Crispy, yet soft, and seasoned with Italian seasoning, our air fryer zucchini is the perfect easy side dish or snack, they look like zucchini chips, but are soft on the inside and taste SO good. This quick and easy recipe is a favorite of ours, especially in the summer when zucchini is in season!
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Why you’ll love this easy air fryer zucchini recipe
Quick and easy, this air fryer zucchini recipe is perfect for using up leftover zucchini and transforming them into a tasty treat!
Ingredients you’ll need
You’ll need all the ingredients shown in the photo below.
How to choose the best zucchini
Zucchini is so easy to find, most grocery stores or farmer’s markets stock zucchini and when it’s in season, it tastes great!
Take it to the next level and grow your own zucchini, they are easy to grow and they grow quite prolifically.
Nothing tastes better than a homegrown zucchini!
But reality bites and not everyone can grow their own, so how do you choose the best zucchini?
Look for fresh dark green zucchini that are approximately 7 inches long,
How do I store them?
You can store any leftover zucchini in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
When reheating your zucchini, place them in the air fryer basket and air fry them for approximately 4 minutes at 350F, until they have completely warmed through.
They are not suitable for freezing.
Even less mess
The great thing about air fryer cooking is that there is little mess.
But we’ve found that by using air fryer parchment paper liners, the mess is even less.
They are well worth checking out.
Play with the flavors
Air fryer zucchini is the perfect base for experimenting with.
Why not try adding a little garlic powder, taco seasoning, curry powder, or even Cajun seasoning?
You could try coating them with vegetarian Parmesan cheese
How to make these into air fryer zucchini chips
If you are looking for air fryer zucchini chips, then all you need to do is to adapt this recipe slightly.
You’ll need to slice your zucchini thinner, around an eighth of an inch.
Follow the cooking instructions but just keep an eye on them as they will need a few minutes less.
When they are cooked, your air fryer zucchini chips will be thin and crispy, just like potato chips.
How does an air fryer work?
The way that air fryers work is that they very quickly circulate hot air.
If you look at the top of your air fryer, that’s where the fan and heating mechanism sit.
Air fryers have a basket that you place the food in and then the air rapidly circulates down on and around the food.
By circulating the air, this imitates deep-frying, because the hot air, then crisps the outside of your food.
This means that you don’t have to submerge your food in oil.
This means there’s no need to use oil and, generally speaking, air fryers are a lower in fat and healthier form of cooking.
What’s the best air fryer to use?
Speak to different people and you’ll get different answers.
We can only tell you what we use and love.
We’ve used Ninja air fryers and Instant Pot air fryers and our favorite is below.
Recipe notes and expert tips
More air fryer recipes for you to try
If you like our air fryer zucchini, then why not check out our other air fryer recipes? Air fryer Brussels sprouts, air fryer asparagus, air fryer frozen onion rings, air fryer cheesy carrots, air fryer buffalo cauliflower, and air fryer toast.
How to make air fryer zucchini with step-by-step instructions
Making our air fryer zucchini is easy if you follow our simple instructions.
A full printable recipe and the measurements in both US customary and metric are available in the recipe card below.
First, preheat your air fryer to 400°F/200°C, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Place your zucchini slices in a mixing bowl and add extra virgin olive oil, Italian seasoning, lemon juice, kosher salt, and black pepper.
Toss to combine and transfer them to the preheated air fryer basket and air fry until you get your desired consistency, we fried ours for 20 minutes.
Make sure you shake the basket to turn the zucchini halfway through so that they cook evenly, so they were crispy yet soft at the same time.
Once cooked serve your zucchini slices in a bowl and garnish with fresh parsley and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
Enjoy your air fryer zucchini!
We hope you enjoy making and eating our air fryer zucchini and would love to know how you got on with making it.
Please leave a comment below and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
Air fryer zucchini
- 7 cups Zucchini washed and sliced into 3/16"
- 1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1½ tbsp Lemon juice
- ¼ tsp Kosher salt
- ¼ tsp Black pepper
- First, preheat your air fryer to 400°F/200°C, according to the manufacturer’s instructions7 cups Zucchini
- Place your zucchini slices in a mixing bowl and add extra virgin olive oil, Italian seasoning, lemon juice, kosher salt, and black pepper. Toss to combine and transfer them to the preheated air fryer basket and air fry until you get your desired consistency, we fried ours for 20 minutes. Make sure you shake the basket to turn the zucchini halfway through so that they cook evenly, so they were crispy yet soft at the same time1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil, 1 tsp Italian seasoning, 1½ tbsp Lemon juice, ¼ tsp Kosher salt, ¼ tsp Black pepper
- Once cooked serve your zucchini slices in a bowl and garnish with fresh parsley and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Enjoy your air fryer zucchini!
- No need for cooking spray
As your zucchini is coated with olive oil, there’s no need to spray your basket with cooking spray when air frying
- Make your own Italian seasoning
Follow our quick Italian seasoning easy recipe
- Less mess
Minimize the cooking mess even more by using air fryer parchment liners
- Try different oils
Try using refined coconut oil or avocado oil to coat your zucchini.
- Want a bigger crunch?
- Coat with panko breadcrumbs
Please note that nutrient values are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.
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Why not try these zucchini recipes?
Zucchini Chips Dehydrated are delicious – give them a try!
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