Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash – Spend With Pennies
Spaghetti squash is a healthy and delicious side dish!
Cooking Spaghetti Squash in an air fryer is quicker than the oven and it’s easy to make!
It’s a mild flavored squash which makes it great served with butter as a side dish or even used as a low-carb noodles for your favorite pasta sauce.
A Fast Way to Cook Spaghetti Squash
- Air Fryer spaghetti squash is faster than roasting it in the oven and has more flavor than microwaving it.
- Spaghetti squash has a mild taste and isn’t as sweet as acorn squash or other winter squashes.
- Spaghetti squash is an excellent substitute for carb-heavy pasta or makes a great side dish served with butter, salt & pepper.
- Air-fried spaghetti squash is ready in minutes with minimal cleanup.
- A whole spaghetti squash will yield about 4 cups of cooked strands (depending on size) and reheats well.
Air fryer spaghetti squash can be served on its own or cooked into a Spaghetti Squash Casserole, roasted with a filling like this Feta Spaghetti Squash, or made into a chicken parmesan like this Chicken Parmesan Spaghetti Squash.
Ingredients and Variations
SPAGHETTI SQUASH: Choose squashes that are heavy with a golden yellow color. It can be difficult to cut and often if you ask the grocer, they will cut it in half for you.
SEASONINGS: Because of its delicate flavor, spaghetti squash is perfect for adding new seasonings before it’s air-fried!
Keep it simple with salt, pepper and even a dash of garlic powder or try these DIY ideas: Greek Seasoning, Italian Seasoning, or Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning.
How to Make Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash
PRO TIP: Spaghetti squash can be very difficult to cut in half. Soften the squash by poking holes in it with a fork and microwave for about 3 minutes. This will make it easier to cut in half. Use a sharp knife to cut the squash top to bottom.
- Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds with a spoon (as per the recipe below).
- Brush the halves with oil and season. Air fry spaghetti squash until fork tender.
- Remove from the air fryer basket and use a fork to scrape the flesh and separate the strands. Enjoy as desired.
Cook time can vary slightly based the size of the squash, a fork should easily poke through the squash.
Spaghetti squash seeds can be saved and cooked just like pumpkin seeds.
How to Serve Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash
After separating the strands, try any of the following:
Leftover Spaghetti Squash
Keep leftover air fryer spaghetti squash in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze up to 6 months.
Reheat in the air fryer to use in stir-fries, salads, or enjoy with a little butter and salt and pepper! Freeze chilled leftovers in zippered bags, let thaw at room temperature before using.
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Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash
Air-fryer spaghetti squash is such an easy & savory side dish that pairs perfectly with any entrèe!
Preheat the air fryer to 370°F.
Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and discard (or save for roasting).
Brush the cut side of the squash with oil and season with salt & pepper.
Place cut side up in the air fryer and cook 25-30 minutes or until tender and the strands separate easily with a fork.
Once cooked, run a fork along the strands of the squash to separate.
Toss with butter if desired or season with additional salt and pepper.
Cook time can vary slightly based on the size of the squash.
Once the strands are separated, they can be topped with your favorite meat sauce and placed back into the squash shells. Top them with mozzarella cheese and air fryer until browned and bubbly.
Keep leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Freeze leftovers in zippered bags for up to 6 months. Let thaw at room temperature before using.
Calories: 106 | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 332mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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