While some zucchini recipes for the air fryer can be kind of blah or just plain boring, our air fryer zucchini fries recipe is sure to knock your socks off. These fries have the most exquisite crunchy exterior that is equaled only to its soft, squishy interior. You’ll swear you’re eating a real mozzarella stick!
Free of excess fat, dairy, and all animal products, these fantastic, flavorful zucchini fries cannot be beat. It’s time to treat yourself to this alluring new appetizer that is purely plant-based and worth every moment of preparation. You can even make up a batch in advance, store them in a sealed container, and air fry the next day.
Raise your hand if you’re ready to put down that martini and air fry some zucchini!
Air fryer zucchini is where it’s at, if you’re lucky to own one of these super helpful cooking machines. Once you give this recipe a try, you’ll be completely hooked and a lot less hungry.
This summer garden staple is not only easy to grow, but it’s also pretty prolific. When you have tons of extra zucchini that even zoodles cannot cover, consider preparing zucchini in the air fryer. Here are all of the reasons why we love zucchini zo much.
Fried zucchini in the air fryer will soon become one of your favorite appetizers or snacks when family and friends come to visit. You can dazzle them with the magic of vegan zucchini fries. Feel free to vary the recipe to your own taste by making a few culinary adjustments. Here are a few appetizing approaches:
To create the right shape for making air fryer zucchini, the key is to pay attention to the thickness. Less than ½” seems to work the best. Any thicker and the zucchini is too juicy and not crisp enough, while a thinner slice creates a tough texture that no longer resembles a plant-based mozzarella stick.
For zucchini chips, simply slice the zucchini into rounds that are approximately ⅜” thick. If you’d rather have zucchini sticks (or zucchini fries), slice the zucchini in half from top to bottom lengthwise and then in half again. Do this twice more until you have the correct thickness. Finally, cut the lengths in halves (or thirds, if you have a long pieces) so that the pieces are around 2″ long.
They sure are! Especially if you’re comparing our zucchini fries in an air fryer compared to deep fried potato fries. Zucchini is not only lower in calories than potatoes, but they have more fiber as well.
Usually they are made with four ingredients––zucchini, flour (or cornstarch), a binder (we used a flax egg), and breading. The zucchini is dredged in seasoned flour, dipped in the binder, and then the breading (usually bread crumbs) is added for a crispy crust.
The answer to that is easy. Don’t cut the chips too thickly and, when they’re done, eat them while they’re still warm. If your chips are too thick, they hold onto more moisture while cooking. Like normal homemade chips or fries, the texture will wilt and become soggy soon after cooling. You can always reheat the air fryer vegetables in the oven or air fryer to get them crisp again.
If you have suggestions for more air fryer recipes, let us know! Make sure to check out our round-up of the best vegan air fryer recipes from all over the internet! If you’re not sure what to make in your air fryer, no need to fuss or fret. Your constantly cooking vegan food bloggers have got you covered!
Although it may seem like there’s a lot to collect to create this recipe, it’s actually pretty simple once you have them assembled. Just measure out your ingredients and set out a station with three bowls, three forks, and your veggie pieces. Whether you’re aiming to make air fryer zucchini chips, zucchini sticks, or courgette fries (another name for zucchini), they’ll all come out amazing in the air fryer.
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These zucchini fries in an air fryer are best when eaten fresh right out of the air fryer basket. If you have eaten your fill and just can’t squeeze in any more, you can save them. Our suggestion is to store them in an air-tight container on top of a piece of paper towel or cloth. When you’re ready to give them another go, place them in a pre-heated air fryer (or oven) at 400 degrees for about 5 minutes. Check on them at about the 3 minute mark. Not recommended for freezing.
Zucchini fries are a rarity on restaurant menus, and sadly, when you see them they are typically not vegan. Red Robin makes zucchini fries, and helped popularize the concept, but sadly theirs are not vegan. That’s why making your own at home is such an easy and fun treat!
These zucchini sticks are not cooked in an air fryer, but deep fried. They’re also not vegan because the batter contains both eggs and milk. In this recipe, we’re not only cutting down on the fat content by air frying, but we swapped out the eggs for a flax egg and eliminated the milk. Though, you could use dairy-free milk, if desired.
This article about zucchini chips in an air fryer was written by Gina House. Zucchini in air fryer photography by JJ Steele. Edited by Michelle Cehn. Please note that this article may contain affiliate links which supports our work at World of Vegan.