Air Fryer Zucchini

5 from 26 votes

Learn how to make air fryer zucchini that turns out crispy, flavorful, and juicy every single time. Ready in under 10 minutes, they make a fabulous side dish. 

air fryer zucchini

The Best Air Fryer Zucchini

I find that zucchini is one of the most underrated vegetables. It makes fantastic chips, fries, and is also perfect to use in the air fryer! 

Ever since buying my air fryer, I’ve been obsessed with cooking my vegetables this way. It’s so much tastier than steaming or microwaving them, and they taste delicious. 

Some of our favorites include sweet potato fries and Brussels sprouts, but cooking your zucchini in this magical machine absolutely transforms it. 

Why air fry zucchini? 

  • It’s healthier. Fried zucchini would use up to 1/4 cup of cooking oil (sometimes even 1/2 a cup!). When you air fry it instead, you reduce the fat by up to 90%. Take this recipe for example. For the entire recipe, you’ll only need a tablespoon! 
  • Less than 10 minutes. Baked zucchini usually takes around 45 minutes and pan-fried zucchini closer to 15 minutes. Air frying takes a mere 8 minutes! 
  • No mess. No parchment paper, just one mixing bowl, and no washing up needed! 
  • Extra crispy. The high heat paired with the aerated basket ensures extra crispiness on the outside! 

The texture of this air fried zucchini is crispy on the edges and perfectly soft in the middle. It’s easy to customize with your favorite spices, but I love to keep it simple with salt and pepper!

Ingredients needed

Honestly, this has to be one of the most simple ingredient lists you’ll ever come across, but the results are incredible. You will no doubt have everything in your pantry ready to go. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Zucchini– Fresh and firm zucchini, sliced into half-inch coins.
  • Olive oil– Just a small amount to give the slices a crisp exterior and a soft center. 
  • Salt and pepper– To taste. Don’t go overboard with this as you can always add more once it has been air fried. 

How to make air fryer zucchini

This recipe follows a simple 2-step process and the air fryer does all the hard work. So with that said, get out the ingredients and let’s make air fried zucchini. 

Step 1- Season the zucchini

Start by adding the zucchini coins into a mixing bowl. Add the oil, salt, and pepper, and mix very well, until the zucchini is coated in the oil and seasonings.

Step 2- Air fry the zucchini

Next, lightly grease the air fryer basket and add the zucchini to it. Air fry the zucchini at 200C/400F for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through. Serve the zucchini immediately. 

zucchini in the air fryer

Tips to make the best recipe

  • Do not oversalt the zucchini, as it can draw moisture from the vegetable, so, add a minimal amount then if it isn’t salty enough once they have been air fired.
  • Cut the zucchini slices into equal sized coins. This ensures they all cook evenly throughout. 
  • To get those gorgeous grill marks, add a grill pan into the air fryer basket. 
  • Feel free to add your favorite spices and seasonings to it, like red pepper flakes, chili powder, or garlic powder.

Storage info

Wondering what is the best way to store leftovers? Here are best practices for cooked zucchini storage: 

  • To store: Zucchini can be stored in the refrigerator, covered. It will keep well for up to 5 days. 
  • To freeze: Place leftover zucchini in a shallow container and store it in the freezer for up to 2 months. 
  • To reheat: If the pre-frozen zucchini has been thawed (or previously refrigerated), you can add it to the air fryer basket and reheat at 200C/400F for 4 minutes, flipping halfway through. 
zucchini air fryer

What to serve with zucchini

This delicious veggie dish pairs beautifully with simply seasoned protein or seafood. Save the mess and keep the air fryer out and use it to make one of these proteins to pair with it:

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my fried zucchini soggy?

If you over-cook the zucchini, you risk it becoming soggy (even though it looks golden around the edges and on the outside).

Can I add other seasonings?

Provided some form of salt is included, you can add any other seasonings you like.

air fryer zucchini recipe.

Air Fryer Zucchini With 2 Ingredients | Crispy And Flavorful

Learn how to make air fryer zucchini that turns out crispy, flavorful, and juicy every single time. Ready in under 10 minutes, they make a fabulous side dish. 
5 from 26 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 59kcal
Author: Arman

Ingredients

  • 2 large zucchini sliced into coins
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, add your sliced zucchini, olive oil, salt, and pepper, and mix well.
  • Transfer the zucchini into an air fryer basket or, if you'd like grill marks, add the grill pan to an air fryer basket. Cook the zucchini for 10 minutes at 200C/400F, shaking the basket every 3 minutes.
  • Remove the zucchini from the air fryer and serve immediately.

Notes

TO STORE: Zucchini can be stored in the refrigerator, covered. It will keep well for up to 5 days. 
TO FREEZE: Place leftover zucchini in a shallow container and store it in the freezer for up to 2 months. 
TO REHEAT: If the pre-frozen zucchini has been thawed (or previously refrigerated), you can add it to the air fryer basket and reheat at 200C/400F for 4 minutes, flipping halfway through. 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 304mg | Potassium: 425mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 324IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg | NET CARBS: 2g
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Comments

3 thoughts on “Air Fryer Zucchini

  1. LOVING your recipes!!! They are all AMAZING! Thinking of buying an air fryer…people rave about them and I never thought about them cooking great vegetables! Do you have one you suggest that works well??

  2. just made this in my new air fryer as my zucchini needed to use up having this for my brunch tomorrow how to reheat this in oven or microwave oven where i should keep this in fridge or freezer it is my first time making your recipe

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