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Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash

Thanks to its mild flavor and simple cooking method, spaghetti squash is popular side dish for just about any meal. In fact, it can be a meal on its own if you’re looking for a vegetarian dinner idea! And with the help of this air fryer spaghetti squash recipe, you can prepare a delicious dish for dinner in a matter of minutes.
Spaghetti squash on a plate.

Thanks to its mild flavor and simple cooking method, spaghetti squash is popular side dish for just about any meal. In fact, it can be a meal on its own if you’re looking for a vegetarian dinner idea! And with the help of this air fryer spaghetti squash recipe, you can prepare a delicious dish for dinner in a matter of minutes. 

Air fryer spaghetti squash with herbs.

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What Do I Need to Make Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash?

Spaghetti squash is a delicious and healthy side dish for any dinner. In addition to being easy to make, this quick air fryer recipe can also be prepared using just a few simple ingredients. To make spaghetti squash in the air fryer, you’ll need:

Ingredients for squash in air fryer.

How Do I Make Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash?

Preparing spaghetti squash in your air fryer is a quick and easy way to make this low-carb recipe. That’s because you can whip it up with just a few minutes of prep work. Follow these simple steps to cook your spaghetti squash in your air fryer.

Step One: Prepare the Squash

Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise using a sharp knife and remove the seeds. Then, drizzle the squash with oil and sprinkle the seasoning on each half.

 

Step Two: Air Fry the Spaghetti Squash

Place both halves of the squash in the air fryer basket and set it to cook at 380 degrees for 18 minutes. The spaghetti squash is finished cooking when a fork is easily inserted into the flash. 

 

Step Three: Stir the Squash

Use a pot holder to remove the squash from the basket and scrape the flesh with a fork. Stir the strands of the squash with a fork to spread the seasoning evenly, then top with fresh parsley before serving.

Note: This recipe was made in a 5.8 Quart Cosori Basket Style Air Fryer. Cooking times and temperatures will vary between makes & models of air fryers.

Spaghetti squash strands on fork.

How Do You Cook Squash in the Air Fryer?

Using your air fryer is a great way to cook squash. But in order to make this appliance work for you, there are a few things you should do before you start cooking. Use these tips and tricks for preparing your squash for cooking in the air fryer.

  • Trim the squash. Depending on the size of your air fryer and the size of your squash, you may need to trim the squash before cooking it. Start by cutting the squash in half lengthwise. If it’s still too big to fit into your basket, trim the ends or cut the squash in half one more time before placing in the air fryer.
  • Add some oil. To help your squash cook in the air fryer, adding a small amount of oil to the top of the squash is a good idea. You can use nonstick cooking spray to reduce the fat content or simply brush your squash with your favorite oil to keep it from drying out as it cooks.
  • Season the squash. Adding a small amount of seasoning to the squash before cooking is a great way to infuse even more flavor to the vegetable. You can use a variety of different seasoning combinations when cooking squash in the air fryer.
  • Cook in batches, if needed. If your air fryer is too small to hold the entire squash, try cooking the pieces in batches. Overcrowding the air fryer basket with too much food can prevent air flow within the appliance, resulting in uneven cooking. Instead, remove extra pieces from the basket and cook the excess separately to ensure all your squash is cooked evenly.

Overhead view of spaghetti squash on a plate with fresh herbs.

Can I Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Oven?

Using your air fryer to prepare your spaghetti squash is a quick and easy cooking method. But if you don’t have an air fryer, you can also make this simple recipe in the oven.

Start by preparing your spaghetti squash in the method described in the recipe. After that, place the seasoned squash in a baking sheet or in a casserole dish. Bake the squash at 400 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, until the flesh is fork-tender.

Squash with herbs.

Spaghetti Squash Seasoning Ideas

Using Italian seasonings on your spaghetti squash is a great way to enhance the natural flavor of the vegetable. But it’s not the only seasoning blend you can use when making this recipe! Try these different flavor ideas each time you prepare your squash in the air fryer:

  • Salt and pepper. Enjoy the flavor of the squash without weighing it down with other spices by using a simple combination of salt and pepper before cooking.
  • BBQ. Use your favorite BBQ seasoning blend to add some sweet and smoky flavor to the spaghetti squash before cooking it.
  • Taco seasoning. Give your spaghetti squash some Mexican flavor with the help of taco seasoning. Sprinkle your favorite blend over the top of the squash before cooking it in your air fryer.
  • Herb parmesan. Add some cheesiness to your spaghetti squash by mixing in some parmesan cheese. After cooking the spaghetti squash topped with garlic powder and Italian herbs, stir some freshly grated parmesan cheese into the squash before serving.

Spaghetti squash on a plate.

Spaghetti squash on a plate.

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash

Thanks to its mild flavor and simple cooking method, spaghetti squash is popular side dish for just about any meal. In fact, it can be a meal on its own if you’re looking for a vegetarian dinner idea! And with the help of this air fryer spaghetti squash recipe, you can prepare a delicious dish for dinner in a matter of minutes.
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Air Fryer, American, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 81kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise using a sharp knife and remove the seeds.
  • Drizzle the squash with oil and sprinkle the seasoning on each half.
  • Place both halves of the squash in the air fryer basket and set it to cook at 380 degrees for 18 minutes. The spaghetti squash is finished cooking when a fork is easily inserted into the flesh.
  • Use a pot holder to remove the squash from the basket and scrape the flesh with a fork. Stir the strands of the squash with a fork to spread the seasoning evenly, then top with fresh parsley before serving.

Notes

Note: This recipe was made in a 5.8 Quart Cosori Basket Style Air Fryer. Cooking times and temperatures will vary between makes & models of air fryers.

Nutrition

Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 318mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 194IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg
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judy

Monday 15th of August 2022

this taste just as good as if it was done in a conventional oven.

Cecil

Monday 15th of August 2022

I want to point out something that would aid greatly in adapting your air fryer recipes to individual air fryer use. Although you mention that some modification may be needed due to the size of the individual's own air fryer, you do not mention the make and model of air fryer used for each recipe. I own a Gourmia 7 Quart air fryer. Depending on the power of your air fryer the time can be considerably more or less. It would be great if you could address this. If I follow the recipes as written for time and temperature, they will turn our extremely overcooked in my air fryer. I love your recipes and the site, but please make users aware of these factors that will influence their results.

angela @marathonsandmotivation

Monday 15th of August 2022

Thank you so much for your feedback! I did edit the post to say what size & style air fryer I used to make this. It is definitely an important piece to mention. I have 3 different air fryers, all different styles and sizes, so I used to reference it in my posts, but had gotten out of the habit of doing it. I really appreciate you taking the time to comment and let me know this :-)