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Air Fryer Squash Recipe

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Air Fryer Squash

If you’re looking for a quick and delicious way to enjoy squash, using an air fryer is the perfect solution. You can make crispy and tender air fried squash in just 15 to 20 minutes with simple ingredients like olive oil, garlic, and seasonings.

Air frying squash not only saves time but also gives you a healthy side dish that pairs well with any main course. Whether you’re cooking yellow squash or zucchini, the result is always a flavorful and perfectly cooked veggie that your family will love.

With a few easy steps, you’ll have a side dish that’s ready to serve, packed with nutrients, and full of flavor. Try adding some fresh herbs or a squeeze of lemon to make it even more refreshing!

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

When making air fryer squash, you need a few key ingredients. Here they are along with some possible substitutes.

Basic Ingredients

  • Squash: Yellow squash or zucchini work best.
  • Olive Oil: Helps in crisping. You can use avocado oil instead.

Seasonings

  • Salt: For basic seasoning.
  • Garlic Powder: Adds a nice flavor. Use onion powder if you don’t have garlic powder.
  • Black Pepper: Adds a bit of heat.

Optional Add-Ons

  • Parmesan Cheese: Gives a cheesy kick. You could use nutritional yeast for a dairy-free option.
  • Cornmeal: Adds a crunchy texture. Flavored breadcrumbs can be a good substitute.
  • Italian Seasoning: For more flavor complexity. Replace with dried herbs like thyme or oregano.

Preparation Essentials

  • Cooking Spray: Keeps the squash from sticking to the air fryer basket.

In a pinch, many of these ingredients can be swapped without much effect on the final dish. This makes it easy to adjust based on what you have in your pantry.

Instructions


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C).


  2. Prepare the squash:

    • Trim the ends off.
    • Slice lengthwise and then into ¼-½ inch pieces.
    • You can peel if desired, though it’s optional.
  3. Season the squash:

    • Place squash slices in a bowl.
    • Add olive oil, salt, pepper, and any other seasonings like garlic powder or parmesan cheese.
    • Toss them to coat evenly.
  4. Arrange in the air fryer:

    • Place the seasoned squash slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
    • Ensure they are not overlapping to allow even cooking.
  5. Cook the squash:

    • Air fry for 3 to 5 minutes, turning halfway through.
    • Check for a golden brown and crispy texture.
  6. Serve and enjoy:

    • Remove from the air fryer.
    • Optionally, sprinkle with extra salt, pepper, or parmesan for added flavor.

Using your air fryer for squash is an easy and quick way to make a delicious side dish. With these simple steps, you’ll be enjoying perfectly cooked squash in no time.

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Tips and Tricks

  • Use Fresh Squash: Fresh squash has the best taste and texture. Look for firm, unblemished squash in the store.
  • Uniform Slices: Cutting your squash into even slices helps them cook evenly. Aim for slices about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
  • Season Well: Don’t skimp on seasoning. Salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a light brush of olive oil enhance the flavors.
  • Don’t Overcrowd: Arrange the squash in a single layer in the air fryer basket. This allows hot air to circulate and cook them evenly.

Storing

  • Refrigerate: Store leftover squash in an airtight container in the fridge. They will stay good for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat: To reheat, place the squash in the air fryer at 400°F for 3-5 minutes. This restores their crispiness.
  • Freezing: Freezing is not recommended as it can make the squash mushy when thawed. Stick to refrigerating for best results.
  • Keep Dry: Make sure the squash is dry before storing, as excess moisture can lead to sogginess.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Try different variations of air fryer squash to keep things interesting. For spicy squash, toss the slices with a bit of chili powder and paprika before air frying. If you prefer Italian flavors, sprinkle the squash with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and a bit of Parmesan cheese.

Different Squash Types

You can use different types of squash:

  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash
  • Butternut Squash

Each type has its own unique flavor and texture, offering a variety of experiences.

Dipping Sauces

Pair your air fryer squash with different dipping sauces for more flavor:

  • Ranch Dressing
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Spicy Aioli

Serving Ideas

Serve air fryer squash as a side dish to your favorite meals. It goes great with grilled chicken, steak, or fish. You can also add air-fried squash to salads for an extra crunch.

Toppings

Get creative with toppings. After air frying, add feta cheese, chopped herbs, or a drizzle of balsamic glaze. These toppings can enhance the flavor and presentation of your dish.

Cooking Tips

When air frying squash, make sure to:

  • Slice squash evenly.
  • Avoid overcrowding the basket.
  • Shake the basket halfway through cooking.

This ensures even cooking and a crispy finish. Enjoy experimenting with these variations and serving ideas!