Air Fryer Acorn Squash [Sweet and Savory]

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For the perfect fall/winter side dish that is always a crowd-pleaser, air fryer acorn squash is a must-try!

Ready in less than 30 minutes, this squash can be enjoyed in two ways – sweet or savory!

You can even make one half one way and one half the other way to suit different preferences.

halves of cooked acorn squash on white plate with fork inside
Air fryer acorn squash is so good!

Recipe Tips

Before you make acorn squash in the air fryer, read through these recipe tips so that you get the best results!

  • Be careful when cutting the acorn squash in half since it can roll around quite a bit. Try finding a position in which the acorn squash is relatively stable before cutting it.
  • Once you cut the acorn squash into two halves, be sure to test if they fit in the air fryer tray/basket. Otherwise, you might have to cook one half at a time.
  • This recipe includes suggestions for sweet acorn squash or savory acorn squash. Which one you make is up to personal preference and what you plan to serve it with. You can also make one half sweet and the other half savory – in that case make sure to cut the ingredient amounts in half.

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Step by Step Instructions

If you’d like to see the exact steps for how to cook acorn squash in the air fryer, you can stay in this section to look at the recipe process photos.

This way, you have a visual guide for how to make this dish!

If you just want the cooking time and temperature without visuals, you can skip below to the detailed recipe card.

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Cut the acorn squash in half.

Rinse the acorn squash. Then cut it in half.

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Remove the seeds with a spoon.

Scoop out the seeds with a spoon.

two halves of acorn squash with scoring inside on wooden cutting board
Score the inside flesh.

Then lightly score the inside flesh in a grid pattern.

At this point, test to make sure that both halves of the squash will fit into your air fryer.

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You can add butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and maple syrup for a sweet taste.

Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees. While you wait, season the acorn squash.

For A Sweet Taste: Place one teaspoon of butter into the middle of each squash half and sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon on top of the cut sides of the acorn squash.

Then, drizzle the maple syrup on top and add a sprinkle of salt.

half of acorn squash on grey plate with spices inside
For a savory option, add oil, salt, garlic powder, and pepper.

For a Savory Taste: Rub the inside of the squash with oil, then sprinkle the salt, garlic powder, and black pepper on top of the flesh and into the middle.

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Add the acorn squash to the air fryer.

When the air fryer is preheated, add the squash halves to your air fryer with the flesh/core side facing up.

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Make sure the acorn squash is tender.

Cook the acorn squash halves for 18-22 minutes until tender. An easy way to test this is by piercing the flesh with a fork.

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This acorn squash is ready to fluff and eat!

Once the squash is done, remove the halves from the air fryer. Fluff the flesh with a fork and serve. Enjoy!

Storage Tips

Once fluffed and scooped out of the peels, acorn squash stores well. Toss leftovers in a sealed container and put them in the fridge.

Leftovers will last for up to 4 days but eat them sooner rather than later. You can reheat squash that has been scooped out in the microwave.

If you choose to keep some of the squash in the peel, you could reheat it by putting the acorn squash halve back in the air fryer for a few minutes!

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halves of cooked acorn squash on white plate with fork inside

Air Fryer Acorn Squash

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Air Fryer Acorn Squash is a great way to enjoy this winter squash! Ready in less than 30 minutes, this acorn squash can be enjoyed two ways - sweet or savory - and makes a terrific cold-weather side dish!

Ingredients

  • 1 acorn squash (approximately 2 pounds)

Sweet (For The Whole Squash)

  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • a sprinkle of salt

Savory (For The Whole Squash)

  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Rinse the acorn squash. Then cut it in half and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Lightly score the inside flesh in a grid pattern. At this point, test to make sure that both halves of the squash will fit into your air fryer.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees. While you wait, season the acorn squash:
  3. For A Sweet Taste: Place one teaspoon of butter into the middle of each squash half and sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon on top of the cut sides of the acorn squash. Then, drizzle the maple syrup on top and add a sprinkle of salt.
  4. For a Savory Taste: Rub the inside of the squash with oil, then sprinkle the salt, garlic powder, and black pepper on top of the flesh and into the middle.
  5. When the air fryer is preheated, add the squash halves to your air fryer with the flesh/core side facing up.
  6. Cook the acorn squash halves for 18-22 minutes until tender. An easy way to test this is by piercing the flesh with a fork.
  7. Once the squash is done, remove the halves from the air fryer. Fluff the flesh with a fork and serve. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Be careful when cutting the acorn squash in half since it can roll around quite a bit. Try finding a position in which the acorn squash is relatively stable before cutting it.
  • If you can't decide on whether you want to enjoy your acorn squash sweet or savory, you can also season one half to be sweet and the other to be savory. When doing this, just make sure to only use half of the ingredient amounts mentioned above since they are for one whole squash.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 83Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 428mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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