Learn how to make Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash for a quick and efficient method. Spaghetti squash is a great low-carb alternative to cooked pasta that is nutritious and delicious.

spaghetti squash in air fryer

Spaghetti squash is one of my favorite veggies to air fry. I love its mild flavor and spaghetti-like texture. Although it doesn’t taste exactly like pasta, it is a perfect low-carb substitute. It’s hard to compare a vegetable to crusty bread and expect it to be an even match. However it’s great if you’re craving pasta but want a lighter and much healthier option.

You don’t want to overcook spaghetti squash or it becomes mushy which is why I prefer to cook it in the air fryer. The texture is exactly what you want – cooked but not too soft.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Spaghetti squash is a perfect low-carb base for so many dishes or as a delicious side dish. You can stuff it with Italian sausage, taco meat, or chili for a quick and easy dinner. Or you can toss it with alfredo or marinara sauce. The opportunities are endless. Dress it up however you like!
  • It’s a no-fail way to cook it. Perfectly cooked squash comes out in slightly al dente strands. You can stir in olive oil/butter and salt for a super quick side dish or add protein and make it a meal.
  • Spaghetti squash only has about 8 net carbs per cup and almost no fat. It’s low in calories but loaded with antioxidants. It’s naturally gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, keto, and Whole30 friendly!

Key Ingredients

Spaghetti squash – Look for a spaghetti squash at the grocery store that is golden or darker yellow. It should be heavy for it’s size with no soft spots or bruising. Make sure to buy a spaghetti squash that once cut in half will fit inside the basket of your air fryer. They vary in size.

Olive oil – Olive oil will caramelize the outside of the squash a bit and add good flavor. You can use another neutral oil in it’s place if needed.

Sea salt & black pepper – Sea salt and pepper add tons of flavor to roasted vegetables and spaghetti squash is no different. Don’t forget to season the inside of the spaghetti squash before you air fry it.

ingredients for air fryer spaghetti squash

Recipe Steps

Step One

Cut both ends off the spaghetti squash with a sharp knife, then cut it in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.

If you hate cutting into the hard squash (or if it makes you nervous like it makes me, see my related recipe for Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash or Crockpot Spaghetti Squash).

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

spaghetti squash cut in half

Step Two

Place the spaghetti squash halves into your air fryer basket, cut side up. Drizzle the olive oil onto the halves and sprinkle the inside of the squash with salt and pepper.

spaghetti squash in air fryer basket

Step Three

Set the temperature to 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.

seasoned spaghetti squash in air fryer

Step Four

Once the cooking time is up use tongs to transfer the hot squash to a cutting board.

Step Five

Use a fork to loosen the long strands from the skin and transfer the strands to a serving bowl.

Step Six

Serve the spaghetti squash hot with marinara or as-is.

I hope you agree that this is the best air fryer spaghetti squash recipe!

spaghetti squash strands

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • If you have a small air fryer basket, choose a small spaghetti squash so that it will fit. If you find that both halves of the squash won’t fit into the basket at one time, you may need to cook the halves in two batches.
  • Feel free to get creative with your seasonings. Garlic powder, smoked paprika or Italian seasoning would be great too.
  • Store any leftover cooked spaghetti squash in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can also freeze it for up to 2 months. Reheat before serving.
  • Cooked spaghetti squash can be served with any sauce that you would serve regular spaghetti noodles with (such as alfredo sauce or tomato sauce). Heat the sauce in a separate pan and then toss with the cooked spaghetti squash noodles before serving.
  • If you would prefer to use a slow-cooker, be sure to see my recipe for Crockpot Spaghetti Squash.

FAQs

Can you overcook spaghetti squash?

Yes if you cook spaghetti squash too long it becomes watery and loses its texture. You can check the squash by running a fork down the flesh and seeing if it makes a strand like texture without turning to mush.

Can I cook a whole spaghetti squash in the air fryer?

The short answer is yes but the difficulty is fitting the spaghetti squash into the air fryer. Unless you have a very large air fryer it will be hard to close the air fryer which is why I prefer to cut them in half first.

What temperature should I air fry spaghetti squash?

Everyone does it a bit differently but I find the perfect temperature to cook spaghetti squash in the air fryer is 360 degrees Fahrenheit for around 25 minutes.

two plates of spaghetti squash

Other Healthy Air Fryer Recipes You Might Like

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Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash


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Learn how to make Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash for a quick and efficient method. Spaghetti squash is a great low-carb alternative to cooked pasta that is nutritious and delicious.


Ingredients

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  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut the ends off of your spaghetti squash. Then, use a sharp knife to cut it in half lengthwise.
  2. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.
  3. Place the squash halves inside your air fryer basket, cut side up. Drizzle the olive oil between the squash halves, along with the salt and pepper.
  4. Set the temperature to 360°F for 25 minutes.
  5. When the cook time is up, use tongs to transfer the cooked squash to a cutting board or plate.
  6. Use a fork to break up the flesh of the cooked squash into spaghetti shaped strands, transferring the strands to a serving bowl.
  7. Serve the cooked spaghetti squash hot with your choice of marinara sauce or plain.

Notes

  1. If you have a small air fryer basket, choose a small spaghetti squash so that it will fit. If you find that both halves of the squash won’t fit into the basket at one time, you may need to cook the halves in two batches.
  2. Store any leftover cooked spaghetti squash in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can also freeze it for up to 2 months. Reheat before serving.
  3. Cooked spaghetti squash can be served with any sauce that you would serve regular spaghetti noodles with. Heat the sauce in a separate pan and then toss the toss with the cooked spaghetti squash noodles before serving.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Air fryer
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: air fryer spaghetti squash, air fryer vegetarian recipes, vegan air fryer recipe

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