Air Fry Kabocha Pumpkin Fries

Dive into my Air Fry Kabocha Pumpkin Fries for an easy and healthy way to enjoy your kabocha squash! I crafted this recipe to satisfy cravings while keeping things healthy, and trust me, you won’t miss the deep frying. Let’s enjoy the sweet and salty goodness of kabocha together, with just a fraction of the effort!

Kabocha pumpkin squash fries served on a white plate.

Why I Love This Recipe

I absolutely love my Air Fry Kabocha Pumpkin Fries because they offer a simple yet delightful twist on a classic Taiwanese dish. Inspired by my Sweet n Salty Fried Kabocha, this recipe omits the salted eggs and deep frying, opting instead for the ease of air frying!

Sliced kabocha, seasoned and coated with panko, air fried to crispy perfection outside while staying tender inside – it’s an appetizer that hits all the right notes with its crunchy-sweet profile. Perfect for anyone craving a taste of Taiwan without the fuss, this dish is a must-try for those seeking a flavorful, effortless snack. Trust me, once you try it, you’ll be hooked!



  • Kabocha – Japanese pumpkin available in most Asian or Japanese supermarkets.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Egg – beaten.
  • Panko – panko bread crumbs.

Kabocha pumpkin squash being deseeded and sliced into fries.

Essential Kitchen Equipment


Step 1 Place kabocha squash on a cutting board and use a knife to slice it in half. Using a spoon, scoop out seeds then cut into slices.

Kabocha seasoned with salt.

🎃 Kabocha Pro Tip

If facing difficulty cutting the kabocha, a simple solution is to place the entire kabocha in the Microwave for 20-25 Seconds to soften it up. This pro tip makes cutting the kabocha easier and safer.

Step 2 Season kabocha slices with salt, then dip them in egg, and coat them with panko breadcrumbs. Place single layer in the air fryer basket and air fry at 360 F for 12 minutes.

Panko coated kabocha in an air fryer basket.

🌀 Air Frying Pro Tip

For best results, stack the kabocha pumpkin slices in a Single Layer in the air fryer basket and Avoid Overcrowding. This ensures even cooking and crispy fries.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair my these kabocha pumpkin fries with other Asian-inspired dishes like Popcorn Fried Chicken and Egg Drop Soup.

Kabocha pumpkin squash fries layed out on a drying rack.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to peel the kabocha before slicing it?

No, you don't have to peel the kabocha before slicing it. However, if you prefer to peel it, you certainly can.

Can I bake these fries in the oven instead of using an air fryer?

Yes, you can bake these fries in the oven as an alternative to using an air fryer. To ensure they cook evenly and achieve a crispy texture, I recommend using the convection setting if your oven has one and placing the kabocha on a baking rack.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, transfer them to an airtight container and refrigerate. Leftovers will stay fresh for 3-5 days. When reheating, it’s best to use an air fryer for optimal results.

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Kabocha pumpkin squash fries layed out on a drying rack.

Air Fry Kabocha Pumpkin Fries

Discover the delight of Air Fry Kabocha Pumpkin Fries! This easy recipe offers a healthier twist on traditional kabocha squash, delivering crispy, flavorful fries with a fraction of the effort. Perfect as a side or appetizer for any Asian-inspired feast. Dive in and savor the sweet and salty goodness today!
5 from 6 votes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack, Vegetables
Cuisine: Asian, Asian Fusion
Keyword: air fry kabocha squash
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 301kcal


  • 1/4 Whole Kabocha
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/3 Cup Panko


  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients to make air fry kabocha pumpkin fries on the countertop.
  • Cut 1/4 of the kabocha into thin slices about 1/2" thick. See pictures below on how we de-seed and cut the kabocha for this dish. Note - if you're having a difficult time cutting into the kabocha, throw the whole kabocha in the microwave for about 1 - 1.5 minutes.
    Sliced kabocha.
  • Lightly sprinkle some salt onto both sides of sliced kabocha and set aside.
    Kabocha seasoned with salt.
  • Fill a mixing bowl with with beaten eggs and another mixing bowl with panko.
    Panko coating.
  • Take a slice of kabocha, dip into the beaten eggs, then panko and into the air fryer tray.
    Panko coated kabocha in an air fryer basket.
  • Air Fry for 12 minutes at 360F. Once fried, transfer to a serving plate and enjoy warm!
    Air fried kabocha.


Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 1108mg | Potassium: 424mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1657IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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