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This air fryer acorn squash is a simple side dish recipe that is ready in just ten minutes! Fresh slices of acorn squash are lightly coated in olive oil, brown sugar, and cinnamon and then air fried to perfection! This is the perfect fall recipe!
This recipe for acorn squash in the air fryer leaves the squash slices tender and sweet, with just a hint of autumn flavor from a sprinkle of brown sugar and cinnamon. If you’ve never cooked acorn squash before, give this easy recipe a try!
Ingredients for this recipe
- Acorn Squash
- Olive Oil
- Kosher Salt
- Brown Sugar, optional
- Cinnamon, optional
- Flaky Salt, optional
- Thyme, optional
I like to go a little sweeter with my squash dishes. Typically I choose brown sugar and cinnamon or maple with a touch of cayenne. If you prefer just plain salted squash, that's A-OK!
How to cook acorn squash in the air fryer
- Seed & slice the squash. With a very sharp knife. Leave the skin on.
- Season the squash. With olive oil, kosher salt, and brown sugar and cinnamon if you like it sweet.
- Air fry the squash. For just ten minutes!
- Enjoy! You’ll be amazed at how delicious this is!
Can you leave the skin on acorn squash?
The skin of acorn squash is much thinner than other squash varieties – such as a butternut or pumpkin – and can be left on during cook. Some people even eat it!
Personally, I don’t like to eat it, but this cooking method does leave the skin of the squash fork tender and totally edible if you feel so inclined.
Storing and Reheating Instructions
- In the fridge – The squash slices will keep for up to five days stored in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.
- In the freezer – Remove the skin and discard, place cooked squash in a freezer-safe, zip-top bag, squeezing out all the air. Lat flat in the freezer. Squash will keep over six months, up to one year.
- Reheating – Leftover squash slices can be reheated in air fryer at 400 degrees for 2 – 3 minutes, or until warmed through. Alternatively, the leftovers can be microwaved until warmed through.
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Air Fryer Acorn Squash
- Air Fryer
- 1 acorn squash
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Kosher Salt, to taste
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- Flaky salt, optional
- Fresh thyme, optional
- Using a very sharp chef’s knife, carefully cut the acorn squash in half. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon and discard. Lay the squash cut side down on the cutting board and slice into ½ inch crescents. Place acorn squash slices in a large bowl.
- When all the squash is cut and in the bowl, drizzle in 3 tablespoons olive oil, a generous pinch of kosher salt plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and ½ tsp. cinnamon, if using. Toss to coat.
- Place squash in a single layer in the basket of an air fryer and air fry at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, giving the basket a quick shake halfway through cooking.
- Serve sliced squash with a sprinkle of flaky salt and fresh thyme leaves, if desired.
- Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook the squash in two batches.
- Refer to post for storing and reheating instructions.