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Air Fryer Squash

This air fryer squash recipe is easy, versatile, and the perfect addition to any summer meal. This savory, scrumptious dish is packed with both flavor and nutrition for the whole family.  

Slices of squash cooked in air fryer

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You can create this simple classic in no time and it works as a great snack or side dish for any occasion. It will even work for friends and family members on a keto, gluten-free, or vegetarian diet so everyone will get the chance to enjoy this fried squash sensation. 

Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post: 

  • How to make squash in the air fryer
  • Tips for making the very best air fryer zucchini and squash
  • What to serve with air fryer squash

All you need is a few simple ingredients and 15 minutes to whip up this air fryer yellow squash and zucchini recipe. It’s delicious, nutritious, and a cinch to make!

And if your garden is overflowing with squash this summer, check out our 5 Ingredient Squash Casserole recipe!

I made this recipe using the 5.8 QT Cosori Air Fryer. Its square basket makes it the perfect size for our family of 4.

prepared ingredients for air fryer squash

How to Make Air Fryer Squash

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees. Wash your zucchini and squash, slice lengthwise, and do your best to keep slices between ¼ to ½ inch thick. Your pieces don’t need to be exactly the same size but keep them no thinner than ¼ inch and no thicker than ½ inch. 

STEP TWO: Drizzle vegetables with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and McCormick vegetable seasoning. Gently toss to evenly coat and place in your air fryer basket. It’s okay if slices are slightly overlapping but try not to overcrowd them. 

STEP THREE: Cook squash and zucchini at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, checking at 8 minutes for thinner slices. Cook until golden brown and crispy. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired. Serve and enjoy.

STEP FOUR: If needed, continue with your next batch. 

place seasoned squash slices in air fryer

When is Squash in Season? 

Zucchini and yellow squash are both considered summer squashes. As the name implies, the peak season for these yummy veggies is June through late August. 

Winter squashes include butternut, acorn, and spaghetti squashes, and they have a later peak season. Thankfully, in most areas today, we get to enjoy all the squashes all the time. 

fork picking up slices of air fryer squash

What to Serve with Air Fryer Squash

This delicious air fryer summer squash recipe is super versatile. Here are a few ideas to get you started. 

  • As a side dish for grilled shrimp kabobs, air fryer chicken, burgers, or salmon
  • Mixed into pasta dishes or salads
  • As a snack! Try making squash chips by sprinkling parmesan over extra thin and crispy slices for a savory keto snack. 

You can check out these other air fryer dinner ideas for even more choices!

How to Cook Squash in the Air Fryer

Cooking squash in the air fryer is quick and easy. Basically speaking, all you need to do is wash and slice your vegetables, drizzle with oil and your favorite seasonings, and pop them in a 400-degree air fryer for 8 to 10 minutes.

For step-by-step instructions, follow the recipe in this post made with flavorful garlic-infused olive oil and zesty McCormicks salt-free vegetable seasoning

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your seasonings. You could spice things up with taco seasoning or cool things down with dill. The possibilities are endless. 

slices of squash placed in air fryer

Tips to Make the Air Fryer Squash and Zucchini

If at all possible, choose fresh, local, and in-season squash. This will take your air fryer squash to the next level. 

Luckily, most of us have access to summer squash year-round at the supermarket. Even so, I personally love supporting the hardworking farmers at my local farmers’ market. It feels great to support my local economy, and I really can taste the difference! 

Be sure to thoroughly wash your zucchini and squash before slicing. Keep slices between ¼ and ½ inch thick so they get perfectly crispy and golden brown. 

Although slices can be touching and slightly overlapping, don’t overcrowd your air fryer basket. Simply make multiple batches if all your squash does not fit the first time. 

What to Do with Leftover Air Fryer Summer Squash

These tasty little squash delights never last very long in my house! If you happen to end up with leftovers, you can store air-fried squash in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

Uncooked zucchini and squash can be frozen and stored safely for up to 3 months.

pile of slices of squash cooked in air fryer

How to Reheat Squash in the Air Fryer

Reheating squash in the air fryer is quick and easy. All you need to do is follow these few simple steps:

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Arrange squash in a single layer in the basket.
  3. Cook in the air fryer for 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown and crispy again.
  4. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, or parmesan, if desired. Serve and enjoy!

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Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Squash

slices of squash placed in air fryer

This air fryer squash recipe is easy and versatile, savory and scrumptious. It is packed with both flavor and nutrition for the whole family.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Wash your vegetables. Cut them lengthwise as close to ¼ to ½ inch as you can. You definitely don’t want thinner than ¼ of an inch or larger than ½. 
  3. Drizzle your olive oil and sprinkle your seasoning on your vegetables. Slightly toss them to evenly coat them. 
  4. Lay them in your air fryer basket. It is okay if they slightly overlap. Cook them at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Check it at 8 minutes for your thinner sliced ones, and then continue cooking till they are golden brown and crispy. Season with salt and pepper if desired and serve. 
  5. Continue with your next batch, if needed.

Notes

How to Reheat Squash in the Air Fryer

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Arrange squash in a single layer in the basket.
  3. Cook in the air fryer for 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown and crispy again.
  4. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, or parmesan, if desired. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 83Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1767mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 3g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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