These crispy baked butternut squash fries are a delicious way to enjoy butternut squash this Fall.
Last year around this time, I was all about spaghetti squash. This year, I am completely in love with butternut squash.
These baked fries are easy to cook. The hardest part is just breaking down the squash if you don’t have a special cutter. Or you can also buy pre-cut spears as well.
To make them develop a crisper skin, I coated them very lightly in cornstarch. Then I flavored them with some dried thyme, rosemary and parsley.
These were so fun to snack on! I plan on making them a lot more this season. Now I just need to get Mr. K to help me break down the squash.
If you like this recipe you might like my roasted delicata squash recipe, too.
Butternut Squash Fries
- 1 medium butternut squash skin and seeds removed and cut into 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch sticks
- 2-3 tbsp cornstarch
- 2-3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp dried herbs of your choice I used thyme and rosemary
- finely chopped parsley thyme, rosemary for garnish
- salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Pat dry your squash sticks with a paper towel. Add 1 lb of sticks to a large plastic or ziploc bag. Add 1 tbsp of cornstarch. Seal bag and shake several times until squash sticks are evenly coated in cornstarch.
- Remove squash from bag and place into a large strainer or colander. Shake squash several times to remove any excess cornstarch so that the squash sticks are left with only a very thin coating of cornstarch.
- Repeat with remaining squash, adding 1 tbsp of cornstarch for each 1 lb of squash sticks.
- Place squash sticks into a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil for every 1 lb of squash. Sprinkle 2 tsp of dried herbs. Toss until squash is evenly coated with herbs and oil.
- Place squash sticks in a single layer onto baking sheets, making sure not to overlap any.
- Bake for about 20 minutes. Flip fries and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until edges darken and the surface of the squash fries crisp up.
- Remove from oven and allow fries to cool until they are cool enough to touch (about 15-20 minutes), which will further crisp them. Season with salt and garnish with fresh herbs. Serve with dipping sauce of your choice.
- For best results, keep the size of sticks uniform so that they cook evenly. Also, watch them carefully when baking so that they don't burn. You may need to reduce or increase cooking time depending on the size of your fries.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.