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You will be stunned how easy it is to make air fryer spaghetti squash. This simple kitchen tool makes perfect spaghetti squash without the trouble of the oven or microwave.
If you don’t have an air fryer yet, you’re really missing out. Let me tell you – we use our air fryer for nearly every meal. It’s a huge time saver and we’ve never had a food not turn out great.
This recipe is no different. All you need to do is half the squash, take out the seeds, put it in the air fryer, and 20 minutes later it’s done.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Spaghetti squash – 1 medium sized squash. When choosing a spaghetti squash look for a firm squash that feels heavy and is free of soft spots. The stem should be firm and dry.
- Olive oil
- Salt and black pepper – To taste
Making Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash
To make spaghetti squash the air fryer way, you’ll obviously need an air fryer that’s large enough to fit your squash, or you’ll need to find a squash that fits your air fryer. Some are larger than others.
Set the air fryer to 380° F. It just takes a few minutes to preheat, so it’ll be ready by the time you make it to step two.
Cut the squash in half lengthwise. Use a large spoon to carve out the seeds and “guts”, as we call them. Just like cleaning out a pumpkin.
Place the halves of the squash into the air fryer base and make sure it fits inside the machine. The open sides should be facing up.
Brush on a light layer of olive oil. Sprinkle the flesh with salt and pepper. That’s all it takes for a flavorful squash.
Cook the squash for 20 minutes. It will come out slightly browned on the top and fork tender. If you stick a fork into the squash, it should give easily. If there’s still some resistance, you can put it back in for another 5 minutes.
You can use the tongs of a fork to gently scrape the squash from the shell. It comes out in long strands that resemble spaghetti. This makes it perfect for serving with a tomato meat sauce or another pasta sauce. If you’re on a low-carb diet, you can’t get any better than this!
Spaghetti Squash can be served as a side dish without any additional toppings, or you can add some butter and parmesan for a light pasta-like dish.
The thickness of the squash is somewhere between spaghetti and angel hair pasta. You can use it just as you would pasta. It holds up to any type of sauce. And it’s not wet like zucchini noodles are, so you don’t have to worry about it watering down your sauce.
Can I Freeze Spaghetti Squash?
Even a small fruit produces quite a bit of spaghetti squash. It might be too much for you to finish in one sitting. If you have leftovers, it will keep in the fridge for up to a week. Or if you want to freeze it, that’s okay too.
The best way to freeze spaghetti squash is to let it cool down completely. Then dab the strands to remove any extra moisture with a tea towel or paper towel.
Place the squash in a resealable plastic bag. Push out all the extra air from the bag and seal it tightly. This will keep the squash from becoming freezer burned. If packaged well, it will keep for 2-3 months in the freezer.
When you remove it, just reheat it on the stove top or directly in the sauce you’re using.
Why Use an Air Fryer
An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.
- I use a Ninja MaxXL air fryer (pictured left). If you don’t have an air fryer yet, check out these options to find one that fits your needs.
- See reviews and prices for air fryers on Amazon.
- Here’s a printable Air Fryer Cooking Times Cheat Sheet to get you started.
- Click to find more recipes to make in your Air Fryer.
- Learn how to make fun things in the air fryer, like potato wedges, pork belly bites, and chicken wings.
What to Serve With Spaghetti Squash?
I think the perfect way to serve spaghetti squash is with a tomato meat sauce, like you might serve regular spaghetti. You can also use any type of pasta sauce you like. Try pesto, Alfredo sauce, or a Parmesan cream sauce.
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Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash
- 1 medium spaghetti squash
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat the air fryer to 380° F.
- Slice the squash open lengthwise. Remove the seeds and pulp. Brush the flesh with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Place the squash halves, flesh side up, into the air fryer and close the basket. Cook for 20 minutes. When done, scrape the flesh with a fork to remove it from the shell.
- The number of servings varies depending on the size of the squash and whether you’re serving it as a side or main dish. Expect between 4-8 servings.
All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.
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Laura is a passionate foodie and owner of Air Fry Anytime She is dedicated to sharing delicious recipes and helpful tips for using air fryers at home. With years of experience in the kitchen and a love for healthy, flavorful cooking, Laura has become an expert at using air fryers to create amazing meals that are both nutritious and delicious.