Looking for a healthy french fries? Try these easy oil-free baked butternut squash fries with only 2 simple ingredients — butternut squash and sea salt!
These squash fries are a favorite of mine! If you’re unfamiliar with handling butternut squash, you may have a little trouble at first, but you’ll be a pro in no time. The first thing you need to know is that unlike summer squash, butternut squash is rather hard so you’ll need to use a sharp knife to cut it.
Do you have to peel butternut squash?
Many butternut squash recipes suggest that you peel the squash. You can certainly do this, but it’s not 100% necessary. Once the squash has been roasted the peel becomes pretty soft, but still has a little toughness to it. Sometimes I take the time to peel it (using a potato peeler), other times I don’t worry about it.
For these fries, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Cut the butternut squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Cut the squash into french fry shapes – trying to make the pieces similar in size to they finish cooking at the same time. Place the squash fries on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray or lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with sea salt and bake for 40 minutes, flipping halfway. Fries are done when they are starting to brown on the edges and are crispy.
Which is better butternut squash or sweet potato?
Both veggies have a similar nutrition profile! They are low in fat and sodium and high in vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, C and potassium. They both pack in a good amount of fiber and are great vegetables to add to your diet!