These Parmesan Zucchini Fries are perfectly baked in the air fryer. They have a crispy crust and are tender on the inside. This will be your family’s new favorite healthy side or snack!
My Favorite Baked Zucchini Fries
Since I first got my air fryer, I’ve been using it for everything! I love how crispy it makes everything but with so much less fat and mess than deep frying. Plus, my kids go bananas for anything that’s super crispy. If it looks unhealthy – they love it. But in the air fryer, it’s not – so I win!
Making veggie fries in your air fryer is a serious #momhack. Get the kids eating veggies, delicious and healthy veggies, at that! These air fryer Parmesan zucchini fries are so good my kids actually beg for them. They’re easy, too, so I don’t mind making them on a busy weeknight.
What Are Zucchini Fries?
Zucchini fries are little sticks of breaded, fried, crispy, heaven. Basically, you cut your zucchini into sticks the size of traditional french fried potatoes. You then dip them into egg wash and bread crumbs. This outer coating gives them an extra crunch.
Really, you could do this with lots of veggies. Just choose your favorite.
How to Cut Zucchini into Sticks
Perfectly cutting your zucchini into sticks might be easier than you’re imagining.
- Simply cut your zucchini in half lengthwise.
- Then, cut each half in half again, lengthwise. Now you have 4 long quarters.
- Take each quarter and continue cutting it lengthwise until you have sticks that are the perfect thickness.
- Finally, stack them and slice longways until they are the same thickness on both sides.
Why Use An Air Fryer for Zucchini Fries?
Seriously, I’m fascinated by air fryers. They’re like these little mini convection ovens that fit on your counter top. They use super hot air and circulate it to give your food a fried crispy texture on the outside without all the added fat and grease of actual deep frying.
Cooking your Zucchini fries in your air fryer is going to make them healthier without sacrificing any crunch at all. And cleaning up is super easy! No grease splatter to deal with at all.
Ingredients for this Recipe
Your Zucchini fries will have 3 main parts: the zucchini, the egg wash, and the coating. Here’s what you’ll need:
- zucchini, cut into sticks (see above for tricks on how to cut them)
- panko crumbs (you can also use all-purpose flour, almond flour, or coconut flour)
- grated parmesan cheese
- Italian Seasoning
- sweet or smoked paprika
- salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
- 1 large egg
- cooking spray
You’ll notice the breading does not include flour. Skipping the flour keeps these zucchini fries super light but still crunchy!
How to Make Crispy Zucchini Fries
Start by preheating your air fryer to 400˚F. It’s important not to miss this preheat step with an air fryer. Don’t just pop your zucchini in there and then hit start.
While the air fryer comes up to heat, combine your Panko crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Italian Seasoning, paprika, salt, and pepper in a medium shallow bowl. Whisk it all together to combine. Place your egg in a separate bowl.
Next, dip each zucchini stick in egg and then dip it into the Parmesan mixture. Make sure that all sides are well coated.
Place your breaded zucchini fries in a single layer inside the air fryer basket. You will have to do this in batches since all the zucchini fries will not fit into the Air Fryer basket at once. Then spray zucchini fries with cooking spray. This will help them to get extra crispy!
Cook each batch of your zucchini fries for 9 to 10 minutes or until they look golden and crispy.
Tips for the Best Zucchini Fries
- Pat your Zucchini dry! The dryer your zucchini is, the crispier they will bake. Remove as much moisture as you can before coating them.
- Flip them halfway through! Even though the air fryer is great at circulating the hot air around your food, giving the basket a quick shake half way through will help them from compressing and make them bake more evenly.
- Eat them right away! I know this one won’t be hard – they are just so dang good. But, Zucchini is about 95% water, so the longer they sit, the more soggy they will get. Trust me, you don’t want soggy zucchini fries.
Zucchini Fries Serving Ideas
These zucchini fries are the perfect side dish to have with steak, roasted chicken, or even burgers! For a completely vegetarian meal, serve them with a yummy Impossible Burger!
We also love our zucchini fries as a savory snack or appetizer paired with a flavorful dip. Some of my favorites dipping sauces are Ranch, garlic aioli, homemade marinara, or Parmesan cheese sauce.
Can Zucchini Fries Be Reheated?
Because zucchini is so full of water, it really is best to serve these treats immediately. They can quickly become soggy and lose their crunch. If you do have some leftovers, I recommend freezing them. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze for about 30 minutes, then remove them and place them in a freezer bag. They will stay good for about 3 months.
