Air Fryer Acorn Squash

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With the holidays coming up this air fryer acorn squash recipe will be a great addition to any of your holiday meals coming up as a quick and simple side dish. Plus it is a great way to use this autumn vegetable. 

This really is an easy dish to put together. You can even watch it on my YouTube channel and I will show you how to make this easy holiday acorn squash dish. While your oven might be on overload for making your holiday meals, you can give the oven a little break while you use your air fryer for our tender glazed acorn squash.


Simple Ingredients Needed for This Air Fryer Acorn Squash Recipe:


  • Acorn squash 
  • Butter, softened
  • Brown sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Salt


  • Air fryer
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Small mixing bowl


If you haven’t the Cosori 5.8QT air fryer, it is a great additional cooking tool to any kitchen. I love that it has a square basket and can be cleaned easily and it is on the quieter side for air fryers. 

Other Ways to Make Acorn Squash

Acorn squash is an underutilized vegetable, but when the Fall seasons and holidays come around, it does grow a bit in popularity. If you have never tried acorn squash Mashed gives a great in-depth profile of the acorn squash that you might find beneficial.   

While we love this recipe with the tasty cinnamon sugar glaze, here are a few other options you might like too!

Seasonings for Acorn Squash:

  1. Nutmeg
  2. Allspice
  3. Chili powder
  4. Smoked paprika
  5. Salt and pepper


What is Acorn Squash Like?

Acorn squash is similar to butternut squash. It does have a different outward appearance, but the inner flesh is similar in color and texture.  


What Does Acorn Squash Taste Like?

An acorn squash tastes fairly sweet and has a slightly nutty flavor but is a bit more fibrous in texture compared to other squash. 


How to Make Air Fryer Acorn Squash:

Step 1: Score the Acorn Squash

Start by washing the acorn squash and then cutting it in half. Then remove the seeds with a spoon. 

When the seeds are out, take the knife to score the squash horizontally and vertically so that you are able to make squares in the fleshy part of the squash. 

Step 2: Create the Glaze Mixture

After the squash has been prepared, mix up the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a small mixing bowl. 

Then place a tablespoon of butter in each half of the squash and then spread it around a bit. 

Next, split the brown sugar mixture between the two halves of the scored acorn squash, mixing the butter and sugar mixture together and spreading it along the squash. 


Step 3: Cook the Squash

Once that is all set, place the prepared squash into the air fryer and cook them for 25 minutes at 370F or 188C. 

Once the squash can be pulled away by a fork it should be tender and cooked all the way through. 

Then simply remove and enjoy your glazed air fryer acorn squash.


Air Fryers – For More Than Just Dinner

You don’t need to only make full dinners in the air fryer. It is great for making sides, appetizers, and desserts. Here are a few of my favorites:

Final Thoughts

I think the acorn squash has a stigma around it that it is hard to make. Well this recipe, proves that it is super simple to make and make completely tender and delicious. Things don’t need to be over-complicated, just tasty. And that is what you get with this air fryer acorn squash recipe. 

So, give it a try and let us know what you think!


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Air Fryer Acorn Squash

The perfect autumn vegetable side that you can make perfectly tender in an air fryer with a delicious cinnamon sugar glaze.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 2
Adjust Servings: 2




  • Wash and cut the acorn squash in half. Scoop out all the seeds with a spoon.
  • Score the inside of the squash with a knife. You will want to score it horizontally and vertically so that you end up with squares on the inside fleshy part of the squash.
  • Mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt together in a small bowl or ramekin.
  • Place 1 tbsp of butter in each of the halves of the acorn squash. Slightly spread the butter around the squash.
  • Add half of the mixture to one of the squash. Add the other half to the other squash.
  • Then spread and mush the butter and mixture into the inside of the squash.
  • Place each of the squash halves in the air fryer basket. Cook 370 °F for 25 minutes.
  • Test with a fork to make sure the squash is tender and cooked through.
  • Remove from the air fryer basket and enjoy.


Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Sodium: 245mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g
Ingredients: Acorn squash, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Salt
Meal Type: Side Dish, Fall
Categories: Vegetables
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