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Air Fryer Zucchini Fries

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Need a new way to use up the zucchini in the garden or from your CSA box or the farmer’s market? Then you need this recipe for Air Fryer Zucchini Sticks!! Even the people who swear not to like zucchini LOVE THESE!

Is this the PERFECT zucchini recipe?? It might be! Start with small zucchini or yellow squash and slice them into steak fry-size pieces. Then roll them in flour, egg, and a seasoned bread crumb and parmesan cheese coating before air frying in a preheated air fryer.

Air Fryer Zucchini Fries on a platter.

Air Fryer Zucchini Sticks

These fresh zucchini sticks are perfect as an appetizer or snack or they even make a great side dish. Serve them with this sriracha aioli, this jalapeno ranch, or even this bacon ranch dressing will be delicious too!! If you have a favorite marinara sauce they taste great with it too!

Zucchini fries and sriracha aioli.

Need more zucchini recipes? I know that’s how it goes with zucchini!! Here are a few great options! Another way we enjoy using up a large zucchini is by making these crispy crunchy Salt and Pepper Zucchini Chips. They’re definitely fun for snacking! Or we use them to make Chocolate Zucchini Bread, no one ever knows it’s got zucchini in it!!

This is a Zucchini AND Yellow Squash Recipe

That’s right you can use this recipe WITH BOTH small zucchini and yellow squash. They are essentially the same thing at the small stage and can be used interchangeably in this easy-fried zucchini recipe. I don’t know about other recipes but for this one use either baby/small zucchini or yellow squash!

Fried zucchini in the air fryer basket.

The key to Good AIr Fryer Zucchini fries??

There are several tips here, they all kind of go together. If you use all three tips you’ll definitely be on the way to making the best crunchy air fryer zucchini fries!!

The key to making good zucchini fries with maximum crunch is using SMALL, and therefore almost seedless zucchini. The seeds in bigger squash, yellow or green, get mushy first when you cook them. So choose the smallest you can find.

Another way to get the best zucchini fries is to choose the most uniform-sized zucchini that you can find. This means you get even cooking and NO MUSH!

And finally when cutting them make sure the zucchini slices are as close to the same size as possible.

Small uniform zucchini for air fried zucchini.

Don’t have small zucchini??

If you can’t find small zucchini and they’re not of a uniform size NO WORRIES. You can still make good fries! Just cut the zucchinis as close to uniform size as possible.

Uniformly cut zucchini for fried zucchini.

What do I need to make Zucchini Fries?

  • small and uniform zucchini or yellow squash
  • Italian Style bread crumbs
  • parmesan
  • flour
  • salt
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • eggs
  • oil to spray or brush on the zucchini
  • Air Fryer-I generally use the Cosori MAX XL 5.8 Basket Air Fryeryou can see what it looks like in the recipe card
  • paper towels to blot up excess moisture
  • shallow bowls or pie pans
  • chefs knife

A little party dish of air fryer zucchini and aioli.

Are the Air Fryer Zucchini Fries Low Calorie?

YES! Zucchini is VERY low in calories and paired with the coating ingredients these crispy zucchini fries still come in very low at just 124 calories per serving!

PLUS they’re crispy and crunchy without being deep-fried. Which again means they’re of course lower in fat and calories.

PLUS they’re crispy and crunchy without being deep fried. Which again means they’re of course lower in fat and calories.

The inside of a zucchini fry made in the air fryer.

I don’t believe these work for the keto diet though, you need very low carb for that type of diet and the breading mixture on these is not low carb.

Got leftovers?

If you have leftovers store them in an airtight container for up to three days in the fridge. Reheat them in the air fryer, the hot air will get them a little bit crispy again. They won’t be as good as when they were first made but they’re still tasty!

Yield: 6 servings

Air Fryer Zucchini Fries

Fried zucchini in the air fryer basket.

These homemade zucchini fries are air fried for a crispy crunchy finish without any deep fat frying.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound small zucchini or yellow squash, as close to uniform in size as possible
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup Italian Bread Crumbs (with the herbs and spices in them)
  • oil for spraying or brushing on the zucchini sticks
  • *optional* your favorite dipping sauces

Instructions

  1. preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes
  2. set up three bowls and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper
  3. in the first bowl add the flour and spices and stir to combine
  4. in the second bowl beat the eggs
  5. in the third bowl put the panko
  6. slice the zucchini into fry-sized pieces, cut them as uniformly as possible, blot up any extra moisture with paper towels
  7. dip a piece in the flour, then in the egg, then in the crumbs, and lay it on the baking sheet
  8. repeat until you have enough to fill the basket of the air fryer
  9. fill the basket of the air fryer
    Ready to fry zucchini fries.
  10. spritz or spray with oil
  11. set the air fryer to 380° for 10 minutes
  12. air fry at 380° for 5 minutes, then check and see how they're doing, if they need an extra spritz of oil go ahead and spray them now
    Zucchini Fries about halfway cooked in the air fryer.
  13. continue air frying until they are crispy and brown on the outside
    Fried zucchini in the air fryer basket.
  14. meanwhile, finish dipping the remaining zucchini slices
  15. when the timer goes off check to see how brown the zucchini fries are, if they're done to your liking put them on a platter and add more slices to the basket, spray with oil, and air fry again, or if they need another minute or two continue air frying
  16. repeat with the remaining slices as needed to finish them off
  17. serve with your favorite dip, we love sriracha aioli

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 124Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 62mgSodium 407mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 6g

This nutrition information was calculated using a computer program, results may vary.

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  1. OMG! I couldn’t believe how golden and crispy these Air Fryer Zucchini Fries. My husband thought I was lying when I said that they were not fried but air fried! He went back for seconds! I will be making these again!

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