To reheat, do not thaw them! Place them directly in your air fryer and bake them until they are hot and crispy.
Air Fryer Parmesan Zucchini Fries
- 2 Zucchini cut into sticks that are ½-inch wide and 4-inches long
- ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs you can also use all-purpose flour, almond flour, or coconut flour
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese grated
- 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
- 1 tsp paprika sweet or smoked
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 1 egg large, beaten
- cooking spray
- Preheat air fryer to 400˚F.
- Combine Panko crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Italian Seasoning, paprika, salt, and pepper in a medium shallow bowl; whisk to combine.
- Place egg in a separate bowl.
- Dip each zucchini stick in egg and then dip into the Parmesan mixture, making sure all sides are well coated.
- Place zucchini fries in a single layer inside the air fryer basket. You will have to do this in batches since all the zucchini fries will not fit into the Air Fryer basket at once.
- Spray zucchini fries with cooking spray.
- Cook for 9 to 10 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
- Remove from air fryer and serve.
Sara WelchFeb 13, 2020 at 11:19 pm
Such a great afternoon snack, and healthy too! My kids loved these!
Katerina PetrovskaFeb 14, 2020 at 11:11 am
Thank you, Sara! I am very happy your kids enjoyed these!! 🙂
Dorothy ReinholdFeb 14, 2020 at 12:36 am
I can’t wait to try these! I am loving my air fryer more and more!
AmandaFeb 14, 2020 at 12:41 am
I cannot rave about this recipe enough everyone loves it!
BetiFeb 14, 2020 at 11:09 am
Thank you SO much, Amanda!! 🙂
VikkiFeb 14, 2020 at 5:39 am
Perfectly crispy and tasty
Katerina PetrovskaFeb 14, 2020 at 11:09 am
I’m glad you enjoyed them! Thank YOU! 🙂
Lynn TremblayFeb 15, 2020 at 7:49 pm
Can these also be done in the oven, if so, at what temperature, and for how long, thank you
KaterinaFeb 15, 2020 at 9:40 pm
Hi! Yep, you can bake them in a 425˚F preheated oven for about 23 to 25 minutes.
Mary LoweyJul 24, 2020 at 3:20 am
Cooking spray, as in Pam, or an olive oil spray ?
KaterinaJul 24, 2020 at 2:20 pm
Yes, you can use either one.
E. TheresaJul 30, 2020 at 8:22 pm
Did you line the bottom of the tray with parchment paper?
KaterinaJul 30, 2020 at 10:41 pm
Hi! Yes, I almost always do, but I use the parchment paper with holes in it because that helps with air flow. These are the ones I get (Affiliate link) –> https://amzn.to/33a4RqH Hope that helps. 😊
LisaOct 10, 2020 at 9:27 pm
I haven’t made yet, but have it printed and ready to try…..two questions for you.
1) I do not have air fryer but have a convection oven would the 425 for 23-25. In still work?
2) what is that yummy looking dip you have in the picture???
KaterinaOct 11, 2020 at 2:51 pm
A regular oven at 425˚F for about 30 minutes should be perfect. That dip is Ranch dressing 😄 … my kids dip every.thing. in Ranch. Or ketchup. 😊
LisaOct 30, 2020 at 8:46 pm
Cool thanks! Do you have an interesting aioli recipe? Looking for something for zucchini and artichokes.
KimOct 15, 2020 at 9:41 pm
Those look good!! What dip specifically do you have shown in the picture and how do you make it? Or is it something you buy? Thank you!!
KaterinaOct 16, 2020 at 12:07 am
That’s just store-bought Ranch. 😊 My kids dip everything in Ranch, including these zucchini fries. 😁
HollyJun 28, 2021 at 4:56 pm
I cannot get the Panko mixture to stick to the zucchini. I am dipping it in the egg really well before. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.
Kevin R. MattsonOct 15, 2021 at 5:21 pm
Wow, OMG just tried out the new air fryer on some fresh garden zucchini and we also made a dip with Parmesan ranch with a little horseradish. This is the new go to quick and easy way to use more zucchini. Thanks for sharing.
Katerina PetrovskaOct 20, 2021 at 11:56 am
That’s great! I’m very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂
KathyJan 12, 2022 at 11:24 am
I see the calories, but what size is a serving? 114 calories per how much?