• May 13, 2022

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash – The Food Blog

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Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash is a healthy, low carb, and delicious side dish. The air fryer cooks the squash quickly and it comes out perfect every time.

Two air fried halves of spaghetti squash on a black plate.
Perfectly cooked squash.

Air Frying squash is one of the best ways to cook winter squashes. Just like Air Fryer Butternut Squash, spaghetti squash is a natural for air frying.

A close up of cooked air fryer spaghetti squash strands.Ready to eat
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Why You’ll Love It

  • Spaghetti squash is low in carbs and calories so it’s keto friendly.
  • This versatile squash has a mild flavor so it pairs with just about any seasonings or type of sauce.
  • This simple air fryer spaghetti squash recipe is so easy! Simply cut it in half, season, and pop it in the air fryer.
  • Air fryer spaghetti squash takes much less time than oven baked. Only 20 minutes!
  • We can’t pretend that spaghetti squash is just like regular spaghetti. But it’s a great low-carb substitution or low calorie option.

What You Will Need

  • Spaghetti Squash Look for a squash that feels heavy for its size. A ripe spaghetti squash is bright yellow and there should not be any blemishes, cracks, or soft spots.
  • Olive Oil I also like to use avocado oil or grapeseed oil.
  • Seasonings I’m using Italian seasoning for this recipe, but you can use your favorite seasonings, some garlic powder, or just simply salt and black pepper.
The ingredients to make the recipe.The Simple Ingredients

How to Make It

Full instructions are on the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise (see Helpful Tips below for the easiest way to cut). Use a large spoon to scoop out the seeds and stringy parts.
A spoon being used to scoop out the seeds from the squash halves.Scooping out the seeds
  1. Brush olive oil all over the open side and the inside of the squash. Sprinkle with seasonings and place the squash halves cut side up in the air fryer basket.
The two squash halves in the air fryer basket before cookingReady to Air Fry
  1. Air fry until fork tender.
The cooked spaghetti squash in the air fryer basket.Finished Cooking
  1. Use a fork to fluff into long strands.
A fork being used to fluff the spaghetti squash into strands.Fluffing into strands.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve your air fried spaghetti squash just as is for a quick side dish.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, (or vegan parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast).
  • Top with your favorite marinara sauce and add meatballs.
  • Try spaghetti squash with pesto, alfredo sauce, or meat sauce.
  • Try topping cooked spaghetti squashes with tomato sauce, then mozzarella cheese. Put it back in the air fryer for a minute or two so the cheese can melt.

Helpful Tips

  • Spaghetti squash has a thick, hard shell that’s hard to cut. You can make it easier (and safer) using the microwave. Use a fork to make a dotted line around the center of the squash. Put it in the microwave for 3 minutes to soften the skin a little. Using a sharp knife, cut the the squash in half on the dotted line.
  • Be sure to look for a spaghetti squash that will fit in your air fryer! My air fryer is a 6 quart Gourmia, and the squash I used here was around 2 pounds. As you can see by the photos, it fit, but just barely!
  • The cooking time indicated in this recipe is for a two pound squash. You will need to adjust the cook time for a larger or smaller squash.

Common Questions

Can I use this recipe to cook it in the oven?

Yes, you can use the oven to cook the spaghetti squash. Preheat the oven to 400° Place the squash halves on a baking sheet, cut sides up. Bake for 40 minutes or until you can easily pierce the flesh with a fork.

How to store leftover spaghetti squash?

Store leftovers in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Can I freeze spaghetti squash?

Yes you can! The best way to freeze it is in freezer bags. Allow the squash to cool completely before packing the strands (discard the shells) into freezer bags. Remove as much air as possible from the bags before sealing. Freeze for up to 8 months. Thaw in the fridge before adding to your favorite sauce.

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Recipe

Two halves of spaghetti squash after being air fried.

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash

It’s easy to air fry spaghetti squash and this delicious recipe might just become your favorite way to cook it.

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Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

Calories: 108kcal

Instructions

  • Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise (see the helpful tips in the post for the best way to cut the squash) and scoop out the seeds and stringy parts with a large spoon.

  • Brush the cut sides and inside the squash with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning. Air fry at 400° for 20 minutes, checking for doneness at the 15 minute mark. You should easily be able to pierce the flesh with a fork.

  • Serve hot with your favorite toppings.

Notes

  • Spaghetti squash has a thick, hard shell that’s hard to cut. You can make it easier using the microwave. Use a fork to make a dotted line around the center of the squash. Put it in the microwave for 3 minutes to soften the skin a little. Using a sharp knife, cut the the squash in half on the dotted line.
  • Be sure to look for a spaghetti squash that will fit in your air fryer! My air fryer is a 6 quart Gourmia, and the squash I used here was around 2 pounds. As you can see by the photos, it fit, but just barely!
  • The cooking time indicated in this recipe is for a two pound squash. You will need to adjust the cooking time for a larger or smaller squash.
  • You can use the oven to cook the spaghetti squash. Preheat the oven to 400° Place the squash halves on a baking sheet, cut sides up. Bake for 40 minutes or until you can easily pierce the flesh with a fork.
  • Store leftovers in an air-tight container or covered in plastic wrap, in the fridge for up to 3 days
  • The best way to freeze it is in freezer bags. Allow the squash to cool completely before packing the strands (discard the shells) into freezer bags. Remove as much air as possible from the bags before sealing. Freeze for up to 8 months. Thaw in the fridge before adding to your favorite sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 273mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 307IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1mg

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