If you’re looking for a creative way to use up some of that summer zucchini, air fryer zucchini is the perfect solution.

This simple side dish combines the convenience and crispiness of an air fryer.

Let’s dive into the steps to achieve perfectly crispy and delicious air fryer zucchini every time. Or, check out all our air fryer recipes.

Related: Needing to use up summer zucchini? Try our Easy Zucchini Bread Recipe. It’s so good! Perfect for dessert or a sweeter breakfast option.

Ingredients

I like to sprinkle on some grated Parmesan cheese before serving, but this is optional.

Directions

To ensure the best results, choose fresh and firm zucchinis. Wash the zucchini thoroughly under cold water and pat them dry.

Slice the zucchini into thin, even pieces. Aim for slices that are about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. This thickness allows the zucchini to cook evenly and become crispy without turning mushy.

Place the sliced zucchini in a large mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil to lightly coat the slices.

Toss the zucchini to ensure each slice is evenly coated with the oil. Then, toss in the bread crumbs and season with salt and pepper.

Arrange the seasoned zucchini pieces in a single layer inside the air fryer basket. Avoid overcrowding the basket, as this can lead to uneven cooking. If necessary, cook the zucchini in batches.

Air fry the zucchini at 400°F (200°C) for 12-15 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time. I usually just shake the air fryer basket well so all the pieces move around and don’t stick to the basket or each other.

The exact cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the slices and the efficiency of your air fryer.

Serve warm and sprinkle on some grated Parmesan cheese if using.

Serving Suggestions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to peel zucchini before cooking?

No. Zucchini skin is edible and softens much more than potato skins when cooked, so there is no need to peel zucchini before cooking.

Why is my zucchini soggy?

If your zucchini is soggy, it may not have cooked long enough. Try adding a few more minutes to the overall cook time. You may also have cut your pieces too large if they are still soggy or spongy in the center.

Is zucchini good for you?

Yes. Zucchini is a soft, mild tasting fruit with an array of vitamins and minerals. Zucchini can be eaten raw or cooked.

Making air fryer zucchini is a fun and easy way to enjoy a healthy and flavorful snack or side dish. With just a few simple steps, you can achieve perfectly crispy and delicious zucchini that will be a hit among family and friends. Happy air frying!


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crispy zucchini made in the air fryer

Yield 2

Prep 5 minutes

Cook 15 minutes

Total 20 minutes

Instructions

  • To ensure the best results, choose fresh and firm zucchinis. Wash the zucchini thoroughly under cold water and pat them dry.

  • Slice the zucchini into thin, even pieces. Aim for slices that are about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.

  • Place the sliced zucchini in a large mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil to lightly coat the slices.

  • Toss the zucchini to ensure each slice is evenly coated with the oil. Then, toss in the bread crumbs and season with salt and pepper.

  • Arrange the seasoned zucchini pieces in a single layer inside the air fryer basket. Avoid overcrowding the basket, as this can lead to uneven cooking. If necessary, cook the zucchini in batches.

  • Air fry the zucchini at 400°F (200°C) for 12-15 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time. I usually just shake the air fryer basket well, so all the pieces move around and don’t stick to the basket or each other.

Notes

  • The thickness you cut the zucchini to allows it to cook evenly and become crispy without turning mushy.
  • I like to sprinkle on some grated Parmesan cheese before serving, but this is optional.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Air Fryer Zucchini

Amount per Serving

% Daily Value*

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.

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