Diabetic Spaghetti Squash Fritters are a great low carb recipe made with almond flour, fresh mint, and coriander. Keeping the carbs low with simple clean ingredients so that you can enjoy these crispy diabetic spaghetti squash fritters without worrying about your blood sugar levels.
You can also use the leftovers from making the spaghetti squash for this Spaghetti Squash Buffalo Chicken recipe.
With the mix of spices and the roasted flavor of the spaghetti squash, these will definitely be your new comfort food.
These spaghetti squash keto fritters were inspired by my Low Carb Zucchini Fritters recipe made in the air fryer.
- Is spaghetti squash good for diabetics?
- Main ingredients in Diabetic Spaghetti Squash Fritters
- Steps by step instructions
- How to make spaghetti squash in the air fryer?
- Spaghetti Squash Dinner
- Other diabetic recipes you might enjoy
- Spaghetti Squash Net Carbs
- Recipe tips
- Frequently asked questions
- Diabetic Spaghetti Squash Fritters
Is spaghetti squash good for diabetics?
With only 5g net carbs per spaghetti squash fritter, they can be considered good for diabetics. It is a great alternative to traditional spaghetti and may also help with weight loss as each fritter contains only 2g of saturated fat.
Not only is spaghetti squash for diabetics good, but it contains Vitamin C (1 cup has 5.4mg), it also has vitamin A, B-6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid and vitamin K.
This is not medical advice, however, I measured my blood sugar levels after consuming one fritter and my blood glucose went back down to baseline within an hour.
Please see the fiber content and nutrition facts in the recipe card.
Main ingredients in Diabetic Spaghetti Squash Fritters
Low carb spaghetti squash fritters are made with a few simple ingredients and are fun to make after roasting the squash in the oven.
- Spaghetti Squash: a mild and neutral taste and is slightly sweet, when you cook spaghetti squash the inside resembles spaghetti when scraped with a fork.
- Almond Flour: ground-blanched almonds were used for this recipe which gives it a slightly nutty flavor plus its low carb and gluten-free.
- Coriander: floral and citrusy giving a fresh flavor to this recipe.
- Mint: subtly sweet taste and cool sensation, mint gives a nice balance of taste to this recipe.
- Eggs: one egg is used in this recipe to help bind all the ingredients together.
See the recipe card for quantities.
Steps by step instructions
How to make Diabetic Spaghetti Squash Fritters?
Don't get discouraged from making spaghetti squash because it involves using the oven. It's actually very easy and pretty much a no-brainer that you can't mess up as long as you follow these easy steps.
I like to use half of the squash for this recipe and the other half for my Spaghetti Squash Buffalo Chicken recipe or simply to use as spaghetti with some low carb meat sauce.
- STEP 1: Using your best knife cut your squash in half widthwise because this ensures you fork out long strings of the "spaghetti".
- Although if you are strictly using this just for the fritters, it really doesn't matter if the strings are short or long. However, if you are going to be using half of the squash for spaghetti you definitely want to cut it widthwise.
- STEP 2: Scoop out the guts, you will be able to tell when to stop once you get all the seeds and the stringy bits out.
- Place both halves face down in a pan and fill the pan with about 1 inch of water. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 45 minutes. Let the squash cool for 10 minutes before moving to the next step. See the air fryer spaghetti squash method below.
- STEP 3: Use a fork to scrape out the strings of half a cooked spaghetti squash and place them into a bowl and sprinkle with salt just to help release the moisture. Allow it to sit for 20 minutes in a colander with a large bowl underneath.
- STEP 4: After 20 minutes have passed, squeeze out the water with your hands and then place the squash into a separate bowl with the remaining ingredients.
- STEP 5: Mix with your hands until well combined and then form into 4 large fritters, similar to the size of a hamburger, or can form into 8 smaller sizes, like medallions.
- STEP 6: Coat a frying pan with olive oil on medium heat and fry fritters on each side until golden and crispy. (about 5 minutes per side)
How to make spaghetti squash in the air fryer?
Air fryer spaghetti squash is simple to make although it depends on the size of your air fryer. I am only able to make one half at a time.
Simply cut your spaghetti squash in half and place cut side up in the air fryer basket.
Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and black pepper.
Air fry at 360°F for about 20-25 minutes. This will vary depending on the size of your squash.
Spaghetti Squash Dinner
My favorite pasta dish. I used the other half of the squash to make spaghetti with a meat sauce and topped it with some grated parmesan.
Other diabetic recipes you might enjoy
- Low Carb Million Dollar Dip
- Sugar Free Peanut Butter Fudge Bombs
- Keto Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken
- Sugar Free Pecan Pie
- Low Carb Cheesy Leftover Turkey Casserole
Spaghetti Squash Net Carbs
One spaghetti squash fritter contains only 5g net carbs and 131g per serving calories. This keto spaghetti squash is a great option for someone following a low carb diet and can be considered diabetic friendly. Using spaghetti squash in your diet can support making a variety of different recipes already mentioned in this post. Please see the recipe card for more nutritional information.
Top Tip: Be careful in cutting the spaghetti squash. To minimize the rolling of the squash, place a towel on your cutting board and cut the squash on top of it.
- Serving: The diabetic spaghetti squash fritters go well with sour cream. Can be enjoyed as a main dish or as a side with your favorite protein and a Panzanella Salad. You can always follow it with a Sexy Keto Pudding for dessert.
- Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. These fritters are also great for meal prep.
Frequently asked questions
When spaghetti squash is stored in an air-tight container in the fridge, it can be good for up to 1 week.
Remember to draw out the moisture by salting the cooked spaghetti squash before shaping it into fritters.
Diabetic Spaghetti Squash Fritters
- After baking the squash in the oven, let it cool for at least 10 minutes
- Using a fork scrape out the strings of squash and place them into a bowl and sprinkle with salt just to help let out the moisture.
- Let sit for another 20 minutes
- Squeeze out the water with your hands and then place squash into a seperate bowl
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix with your hands until well combined.
- Form into 4 large fritters the shape of hamburgers or you can form into 8 smaller sizes like medallions.
- Coat a frying pan with olive oil on medium heat and fry the fritters on both sides until golden and crispy, about 5 minutes per side.
- Serve with sour cream or your favourite dipping sauce.
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