Air Fryer zucchini fries are breaded and cooked until well-browned and super crunchy. These make a great healthy appetizer or snack and are ready in less than 20 minutes!
This coming weekend is the last of our summer break. 😩
The kids start back to school next week, and while it'll be nice to have some more structure and schedules to our days, I'm a little bummed, too.
It's been fun having them around -- we somehow don't manage to drive each other crazy -- and it's a little sad to see the long, lazy days of summer come to an end. It seemed to go by awfully fast.
Then again, it'll be nice to have a quieter house to get work done. And for them to be back with their friends at school every day.
Anyway, let's move right along to the food...
Previously I’ve shared Air Fryer Brussels sprouts and Air Fryer cauliflower, which are both super crispy and delectable. And also Air Fryer broccoli.
I love how browned and crispy and crunchy veggies get in the Air Fryer. And no need to heat up the kitchen with the oven!
Today, we’re really putting the magic of the Air Fryer to good use with one of my favorite appetizers and healthy snacks: Air Fryer zucchini.
We’re doing the traditional breading station but instead of frying the zucchini sticks or baking them in the oven, we’re using the Air Fryer.
It gets that same amazing crunch and browning and crispy deliciousness as a fried version but without any oil!
Which means we can make these on repeat and happily dive in!
(Check out these crispy Air Fryer breaded shrimp for another great crunchy app.)
They’re super kid-friendly, too, and a great game day snack to have as well. Helloooo football season coming up! You may also want to check out these Air Fryer mozzarella sticks for some cheesy fun.
And if you add some marinara or Ranch for dipping… well, just swoon! These are sure to go fast!
(You might also want to check out these Air Fryer fried ravioli that make a great crunchy appetizer as well. They work great as a dinner side dish, too! And Air Fryer BBQ chicken legs are perfect for parties or a hungry family.)
OK, let’s get cooking. (You can also check out my Google web story of this Air Fryer zucchini recipe.)
Now, I’ve got some notes and tips coming up below on how to make Air Fryer zucchini fries. Just tryin’ to be helpful.
If you want to jump on down to the recipe, simply scroll right on through the rest of the text. The recipe card is near the bottom of the page, above the comments section.
Notes on making Air Fryer zucchini:
- Zucchini: You’ll need 2 medium zucchini that you’re going to cut into even sized sticks, about 3 inches long by ½ inch wide. You’ll get anywhere from 25-30 or so zucchini sticks, depending on the size of your zucchini.
- Zucchini Coins: Alternatively, you can cut your zucchini into round coin shapes instead of long “fry” shapes. I’ve tested them this way and with zucchini coins that are about ⅓ inch thick, they’ll take the same time in the Air Fryer: 6-8 minutes.
- Breadcrumbs: Using the Panko breadcrumbs is what makes these get ultra crispy, so I don’t recommend substituting regular breadcrumbs.
- Batches: You’ll need to work in batches so you don’t overcrowd your Air Fryer. (The zucchini won’t get crispy and cooked through if you just load them all in there together.) It generally takes me 3 batches for this amount of zucchini.
You can, however, put all of the completely cooked zucchini sticks back in the Air Fryer together to warm them back through. I usually do 1-2 minutes at 400, and then they are all hot and ready to serve at once.
Aren't zucchini such a gorgeous veggie?!
Though they ones I've fished out of my garden this summer aren't always quite as pretty. Still, I haven't let any become baseball bats yet, so that's a win!
Here's a quick step-by-step look at the prep for these zucchini fries, including the stages of the breading station.
(I know it's a bit of a pain but it's what will get these super crispy. I promise, it's worth it!)
Also, because I know this is your main question…
How long do you cook zucchini in an Air Fryer?
- Zucchini fries or coins will cook in the Air Fryer in 6-8 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure not to crowd too many in the Air Fryer tray at once or they won’t crisp up as much. Working in batches is the way to go.
And in case you are in the market for an Air Fryer, I highly recommend both of mine.
Yes, I have two. Don’t judge. 😬
I got the first one as a gift for Christmas three years ago now and it’s been fabulous, but it’s on the small size. (Would be great for singles or couples.)
So the next year, I bought myself a bigger one for Christmas. 😂 I got this one (It’s usually on sale, which is nice) and I’ve loved it. It’s a better fit for families with children, or just if you’re cooking for bigger groups.
You can check out all of my Air Fryer recipes if you’re obsessed like I am with the magic of this appliance.
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Ready to eat? Me too.
Air Fryer zucchini is great served with some warmed marinara sauce for dipping.
Ranch dressing would also be a good dipping sauce here. Even a creamy pesto-yogurt mix would work.
Pick your favorite it or serve these with a variety of dipping sauces for everyone to choose from.
I hope you give these a try soon for a fun and healthy zucchini appetizer or snack.
Air Fryer Zucchini
Air Fryer zucchini are breaded and cooked until well-browned and super crunchy. These make a great healthy appetizer or snack and are ready in less than 20 minutes!
- 2 medium zucchinis, cut into sticks about ½ inch wide x 3 inches long
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Marinara sauce or Ranch dressing, for dipping
- Preheat the Air Fryer to 400, if yours requires preheating.
- Set up your dredging station. Place flour in one bowl, eggs in a separate bowl and in the third bowl, combine the Panko, Parmesan, salt, garlic powder and black pepper.
- Working in batches, coat the zucchini sticks in flour, shaking off any excess then coat in the eggs then coat in the Panko mixture so they are well covered on all sides.
- Place the zucchini sticks in an even layer in the Air Fryer tray, leaving a little room between each one. Cook at 400 for 6-8 minutes, until browned and crispy.
- Continue with remaining zucchini sticks until they are all cooked. If needed, you can put all of the zucchini fries in the Air Fryer together and heat for 1-2 minutes to warm all together.
- Serve hot with marinara, Ranch, etc. for dipping.
Zucchini: You’ll need 2 medium zucchini that you’re going to cut into even sized sticks, about 3 inches long by ½ inch wide. You’ll get anywhere from 25-30 or so zucchini sticks, depending on the size of your zucchini.
Zucchini Coins: Alternatively, you can cut your zucchini into round coin shapes instead of long “fry” shapes. I’ve tested them this way and with zucchini coins that are about ⅓ inch thick, they’ll take the same time in the Air Fryer: 6-8 minutes.
Breadcrumbs: Using the Panko breadcrumbs is what makes these get ultra crispy, so I don’t recommend substituting regular breadcrumbs.
Batches: You’ll need to work in batches so you don’t overcrowd your Air Fryer. (The zucchini won’t get crispy and cooked through if you just load them all in there together.) It generally takes me 3 batches for this amount of zucchini. You can put all of the completely cooked zucchini sticks back in the Air Fryer together to warm them back through. I usually do 1-2 minutes at 400, and then they are all hot and ready to serve.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 349mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 7g
Can the zucchini be breaded and then frozen for a later date? I know zucchini has A LOT of water in them. So maybe soaking the zucchini fries or coins in salt for 30 minutes work? Any thoughts on that?!
I haven't tried it either of those ways, but love the idea! Would love to hear how it goes if you try it!
You could salt the zucchini and put weight on the slices for a couple hours. I use a cast iron skillet as weight. The salt will draw out the moisture, then you can pat dry with paper towels and begin breading.
Great idea, thanks for sharing!