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These air fryer pumpkin fries are easy to make, and deliciously crispy without having to deep fry in oil thanks to help from our air fryer!

Air Fryer Pumpkin Fries on a wooden serving board.

When people hear pumpkin, they usually think of pie. But have you ever tried pumpkin fries?

These air fryer pumpkin fries are a fun and festive way to serve up a favorite side dish. 

Full of savory flavors like smoked paprika, and cumin, these air fryer pumpkin fries are crispy flavor bombs!

With the use of our air fryer, we’ve eliminated the mess of having to deep fry fries in all of that oil, and cut back on calories too!

These air fryer pumpkin fries deserve a spot at the table at your next fall dinner party! 

Also, don’t throw out those pumpkin seeds! Use them to make my delicious snack-worthy Sweet Salty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds!

Pumpkin slices in a bowl tossed in seasoning.

Ingredients for air fryer pumpkin fries

  • Sugar pumpkin – These small, sweet pumpkins make the perfect fries.
  • Spices – I’ve used a blend of cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper, to enhance and bring out the flavors of the sugar pumpkin.
  • Olive oil – The fat of choice to help crisp up our fries.
Air Fryer Pumpkin Fries served with dipping sauce.

Squash variety

I’ve decided to use sugar pumpkins for these air fryer pumpkin fries, but this recipe would work well with any winter squash available like butternut, acorn, or kabocha squash.

Variations and adaptations

Looking to make these fries a little different?

Here are a few fun ideas to change up this recipe:

  • Make them sweet – Sprinkle the fries with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. For extra sweetness, you could also glaze in a little maple syrup near the end of the cooking time.
  • Get cheesy – Toss these pumpkin fries in Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese. Delicious and cheesy!
  • Keep it simple – Want to keep the flavor simple? Try just a simple sprinkle of sea salt.
Pumpkin Fries sitting in an air fryer basket.

What is an air fryer?

An air fryer is basically a tabletop convection oven.

It mimics the outcome of a deep fat fryer but without the use of oil. Hot hair is moved around via a fan that quickly and crisply cooks up the food.

The 2 most common air fryers you’ll see are basket style (that is what I have) or convection/toaster oven style.

There are pluses to both but I personally prefer my basket style.

What is the best air fryer to buy?

I prefer the basket-style air fryer as it’s a bit smaller and takes up less room than the toaster oven-style air fryer.

My biggest tip when it comes to air fryers is to make sure you pick a style that will work the most for your family and the amount of food you will be cooking.

My large basket-style air fryer can cook up to 12 wings, 2-4 servings of french fries, etc. which works well for my household.

Storage and leftovers

Unfortunately, these air fryer pumpkin fries are best enjoyed and eaten the day of and will get soggy if stored in the refrigerator afterward. 

Air Fryer Pumpkin Fries garnished with parsley.

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Air Fryer Pumpkin Fries

Air Fryer Pumpkin Fries

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These air fryer pumpkin fries are easy to make, and deliciously crispy without having to deep fry in oil thanks to help from our air fryer!


  • 1 medium pie pumpkin, about 4 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees F according to manufacturer instructions.
  2. Wash and dry the pumpkin. Cut the pumpkin in half. Cut out the tops and scoop out the seeds. 
  3. Cut each half into 1-inch slices and carefully peel off the skins.
  4. In a large bowl combine the pumpkin, oil, and spices.
  5. Massage the pumpkin to ensure they are coated entirely. However, you can add more seasonings once the fries are cooked, especially salt.
  6. Once the air fryer is preheated, in batches, arrange the fries in the basket in one single layer and air fry for 15 minutes, flipping the fries halfway through.
  7. The fries should be crispy and cooked through. If by this time the fries are not crispy, fry for a few extra minutes.
  8. Sprinkle with salt and pepper right after cooking. Enjoy with dipping sauces of your choice.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 792mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 2gSugar: 13gProtein: 3g

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