Air Fryer yellow squash and zucchini are fantastic tasting vegetables with many health benefits. They're a good source of Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, folate, magnesium, potassium, and other essential vitamins and minerals.
If you love all recipes using different kinds of squash, you're going to love these incredible winter squash side dish healthy recipes: Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto, Stuffed Acorn Squash, and Oven Roasted Spaghetti Squash.
- Why you’ll love air fried squash
- Simple ingredients you’ll need
- How to make summer squash in an air fryer
- Easy air fryer squash recipe tips
- Storing and reheating
- Ideas for serving
- What is the difference between summer squash and zucchini?
- Is squash good in the air fryer?
- More air fryer recipes
- Air Fryer Squash
Why you’ll love air fried squash
- With only 3 minimal ingredients plus salt and pepper, this summer squash recipe is super easy to make in just minutes!
- It's the perfect simple side dish without a lot of work for almost any of your favorite main dishes that the whole family will enjoy.
- Roasting the squash in the air fryer gives it an amazing texture and brings out its natural sweetness.
- This side is great for a variety of eaters including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and omnivore. And since this air fryer squash recipe has no bread crumbs or breading, it's also perfect for those following a paleo, low-carb or keto diet.
- This easy air fryer recipe is a great way to put your favorite squash from your backyard garden to use.
- Air fryer summer squash is a great basic recipe to build off of.
Simple ingredients you’ll need
- Yellow Summer Squash
- Olive Oil
- Sea Salt
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper
How to make summer squash in an air fryer
First, wash the squash and pat them dry with paper towels.
Then, cut both ends off of each squash.
Cut each squash into ¼-inch slices.
Add squash slices to a large bowl and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper to combine.
If your air fryer has a separate elevated crisping tray or plate, be sure to insert it.
For example, my Ninja air fryer comes with a crisper plate that fits right into the basket.
Add the squash to the air fryer basket.
Air fry at 400° F for 8-12 minutes until desired texture and browning is reached.
Make sure to shake the basked of your air fryer 2-3 times during cooking.
If you would like the squash softer, cook for up to 3 more minutes.
Easy air fryer squash recipe tips
- If you prefer, you can cut the squash into half moons instead of circles. To do so, first cut each squash down the middle lengthwise and then slice into ¼" half moons. You may also choose to julienne your squash for this recipe. However you choose to cut them, make sure they're of similar size so they all cook evenly in the air fryer.
- Don't overcrowd your Air-fryer basket or tray with your squash. You need to leave room in there for the hot air to circulate around to cook the squash.
- You don't have to use 1 zucchini and 1 yellow squash...you can use 2 of the same summer squash instead if you'd like.
Storing and reheating
Store leftover squash in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Squash can be reheated in the microwave until warmed throughout.
You can change up the flavor by tossing with some fresh herbs after cooking such as parsley, rosemary, thyme, etc. or try squirting on some lemon juice or topping with Parmesan (traditional or vegan) and/or crushed red pepper flakes.
You can also add any simple seasoning choices on the fly, like garlic powder, onion powder, or Italian seasoning.
Ideas for serving
This air fryer zucchini squash is the perfect side dish to serve with your favorite mains.
You can also try using the squash pieces as a pizza topping or mixing with pasta or rice. It's the perfect way to use up extra zucchini or yellow squash.
This has become one of our favorite recipes to serve as a side dish with our homemade vegan lasagna.
What is the difference between summer squash and zucchini?
While both are considered summer squash, one way that zucchini and yellow squash are different is their color.
Zucchini is green while yellow squash is yellow as its name suggests.
Another difference between the two is the shape.
Yellow squash is thicker at the bottom than it is at the top while green zucchini typically has a similar thickness from top to bottom.
Is squash good in the air fryer?
Great question, and if you can't tell, we think it's incredible in the air fryer. When you make this squash recipe in the air fryer, you end up with a nice firm texture that you don't usually get from other methods of cooking.
It brings out the natural sweetness of the vegetable itself and doesn't require a lot of extra seasonings to make it something craveable.
More air fryer recipes
Using an air fryer to create delicious and easy recipes like this one makes it an easy way to get healthy meals in your diet. I love creating simple recipes made in the air fryer to share with you and I hope you enjoy them these delicious air fryer recipes too.
Air Fryer Squash
- 1 medium zucchini, washed and patted dry
- 1 medium yellow squash, washed and patted dry
- 2 teaspoon olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Cut ends off of each squash. Either cut squash into ¼” circles or cut down the middle lengthwise and then slice into ¼ ” half moons.
- Add the cut squash to a mixing bowl and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.
- If your air fryer has a separate elevated crisping tray or plate, be sure to insert it. Add the squash to the air fryer and distribute evenly in the basket. Air fry at 400° F for 8-12 minutes until desired texture and browning is reached, shaking the basket to toss the squash 2-3 times during cooking. If you want the squash softer, cook for up to 3 more minutes.
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