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Baked Sriracha Butternut Squash Fries Recipe

Baked Sriracha Butternut Squash Fries
I am perpetually counting calories. Which is a whole lot of fun! Perhaps this is just my perception, but it sure seems like the food blogging world is full of the “Oh gosh, I just eat whatever I want and I never workout!” types who weigh 110 pounds and post six dessert recipes a week, usually involving Rolos and/or several heaping cups full of Nutella and I resent them and their amazing metabolism.

Seeding Butternut Squash
I am not one of those bloggers. Nope. I have to watch every single thing I eat. So butternut squash fries make a frequent appearance on our dinner table. If I’m making veggie burgers or grilled cheese or something else that’s a little bit high in calories, butternut squash fries are a good low calorie counter-balance to that. And they’re filling! And delicious! And healthy! Butternut squash is high in fiber, beta carotene, potassium, and Vitamins C & B6. So in addition to having fewer calories than potato fries, they’re more nutritious too.

Lower calories! More nutrition! Really, you can’t go wrong with butternut squash fries.

Bottle of Sriracha
Okay, there’s one slight downside. Butternut squash fries are not as crispy as regular fries. They’re just as versatile, though. I used to alternate between sprinkling them with chipotle powder and sprinkling them with cinnamon, but my new thing is sriracha. Baked Sriracha Butternut Squash Fries are now my favorite butternut squash fries! To me, they’re just spicy enough, but you can always drizzle some extra sriracha onto the fries after they’re done baking.

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Baked Sriracha Butternut Squash Fries

Baked Sriracha Butternut Squash Fries Recipe

Sweet-and-spicy oven fries made with butternut squash and sriracha.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. peanut, vegetable, canola or any other neutral-flavored oil
  • 1 tsp. sriracha
  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into evenly-sized steak fries
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Whisk together oil and sriracha in a large bowl. Transfer butternut squash fries to bowl and toss to coat. (It’s messy, but use your handsβ€”it works best!) Pour fries onto a rimmed baking sheet and arrange in a single layer. Sprinkle with salt.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes, then carefully flip fries over using tongs or a spatula. Sprinkle with additional salt and bake for 20 minutes more or until tender and browned on edges.

Notes

If you’re not a fan of sriracha, you can use this same method with cinnamon, chipotle chili powder, Chinese 5 spice powder, smoked paprika, curry powder, or pumpkin pie spice. So many possibilities!

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65 Comments

  • Reply
    mjskit
    December 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Oh you know how I love spicy and these spicy squash fries sound like a perfect treat for me!!! Great idea!

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    Natalie
    December 22, 2012 at 3:21 am

    I am so with you on this! I mostly blog about cakes and other sweet baked goods, but I only get to eat them (in tiny portions) because I religiously calorie count everything I eat and make my main meals as healthy as possible!

    I’m a big fan of using butternut squash in place of sweet potato to cut calories, and will definitely give this recipe a go.

    So pleased to have discovered your blog, look forward to browsing more of your recipes!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 22, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      Yeah, when I do a sweet recipe, I usually take a small portion for myself and my husband gets the rest. Which works well for him because he can eat insane amounts of food and never gain an ounce! So jealous. πŸ™‚

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    Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving
    December 23, 2012 at 1:58 am

    This looks amazing and I’m going to try this tomorrow with extra rooster sauce.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 25, 2012 at 11:10 am

      Yeah, my husband puts extra sriracha on his too. πŸ˜€

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    Genevieve
    December 23, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I love sweet potato fries but I can’t remember if I’ve ever tried baking butternut squash as fries…I know I would love these though! Like you, I usually go for either hot spices like chili powder or the sweet variation like cinnamon, so it would be nice to change things up and try baking my fries with sriracha next time!

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      Kiersten
      December 25, 2012 at 11:09 am

      These are pretty similar to sweet potato fries, just a little bit softer and less starchy. Squashier, I guess. πŸ™‚

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    debra pearlstein
    December 23, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    You just have no idea how much I love this idea! And yours look like perfection. I am going to try this!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 25, 2012 at 11:00 am

      I hope you like them! I am totally burnt out on butternut squash at the moment, but I still love the fries. πŸ˜€

  • Reply
    Heidi @ Food Doodles
    December 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Haha, I got a kick out of your perception of other food bloggers. I feel the same way. But I can guarantee you I am totally not that way. I’ve had an awful cold for a week so I’ve been planning my return to working out. After cookie week on the blog, I need it! Haha. I LOVE squash fries. Sure, they’re soft, but they’re yummy. And being in fry form they are way easier to feed to the kids, hah!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 27, 2012 at 11:27 am

      I have an awful cold too. πŸ™ I hope you feel better soon! I’m not working out this week, but I think my lack of appetite will help make up for it…

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    Brandi
    February 15, 2013 at 11:49 am

    You should really try Jojo’s Sriracha (bought here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/loveofjojo, but more on her and the sriracha here: http://foodcurated.com/2012/11/jojos-sriracha-bringing-more-hot-pepper-flavor-to-the-party/). Pure, clean ingredients and AMAZING product. Every one really does taste slightly different. No preservatives like the other stuff. And, super fun to support a small business/craft food maker. Plus, guessing it’d taste amazing on these πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      February 15, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation! It must be popular–it looks like she’s sold out!

  • Reply
    Anna {Herbivore Triathlete}
    February 27, 2013 at 11:21 am

    My husband is a hot sauce addict! He would absolutely die for these fries. Thanks for a great recipe idea.

  • Reply
    Heather
    July 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Sounds yummy! How many fries are in a serving and how many calories?
    Thanks! πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      July 24, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      The number of fries depends on the exact size and shape of the squash–I get about 36. I’m not sure how many calories are in a serving.

  • Reply
    She Rocks Fitness
    October 10, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Cannot wait to make this, because I have all the ingredients! YES! I also love the simplicity of this. Glad I stumbled upon your blog! πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      I hope you enjoy the recipe! πŸ˜€

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    Jordan
    November 12, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    This looks awesome! Just wanted to let you know I included you in my sriracha recipes roundup. Have a great day πŸ™‚ http://smilesandwich.com/2013/11/07/healthy-recipes-with-sriracha-sauce/

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 12, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks for the feature! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Sierra
    November 13, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    I am munching on my test batch right now and I have to say..OH my gosh are these good!! I don’t really like squash but these are amazing. the sweet and salty with a bit of heat is just perfect. The only thing I did different was to add a little peanut butter to give it a bit of a szechuan flavor. Yum!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 14, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      Ooh, I like the idea of adding peanut butter! I am intrigued. πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Laura @ FitMamaLove
    January 28, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Just made this tonight. So yummy! My one- and three-year-olds liked it too!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      January 29, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Thanks for your comment–I’m glad they were a hit!

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