The first reason to air fry spaghetti squash is time – halves of spaghetti squash cook in less than 25 minutes in the air fryer while taking much longer in a traditional oven. Secondly, the flavor of the squash is much better in an air fryer with much less water retained. Third, you can achieve a true “al dente” texture with the squash in an air fryer, truly mimicking the texture of pasta. Keep reading to learn how to cook spaghetti squash in an air fryer.
How can I use air-fried spaghetti squash?
Many people use spaghetti squash the way the name implies – as a replacement for traditional spaghetti or pasta. If you are on a low-carb, gluten-free, or grain-free diet, spaghetti squash can be an amazing substitution for wheat pasta in many recipes.
Air-fried spaghetti squash can be used in pasta dishes as either a replacement for pasta or a vegetable addition, casseroles, or even soups. Seasonings can make spaghetti squash delicious on its own or add toppings for a delicious meal. Sautee the squash with other vegetables for a delicious side dish. Top with marinara sauce and cheese for a substitute for spaghetti, and add meatballs if desired. Add some beans, salsa, guacamole, and cheese to the center of half of the air-fried spaghetti squash for a taco bowl.
How do I air fry spaghetti squash?
Wash the outside of the spaghetti squash and remove any stickers. Cut off the very top and bottom stem areas using a very sharp large chef’s knife over a cutting board. Insert the tip of the knife and begin to carefully separate the squash into two equal halves, rotating as you cut into the squash. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.
Place the spaghetti squash halves in the air fryer basket, and cut sides up. Drizzle with olive oil, or spray lightly with cooking oil spray. Add your desired seasoning, and close the air fryer. Cook at 360 degrees F for 20 minutes or until a fork easily pierces through the spaghetti squash. Smaller air fryers will most likely cook the spaghetti squash faster, so check at 15 minutes.
Transfer the air-fried spaghetti squash to a plate or cutting board, and use a fork to “fluff” the squash up until it resembles noodles. Scoop the “noodles” out to use as desired, or add toppings directly to the squash and serve it in its own “bowl.”
- Saute other vegetables to add to the air-fried spaghetti squash. Toss all together, and top with Parmesan cheese.
- Top with marinara or alfredo sauce and meatballs or sauteed chicken if desired.
- Pesto sauce pairs really well with spaghetti squash. Serve with a side of garlic bread.
- Make a dessert out of spaghetti squash! Instead of using oil, spread butter over the uncooked squash and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon before air frying.
Is Spaghetti Squash Gluten-Free?
Yes, spaghetti squash is naturally gluten-free.
Can You Eat Spaghetti Squash Raw?
While you can eat spaghetti squash raw, it’s usually cooked to soften the flesh and enhance its flavor. Raw spaghetti squash has a firm texture and a mild flavor that can be grated or sliced thinly for salads.
How Can You Tell if a Spaghetti Squash is Bad?
Spaghetti squash is bad if it’s soft, has a strong unpleasant odor, or has visible mold or dark spots.
Can You Freeze Spaghetti Squash?
Yes, you can freeze cooked spaghetti squash for up to 3 months.
What Color is a Ripe Spaghetti Squash?
Ripe spaghetti squash is typically a golden yellow color. It should feel firm and heavy for its size and have a hard, even surface without any soft spots or cracks.