Air Fryer Parmesan Zucchini Fries

By Rena |

These Air Fryer Parmesan Zucchini Fries are perfect for snacking, served as an appetizer, or as a side dish. Really easy to make with simple ingredients and ready in just 30 minutes.

top view zucchini fries on a white plate with a side of ketchup

If you love fries but want to start eating more veggies, then this air fryer zucchini fries recipe is perfect for you. Nothing beats the real deal of crunchy fried potatoes but this air-fried zucchini is a great alternative if you are looking to start eating healthier. They are delicious and loaded with flavor and nutrients. It is a fun and easy way to add more veggies into your diet white you still get to have a variety of foods. These parmesan zucchini fries can be made in the oven if you don’t have an air-fryer and if you prefer baking them, then you can bake them for about 20 minutes or simply make our Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries recipe. Serve these air fryer zucchini fries as a side dish, snack, or appetizer.

Why you should make these zucchini fries

  • Vert tasty: These air fried zucchini fries are so delicious and addicing, you would want to make them every week!
  • A healthier alternative: no egg and no flour needed. Made with healthy ingredients and its a healthier alternative to fries.
  • Easy to make: Making zucchini fries is quite simple really. Cut the zucchini, coat them, pop in the aur frier. Made with a handful of easy ingredients.
top view zucchini fries on a white plate with a side of marinara sauce

Ingredients you will need and substitutes

  • Avocado oil cooking spray: or any cooking spray would work. We prefer avocado or olive oil spray. You will need this to coat the zucchini and use as a binder in place of eggs.
  • Zucchini: we use green zucchini but you can use the yellow ones as well.
  • Parmesan cheese: grate your own or you can get store bought. Other cheese you can use is grated romano cheese.
  • Breadcrumbs: panko breadcrumbs was used, but any other type will work. To keep this a low carb fries option, you can use almond flour, or crushed pork rinds.
  • Seasonings: Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper is all you need. But you can add more seaosnings if you like. Consider adding the following: 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp onion powder, and/or 1 tsp garlic powder.
  • Fresh parsley: this ingredient is used to garnish but its optional if you don’t care for it.
ingredients to make air-fryer zucchini fries

How to make this air-fryer zucchini fries recipe

  • First, prepare and cut the zucchini into fries or any other shape you like. Preheat air-fryer if needed for 5 minutes.
  • Next, to a shallow plate, combine the parmesan cheese, Panko, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. (if you are adding any other seasonings, go ahead and add them now with the dry mixture.)
  • Then, spray the zucchini with avocado oil or any other spray oil of choice, then gently press each into the Parmesan mixture to evenly coat on all sides.
  • Spray a bit of oil on the bottom of your air fryer and air fry the zucchini fries at 400F for 8-10 min, or until golden and crisp on the outside or until golden brown.
  • Finally, garnish with freshly chopped parsley and enjoy!
zucchini cut into fries
air fried zucchini fries being dipped into marinara sauce

Recipe notes and tips

  • Serving size: one zucchini made into fries- about 1 cup
  • Shape zucchini into any shape you like.
  • Use any breadcrumbs of your choice.
  • Any oil spray will do if you don’t have avocado oil spray.
  • Shred your own parmesan is possible. Flavor is better. But you can use storebought.
  • If you don’t have an air-fryer you can bake these at 400F for 18-20 minutes or until crispy.
  • Air fry them in batches. Also, make sure you space them apart and not too close.
  • Serve with any dipping sauce like ketchup, ranch dressing, or marinara sauce.
top view of zucchini fries on a plate with dipping red sauce

Frequently asked questions

What are zucchini fries made of?

Zucchini fries are made of what it sounds like they are made of. The main ingredient will be zucchini. Either green zucchini or yellow zucchini is typically used in making zucchini fries. The zucchini fries are usually coated with some sort of herbed breadcrumb mixture and then either baked, roasted, or fried.

Which is healthier, french fries or zucchini fries?

We would have to go with zucchini fries. Zucchini fries are more nutrient-dense and high in fiber. They will be the low-carb version of french fries and a healthier option in general. If you are a huge french fry fan, you can make them somewhat healthier by air-frying them or just baking them in the oven.

What tastes good with zucchini fries?

You can use a variety of your favorite dipping sauces with zucchini fries and serve them that way as an appetizer or snack. Zucchini fries can be served as a side dish with many other meals and proteins like grilled chicken breast.

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Air Fryer Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Zucchini fries coated with parmesan cheese, herbs, and breadcrumbs, and then air fried until crispy brown.
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Fat
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 115kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • Avocado oil cooking spray
  • 4 small zucchini halved and quartered lengthwise
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese finely grated
  • ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped

Instructions

  • Prepare and cut the zucchini into fries or the shape of your choice. Preheat air-fryer if needed for 5 minutes.
  • To a shallow plate, combine the parmesan cheese, Panko, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  • Spray the zucchini with avocado oil or any other spray oil of choice, then gently press each into the Parmesan mixture to evenly coat on all sides.
  • Spray a bit of oil on the bottom of your air fryer and air fry them at 400F for 8-10 min, or until golden and crisp on the outside or until golden brown.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and enjoy!

Notes

  • serving size is the amount of one zucchini made into fries- about 1 cup
  • Low carb and keto option: use pork rinds instead of breadcrumbs
  • Vegan-option: use dairy-free shredded cheese.
  • Shape zucchini into any shape you like. They can be cut into bigger sizes or round in shape.
  • Use any breadcrumbs of your choice.
  • Any oil spray will do if you don’t have avocado oil spray.
  • Shred your own parmesan cheese is possible
  • If you don’t have an air-fryer you can bake these at 400F for 18-20 minutes or until crispy.
  • Air fry them in batches.
  • Serve with any dipping sauce like ketchup, ranch dressing, or marinara sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 345mg | Potassium: 561mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 675IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 212mg | Iron: 2mg
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