Easy Air Fryer Squash (Summer Squash)

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Delicious, cornmeal-dusted air fryer squash made with yellow summer squash and zucchini. Naturally gluten-free and vegan.

A silver fork cradles air fried summer squash in a white bowl.
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Top view of a white ceramic bowl filled with air fried yellow squash and green squash.

💛 Why You Need This Recipe

  • This is truly an easy air fryer recipe! You can mix everything right in the air fryer basket and air fry. Easy peasy!
  • All you need is squash, oil, cornmeal and few spices.
  • This recipe makes a fabulous side dish for the whole family to enjoy or even an appetizer or snack to serve with a favorite dipping sauce.
  • It is naturally vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and soy-free.
Close shots of sliced squash pieces with some browning.

🗒️ Ingredients and Substitutes

Squash: This recipes tastes great and works well with both yellow crookneck squash and zucchini, however, you can use one or the other if that’s what you have on hand!

Oil: I love to use avocado oil for its high smoke point, but feel free to use any oil you prefer. I’ve used olive oil and coconut oil with success.

Cornmeal: Fine and medium ground conventional cornmeal works best, but if you only have coarse ground cornmeal or polenta/grits, that will work, too.

Salt: What good recipe is complete without salt? I love to use Himalayan pink salt.

Garlic powder: The smallest hint of garlic flavor really adds a new dimension to this air fryer squash recipe. If you aren’t a fan of garlic, you can omit it or use another spice you like better. Some of my favorite alternatives are onion powder, oregano, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, and basil. You can even use fresh herbs if you prefer.

A silver fork holds a small thin slice of yellow squash.

🔪 How to Make Air Fryer Squash

An air fryer basket filled with sliced summer squash.
Add all air fryer squash ingredients to the air fryer basket, then give a good toss.
An air fryer basket filled with cooked, sliced squash.
Air fry.
A small white bowl filled with browned sliced squash pieces.
  1. Add all of the ingredients to an air fryer basket (alternatively you could use a mixing bowl, then add to the air fryer basket). Toss to coat evenly.
  2. Air fry until golden and crisp.
  3. Enjoy!
Close shot of crispy squash slices in a white bowl.

🍽️ Serving Ideas

  • Serve with savory meals as a side dish. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese or vegan parmesan for additional flavor.
  • Serve mixed into pasta with a favorite sauce.
  • Toss into salads.
  • Use as a pizza topping.
  • Serve as an appetizer alongside a dipping sauce.
Side view of sliced squash in a white bowl.

❓ Frequently Asked Questions

Is squash good in the air fryer?

Yes! The air fryer cooks squash quickly, evenly and to a perfect texture.

Will this recipe work with any kind of squash?

Any thin-skinned, smaller summer squash varieties work well in this recipe.

How to store air fryer squash?

You can store the cooked air fryer squash in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To reheat, place into an air fryer basket and reheat at 400F for 5 minutes or until warm throughout.

Top view of a white ceramic bowl filled with golden squash slices.

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Air Fryer Squash Recipe

Delicious, cornmeal-dusted air fryer squash made with yellow summer squash and zucchini. Naturally gluten-free and vegan.
5 from 15 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Kristen Wood


  • 1 yellow crookneck summer squash sliced into 1/4" slices
  • 1 green zucchini squash sliced into 1/4" slices
  • 1 tablespoon oil of choice I like to use avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal certified gluten-free if necessary
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder


  • In an air fryer basket, add the squash, oil, cornmeal, salt and garlic powder. Toss to coat.
  • Air fry at 425°F for 20 minutes or until the cornmeal breading starts to turn golden and crispy.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 539mg | Potassium: 276mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 217IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I loved this easy side dish! It was a great use of the squash I had in the fridge, and even the kids loved it!

  2. 5 stars
    I am such a pickly squash eater but it’s the season, right?! I hate when it gets mushy. Thank you for this recipe! I adored the crispiness and finally have a way to cook summer squash that i love!

  3. 5 stars
    I love how simple this was to make and it was a great way to use up the 12957 veggies in the garden hehe. Plus, eays as a side dish or in a pasta!

  4. 5 stars
    This is so easy, quick, and really tasty! I never would have thought to add cornmeal but I love that idea.

  5. 5 stars
    This squash looks so good with that cornmeal crust! I love how easily it comes together in the air fryer. Looks so good!

  6. 5 stars
    Never tried squash in the air fryer. What an interesting recipe to try. Thanks for sharing.

  7. 5 stars
    Delicious side dish! Very easy to make and the cornmeal coating adds a bit of welcome texture! Great way to use summer squash!