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Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash

Air fryer spaghetti squash makes a delicious side dish or can be used in place of pasta in any of your favourite dishes. Cooked in the air fryer the squash comes out perfect every time, tender strands with a bit of bite it is ready to be topped with your favourite sauce or simply seasoned with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Shredded spaghetti squash in a squash rind scooped with a fork.
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Spaghetti squash is a great alternative to pasta if you are trying to watch your carbs or calories, or are just looking for a lighter meal.

It can be topped with any of your favourite pasta sauces and the long strands of squash act just like spaghetti noodles. It also makes a delicious side dish when seasoned with a few herbs and spices and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

When cooked in the air fryer the squash is tender, yet retains a bit of bite, and cooks in half the time it takes in a conventional oven.

Simple to make, you just need to cut it in half, scoop out the seeds and pop it in the air fryer with a bit of seasoning.

Why We Love This Recipe

It’s easy – This recipe is quick and easy, with just a few simple ingredients and very little prep. When cooking spaghetti squash in the air fryer all you have to do is cut it in half, scoop it out, add a bit of seasoning, and pop it in the air fryer.

It’s delicious – We love doing spaghetti squash in the air fryer because not only is it easy, but it is so tasty. When roasted in the air fryer the squash is perfectly tender, yet still retains some bite. The outer flesh gets golden brown and toasty which adds an extra depth of flavour.

It’s quick – Roasting spaghetti squash in the air fryer is much quicker than roasting it in a traditional oven. It will cook in about half the time allowing you to get dinner to the table faster.

Ingredients

You only need a few simple ingredients to make the perfect air-fried spaghetti squash.

  • Spaghetti squash – I have found a 2-pound squash is the perfect size to fit in my 5.8qt Cosori Air Fryer. You can use a bigger squash if you like, but depending on the size of your basket you may have to cook half at a time.
  • Olive oil – Not all air fryer recipes require oil, but for this recipe I find it is necessary. It will help keep the squash from drying out, it aids in softening the squash faster, and it helps to caramelize and brown the squash, which adds amazing flavour.
  • Seasonings – I keep things really simple with oregano, garlic powder and salt. Feel free to get creative here. There are endless ways you can season your squash.

For a complete list of ingredients see the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Ingredients for air fried spaghetti squash.

Instructions

The first thing you need to do is prep the squash.

Using a sharp, heavy knife, carefully slice the squash in half lengthwise.

Then, scoop the seeds and stringy flesh from each half of the squash with a spoon.

Spaghetti squash cut in half on a cutting board and seeds scraped out of one half.

Drizzle each half of the squash with a bit of oil and sprinkle the seasoning to coat the edge and inside of each half.

Place the squash, cut side up, in the air fryer basket. Set the air fryer to 360°F and cook the squash for 20-25 minutes. The squash is done when you can poke it with a fork and it goes in easily with just a bit of resistance.

Two cooked spaghetti squash halves in an air fryer basket.

Pro-Tip: This recipe also tastes great with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. If you want to add parmesan I suggest you add it at the halfway point, otherwise, it tends to burn.

When the squash is done, remove it from the air fryer and create the noodles by dragging a fork through the length of the squash.

Cooked spaghetti squash half on a cutting board with a fork being dragged through it creating strands.

Ways to Serve Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is a versatile squash with many ways to serve it.

This squash works well as a side dish with just a bit of seasoning. You can serve it with chicken, beef, pork, or your favourite vegetarian meal.

It is delicious with nothing more than a bit of seasoning and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

But one of the best ways to use spaghetti squash is in place of pasta. It is a low-carb, low-calorie option with plenty of nutrients. I like using it as pasta because its low caloric value means I can load it with more toppings without guilt.

You can use your favourite spaghetti sauce, or serve it with a simple marinara and some air fryer turkey meatballs.

You can scoop it out or serve it right inside the rind, which acts as its own bowl.

Half of a cooked spaghetti squash on a cutting board with the flesh shredded, garnished with fresh parsley.

FAQS

How can you reheat leftover spaghetti squash?

You can reheat leftover spaghetti squash in the microwave, oven, stove-top or air fryer. To reaheat the. squash. in the air fryer place it in an oven safe dish and place it in the airfryer at 350°F for 3-5 minutes.

For the microwave, place it in a microwave safe dish and heat for about 1 minute. You can also heat it in a frying pan on the stove over medium heat until warm, or in a 350°F oven for 7-10 minutes.

How should you store leftover spaghetti squash?

Leftover spaghetti squash can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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Shredded spaghetti squash in a squash rind scooped with a fork.

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash

Air fryer spaghetti squash makes a delicious side dish or can be used in place of pasta in any of your favourite dishes. Cooked in the air fryer the squash comes out perfect every time.
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 65kcal
Author: Deanna

Ingredients

  • 1 2-Pound spaghetti squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt or salt to taste

Instructions

  • Using a sharp, heavy knife, carefully cut the squash in half lengthwise.
  • Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and stringy flesh from the middle of each squash half.
  • Drizzle the inside of each half with olive oil and sprinkle with the seasonings.
  • Place the squash cut side up in the air fryer basket. Place the basket in the air fryer and set it to 360°F. Cook the squash for 20-25 minutes until the flesh is soft, but has just a bit of resistance when pierced with a fork.
  • Remove the squash from the air fryer. To make the noodles, drag a fork through the length of the squash creating strands.
  • Serve as desired.

Notes

I can fit both halves of a 2-pound squash in my 5.8qt air fryer basket.  If you are using a larger squash you may need to cook half at a time.  You may also need to increase the cooking time.

Nutrition

Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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