Air Fryer Whole Spaghetti Squash

Air Fryer Whole Spaghetti Squash

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This air fryer whole spaghetti squash is a great low-carb substitution for pasta in many great recipes. Cooking it whole in the air fryer gives you a healthy and delicious dinner, plus you don’t have to struggle with cutting the raw squash!

Air Fryer Whole Spaghetti Squash

Air Fryer Whole Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash can be cooked in so many different ways- like boiled, steamed, or roasted. You can even cook it in the instant pot!

Since I have been trying out so many fun new recipes in my air fryer, I thought why not air fry spaghetti squash?

roasted spaghetti squash in an air fryer basket

I just thought about how tender the inside of the squash would be and how by cooking spaghetti squash whole I wouldn’t have to struggle with cutting the tough raw squash… I knew I needed to make this happen.  If you are on the market for an air fryer, I recommend this model on Amazon.

shredded spaghetti squash with a fork

Spaghetti squash has so many nutritional benefits. It’s actually considered to be nutrient-dense, so it’s low in calories but it full of incredible nutrients. This hearty vegetable has a good amount of fiber, antioxidants like vitamins A and C, as well as protein!

The best part is that this veggie is available year-round! So, you can make this air fried spaghetti squash any time you want.

air fried whole spaghetti squash in an air fryer basket

How To Air Fry Spaghetti Squash

Before cooking the spaghetti squash, make sure to poke several holes in the whole spaghetti squash with a knife (click here for my favorite knives recommendation). This will help prevent it from exploding from internal pressure while it’s cooking.

Place the spaghetti squash in the air fryer basket and cook the spaghetti squash at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes. Depending on the size of the squash, make sure to check in every once in a while to make sure it is cooking perfectly.

raw whole spaghetti squash in an air fryer basket

Remove the air fryer basket from the air fryer and let the squash cool down for about 15 minutes.

Word of caution: It will be very hot. So be careful when handling the squash.

cooking spaghetti squash in the air fryer

Carefully remove the cooked whole spaghetti squash onto a plate. Cut it in half and scoop out the seeds in the middle.  Did you know that there is such thing as a pumpkin seed scooper?  Of course you can use a regular spoon, but if you eat a lot of squash, you’ll appreciate the convenience of a seed scraping gadget – check out seed remover for squash on Amazon.

scooped out seeds in squash halves

Then, using a fork, separate the spaghetti squash into strands. Season the squash with a little bit of salt and pepper to taste.

shredding spaghetti squash into veggie pasta

Cooking Tips

If you don’t want to waste or throw anything away, you can actually save the seeds and throw them in the oven to roast. You can then use these in a delicious salad!

eating spaghetti squash with fork

What To Serve With Spaghetti Squash

I love to use this air fried spaghetti squash in a lot of pasta dishes! Since it’s low carb and low calorie,  I’ll replace the pasta with this spaghetti squash. It tastes amazing!

My favorite pasta recipes are:

If you want to keep this dish vegetarian, you can serve it with a side of roasted broccoli and sprinkle some of this homemade everything bagel seasoning all over the top. So good!

air fryer spaghetti squash

More Healthy Air Fryer Recipes

If you loved this tender ‘fried’ spaghetti squash recipe, check out some of my other air fryer recipes!

Here are some of my favorite air fryer recipes that I am always cooking are:

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Air Fryer Whole Spaghetti Squash

This air fryer whole spaghetti squash is amazing! If you always struggle with cutting raw squash in half, you will love this recipe! You can cook whole spaghetti squash in the air fryer without having to cut it in half beforehand!
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spaghetti squash
Cooking Method: Air Fryer
Diet: Gluten-Free, Keto / Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 2
Calories: 150kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 spaghetti squash

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Instructions

  • Poke several holes in the whole spaghetti squash with a knife (to prevent it from exploding while cooking).
  • Put spaghetti squash in the air fryer.
  • Cook spaghetti squash in the air fryer at 400F for 40 minutes.
  • Remove the air fryer basket from the air fryer. Let the squash cool down for about 15 minutes, as it's very hot.
  • Carefully remove cooked whole spaghetti squash on a plate. Cut it in half and scoop out the seeds.
  • With a fork, separate the spaghetti squash into strands. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

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Nutrition

Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 521mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 579IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 1mg
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1 reply
  1. Heidi
    Heidi says:

    5 stars
    This turned out so awesome! So much easier then trying to cut it first or turn on the oven! I live the air fryer and thank you for the recipe!

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