Air Fryer Orange-Cranberry Butternut Squash with Ginger

This colorful side dish uses orange juice, cranberries, and grated fresh ginger to add some extra zing to butternut squash. The air fryer makes preparing dinner convenient, because it leaves your oven available for other duties. Goat cheese crumbles would be a delicious optional topping for this dish.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 servings


  • 1 sheet heavy-duty aluminum foil

  • 2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and seeded

  • ½ cup fresh cranberries, rinsed and dried

  • ½ cup orange juice

  • ¼ cup honey

  • ¼ cup melted butter

  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger

  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • teaspoon ground white pepper, or to taste

  • ½ small orange, sliced

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, or to taste


  1. Line the basket of a 5.8-quart air fryer with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Foil should completely cover the bottom of the basket, and go about halfway up the sides, to form an inner pot.

  2. Slice butternut squash into 2x3/4-inch pieces and place inside the foil-lined air fryer basket. Sprinkle cranberries on top.

  3. Stir orange juice, honey, melted butter, grated ginger, salt, and white pepper together in a small bowl. Pour over squash and cranberries.

  4. Set air fryer to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  5. Air fry for about 10 minutes. Stir contents, making sure to rotate unbrowned pieces to the top and browned pieces to the bottom. Continue air frying for an additional 10 minutes. Stir again, rotating browned pieces beneath the unbrowned pieces, and air fry for about 6 minutes. Stir and cook until squash is fork-tender, about 4 minutes more.

  6. Place squash and cranberries into a serving dish. Carefully lift the foil out of the air fryer basket and pour cooking liquid over all. Garnish with fresh orange slices and fresh parsley.

Cook's Notes:

You can use ghee instead of butter.

Air fryers are different in capacity and performance, from brand to brand. A smaller air fryer will require batch cooking, and the cooking time should be adjusted for the smaller amount.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

197 Calories
8g Fat
34g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 197
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 256mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 48mg 242%
Calcium 83mg 6%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 616mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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