slow cooker to create this delicious stew from Ambitious kitchen. Rich in vitamins A and C, the butternut squash helps to bring a little sweetness to this dish. By setting up your slow cooker before you head to work for the day, you’ll return home to a delicious, warming meal that’s the perfect choice for vegetarians this winter.

19. Bacon, Gruyere and Butternut Squash Frittata

This frittata is a versatile dish that makes a great choice for a weekend brunch or dinner any night of the week. Combining the tastes of salty bacon, gruyere cheese, and butternut squash, this dish by Delish is packed full of flavor and is sure to be a hit with the whole family.

20. Butternut Squash and Mushroom Enchiladas

Another great Mexican-inspired dish for the winter is vegetarian enchiladas from Delish. These are sure to be enjoyed by kids and teens alike. Combining hearty squash and mushrooms and then topped by two forms of cheese, they are a quick yet filling meal for any night of the week.

21. Mashed Butternut Squash

Make sure you master this basic mashed butternut squash by Spend with Pennies, and you will be able to incorporate it into so many different meals. With a sweet, nutty flavor, add butter on top to create the perfect, creamy side.

22. Butternut Squash, Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Casseroles are ideal for the cold winter nights that are upon us, and this recipe from Spend with Pennies is full of delicious vegetables and chicken. Combining the sweetness of butternut squash and cranberries, with wild rice and bits of tender chicken, this one-dish entrée covers all of your food groups, making it a nutritious and satisfying meal.

23. Butternut Squash Soup

There’s nothing like a winter’s evening in front of the fire with a good book and a bowl of soup. If you are bored of tomato soup by now, add this butternut squash soup by Spend with Pennies to your staple recipes for the winter. The butternut squash is roasted until it’s tender, and then once all the ingredients are blended together, you’ll be left with a delicious, velvety soup.

24. Butternut Squash Hummus

Hummus is perfect for a year-round dip, served with veggies or crackers. Add butternut squash to hummus, and you’ve got an ideal option by The Healthy Maven for a fall dinner party or buffet. The butternut squash makes a really creamy and flavorful addition to plain hummus.

25. Vegan Mac & Cheese with Butternut Squash

This recipe from The Healthy Maven is great for vegans who miss their mac and cheese and is packed with different vegetables and flavors. Adding the butternut squash creates an extremely filling dish, making it a good comfort food option for the winter.

As you can see, the options for cooking with winter squash are simply endless. All of these recipes can be adapted to incorporate your favorite squash, and you’ll be spoiled this winter with the endless choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes!

Can you freeze air fryer roasted butternut squash

How to freeze: To freeze air fried butternut squash, spread out onto a large baking sheet and freeze for 20 minutes or until frozen. Once firm, transfer to a large resealable freezer bag, Stasher bag or airtight container with a lid. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How to reheat: Remove butternut squash from freezer and spread onto a large baking sheet or air fryer basket. Bake in a preheated oven or air fryer at 375F for about 15-20 minutes in the oven or 8-12 minutes in the air fryer or until warm.

Squash Fritters Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 - 8 Servings as shown. 1 x
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Follow our step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe for making these delicious Squash Fritters. It’s a bit of a twist on regular fried squash and can be made as a side dish or as an appetizer. Just a couple of small squash will go a long way and your family will be asking you to make some more in no time at all.


  • 2 cups of raw Squash, grated
  • 1 cup Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Eggs
  • 6 Tablespoons of Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • Pinch of Baking Powder
  • Cooking oil for frying.


  1. Wash squash and pat dry with a paper towel, cut off both ends.
  2. Peel and chop one small onion, enough to equal 1 cup.
  3. Grate squash with a box grater, enough to equal 2 cups.
  4. Break two eggs into a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk with a fork.
  5. Add grated squash.
  6. Add chopped onions.
  7. Add Salt
  8. Add Sugar
  9. Add Black Pepper
  10. Add Baking Powder
  11. Add Flour
  12. Heat a skillet to medium heat, add 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil and the butter, let butter melt.
  13. Drop the squash mixture by spoon into hot skillet, cook about 3-5 minutes on both sides until brown.
  14. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and let drain.
  15. Serve warm and enjoy!


You could use just about any type of squash to make this recipe. Zucchini would be great or a mixture of both yellow squash and zuchini.

Keywords: Squash Fritters Recipe, made from scratch, squash, Duke's Mayonnaise, southern recipes, easy

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