Air fryer acorn squash makes a simple side dish that is delicious and nutritious. Can be served in a variety of ways from sweet to savory, whole or mashed.
There are a few methods of cooking like microwave acorn squash or roasting in the oven. If you like a more roasted taste and texture I recommend using the air fryer.
Acorn squash is a winter squash that can typically be found at the grocery store in the fall and winter months. It has a natural sweetness that works well as a great side dish or even main dish.
This dish is also a great addition to any table during the holiday season.
Why cook acorn squash in the air fryer
- An easy way to cook squash and minimal cleanup.
- Takes less time than cooking in the oven and don’t have to preheat.
- Delicious roasted squash in less than 30 minutes from start to finish.
Acorn squash – Choose an squash that is mostly dark green and has a heavy feel with minimal blemishes.
Olive oil, salt and pepper
Butter, cinnamon, brown sugar
How to make air fryer acorn squash
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- Prepare: Cut squash down the middle from top to bottom. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds and set aside.
- Season: For the savory version, brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. *** See notes in recipe card for sweet version.
- Cook: Place squash halves cut side up in the air fryer basket. Cook at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes or until desired.
- Serve: Serve as is, stuffed or mashed.
How to store
Store: Let squash completely cool and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
Freeze: Allow squash to cool, remove pulp and store in a freezer safe bag. It can be frozen for 8-10 months.
- Each air fryer cooks a little different so the cook time might vary slightly depending on the type of air fryer you have. Mine was finished cooking in 15 minutes. You may find that you need to cook a little longer depending on your machine and size of the squash.
- Cutting an acorn squash can be a little difficult sometimes. If necessary, place the whole squash in the microwave for 30 seconds to make it a little softer and easier to cut. Also, be sure to use a sharp knife.
- I used a 5.8 quart air fryer and was able to fit both halves in with plenty of room. Depending on your air fryer basket size, you might have to cook one at a time.
There are several ways to eat and season acorn squash. We like it as a side, stuffed and mashed. Here are a few serving ideas:
- Herbs: Add a few sprigs of fresh thyme or rosemary. You could also add 1/8 teaspoon of dried spices on each squash half.
- Maple Syrup: Replace olive oil with a little butter and once finished cooking, drizzle with maple syrup and even a little brown sugar.
- Marshmallows: Mash the squash and add a little butter and top with mini marshmallows.
- Stuff: Try stuffing with a mixture of sausage, brown rice and cranberries for a full meal.
- Cheese: Sprinkle salt, toasted pine nuts, and a little parmesan cheese for a super simple, flavorful squash.
Is acorn squash healthy?
This WebMd article shares that acorn squash is very nutritious and full of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber.
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- Air fryer broccoli – Roast broccoli quick and easy.
- Air fryer baked potatoes – Crispy potato skin with a tender middle.
- Air fryer mushrooms – These mushrooms are a delicious side.
- Air fryer corn on the cob – A quick way to roast corn on the cob.
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Air Fryer Acorn Squash
- 1 acorn squash
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Cut acorn squash in half and scoop out seeds.
- Spread oil over the cut portion of the squash. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Place acorn squash halves in air fryer basket. Air fry at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.