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Plate of six acorn squash wedges with a gold fork and a whole acorn squash in the background

30-Minute Air Fryer Acorn Squash Slices

  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: serves 3
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This air fryer recipe for easy acorn squash slices (or wedges) is ready within just 30 minutes. Lightly seasoned with maple syrup, fresh thyme and sea salt, the squash slices emerge from the air fryer basket perfectly tender and immediately ready to serve. Pro tip: cook the squash wedges in the air fryer flesh side up!


  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 56 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Cut the stem off of the acorn squash using a sharp knife.
  2. Cut squash in half, following the natural grooves in the squash skin.
  3. Scoop out and discard the seeds and stringy flesh using a spoon.
  4. Cut each half into 3 equal size wedges, so you have 6 wedges total.
  5. Transfer to a dinner plate, flesh side up.
  6. Drizzle squash with olive oil and maple syrup.
  7. Sprinkle on the thyme leaves and salt.
  8. Use your hands to rub the seasonings into the squash.
  9. Put the squash wedges in an air fryer tray or basket, flesh side up. 
  10. Air fry at 325 degrees F for 15 minutes. Then air fry again at 275 F for 5-10 minutes, until squash is fork tender.
  11. Remove from the air fryer and enjoy!


Ingredient substitution suggestions

  • Use another winter squash if you don’t have acorn squash. A few good options include delicata squash, carnival squash, or honey nut squash.
  • Try a different fresh herb – fresh rosemary or sage would taste excellent!
  • Use brown sugar or honey instead of maple syrup. Note that the recipe will not be fully vegan if you use honey.


Store leftover cooked acorn squash in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. You can reheat it in the microwave for about 1 minute.

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