Air-Fryer Stuffed Acorn Squash


Acorn squash turns tender in the air fryer before it's stuffed with a savory rice filling. Toasted pecans add crunch while dried cranberries provide tartness. The skin of roasted acorn squash is soft enough to eat and provides additional fiber.

a recipe photo of the Air-Fryer Stuffed Acorn Squash
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Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 2 acorn squash, halved and seeded

  • 2 medium carrots, chopped

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 cup sliced button mushrooms

  • ¼ cup minced shallots

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, plus more for garnish

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 (8.8 ounce) pouch cooked long grain and wild rice mix

  • ¼ cup chopped pecans, toasted (see Tip)

  • ¼ cup dried cranberries

  • Snipped fresh thyme for garnish


  1. Preheat air fryer to 400℉. Drizzle 1 tablespoon oil evenly over cut sides of squash. Arrange the squash in the air-fryer basket. Cook until fork-tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add carrots, celery, mushrooms, shallots, thyme, pepper and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

  3. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl. Stir in prepared rice, pecans and dried cranberries. Spoon the rice mixture into the squash halves. Garnish with fresh thyme and additional pepper, if desired.


Air fryer


Toast chopped nuts in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

345 Calories
14g Fat
54g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 345
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 9g
Added Sugars 4g 8%
Protein 6g 12%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 400mg 17%
Potassium 1091mg 23%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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