Air fryer acorn squash is delicious, simple to prepare, and easy to clean up. It is the perfect fall side dish for anyone looking for simple, low effort cooking!
You can have flavorful roasted acorn squash much, much faster in the air fryer than in the oven. This healthy side dish is ready in about 20 minutes, making it ideal for a busy weeknight.
And you can easily change up the seasonings to suit your tastes. Add brown sugar or maple syrup for a sweet kid friendly side or stick with fresh herbs and olive oil.
Acorn squash – Make sure the one you pick will fit in your air fryer! Choose one that has smooth green skin and no soft spots. If the skin is shiny it was probably was picked before it was ready.
Oil – A little bit of oil adds a lot of flavor to the recipe. I usually use olive oil, but you can use whatever you prefer or add butter instead.
Seasoning – For this recipe I season simply, with just salt and cinnamon. See below for more seasoning suggestions.
How to Cook Acorn Squash in Air Fryer
Wash the squash and dry it off completely. Then use a sharp knife to cut it in half.
Tip: If you have trouble cutting it microwave for 20-30 seconds and it will be easier to cut through the skin.
Use a spoon to scoop out all the seeds and stringy inside bits from the two halves. A grapefruit spoon or a melon baller can make it easier to scrape the insides out.
I usually cook the halves. But you can slice it into smaller wedges if you prefer. Wedges will cook a little bit faster than halves.
Use a pastry brush to coat the cut sides with oil and sprinkle on the seasoning. You can also spray the halves with cooking spray if you prefer.
2. Air Fry
Put the squash halves in air fryer basket with the cut side up. Then cook them at 370 degrees F for 20 minutes. There is no need to flip them over or do anything else, this is a hands off recipe!
It is done when a fork goes easily into the halves. The halves will also start to brown a little bit at the edges when it done. If they need more time cook them for another 5 minutes and check again.
How to Serve
You can either put the acorn squash halves right on a serving platter or scrape it out of the shells before serving. I usually just add some fresh herbs to the halves and serve them because that takes less effort!
My kids love to add butter and then drizzle it with maple syrup, which makes it sweet and extra tasty.
How to Store
Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 2-3 days. To serve I scrape the shells out and mash the squash with some butter. Heat it in the microwave for a quick and easy side dish.
Acorn squash is very versatile and goes well with many different types of seasoning.
- Sweet – Add a few teaspoons of brown sugar or maple syrup to the halves and the sugar will caramelize as it cooks. It will brown more if you add sugar.
- Savory – Simple Italian spices like garlic powder, rosemary or thyme go very well with this vegetable.
Yes, if it fits without cutting it you can roast it whole in the air fryer. Roast it at 370 degrees F for about 30 minutes, until it is soft and squishy. I prefer to cut mine in half because then it roasts more quickly and I think it is easier to serve.
Yes, you can eat the skin once it has been roasted and the skin is soft.
Yes, it it is full of nutrients and vitamins that are good for your body, including fiber and vitamin C. It is also rich in minerals like potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus. So it makes an excellent, healthy side dish!
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- 1 acorn squash
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Wash the squash and dry it.
- Use a large, sharp knife to cut it in half.
- Scoop out all the seeds and insides using a spoon. You can leave it in halves or cut it into wedges if you prefer.
- Brush the cut sides with the olive oil and sprinkle on the salt and cinnamon.
- Put the halves in the air fryer basket cut side up. Cook it at 370 degrees F for 20 minutes.
- It is done when a fork goes easily into the flesh and the edges just start to brown.
- Serve the halves as is or scoop the squash into a bowl and serve it mashed.
- For a sweeter side dish add brown sugar or maple syrup
- For a savory side dish use simple Italian herbs like rosemary or thyme
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 39Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 266mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g
Nutrition facts are estimates.