Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash is an easy, healthy, and delicious squash recipe that is perfect as a side dish or main dish! This squash cooks in just 20 minutes and is so versatile!

One half of a spaghetti squash on a white plate butter, Parmesan cheese, and chopped herbs on top.

I have been making spaghetti squash for years now, as I love the lower carb and nutrient dense alternative to spaghetti noodles. Not only that, but it's also delicious and so versatile. It takes on any flavor you add to it.

The only downside? It takes awhile to cook. Well, until now that is! The air fryer is here to the rescue, and cooks spaghetti squash in only 20 minutes. This Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash recipe is also easy, delicious, and healthy!

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Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • Easy - this Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash recipe requires only four ingredients (one is salt!) and very few steps.
  • Quick - cooking spaghetti squash in the air fryer is much faster than in the oven and doesn't require any preheating time.
  • Healthy - spaghetti squash is low in calories (30 calories in 1 cup!) and is a great low-carb alternative to spaghetti noodles.
  • Versatile - spaghetti squash can be used in many different ways. I love using it in Spaghetti Squash Chicken Burrito Bowls and Turkey Lasagna Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Lasagna, but can also be topped with a simple Turkey Bolognese sauce or Alfredo. Butter and Parmesan cheese are also delicious!


Ingredients in air fryer spaghetti squash, including a whole spaghetti squash, olive oil, garlic powder, and salt on a marbled background.

Spaghetti Squash - when cooked, spaghetti squash results in spaghetti-like strands that can be used in so many different ways, even in curry like in my Lentil Coconut Curry Stuffed Spaghetti Squash.

Olive Oil - I use extra virgin olive oil for this recipe.


Garlic Powder - garlic powder adds some flavor to this squash, but keeps it very versatile. Garlic goes with everything!

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Recipe Variations

Add more spices. This is a very basic and versatile recipe for spaghetti squash. You can add spices like Italian seasoning, paprika, or cayenne pepper. You could also add some fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, or basil.

Add more cheese. At the end, you could add shredded mozzarella, goat cheese, or feta cheese, to make the spaghetti squash super cheesy.

Recipe Instructions

As mentioned, this Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash recipe is beyond easy. The most difficult part is cutting the spaghetti squash in half!

Prep the squash. Cut the spaghetti squash in half and scoop out the seeds.

Brush the squash with olive oil and then sprinkle with garlic powder and salt.

Place the squash in the air fryer and cook at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes, remove the squash from the air fryer and, using a fork, comb the sides of the squash to create spaghetti-like strands.

Recipe FAQs

Is spaghetti squash healthy?

Yes! It is low in calories (30 calories in 1 cup) and a lower carbohydrate alternative to spaghetti pasta noodles. It is also high in fiber and a great source of Vitamin C.

What kind of air fryer do I need?

You really just need an air fryer that fits half of a spaghetti squash. My air fryer only fits one half at a time, but there are definitely other versions that fit both.

Why is spaghetti squash so difficult to cut?

Spaghetti squash can be very hard to cut! If you want to make it easier, pierce some holes in it with a fork and then microwave for 2 minutes. This will make it easier to cut in half.

Spaghetti squash on a white background, topped with butter, Parmesan cheese, and herbs.

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Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash

An easy and delicious recipe for spaghetti squash cooked in the air fryer.
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 237kcal


  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Cut the spaghetti squash in half the long way.
  • Scoop the seeds from each half.
  • Brush the halves with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder and salt.
  • Place one or both halves in the air fryer, cut side up. This will depend on how large your air fryer is. Mine only fits one half.
  • Cook at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Using a fork, scrape the edges of the squash to form spaghetti-like strands.
  • Top with Parmesan cheese and butter, or your desired sauce.
  • Enjoy!


  • If your spaghetti squash seems too hard to cut in half, poke some holes in it with a fork and then microwave for 2 minutes. This will soften it and make it easier to cut. 
  • My favorite way to eat spaghetti squash is topped with butter and Parmesan cheese or marinara. 
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. I like to scrape the strands from the squash before refrigerating. 


Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 577mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 562IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 206mg | Iron: 1mg
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