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If you LOVE your air fryer and you want to try cooking a side dish in it, then try this Air Fryer Acorn Squash. You’ll make winter squash so tasty that even the people who don’t care for squash are will love it!
Lightly roasted tender acorn squash halves are cooked to perfection in the Air Fryer. Once you air fry it you’ll never want to make it any other way!
Why Cook Acorn Squash Air Fryer?
Why would ANYONE want to use the air fryer to cook a winter squash? There are a couple of good reasons:
- it cooks much more quickly in the air fryer than in the regular oven!
- you don’t have room in the oven because you’re cooking an entire feast in there
- or if you don’t want to heat up the entire oven JUST to cook one squash
- maybe you don’t want to heat up your house by turning on the oven then use the air fryer
- or maybe your oven is broken and your new oven isn’t going to be delivered for months
No matter the reason cooking it in the air fryer will definitely be a game-changer for you and it may even become your go-to method for roasting an acorn squash.
Frequently Asked Questions About Acorn Squash
Yes, always wash winter squash before cooking it, wash it before you cut to avoid getting dirt inside the squash
No, acorn squash doesn’t need to be peeled before cooking. It holds up nicely with the skin on and the ridges make it harder to peel than say a butternut squash
Yes, the seeds of any winter squash can be cleaned and roasted just like you would clean and roast pumpkin seeds
No, you can just cut it in half, clean it out and cook the two halves
If it’s a fresh acorn squash just newly picked the skin IS edible if you wash it. Not everyone likes to eat it though! The older a winter squash gets the tougher and stringier the skin gets.
You can cut it lengthwise OR across the squash. Either way is fine. When you cut it lengthwise it sits better when it’s put on a plate otherwise there’s no difference.
- 1 acorn squash 1-2 pounds
- 1 TBSP light olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- pinch of pepper
- preheat the air fryer 400˚ for 5 minutes
- wash the squash, knock the stem off, and cut in half lengthwise
- scrape out the seeds and the membranes that hold them in, basically the stringy bits
- divide the oil between each acorn squash, just put it in the cavity, then use your hands to rub it all over the squash inside and out
- divide the salt between each squash cavity
- sprinkle each with a pinch of ground black pepper
- put cavity side UP in the air fryer
- roast in air fryer at 400˚ for 15-20 minutes or until soft when poked with a knife
- if it's not done after 20 minutes, cook for another 5 minutes
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Amount Per Serving Calories 117Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 533mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 5gSugar 0gProtein 1g
This nutrition information was calculated using a computer program, results may vary.
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