How to easily cook zucchini in the air fryer. This recipe is a super simple way to use up all of your summer time zucchini. Zucchini comes out tender and slightly crispy and perfectly seasoned. Very few ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes. Zucchini is an amazing side dish to any meal.
Looking for a delicious and healthy way to cook zucchini during zucchini season? Look no further than your air fryer! This versatile kitchen appliance can do so much more than just fried foods – it can also be used to cook up healthy and delicious meals.
Zucchini is a great option for air frying because it is low in calories and fat but high in nutrients. Zucchini makes for a fantastic healthy side dish. his is a great low carb recipe to use up all of your garden grown zucchini.
If you want some more easy air fryer recipes, be sure to check out my easy air fried asparagus, Crispy Air Fryer Diced Potatoes, Air Fryer Frozen Brussels Sprouts, crispy air fryer tofu, air fried baked potatoes or these air fryer sweet potato cubes.
Why you'll love this recipe
- it's a delicious and healthy side dish
- contains minimal ingredients
- takes less than 20 minutes
- gluten free, vegan, vegetarian
- quick and easy to make
Ingredients and substitutions
- Fresh zucchini - I either use one large zucchini, or two medium size zucchini. This also works well for summer squash (yellow squash).
- Oil - I love using avocado oil or olive oil.
- Seasonings - salt and black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder are all great options.
- Italian seasoning - or whatever are your favorite spices. Red pepper flakes and bagel seasoning are also delicious!
- Dairy free parmesan cheese - this is optional, but tastes delicious sprinkled over it when it's almost done cooking.
You don't need to make sure to spray your air fryer basket with some cooking spray before or use a lining, since the zucchini chips have oil on them.
Try to place the zucchini in single layer in the basket, so the pieces all get cooked evenly by the hot air. If you have a smaller air fryer, you may have to cook in two batches.
Cook until lightly golden brown, or less so if you want the zucchini to have a little bite. Every air fryer is different, so the cook time will vary. Start with 10-12 minutes, and see how it looks.
This also tastes great served with your favorite dipping sauce.
Make sure to scroll to the recipe card for full step-by-step instructions.
Step one: Cut the zucchini into ¾" pieces. Place everything but the (optional) dairy free cheese cheese in a small bowl and stir well.
Step two: Add the seasoned zucchini to the air fryer in a single layer, don't overlap, and cook at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Cook less if you like the zucchini to have a little bite to it and cook longer if you like it to be softer.
Step three: For best results, when the zucchini has about two minutes left, stir it around and add the (optional) dairy free parmesan cheese.
Step four: Air fry for another 2 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the zucchini looks cooked.
Fridge - This lasts in an air-tight container for about five days.
Freezer - Leftover zucchini can be frozen after it cooks, but it will be a little mushy when it thaws. I like to use sauté it and add it to pasta dishes with marinara sauce.
What to serve with air fryer zucchini
Zucchini makes a perfect side dish to many different recipes. Serve it on the side of this Vegan Seitan Chicken, a Grilled Vegan Steak, Grilled Portobello Mushrooms or these Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joe's.
If you want the zucchini to not come out soggy, cut it up then toss with ½ teaspoon of salt. Set it in a colander to drain for about 30 minutes to pull out excess moisture. Then pat it dry and air fry it.
Absolutely! Oven roasted zucchini tastes amazing and is another easy side dish. Just chop it up into your desired size. Then coat the sliced zucchini in your seasonings and salt.
Lay it on an oiled baking sheet or use parchment paper. Roast at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Fresh lemon juice also tastes amazing to add after it's done roasting.
Can I cook this in the instant pot, stove top, bake it
Yes! Zucchini can be frozen after it's cooked. Just store it in a freezer safe container for up to three months. It may be a little more soft when it thaws. Throw it in a pasta dish or serve it as a side dish.
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Easy Air Fryer Zucchini with Dairy Free Parmesan
- Air fryer
- 2 medium zucchini (Cut into ¾" pieces)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Italian seaoning
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt and black pepper
- 2 tablespoons bread crumbs (optional)
- ¼ cup dairy free parmesan cheese (optional)
- Cut the zucchini into ¾" pieces.2 medium zucchini
- Place everything but the (optional) dairy free cheese cheese in a mixing bowl and stir well.1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon Italian seaoning, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon salt and black pepper, 2 tablespoons bread crumbs, 2 medium zucchini
- Add the seasoned zucchini to the air fryer and cook at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Cook less if you like the zucchini to have a little bite to it and cook longer if you like it to be softer.
- When the zucchini has about two minutes left, stir it around and add the (optional) dairy free parmesan cheese.¼ cup dairy free parmesan cheese
- Air fry for another 2 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the zucchini looks cooked.
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