Once you try this air fryer spaghetti squash recipe, it’s sure to become your new favorite way to cook it!

Lightly seasoned with oil and salt, spaghetti squash in the air fryer comes out tender and its delicate flavor goes with anything!

For a low-carb diet, substitute spaghetti squash for pasta, noodles, or rice!

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Savory Spaghetti Squash

  • Enlist the power of your air fryer to work its magic on larger, starchy veggies like squashes, cauliflower, and potatoes in less time than oven-baking!
  • Ninja air fryers make cooking spaghetti squash a breeze with minimal prep and cleanup!
  • Make air fryer spaghetti squash a nutritious, low-carb alternative to pasta!
  • One whole spaghetti squash equals about 4 cups of cooked strands to serve with air fryer chicken, or under chicken bruschetta, or add some to a bed of greens or in a healthy veggie wrap!
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Ingredients and Variations

Spaghetti Squash: Choose squash that are clean and heavy. Butternut, acorn, and zucchini squash can all be cooked in the air fryer as well!

Seasonings: Other than a little oil and salt, a sprinkle of brown sugar before oven roasting can create a new flavor profile. Other than salt, sprinkle on some tangy ranch seasoning, a savory Italian blend, or go zesty, Cajun-style.

How to Cut Spaghetti Squash

Pre-cooked spaghetti squash is easier to cut and takes less time to roast in the air fryer.

  • Use a fork to poke holes all over the skin, and place it in the microwave or air fryer for a few minutes to soften slightly.
  • Place the squash on a clean kitchen towel on a cutting board and cut the squash in half lengthwise.
  • Scoop out the seeds, and save them for roasting later!

How to Make Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash

  1. Wash the squash, and poke holes around the squash with a fork and soften in the microwave for 3 minutes or air fryer for 8-9 minutes (as described above, and in the recipe card below).
  2. Cool the squash until it’s easy to handle. Cut in half lengthwise per the directions above.
  3. Brush the inside halves with oil and season with salt.
  4. Cook the squash until it’s fork-tender.
  5. Use a fork to scrape the flesh from one end to another, creating strands.

Serve as desired.

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash with a fork

How to Store Leftovers

Keep leftover air fryer spaghetti squash in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 6 months in zippered bags. Thaw in the refrigerator before using.

Reheat leftover spaghetti squash in the microwave or use it in stir-fries, soups, or blend some into a smoothie, or an egg roll bowl.

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Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash

Prepare to be amazed as the air fryer works its magic, transforming humble spaghetti squash into a tender, flavorful sensation.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Candace



  • 1 spaghetti squash about 2 pounds
  • ½ Tablespoon olive oil optional
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt or to taste


  • Preheat air fryer to 370°F.
  • Wash outside of squash. Using a fork, poke holes around the squash lengthwise (see image). Microwave on high for 3 minutes to soften (or cook in the air fryer for about 8-9 minutes). Cool for 5-10 minutes until you can easily handle the squash. Cut in half lengthwise.
  • Use a spoon to scrape out and remove seeds. Brush inside of squash with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bake spaghetti squash for 25-30 minutes, until fork tender.
  • Scrape spaghetti squash to make noodles. Serve with butter, pasta sauce, or simply your favorite seasonings and spices.


  • Choose a firm, vibrant spaghetti squash for best results.
  • Microwaving the spaghetti squash first 
  • Cut the squash in half, remove seeds, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Add flavor with herbs, spices, and your favorite sauce. Top with cheese or fresh herbs for extra taste.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 90 | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 186mg | Potassium: 261mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Air Fryer, Side Dish
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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