Last Updated on February 23, 2023 by Ashley Ward
Who doesn’t love fries? They are a classic comfort food that goes with just about anything, from burgers and hot dogs to grilled chicken or fish. But if you’re looking for something a bit healthier than the traditional fried potato version, try these air fryer zucchini fries!
With their crispy coating and tender insides, they make a delicious side dish or snack that everyone will love. Plus, with the help of an air fryer, they come together in no time at all for a meal that’s both healthy and tasty. So fire up your air fryer and get ready to enjoy some seriously delicious Air Fryer Zucchini Fries!
What do you need to make air fryer zucchini fries?
Ingredients needed to make air fryer zucchini fries include:
- Zucchini: It’s essential to choose the right type of zucchini for making these fries. Look for small to medium-sized, firm zucchinis that are not too ripe or overripe. Avoid those that have wrinkles and soft spots.
- Egg: The egg acts as a binder that helps the breadcrumbs stick to the zucchini.
- Breadcrumbs: You’ll need plain, Pranko or Italian-style breadcrumbs for this recipe. I use panko breadcrumbs for this recipe.
- Salt & Pepper: For added flavor, you can season your fries with a bit of salt and pepper.
- Olive Oil Spray: To give the zucchini fries an extra crunchy coating, spray them lightly with olive oil before air frying.
- Parmesan Cheese: For an extra cheesy version, sprinkle some freshly grated parmesan cheese over the fries before air frying.
- Paprika: To give the fries an extra kick of flavor, sprinkle some paprika over them before air frying.
- Onion Powder: To round out the flavor, you can also add a bit of onion powder to the breadcrumb mixture.
- Garlic Powder: To add an extra savory flavor, you can also mix some garlic powder into the breadcrumb mixture.
Once you’ve gathered all your ingredients, it’s time to start making your air fryer zucchini fries!
How to Make Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
To make delicious air fryer zucchini fries, preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius). Cut the zucchini into strips or wedges and set aside.
In a shallow bowl, whisk one egg. In another bowl, combine breadcrumbs with Parmesan cheese, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Then dip each piece of zucchini in the egg mixture followed by the breadcrumb mixture ensuring a thorough coating on all sides. Place coated zucchini pieces in the air fryer basket without touching each other.
Lightly spray them with olive oil and let them cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden and crispy. Halfway through cooking remember to flip them if needed. Finally, remove them from the fryer and indulge in the flavorsome crunchy goodness!
Tips on how to make crispy air fryer zucchini fries
- Preheat the air fryer to the optimal temperature for the best results.
- Cut zucchini into even and uniform pieces for consistent cooking.
- Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket to ensure even cooking.
- Flip the fries halfway through cooking time for an evenly cooked result.
- Lightly spray the fries with olive oil for crispiness.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
can you air fry zucchini fries?
Yes, you can air fry zucchini fries! Just cut the zucchini into strips or wedges.
how long to air fry zucchini fries?
You should air fry zucchini fries for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden and crisp.
why are my zucchini fries soggy?
Your zucchini fries might be soggy because you haven’t preheated the air fryer enough, the pieces are too big, or you didn’t lightly spray them with olive oil before cooking. Make sure to preheat the air fryer, cut your zucchini into even pieces, and lightly spray the fries with olive oil for crispier results.
Can I make zucchini fries without egg and breadcrumbs?
Yes, you can make zucchini fries without egg and breadcrumbs by just seasoning the zucchini with your desired spices and lightly spraying them with olive oil. They won’t be as crispy but still delicious!
Dipping sauces recommended for air fryer zucchini fries:
- BBQ Sauce
- Honey Mustard
- Marinara Sauce
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Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
- Air Fryer
- 2 thick Zucchini
- 1 large Egg
- 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp Onion powder
- 1/4 tsp Paprika
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Pepper
- 1 tsp Olive oil
- Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees F (180 degrees C)
- Cut your zucchini into strips or wedges, depending on your preference.
- IIn a shallow bowl, beat one egg until it's lightly beaten.
- Place the breadcrumbs in a separate shallow bowl. Add Parmesan cheese, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix everything together.
- Dip each zucchini piece into the egg mixture, followed by the breadcrumbs. Make sure that they are fully coated on all sides.
- Place the coated zucchini pieces in the air fryer basket, ensuring they do not touch each other.
- Spray the zucchini lightly with olive oil spray.
- Air fry for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden and crispy. Flip the fries halfway through cooking if needed.
- Remove the fries from the air fryer and serve hot.