Simple air fryer spaghetti squash ready in just 30 minutes! Seasoned with salt, pepper, and fresh herbs! Serve as a side, or use in your favorite recipes like spaghetti squash with marinara!
Are you new to spaghetti squash or has it become one of your go-to vegetables? It wasn’t too long ago, that I had never cooked a spaghetti squash before.
The first time I gave it a try was a few years back, my husband was trying a low carb diet, and he told me about this vegetable that was like a pasta, only with fewer carbs, and tons of nutrients.
I was intrigued, so I bought a whole spaghetti squash the next time I was at the grocery store, and I was hooked!
There were so many creative ways to use it in recipes like topped with marinara, layered in a casserole, stuffed with beans and quinoa, and so much more!
I started making one weekly! The only problem was that baking it in the oven took FOREVER! Preheating the oven, and waiting for it to roast would take me 40-50 minutes.
When my family is hungry, they don’t have that kind of patience! That’s when I started using my air fryer! I was able to cut the cooking time in half, which meant that dinner would be ready even faster! Plus there are so many great options when it comes to making dinner with this miraculous vegetable. Be sure to see my serving suggestions at the bottom of this post!
Why This Recipe Works
- Simple Ingredients
- Healthy Recipe
- Good Carb
- Perfect Pasta Substitute
- 25 Minutes Bake Time
- Versatile Vegetable
- Delicious Side Dish
- Use in a Main Course
- Season to Your Liking
Ingredients and Notes
Spaghetti Squash: When choosing a squash from the store, look for one that is firm without any soft spots. The stem should also by firm and dry. This will ensure that it is fresh. Avoid ones with cracks in the skin or any discolorations. Since this recipe uses an air fryer, you want to choose one that isn’t too big! Look for one that is bright yellow in color. That means it’s ripe and ready to be enjoyed!
Olive Oil: All you need is a teaspoon for each side of your squash. Use a pastry brush or rub with your fingers to coat the inside of the squash.
Salt & Pepper: I usually just season mine with salt and pepper, however, feel free to add more seasonings if your prefer such as garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, or cayenne.
Fresh Herbs: Finish this dish topped with a few chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, cilantro, or even rosemary or thyme!
Tools and Equipment
- Your favorite air fryer!
- Good cutting board and chopping knife.
- Spoon for scooping and discarding the center.
- Pastry brush (optional) for rubbing squash with oil.
- Paper towel (if you want to dry out your seeds to plant in the garden).
Start by washing your squash.
Place it on your cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut off the two ends, stem and bottom. Then cut the squash down the center into two halves.
Using a large spoon, scoop out the seeds on the open side so that it is clean and clear.
Flip the squash over cut side down, and poke holes with a fork a few times.
Drizzle with olive oil, and rub into the flesh. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Place the two halves in the air fryer basket cut side facing up. Bake in the air fryer at 400 degrees F for about 25 minutes, or until the flesh easily scrapes away with a fork.
Handle with care as you remove the squash from the air fryer. Transfer to a serving dish.
Using a fork, scrape the squash from the outside in. Continue scraping until you’ve released all of the squash on both sides and have something that looks like long spaghetti noodles! Top with fresh chopped herbs!
Serve as a side dish, or any way you like it!
The best air fryer to use is the one that you have! But if you’re in the market for an air fryer consider looking for one with a large basket. This will allow you to bake things like squash with ease. I also recommend looking for one that has some simple pre-sets, as well as reminders to shake your basket, and a good timer!
Follow the directions above for cleaning, and cutting your squash. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Rub with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the squash cut side down on the parchment paper. Poke a few holes with a fork in the skin. Roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until fork tender. Time will vary depending on the size.
If you’re squash is too big to fit in the air fryer. You may cut it into quarters rather than halves. Arrange the quarters to fit. You may need to make it in two batches.
Place any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. You can also freeze this recipe! remove all of the flesh, and discard the squash skins. Place in a freezer safe container. Spaghetti squash freezes for 3 months.
- Cut each half equally down the center so that each side cooks evenly.
- Not all air fryer are created equal. Cooking time may vary depending on your model. To prevent overcooking, check for doneness at the 15 and 20 minute mark.
- Poking the squash with a fork allows the air to circulate and the squash to steam a bit.
- The larger the squash, the longer the cook time. You will need a smaller squash to fit in your air fryer. A 2 pound squash will take about 20-25 minutes to bake.
- The peak season for this winter squash is in the fall! That’s when they are the most fresh and delicious!
Variations and Substitutions
Different Spices: Get creative and use any and all of your favorite spices to season.
Oil-Free: If you are oil-free, instead of using olive oil rub a little bit of water or vegetable stock to the inside of the squash.
Here are just a few of my favorite ways to enjoy air fry spaghetti squash!
Garlic and Vegan Parmesan Cheese: Add some minced garlic to the center when baking, then sprinkle with vegan parmesan for a take on garlic pasta!
Mexican Style: Top with black beans, salsa, and guacamole!
Spaghetti and Veggie Meatballs: Serve topped with marinara sauce and homemade chickpea meatballs!
Vegan Alfredo Sauce: Make a homemade cashew alfredo for the sauce!
Casserole: Make into a casserole layered with vegetables, vegan ricotta, and tomato sauce.
Lo Mein Style: Season with soy sauce, and serve with peanuts and stir fried vegetables.
Greek Style: Top with fresh chopped tomatoes, basil, and homemade vegan feta!
Brown Sugar and Cinnamon: Give this recipe a bit of added sweetness with a teaspoon of brown sugar, and a sprinkle of cinnamon!
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Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash
- 1 spaghetti squash
- 2 tsp olive oil
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 2 tbsp parsley finely chopped
- Wash your squash well. Place on cutting board, and cut off the two ends (stem and bottom). Then cut the squash down the center into two halves.
- Using a large spoon, scoop out the center seeds so that it is clean and clear. Flip the squash over cut side down, and poke with a fork a few times.
- Place the two halves in the air fryer basket cut side facing up. Drizzle with olive oil, and rub into the flesh. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake in the air fryer at 400 degrees F for about 25 minutes, or until the flesh easily scrapes away with a fork.
- Transfer to a serving dish. Using a fork, scrape the squash from the outside in. Continue scraping until you've released all of the squash on both sides and have something that looks like long spaghetti noodles!
- Top with fresh chopped herbs! Serve as a side dish, or any way you like it!
- Keeps in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
- Keeps in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- Cooking times may vary depending on the size of your squash and the size of your air fryer.