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Air Fryer Zucchini Fries

Are you ready to enjoy a healthy and tasty snack that’s quick to make? Air fryer zucchini fries are the perfect answer. They are crispy, cheesy, and packed with flavor. With just a few simple ingredients like zucchini, breadcrumbs, eggs, and Parmesan cheese, you’ll have a low-carb treat everyone will love.

You’ll love how easy it is to whip up a batch of these fries in just 20 minutes. Perfect for a snack or a side dish, they are sure to become a family favorite. Imagine biting into tender zucchini coated in a crunchy, cheesy crust—irresistible!

Whether you’re new to air frying or a seasoned pro, this recipe is sure to be a hit. Get ready to enjoy delicious zucchini fries without the guilt, and keep reading for the full recipe and some helpful tips.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Zucchini: You’ll need 2 medium zucchini. They should be washed and cut into thin sticks or spears. If you don’t have zucchini, you can try using summer squash.

Flour: Use all-purpose flour for the batter. It helps the coating stick to the zucchini. For a gluten-free option, use a gluten-free flour blend.

Seasonings: Common seasonings include garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Feel free to adjust the amounts to your liking or try adding paprika for some extra flavor.

Eggs: Beat 2 eggs in a bowl. They help the coating stick to the zucchini. If you prefer a vegan option, you can use a flaxseed meal and water mixture as a substitute.

Breadcrumbs: Use panko breadcrumbs for extra crunch. Regular breadcrumbs will work too. You can also use crushed cereal or croutons if you need a substitute.

Parmesan Cheese: This adds great flavor to the fries. Both grated or powdered parmesan will work. If you are avoiding dairy, nutritional yeast provides a similar savory taste.

Oil: A cooking spray or a small amount of high-heat oil is needed to coat the zucchini fries. This helps them crisp up. Olive oil or avocado oil are good choices.

Ingredients Summary

IngredientQuantitySubstitutes
Zucchini2 mediumSummer squash
All-purpose flour½ cupGluten-free flour blend
SeasoningsTo tastePaprika, any other preferred spices
Eggs2Flaxseed meal mixed with water (for vegan option)
Panko breadcrumbs1 cupRegular breadcrumbs, crushed cereal or croutons
Parmesan cheese¼ cup gratedNutritional yeast
High-heat oilAs neededOlive oil, avocado oil

Instructions

Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C). This helps the zucchini fries cook evenly and get crispy.

Wash and pat dry the zucchini. Cut them into thin sticks, about 1/4-inch thick.

In a shallow bowl, whisk together:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a second bowl, beat 2 eggs.

In a third bowl, mix:

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Dip each zucchini stick into the flour mixture. Then, coat it in the beaten eggs. Finally, roll it in the panko mixture.

Place the zucchini fries in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Make sure they don’t touch or overlap. You might need to do this in batches.

Lightly spray the tops with nonstick cooking spray.

Air fry at 400°F for about 8-9 minutes. Check them halfway through and shake the basket if needed.

Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining fries.

Enjoy your crispy air fryer zucchini fries!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Tips & Tricks


  • Preheat Your Air Fryer: Always preheat your air fryer to ensure evenly cooked zucchini fries.



  • Pat Dry the Zucchini: Removing excess moisture from the zucchini helps achieve a crispy texture.



  • Single Layer: Arrange the zucchini fries in a single layer to allow air to circulate and cook them evenly.



  • Use Panko Breadcrumbs: These breadcrumbs provide extra crunch compared to regular breadcrumbs.



  • Spray with Oil: Lightly spray your zucchini fries with olive oil or nonstick cooking spray for a golden finish.



  • Check Frequently: Check your fries halfway through cooking to ensure they aren’t burning and to shake the basket for even cooking.


Storing Your Zucchini Fries


  • Refrigeration: Once cooled, place your zucchini fries in an airtight container. They can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.



  • Reheating: To reheat, place the fries back in the air fryer at 350°F for 3-5 minutes. This helps retain their crispiness.



  • Freezing: If you want to keep them longer, freeze the cooked zucchini fries in a single layer on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container.



  • Avoid Soggy Fries: Always reheat zucchini fries in the air fryer to prevent them from becoming soggy. Avoid microwaving as it can make them soft.


Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Recipe Variations

Spicy Zucchini Fries: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to the flour mixture for a little heat.

Cheese Lovers: Mix in some shredded cheddar or mozzarella with the Parmesan for extra cheesy bites.

Herb Delight: Use fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, or basil in the coating for a fragrant twist.

Gluten-Free: Substitute regular flour with almond flour and use gluten-free Panko breadcrumbs.

Vegan Option: Replace the eggs with a flaxseed mixture (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 2.5 tablespoons water) and skip the Parmesan cheese.

Extra Crunchy: Double-coat the zucchini by dipping them twice in the flour and egg mixture before air frying.

Serving Suggestions

Pair your zucchini fries with a variety of dipping sauces:

  • Marinara Sauce
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Garlic Aioli
  • Chipotle Mayo

Serve them as a side dish with:

  • Grilled Chicken
  • Burgers
  • Sandwiches

Add a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan and a bit of chopped parsley on top before serving for a nice touch.

Enjoy your fries with a fresh salad or a light soup to make it a full meal.

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.