Air Fryer squash is easy, quick, and delicious. You can roast the summer squash or yellow squash in just 15 minutes in the air fryer. This is a great side for a quick meal. It's simply vegan and gluten-free.
If you love to add zucchini and squash to your menu, then I must say this air fryer is the best way to cook them. You can also saute or stir-fry the yellow squash with herbs and mild spices.
But this is one of the best ways to cook it when you don't need to do anything after placing them into the air fryer. Cooking summer squash in the air fryer is too easy, quick, and it's delicious too. For a variety, you can also add zucchini (cut into equal-sized pieces) to the summer squash.
Add any seasoning to it as per choice. These are too good with just salt and pepper as well. Dried oregano, dried basil herbs also work well.
This is one of the best and easiest side dishes. You can also add this to your pasta salad, or quinoa salad, or make skewer snacks or appetizers, and many more such ideas. These are definitely better than stovetop stir-fry or oven-roasted squash.
You will love this air fryer squash because this is,
- easy to make
- minimal ingredients
- versatile to serve
- great healthy side dish and snacking
Ingredients you will need -
Yellow squash or summer squash - For a variety, you can add zucchini but cut them in the same size.
Salt & Pepper - as per taste
Smoked paprika - a pinch (optional)
Dried herbs of choice - dried oregano, basils, parsley
Oil spray - olive oil/ avocado oils/ any vegetable oil
Garnishing - Fresh parsley leaves, Cilantro leaves, Vegan Parmesan or Parmesan cheese
Optional Seasoning -
Cumin powder, Garlic powder, Onion powder, Oregano, Or Italian Seasonings
Garlic adds a nice flavor to this. You can add any specific seasoning for taste variation in the squash.
Oil-free Substitution -
To make this oil-free and WFPB, substitute oil with 2 - 3 tbsp vegetable broth. Take broth in a bowl. Add the spices/ seasonings to this. Pour the broth mix to the thickly sliced summer squash. Mix nicely so that the slices are nicely coated with the seasonings. Then place them in the air fryer.
How to cut the yellow squash for this?
Wash and trim the ends of the squash. You can cut the squash into thicker discs or even as fingers (like fries). here I have sliced them a little diagonally. Keep the thickness between 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch wide.
Thicker slices or wedges will be cooked perfectly without losing their shape. If you cut them very thin like chips, they will get burnt easily. So 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick slices is perfect to make roasted squash in the air fryer.
Instructions to air fry the squash
Wash and clean the squash. Cut them into desired approx. 1 cm thick. Add spices or seasonings followed by 1 tsp oil or broth and mix them nicely so that the squash pieces are coated well.
Grease the basket a little. Now place the seasoned slices in the basket. Set the timer for 12 minutes at 360 F (180 C). Air Fry squash for 12 - 14 minutes depending on the size and thickness of the slices, size, and type of air fryer as all air fryers don't cook the same. Turn the slices in halfways at around 8 minutes mark. This is for even cooking of both sides.
Remove when done and sprinkle some fresh herbs and serve hot or store for future use.
You may expect a variation of 1 - 2 minutes depending on the factors mentioned above. So carefully check after 10 minutes and decide the cooking time for the summer squash in the air fryer
Can I make ahead the air fryer squash?
It will not be as good when stored and reheated. It turns mushy. However, you can add the leftover ones to the salads, to the pasta, etc where the texture is not that important.
How to store and reheat?
Once cooled completely, transfer to a freeze box and refrigerate for 2 days. After that, they won't be very good in texture. To reheat, place them in the basket in a single layer and heat them at 390 F for 2 minutes or till warm.
Serving Ideas for Air Fried Yellow Squash -
- This is a great side dish to any meal.
- Perfect for low-carb snacking.
- Healthy snacking.
- Serve with creamy soups like tomato soup or cauliflower soup.
- Add to the quinoa salad or vegan pasta salad.
- Serve as a side to the vegan creamy pasta.
Recipe for Air Fryer Summer Squash
Air Fryer Squash
- 2 summer squash (yellow squash)
- 1 tsp olive oil substitute: veg broth
- salt to taste
- black pepper to taste
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp dried herbs mix (Italian seasoning mix)
- fresh herbs for garnish optional
- Wash and clean the squash.
- Cut them into desired approximate 1 cm thick.
- Add spices or seasonings followed by 1 tsp oil or broth and mix them nicely so that the squash pieces are coated well.
- Grease the basket a little.
- Now place the seasoned slices in the basket.
- Cook for 12 - 14 minutes at 360 F (180 C).
- Turn the slices in halfways at around 7 minutes mark.
- Remove when done and sprinkle some fresh herbs and serve hot.
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