Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Rings

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Want a unique way to cook spaghetti squash? Air fryer spaghetti squash rings are a fun side dish!

Easy to make with a few simple seasonings, spaghetti squash rings in the air fryer look good on the plate with other seasonal meal ideas!

yellow spaghetti squash rings on white plate with parsley
Air fryer spaghetti squash rings – so good!

Recipe Tips/Substitutions

Before you air fry spaghetti squash rings, read through these recipe tips so that you know exactly how to prepare them!

  • There are a couple different ways to cut the spaghetti squash into rings, but always make sure that the squash lays relatively stable on its side. Cut one end off the squash.
    • Method 1: With the squash on its side, use a large knife to cut into the peel and cut through in a downward motion (while maintaining even thickness as you cut).
    • Method 2: With the spagehetti squash laying on its side, cut into the peel with a smaller knife and rotate the spaghetti squash around in a circle all the while maintaining an even thickness of 3/4 inches approx.
  • We kept the spices simple with salt, garlic powder, and pepper but you can adjust the seasonings to better suit your tastes.
  • Make sure to not overcrowd the air fryer. You don’t want the rings to overlap as this can result in uneven cooking times. Instead, either cut the rings in half to fit more into the air fryer or cook the rings in multiple batches.
  • If you cut your squash rings thicker or thinner, the cooking time might change accordingly.

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

Step by Step Instructions

For the instructions on how to make spaghetti squash rings in the air fryer, you can follow the detailed recipe instructions with process photos in this section.

If you just want to know about the cooking time and temperature without visuals, you can find all that information in the recipe card at the bottom of this post!

large knife cutting into yellow spaghetti squash on wooden board
Cut the spaghetti squash into rings

First, cut the spaghetti squash into rings that are approximately 3/4 inch thick. If you need help, read the recipe tips section above!

We only use four rings for the recipe so you don’t need to cut the whole squash.

silver spoon removing seeds from inside a spaghetti squash ring on wooden board
Remove the pulp and seed from the squash rings.

Next, remove the pulp and seeds from the rings with a spoon. Set them aside – you can use the seeds for air fryer spaghetti squash seeds if you wish.

At this time also preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit.

yellow spaghetti squash rings in clear glass dish with oil and spices on top
Add oil and spices to the spaghetti squash rings.

Place the rings into a baking dish or on a large plate. Lightly spray both sides of the rings with oil spray – or rub in some oil.

Then sprinkle the rings with salt, garlic powder, and black pepper on both sides.

spaghetti squash rings in black air fryer tray on white counter
Add the rings to the preheated air fryer.

When the air fryer is hot, place however many rings you can fit without overlap into the air fryer tray. You could also cut some of the rings in half to fit more.

We usually have to cook them in two batches, but if your air fryer is quite large, you might be able to fit all four rings in at once.

cooked spaghetti squash rings in black air fryer tray on counter
Cook the squash until tender.

Cook the spaghetti squash rings at 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-14 minutes total until tender (you can test this with a fork).

Flip the rings halfway through the cooking time. The exact cooking time will vary by air fryer and thickness of the rings.

cooked spaghetti squash rings on white plate on wooden board
These spaghetti squash rings are a tasty and fun side dish!

When done, remove the cooked rings from the air fryer and cook the second batch of rings (if applicable).

Let the spaghetti squash rings cool for a minute, then fluff them with a fork and serve (or serve them as rings and let people fluff them on their plate!).

You can add more seasonings and/or some chopped parsley on top (optional). Enjoy!

Storage Tips

If you have leftover air-fried spaghetti squash rings, you can store them in a sealed container in the fridge.

You can either store the rings as is or loosen the cooked squash from the rings since this is what you’ll want to eat and it stores smaller than the full-sized rings.

You can easily reheat the squash in the microwave. If you kept the squash as rings, you can also reheat them in the air fryer.

However, don’t do this with loose squash as it could fly around and get into the heating elements of the air fryer).

Related Recipes

If you’re a fan of spaghetti squash (or just squash, in general), check out these other air fryer recipes:

cooked spaghetti squash rings on white plate on wooden board

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Rings

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Rings are an easy-to-make side! Made from fresh spaghetti squash and a few spices, these rings are a great addition to seasonal dinners!

Ingredients

  • 4 rings spaghetti squash (approximately 3/4 inch thick)
  • avocado oil spray (alternatively 1 teaspoon oil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder (more to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper (more to taste)

Instructions

  1. Remove the pulp and seeds from the rings with a spoon. Set them aside - you can use the seeds for air fryer spaghetti squash seeds if you wish.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Place the rings into a baking dish or on a large plate. Lightly spray both sides of the rings with oil spray - or rub in some oil. Then sprinkle the rings with salt, garlic powder, and black pepper on both sides.
  4. When the air fryer is hot, place however many rings you can fit without overlap into the air fryer tray. You could also cut some of the rings in half to fit more. We usually have to cook them in two batches, but if your air fryer is quite large, you might be able to fit all four rings in at once.
  5. Cook the spaghetti squash rings at 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-14 minutes total until tender (you can test this with a fork). Flip the rings halfway through the cooking time. The exact cooking time will vary by air fryer and thickness of the rings.
  6. When done, remove the cooked rings from the air fryer and cook the second batch of rings (if applicable). Let the spaghetti squash rings cool for a minute, then fluff them with a fork and serve (or serve them as rings and let people fluff them on their plate!). You can add more seasonings and/or some chopped parsley on top (optional). Enjoy!

Notes

  • 4 rings of spaghetti squash is approximately 1/2 of a squash. Of course, this can vary depending on how large your spaghetti squash is. If you want to cook the whole squash, we would recommend just following our regular spaghetti squash recipe and not cutting the squash into rings (it would take longer since you'd have to likely cook the rings in more than 2 batches).
  • To cut the squash into rings, first cut off one end of the squash. Then, using a large knife, cut into the squash to create rings with a thickness of approximately 3/4 inch. You can either cut straight into the squash top to bottom and try to keep a consistent thickness OR you can choose to get the knife through the peel and rotate the spaghetti squash in a circle to cut the ring (again, aiming for a consistent thickness all around).
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 64Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 154mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 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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