Spaghetti Squash in Air Fryer

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Looking for the perfect fall side dish? Spaghetti squash in the air fryer is definitely for you!

Made in less than 30 minutes and easy to prep, this tasty squash turns out fluffy and tender.

Air fryer spaghetti squash is a versatile dish that goes with loads of flavors – but we love it around the harvest season with a bit of salt and ground pepper!

spaghetti squash in bowl lifted with silver fork
Spaghetti squash is easy to make in the air fryer.

Recipe Tips

Before you head out to make air fryer spaghetti squash, read through these recipe tips:

  • Be sure to get a spaghetti squash that will fit in your air fryer once cut it in half. If yours is too large for the air fryer, you might have to cook one half at a time. Also keep in mind that larger spaghetti squash will take slightly longer to cook.
  • When choosing a spaghetti squash, try to pick one that is yellow in color rather than pale. This is a good indicator of flavor.
  • We like keeping the spices simple with a bit of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. You can change them up to suit your personal preferences.

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

Step by Step Instructions

If you are wondering how to make air fryer spaghetti squash, you can check out the step-by-step process photos in this section.

This way, you can see exactly how we make it and follow along at home!

If you just want the recipe cooking times and temperatures without visuals, you can skip below to the recipe card.

spaghetti squash cut in half with knife through it on wooden board
Cut the spaghetti squash.

First, cut the ends off the spaghetti squash, then cut it in half lengthwise. Make sure the two halves are the same size.

If you are unable to cut the spaghetti squash this way, you could try putting it in the microwave for a couple of minutes and then cut it.

Psst: you can also make air fryer spaghetti squash rings if you’d prefer to serve those!

silver spoon scooping seeds out of spaghetti squash on wooden board
Scoop out the seeds.

Once open, scoop out the seeds. Also, test the size of the halves to make sure that they fit in your air fryer.

Save seeds for later to make air fryer roasted spaghetti squash seeds!

spices and oil on open halves of spaghetti squash on plate on counter
Add oil and spices to the spaghetti squash.

Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit.

In the meantime, spray or brush the insides of the squash halves with oil. Then sprinkle salt, garlic powder, and pepper onto them.

halves of spaghetti squash in black air fryer tray on white counter
Place the squash into the preheated air fryer.

Once preheated, place squash halves into the air fryer with the cut/spiced sides facing up.

cooked spaghetti squash halves in black air fryer tray
Cook the squash until tender.

Cook the spaghetti squash for 17-22 minutes until soft. You can check the tenderness of the squash easily with a fork.

cooked spaghetti squash halves on plate with insides fluffed
Fluff the spaghetti squash with a fork.

When done, remove the squash from the air fryer and fluff it with a fork.

yellow spaghetti squash in bowl on plate with squash behind
Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash – ready for serving!

You can add some parmesan cheese, chopped-up parsley as well as more salt and/or pepper before serving if desired.

You can also use the cooked spaghetti squash as an ingredient in air fryer spaghetti squash fritters!

Storage Tips

Air fried spaghetti squash stores really nicely in a sealed container in the fridge. Stored correctly, it’ll keep for up to 5 days.

You can then easily reheat the fluffed squash in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave.

Related Recipes

For more tasty air fryer side dishes, have a look at these other wonderful recipes!

yellow spaghetti squash in bowl on plate with squash behind

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash makes the perfect side dish. Ready in less than 30 minutes with minimal prep, you can easily incorporate this fall taste into your dinner ideas!

Ingredients

  • 1 spaghetti squash (2-3 pounds)
  • avocado oil spray or 1 teaspoon avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut the ends off the spaghetti squash, then cut it in half lengthwise. Make sure the two halves are the same size. If you are unable to cut the spaghetti squash this way, you could try putting it in the microwave for a couple of minutes and then cut it. Once open, scoop out the seeds. Also, test the size of the halves to make sure that they fit in your air fryer.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. In the meantime, spray or brush the insides of the squash halves with oil. Then sprinkle salt, garlic powder, and pepper onto them.
  4. Once preheated, place squash halves into the air fryer with the cut/spiced sides facing up.
  5. Cook the spaghetti squash for 17-22 minutes until soft. You can check the tenderness of the squash easily with a fork.
  6. When done, remove the squash from the air fryer and fluff it with a fork. You can add parmesan cheese as well as more salt and/or pepper if desired.

Notes

  • Be sure to get a spaghetti squash that is on the smaller end to make sure it fits into the air fryer tray - 2 to 3 pounds should be a good guideline. If your spaghetti squash is bigger than that, the cooking time will likely be slightly longer than indicated above.
  • Also, make sure to get a spaghetti squash that is yellow instead of pale in color.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 107Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 175mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

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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