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overhead view of air fryer acorn squash

Air Fryer Acorn Squash

Make this Air Fryer Acorn Squash as a simple side dish or for using mashed acorn squash in another recipe. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 172 kcal
Author Foodtastic Mom


  • 1 whole acorn squash
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup


  1. Wash the acorn squash.

  2. With a sharp knife, cut the acorn squash in half, lengthwise from top of stem to the bottom. 

  3. Use a dinner spoon to scoop out and discard the seeds.

  4. Lightly oil the outsides of the cut squash with the vegetable oil. 

  5. Place the two halves of the acorn cut side down into the basket of the air fryer. 

  6. Air fry at 325 degrees F for 20 minutes.

  7. Remove the squash and butter the insides of the squash and sprinkle lightly with salt. 

  8. Place the squash halves, cut side up, back into the air fryer basket. 

  9. Air fryer at 400 degrees F for about 10 - 15 minutes more, or until the cut surface is browned and the inside of the squash is fork tender. 

  10. Drizzle with pure maple syrup and serve.