Parmesan Crusted Delicata Squash Rings

Appetizers & Side Dishes

Parmesan crusted delicata squash rings are easy to make and delicious! Made gluten free, this delicata squash recipe is perfect fall side dish or appetizer that can be made in the oven or an air fryer.

parmesan crusted delicata squash recipe

Do you delicata?! When I talk to people about this fall squash they either know exactly what it is, or have no idea what I’m talking about. One things for sure though, when you try delicata squash you will know what all the hype is about!

I’m not kidding when I say I’ve referred to it as the champagne of squashes! Baked parmesan cheese gives these rings their crispiness and when dipped in marinara sauce they have major pizza vibes!

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know part of the reason I love fall so much is that there is so much amazing produce in season in the fall! Colorful, delicious and unique, I love pumpkins the most, but delicata squash comes in second for sure. Simply roasted with salt is a another great way to enjoy this seasonal squash!

how to cut and deseed delicata squash

Can you eat the skin of a delicata squash?

Striped with an edible outer skin, delicata squash is incredibly tender (when roasted) with a mildly sweet, creamy taste. You can even roast its seeds and eat them like you would with pumpkin seeds. And just like pumpkin, delicata squash is packed with good nutrition like fiber and vitamin A.

Since you can eat the skin, I recommend washing the delicata squash well as many come with dirt on them!

Where can you buy delicata squash?

Delicata squash should be available at most grocery stores in the fall. Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods definitely have it this time of year! It’s only available during the fall.

Ingredients for Parmesan Crusted Delicata Squash Rings

  • delicata squashdon’t forget to wash the squash. You’ll be eating the skin!
  • grated parmesan cheese I have’n’t tried it myself, however I think nutritional yeast would work in place of parmesan cheese to make this recipe dairy free.
  • Italian seasonings if you don’t have an Italian seasoning blend, use half dried basil, half dried oregano
  • garlic powder
  • egg
  • red pepper flakes (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • marinara or pizza sauce for dipping

equipment /utensils

  • bowls
  • knife & spoon
  • parchment paper
  • baking pan
  • air fryer (optional)

How to make roasted delicata squash rings

This delicata squash recipe couldn’t be easier to make! Plus it’s fairly low mess — win, win. This recipe is made by roasting delicata squash in the oven or air fryer after they are coated in grated parmesan cheese. See the steps live in this video.


Parmesan Crusted Delicata Squash Rings

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Delicata squash rings roasted and crusted with parmesan cheese make for a delicious appetizer or side dish! Perfect dipped in marinara sauce, you’ll love how easy they are to make. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 2 servings


  • 1 medium delicata squash
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese + more if needed
  • 1 tbsp. Italian seasonings
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • your favorite marinara sauce for dipping


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (see below for air fryer directions). In a small bowl whisk an egg. 
  • In another small bowl, combine the parmesan cheese, garlic powder, Italian seasonings, salt and pepper and red pepper flakes if adding.
  • Wash and dry the delicata squash. Use a knife to cut 1/2-inch rings. Use a spoon to scoop the string insides and seeds out. Discard.
  • Dip each ring into the egg and then into the cheese mixture. Place on a baking sheet and repeat with remaining delicata rings.
  • Bake for about 18 minutes until the cheese on the rings appears melted and crispy. Then broil (careful not to burn) for an additional two minutes to get crispy. 
  • Remove from oven, let cool, dip in marinara sauce and enjoy! 


To make this recipe in the air fryer, set your air fryer to 400 degrees, add one layer of squash rings to the basket and air fry for 5 to 6 minutes maximum. Repeat with remaining rings and enjoy! 
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