Easy Air Fryer Acorn Squash

Air Fryer Acorn Squash is so EASY!!! My Dad used to make acorn squash for dinner all the time but in the oven they take AN HOUR! I made the same recipe in my Air Fryer in just 25 minutes! It was perfect!
I absolutely love acorn squash. When I was growing up - I was introduced to pretty much every vegetable - so there was little I didn't like. I'm very appreciative of that because I'm not a picky eater as an adult! 

Squash was one of my favorites! My Dad made it in a super simple way - just three ingredients but it took an hour to bake!! NOT ANY MORE!! 

Can you air fry acorn squash?

YES! I'm pretty much up for trying to air fry anything I can so I was up for the challenge. I recently went to a health & wellness fair and they gave everyone an acorn squash - and I knew instantly - it was going in the air fryer! It took HALF the time compared to baking it in an oven! Woohoo!

How to cut acorn squash? 

I was determined to put the whole acorn squash in the air fryer - so I just cut the acorn squash in half with a large chefs knife. They are pretty hard so be sure to cut the squash on a cutting board. While you're there - you'll want to score the squash in a criss-cross pattern with your knife (you'll see it better in the next step). 

Then I put the halves into the air fryer. The basket in mine is pretty tight but this was a small squash - so it fit. I just had to tilt one a little. 

How can you bake squash fast? 

Well - this is the way! Cooking acorn squash in the air fryer is definitely the fastest and best way to make it! Once you have the squash in the air fryer just add butter and brown sugar and air fry at 400 for 25 minutes. That's it! Less than half of the traditional oven method! THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT! 

This acorn squash looked stuffed with brown sugar and butter - but it melts together pretty quickly. And man oh man - is it delicious!!! I can tell you - this was my dinner that night. I ate the whole squash and I can't wait to do it again! You don't need anything else - the butter and brown sugar are perfect! 

What to serve with Air Fryer Acorn Squash? 

I really love serving this with my air fryer salmon - it's simple and if you have a bigger air fryer - or only do half at a time - you can do them together. Start the squash and then add the salmon for the last half. This Citrus Glazed Chicken is also a great pairing because they both have that sweet element! Steak is also a great pairing - I love this reverse sear steak - easy and delicious! 

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Air Fryer Acorn Squash

Air Fryer Acorn Squash

Yield: 2
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 30 M
This recipe is so EASY!!! My Dad used to make acorn squash for dinner all the time and we just did 3 ingredients - 5 minutes and in the oven - FOR AN HOUR! I made the same recipe in the Air Fryer in 25 minutes! It was perfect!


  • 1 acorn squash
  • 4 Tbsp salted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


How to cook Air Fryer Acorn Squash

  1. slice acorn squash in half, clean out inside with a spoon
  2. score inside of squash with knife in criss-cross pattern
  3. place squash halves in air fryer
  4. put 2 tbsp butter in each half - laying some slivers on edges
  5. split brown sugar between each half
  6. air fry at 400 for 25 minutes
  7. use tongs or spoons to gently remove squash halves from air fryer onto plate


This same recipe will work with any squash - it just might take longer depending on size.

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  1. I've never cooked acorn squash. I am definetly trying this recipe. Looks SO easy!