Did you know you can cook spaghetti squash in an air fryer? Oh yes, and this perfect air fryer spaghetti squash recipe will show just how simple it can be. In fact, you can make all kinds of air fryer squash, and it’s faster and easier than cooking in the oven! Ready for the best spaghetti squash recipe of your life? Read on!
What is spaghetti squash? This yellow-orange gourd, when baked, has an interior that shreds just like traditional spaghetti. Don’t believe it? Give our recipe for air fryer spaghetti squash a try! It’s not only simple and easy, but incredibly tasty and fun to eat.
Once you cut this winter vine vegetable, cooking spaghetti squash in the air fryer is a breeze. Preheat your machine, add the seasoned squash halves, and cook for 20 minutes. Scrape out the scrumptious strands and cover with your favorite sauce or seasonings. It’s that simple!
Select your squash and let’s get our veggie spaghetti sizzling!
If you’ve never given this silly squash a try, now is the time! Not only is it an amazing alternative to wheat-based pastas, it’s also ranks right up there in nutrition and plant-based superpowers.
Plus, it’s tons of fun to scrape out the strands!
Don’t judge this simple squash by its unassuming appearance. Although it may look like an oversized yellow zucchini, it’s got secret treasures hidden within. More specifically, succulent spaghetti strands! What else is this golden gourd hiding inside?
We’re not sure why spaghetti is so fun to eat, but it really is. It’s also very versatile when it comes to adding sauces, spices, and other scintillating, savory suggestions. While this recipe for cooking spaghetti squash is pretty basic, there are endless possibilities for creating a delicious dish. Here are our favorites:
Surprisingly, yes! We all know that pumpkin seeds are super tasty, but it may not have occurred to us that most (if not all) gourd seeds are good. And, the best part is, you don’t have to do anything different when preparing the spaghetti squash seeds. Just follow our roasted pumpkin seed recipe!
Scoop out the seeds, rinse them, boil with salted water, season, and bake. That’s all. While you’re waiting for your suppertime squash to cook, maybe you’d have time to whip up a batch of roasted seeds for a scrumptious snack later on. Yum!
Usually, the simplest way to cut a spaghetti squash in half is to use a serrated (or very sharp) knife and slice from top to bottom, down the center. It helps to cut a small piece off of the top and bottom so that the squash can lay flat on the cutting board. You can use your weight to press down on the knife as well. Sometimes, the pressure of the knife can help to crack the rest of the squash open once you get halfway through.
If cutting the squash is just too difficult for you, here’s a trick that will soften it up enough to cut more easily:
If you could break open a spaghetti squash with your bare hands, you would only need an air fryer to make this recipe. But, because we’re not all superheros, we might want to use a knife and cutting board. Just in case.
Let your remaining cooked spaghetti squash come to room temperature. Place in a sealed or covered container lined with a thin absorbent towel or paper towel. Add your squash and store in the fridge for up to a week. See the next section for freezer directions.
Also, check out our newest squash recipe, Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash with Wild Rice Pilaf. If you love squash, it’s a must try!
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Go and grab your best furry friend because dogs can eat spaghetti squash. And, it’s actually good for them! It’s a very good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. So, go ahead and share your dinner. Though, you may want to leave off the sauce.
Yes, you can. It’s a little tricky and the squash might end up being a bit more wet once it’s thawed, but it is possible. Make sure that your leftover squash is at room temperature before storing. Then, you can wrap it snugly in a plastic freezer-safe bag. Be careful to let all out all of the excess air and moisture from the bag before freezing. It should last for around 6-8 months in the freezer.
It certainly is! Approximately 75% less carbs. Traditional wheat-based pastas have around 40 grams per cup (gluten-free versions have about 44), while this vegetable pasta has only 10 grams of carbs per cup.
This article about cooking spaghetti squash in an air fryer was written by Gina House. Spaghetti squash air fryer photography by JJ Steele. Edited by Michelle Cehn. Please note that this article may contain affiliate links which supports our work at World of Vegan.