Looking for an easy way to cook acorn squash? Our air fryer method is the perfect side dish air fried acorn squash! We’re obsessed with air frying all types of squash.

Air Fryer Acorn Squash in a basket

Easy Air Fried Acorn Squash Recipe

Our popular zucchini and summer squash and butternut squash air fryer recipes have been a hit with our Air fryer club. This is also the perfect side dish for holidays or thanksgiving because cooking the air fryer squash frees up traditional oven and stove top space. The squash comes out  super tender and wonderful. Don’t worry about the skin being tough because skin cooks easily too. So you don’t have to peel the squash unless you prefer the squash without the skin. Add another drizzle of melted butter before serving and it’s perfect with the turkey or what ever you decide to serve it with!

Air Fryer Acorn Squash on a plate


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How to Cook Air Fryer Acorn Squash

  1. The skin of acorn squash cooks soft and is totally edible if you want to keep the skin-on. If you prefer to air fryer the squash with the skin off, then just peel the squash before you cut into it.
  2. Wash and trim ends of the acorn squash. Halve the squash and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.
  3. Slice the acorn squash. Read recipe box below for more recipe details

cooked acorn squash on plate with pomegranates

Can You Freeze Leftover Acorn Squash?

Yes, you can but the texture really isn’t ideal. When it does thaw, it will be slightly watery and mushy. If you don’t mind that texture, then you’re good to go! One way to get it less mushy after thawing is to air fry it at 380F for about 5-8 minutes, or until it’s warmed to your desired texture.

Air Fried Acorn Squash Recipe BestRecipeBox.com

Air Fried Acorn Squash

Acorn squash is a fantastic vegetable to air fry. Our popular summer squash and butternut squash air fryer recipes have been a hit with our Air fryer club.
Make it extra delicious by drizzling a little butter before serving. Or add chopped roasted nuts, and pomegranate seeds.
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  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1/4 cup (45 g) butter , melted
  • 1 Tablespoon (10 g) brown sugar , or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 g) kosher salt , or to taste
  • Black pepper , to taste

Optional Toppings:

  • melted butter
  • chopped roasted nuts
  • pomegranate seeds



  • Trim the top & bottom off the acorn squash, and then cut the squash in half from top to bottom. Scoop out the seeds using a spoon. Lay the squash cut side down on the cutting board, and cut the squash into half rings, about 1/2-inch thick.
    Air Fryer Acorn Squash step by step AirFryerWorld.com
  • In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Toss the acorn squash rings in the butter mixture until well coated. Place in the air fryer basket.
    Air Fryer Acorn Squash step by step AirFryerWorld.com
  • Air Fry at 375°F for about 15-20 minutes or until tender, flipping the squash after the first 10 minutes. Remember to flip so the squash cooks evenly.
    Air Fryer Acorn Squash step by step AirFryerWorld.com
  • You can make it extra delicious by drizzling the squash with extra melted butter, chopped nuts, and pomegranate seeds. Taste for seasoning and add a little more salt & pepper if desired.
    Air Fryer Acorn Squash Recipe @BestRecipeBox

If your air fryer is preheated or if you are cooking multiple batches, you may need to reduce timing by a few minutes (unless preheating is called for in the recipe).


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 126kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 369mg, Potassium: 374mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 658IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 38mg, Iron: 1mg

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