Let’s cook frozen butternut squash cubes in the air fryer. In this frozen butternut squash recipe, we will be showing you how easy it is to roast butternut squash in the air fryer.
Mix and match your favourite seasonings and make this butternut squash recipe the star of your weeknight dinner.
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Frozen Butternut Squash
One of my favourite veggies is butternut squash and I wish it was in season all year around.
My love for butternut squash started way back in 2007 after having lunch at Manchester United. It came with a yummy, creamy butternut squash soup and since then I have been completely hooked on it.
But of course, I HATE butternut squash when its out of season and peel and start dicing it, only to realise that the seeds are so big, and you have hardly got any butternut squash for your money.
So, this summer, I jumped at the chance to buy frozen butternut squash.
The frozen butternut squash that I bought was already diced and all I then needed to do was plan how I was going to cook it and season it so that it tasted AMAZING.
Today, I am going to be sharing with you roasting frozen butternut squash using the air fryer, seasonings for butternut squash and how I use diced butternut squash in various recipes.
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Can You Roast Frozen Butternut Squash?
Yes, you can roast frozen butternut squash and you will love it roasted. Kind of think about those sheet pan dinners (aka traybakes) that you love to eat through September to March.
And how many of those dinners include butternut squash.
Well, next time you make a sheet pan dinner, add in some frozen butternut squash.
Can Butternut Squash Be Cooked From Frozen?
Yes, butternut squash can most certainly be cooked from frozen, just like so many other veggies can be cooked from frozen without been thawed out first.
I know when we think frozen, we often think about air fryer frozen French fries, when in reality there is so many healthy frozen foods we can cook instead, such as frozen squash.
Do You Thaw Frozen Butternut Squash Before Roasting?
No need to thaw frozen butternut squash before roasting.
When I roast frozen butternut squash in the air fryer, it goes in straight away whilst still frozen.
I then air fry butternut squash and even better which doesn’t happen in the oven, you are collecting the excess water from the butternut squash in the bottom of the air fryer.
Then you don’t have that overly watery squash once cooked.
Can You Air Fry From Frozen?
Yes, you can. I have lost count over the years, but we have well over 80 frozen foods for the air fryer on Recipe This.
There are healthy frozen foods for the air fryer too. Such as this frozen roasted butternut squash. Other favourite veggies of ours include air fryer frozen broccoli, air fryer frozen cauliflower and my favourite of all favourites is air fryer frozen green beans.
Is Squash Good In The Air Fryer?
Yes, squash is delicious in the air fryer. Whilst this frozen butternut squash air fryer recipe is new, we have many others. Such as air fryer butternut squash fries, or air fryer butternut squash cubes using fresh butternut squash.
Or you can roast the butternut squash in the air fryer, then use it for roasted butternut squash soup.
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Frozen Squash Ingredients
Squash – I recommend using at least one bag of frozen butternut squash cubes. This is because they are small, hold a lot of water and it soon goes down to nothing once it has been air fried. We did 1kg/2.2lbs (2 bags of 500g) in the air fryer.
Seasonings – Then for seasonings because frozen squash can be rather bland you will need loads of seasonings. I went with salt, pepper, sweet paprika, and coriander.
Oil – I also recommend some extra virgin olive oil to help make your frozen cubed butternut squash crispier as it cooks.
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How To Cook Frozen Butternut Squash Cubes?
- Load. Remove the frozen butternut squash cubes from the bags and load into the air fryer basket.
- Cook. Air fry for 12 minutes at 160c/320f.
- Drain. Next drain the excess water from the bottom of the air fryer basket and load the almost cooked butternut squash into a mixing bowl.
- Season. Add seasoning and extra virgin olive oil to the bowl and mix with a spoon or your hands.
- Cook. Load the butternut squash back into the air fryer and cook for a final 6 minutes at 200c/400f.
And I am sure you can see now how easy it is to cook air fryer frozen butternut squash and why you should be doing it too!
How Long To Cook Cubed Butternut Squash?
The recommended cooking time for air fryer frozen butternut squash is JUST 18 minutes. This includes first thawing and then cooking the butternut squash.
For butternut squash air fryer temperature, we recommend 160c/320f to thaw the butternut squash and then 200c/400f for making it like yummy roasted butternut squash.
What Do You Put On Butternut Squash?
I recommend cooking frozen butternut squash with the seasonings that fit in with what you are serving your butternut squash with.
Seasonings for butternut squash that work well include cinnamon, nutmeg for a more fall flavour. Or coriander, mixed herbs, thyme, basil etc for when serving the butternut squash with some roasted meat.
What To Do With Cubed Butternut Squash?
When I cook frozen butternut squash in the air fryer, it goes one of two ways. Either the cubed butternut squash is used as a side dish for dinner and then served with some meat. Such as on the side of air fryer frozen breakfast sausage or on the side of air fryer lamb steaks.
The other idea with cubed butternut squash, is to cook squash in the air fryer first and then use it in soups or sauces. Such as soup maker cheese sauce that uses butternut squash as the hidden veggie, or in our slow cooker veggie korma.
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Air Fryer Frozen Butternut Squash Cubes
- Remove frozen butternut squash cubes from the packaging and load into the air fryer basket. Air fry for 12 minutes at 160c/320f.
- When the air fryer beeps, place butternut squash into a bowl with seasonings and extra virgin olive oil.
- Then remove excess water from bottom of the air fryer unit.
- Then back to the bowl. Mix in seasonings and extra virgin olive oil with your hands or a spoon.
- Load butternut squash back into the air fryer basket and cook for a further 6 minutes at 200c/400f before serving.