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Healthy Paleo French Fries with Butternut Squash

Chef Dan Catanio , On February 12, 2024


Healthy Paleo French Fries Recipe

Paleo French Fries Recipe Description

This healthy paleo recipe is a cinch to make, and super tasty. Indulge in healthy French fries made from butternut squash. Perfectly roasted squash spears, with simple, paleo-friendly seasoning. It’s an absolute staple recipe for any healthy paleo diet.

Ingredients to Make Paleo French Fries

healthy paleo french fries ingredients

Ingredients for this paleo French fries recipe.

  • Butternut Squash

  • Kosher salt

  • Black pepper

  • Spices (to taste)

Kitchen Tools for this Paleo French Fries Recipe

healthy paleo french fries kitchen tools

Kitchen tools needed to make paleo French fries.

  • Oven tray or basket

  • Vegetable peeler

  • Chef’s knife

  • Spoon

How to Make Paleo French Fries Step-by-Step Directions

  1. 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.

    Squash cut ends

    Simply cut the ends from your squash.

  2. 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.

    Squash Fries peeled

    Peel the entire squash, as the rind is too tough for eating.

    Squash Fries peeled

    Bonus points if you compost the peels.

  3. 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.

    cutting butternut squash

    Take an extra moment to cut each piece the same thickness.

    cutting butternut squash into spears

    Uniformly sized fries cook more evenly.

  4. 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.

    Squash Fries Oven Basket

    The oven basket is perfect for evenly cooking these fries.

  5. 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 healthy paleo cookout, 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.

  6. squashed fries plated with garnish

    Enjoy these fries with paleo seasonings and/or sauces of your choice.

Serving Suggestions for this Paleo French Fries Recipe

This delicious paleo french fries recipe pairs well with a myriad of paleo dishes, sides, and sauces. Sticking to your paleo diet can be challenging. If you need help, you can try paleo meals delivered direct to your doorstep for ultra ease and convenience.

Chef Dan Catanio

A Culinary Institute of America graduate from the 1990s, Chef Dan began his career as a saucier at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan under the Hilton Corporation. Over the years, he has held key positions such as Corporate Executive Chef Director at 5-star restaurants, country clubs, and Indian Casino Resorts.