Air Fryer Zucchini Fries have the crunch, the seasonings, and the scrumptiousness of French fries, but I think they taste better!! Enjoy air fried zucchini as a snack or as a fabulous substitute for traditional fries!
Are you a home gardener who grows zucchini? If so, then zucchini air fryer recipes are for you!
Because come September, you will probably have a counter full of squash that you need to use or give away to all of your friends and neighbors (and their friends and neighbors).
Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
I make zucchini in the air fryer all summer long. They’re such a great substitute for potato French fries.
Just as crunchy, just as tasty, but so much better for you. And, honestly, easier to make!
Did you know that summer squash is packed with nutrients? Vitamins A and B6, potassium, and antioxidants, and those nutrients are usually cooked out of zucchini.
When you’re air frying, though, you get to enjoy the health benefits along with these crisp, salty, saucy fries. And the spicy ketchup dipping sauce is incredible!
You’re gonna flip for this healthy, easy zucchini fries air fryer recipe. The squash-parmesan combo is ahhh-mazing, I know!
Definitely try this grilled zucchini parmesan when you get a chance!
And if you’re a fan of the noodle alternative, then I recommend serving this sausage and zucchini noodles dish as a main course at some point this summer.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Zucchini – Don’t slice the sticks too thick or too thin. You want to make sure they cook through and that you get a good crust that’ll stick.
About 3 inches long and ½ inch thick is just right!
- Panko Breadcrumbs – These are great because they’re so light and fluffy, and they have an amazing crunch that traditional breadcrumbs don’t have.
BUT, you can absolutely use Italian breadcrumbs if you like their flavor better (or you just so happen to have some in your pantry). Really, any breadcrumbs will do!
- Parmesan Cheese – Freshly grated cheese tastes so much better than the pre-shredded stuff.
Plus, it sticks to the air fryer zucchini fries more easily as they brown and bake.
- Ketchup, Chili Powder, and Hot Sauce – Use all of your go-to brands for this one!
Add as much or as little of each as you want — mix it totally to taste. Use more hot sauce for heat or more ketchup for extra sweetness.
How to Tell if Zucchini is Bad
How to Avoid Soggy Zucchini Fries
The most common air fryer mishap is soggy, mushy fries. Luckily, you can easily avoid that by making sure you take a few crucial steps when preparing zucchini air fryer recipes.
- Properly dehydrate the zucchini. After slicing, press with paper towels until they begin to come back dry.
Then, dehydrate some more by sprinkling squash with salt, letting them sit for 15 minutes or so, and pressing them again.
- Cut into equal-sized pieces. If some of your air fryer zucchini fries are larger than others, they will come out soggy or worse — still raw in the middle!
- Air fry in small batches. You also want to make sure you don’t overcrowd the basket. Make air fried zucchini in several batches to avoid this.
Storing and Reheating Air Fried Zucchini
- Fries – You can keep any leftover fries in the fridge for a couple of days.
- Dipping Sauce – The leftover spicy ketchup keeps in the refrigerator for up to a month, but it’s so easy to make, that there’s no real reason to make it in bulk.
Just give the sauce a good stir before serving.
And reheating? That’s easy! Just throw the zucchini fries in the air fryer for a second round, and they’ll crisp back up in no time.
Zucchini Fries Air Fryer FAQ
It’s likely that you did not get all of the moisture out of the squash, or that you cut the sticks too thickly.
It’s also possible that you layered the zucchini in the air fryer basket, preventing it from browning evenly.
I think that the spicy ketchup used in this recipe adds just the right touch of heat and sweetness!
But, if you want other options, I recommend trying any of my homemade dipping sauces:
Chipotle Lime Mayo
Cilantro Lime Yogurt Sauce
Yes! Use my baked zucchini chips recipe as your guide for cooking time and temp.
Slice into spears instead, or make rounds as directed. Just keep in mind that they won’t come out quite as crispy.
With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.
Other Easy Air Fryer Recipes
Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
- 4 medium zucchini, cut into sticks, 3” x ½”
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 3 eggs beaten
- 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
- 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- dried parsley, for garnish (optional)
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- Using three small bowls, prepare a breading station for the zucchini. One bowl for flour, second bowl for egg, and in the third bowl, mix together the panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and garlic powder.
- Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
- Meanwhile, working in batches, coat the zucchini pieces, in this order: Dredge through flour, then egg (shake off excess), then the panko mixture. Lay fries flat on a plate, repeating until they are all coated.
- Arrange zucchini fries in a single layer on the air fryer trays or in the basket (depending on the type of air fryer being used). Don’t overlap them. *If using a basket air fryer, you may need to fry in batches.
- Cook for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Garnish with dried parsley, if desired. Serve hot and enjoy!
- Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl. Stir or whisk well to combine.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally Published July 2022, updated and republished July 2023
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