Healthy Butternut Squash Fries Recipe
Serves: 2 People
Squash Fries Recipe Overview
Wholesome, crispy, guilt-free butternut squash fries, oven roasted to perfection. A simple but fulfilling snack or side dish that is low in fat.
Kitchen Tools Used In Making The Squash Fries Recipe
Oven tray or basket
Ingredients For The Squash Fries Recipe
Spices (to taste)
Preparing and Cooking the Squash
Wash your butternut squash, then on a secure cutting board, cut a ¼” off both ends. Safety tip: when cutting large fruits with tough rinds, it’s important to secure the cutting board. This can be done by placing a rubber mat, or alternatively a damp, clean towel underneath your cutting surface. Some cutting boards already have features such as rubber corners to lock them into place while cutting.
For this recipe, you will be peeling the squash and disposing of the peels. A fully developed butternut squash has a tough rind that is usually unsuitable for consumption. However, if you are using a petite, young squash, the rind is sometimes thin enough to eat as you can with potatoes.
Cut the squash into ¼” to ⅜” spears, approximately 3” in length. Your goal is to cut the squash into a uniform size and shape. This promotes even cooking and produces tender fries with a crispy exterior. If your cut fries vary too much in size, the smaller ones will overcook, and the larger ones may be raw in the middle.
Put the squash spears into your oven basket (or oven tray). Bake at 395º for 30 minutes. If you elect to cook on a flat tray, it is best to flip the fries about halfway through the cooking process. In this case, temporarily remove the tray from they oven with an oven mitt, then use your spatula to roll each fry onto its opposite side. Be sure to space the fries out equally as well. This creates the ideal cooking environment to achieve tasty, consistent fries.
Enjoy these fries immediately for the best texture. Leftovers can be refrigerated for 3-5 days and reheated in an air-fry basket. This dish is a fantastic addition to a gameday snack spread, and goes well with oven baked chicken wings. But if squash fries aren’t your thing, and you still like to eat healthy, try these easy baked yam fries.