Air Fryer Kabocha Pumpkin Fries

Air Fryer Kabocha Pumpkin Fries are slices of kabocha squash coated with panko breadcrumbs, then cooked in an air fryer until they reach a golden brown hue and tender texture. This dish serves as a delicious and healthier alternative to traditional potato fries, offering a sweet and salty flavor profile with a satisfying crunch, all without the need for oil frying.

Kabocha pumpkin squash fries served on a white plate.

How to make Air Fryer Kabocha Pumpkin Fries?


  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.
  2. Season kabocha slices with salt.
  3. Dip kabocha slices into egg then dredge in panko.
  4. Place single layer in the air fryer basket and air fry at 360 F for 13 minutes.

What ingredients do I need to make air fryer pumpkin fries?


  • Kabocha – Japanese pumpkin available in most Asian or Japanese supermarkets.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Egg – beaten.
  • Panko – panko bread crumbs. For low carb, use crushed pork rinds or Pork Panko.

What is Kabocha

Kabocha is a Japanese squash also known as a Japanese pumpkin. They’re usually deep green with orange flesh and firm like that of traditional pumpkins.

How to Cut Kabocha

Microwave whole kabocha for 1-2 minutes to make cutting easier.

Kabocha pumpkin squash fries being coated with panko.

What are the health benefits of Kabocha?

Kabocha is packed with fiber, iron, and vitamin C and B. Its vivid orange flesh is due to its excellent source of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that is great for skin, eye health, and a strong immune system.

Studies suggest that four servings a day of fruits or vegetables rich in beta-carotene can lower the risk of developing cancer and heart disease.

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Kabocha pumpkin squash fries layed out on a drying rack.

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Kabocha pumpkin squash fries layed out on a drying rack.

Air Fryer Kabocha Pumpkin Fries

These Air Fryer Kabocha Fries are sweet and salty with a crunchy coating that's so easy to make! They make a great alternative for potato fries that requires no oil frying!
5 from 4 votes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack, Vegetables
Cuisine: Asian, Asian Fusion
Keyword: air fryer kabocha squash, air fryer pumpkin, pumpkin french fries
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 for low carb use Pork Panko or crushed pork rinds


  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • 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.
  • Lightly sprinkle some salt onto both sides of sliced kabocha and set aside.
  • Fill a mixing bowl with with beaten eggs and another mixing bowl with panko.
  • Take a slice of kabocha, dip into the beaten eggs, then panko and into the air fryer tray.
  • Air Fry for 12 minutes at 360F. Once fried, transfer to a serving plate and enjoy warm!


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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