Air Fryer Zucchini Fries are not only crispy and addictive but healthy too! Zucchini sticks are tossed in egg and seasoned parmesan breadcrumb mixture before air fried until crisp and golden. Serve with marinara or basil ketchup!

Air Fryer Zucchini Fries - wood cutting board with zucchini fries and basil ketchup.

Craving something crispy but without the guilt?

Me too! Every day of my life, actually.

And although regular French fries are delicious and I could eat them every single day, air fryer zucchini fries are much healthier. Lower in fat and calories. And after being cooped up in my house for 2 months eating all the snacks, I need a lighter, healthier french fry alternative.

Making zucchini fries is easy. Cut fresh zucchini into fries and coat in egg and then the perfectly seasoned parmesan breadcrumb mixture. That’s it! The air fryer does the rest. To go with these zucc fries, I whip up a super simple basil ketchup. Yet if you have an open jar of marinara or pizza sauce, you could use that as well.

It’s the best snack.

top down photo of zucchini fries and basil ketchup ingredients.

To Make These Air Fryer Zucchini Fries You Will Need:

  • zucchini
  • italian breadcrumbs
  • parmesan cheese
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • black pepper
  • kosher salt
  • egg
  • olive oil spray

ends trimmed off of zucchini

Trim off the ends of the zucchini. Look for 6 to 7 inch long zucchinis. Use 2 zucchini if they are thick and 3 if thin and narrow.

trimmed zucchini cut in half

Cut each zucchini in half, so you have two 3-inch pieces.

zucchini cut into 1/2 inch planks

Slice each half into 3 (or more) 1/2-inch slices.

zucchini cut into sticks or "fries"

Lastly, cut each slice into 1/2-inch sticks or “fries”. Repeat with the remaining zucchini.

glass bowl of zucchini sticks

Set the zucchini off to the side.

shallow bowl of italian breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, paprika, kosher salt and black pepper, garlic and onion powder.

In a shallow bowl, add 1/4 cup italian breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 both teaspoon onion powder and paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon both kosher salt and black pepper.

cream shallow bowl of breadcrumb mixture combined.

Stir well to combine.

cream shallow bowl of beaten egg

Then in a second shallow bowl, beat 1 large egg.

zucchini fries in shallow bowl of beaten egg

Work in batches dipping the zucchini into the egg.

egg dripping of zucchini on fork

Allow any excess egg drip off back into the bowl.

zucchini in shallow bowl of parmesan breadcrumb mixture.

Transfer the zucchini into the bowl with the parmesan and breadcrumbs and toss to coat.

zucchini fries coated with parmesan breadcrumb mixture.

Look at that texture!

coated zucchini fries on wire rack

Place on a wire rack, repeat with remaining zucchini and preheat your air fryer to 390°.

air fryer preheating

What Is Air Frying?

An air fryer is a counter top appliance that requires less oil (anything from a few spritz to 1 tablespoon) yet produces crispy food that rivals most deep fried foods. By using circulating hot air, it moves at a high speed so the food tends to cook in a fraction of the time.

There are a bunch of different makes and models of air fryers. My husband did the research (as he’s known to do) and found this air fryer [affiliate] to be one of the best. But do your research and purchase one that fits your lifestyle.

How is Air Frying Healthier?

Air frying is healthier because only a thin layer of oil coats the food and when the hot air comes in contact it will crisp. Saving you a ton of fat and calories (without sacrificing any flavor!) because food is not being submerged in a vat of hot oil.

Keep in mind, not all air fryers are equal. Some preheat and some do not. Some are smaller than others therefore you may need to work in smaller batches to air fry.

For more Air Fryer recipes, click here for my growing collection.

zucchini fries before air frying

Arrange the zucchini fries in an even layer and air fry for 5 to 6 minutes or until golden and crisp.

zucchini fries after air frying.

Remove and repeat with remaining zucchini fries.

top down shot of ingredients for basil ketchup in mini food processor.

In the meantime, make the basil ketchup by measuring and adding 1/2 cup ketchup plus 1/3 cup basil (loosely packed), 1 clove chopped garlic and some black pepper.

basil ketchup in mini food processor

Blend until the garlic and basil is finely minced.

Close up of basil ketchup in grey bowl on wood cutting board with zucchini fries.

Pour into a bowl and serve with your crispy zucchini fries.

Air Fryer Zucchini Fries - top down shot of wood cutting board with zucchini fries, basil ketchup and a bottle of beer.

So incredibly good and nothing to feel guilty about. I love that!

The parmesan and seasoned breadcrumbs and flavor and give these zucchini fries texture, while also making these deliciously addictive.

Air Fryer Zucchini Fries - close up of zucchini fry in bowl of basil ketchup.

Dip.
Eat.
Repeat.

Air Fryer Zucchini Fries - close up of fry and basil ketchup.

Enjoy! And if you give this Air Fryer Zucchini Fries recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

Air Fryer Zucchini Fries - close up of crispy air fryer zucchini fry with basil ketchup

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Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Air Fryer Zucchini Fries

These Air Fryer Zucchini Fries are not only crispy and addictive but healthy too! Zucchini sticks are tossed in egg and a seasoned parmesan breadcrumb mixture before air fried until crisp and golden. Serve with marinara or basil ketchup!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

FOR THE ZUCCHINI FRIES:

  • 3 zucchini (6 to 7 inches in length)
  • 1/4 cup italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • olive oil spray

FOR THE BASIL KETCHUP:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil (loosely packed)
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • pinch of black pepper

Instructions

For The Zucchini Fries:

  1. Trim the ends off the zucchini. Cut the zucchini in half, so you have two 3-inch pieces. Slice each half into 3 (or more) 1/2-inch slices. Lastly, cut each slice into 1/2-inch sticks or “fries”. Set off to the side.
  2. In a shallow bowl, add the italian breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, kosher salt and black pepper. Stir well to combine.
  3. Crack the egg into a separate bowl, whisk to combine.
  4. Work in batches, dipping the zucchini in the egg and letting any excess drip back into the bowl before adding them to the bowl with the parmesan breadcrumbs. Roll to coat and transfer to a wire rack and reeat with remaining zucchini. Lightly spray the zuccini fries with olive oil.
  5. Preheat your air fryer to 390° and spray the basket with olive oil.
  6. Working in batches again, arrange the zucchini fries in an even layer and air fry for 5 to 6 minutes or until golden and crisp. Use tongs or tip out onto a platter and repeat with remaining zucchini fries.
  7. Serve with marinara or basil ketchup.

To Make The Basil Ketchup:

  1. In the bowl of your mini food process, add ketchup, basil, garlic and black pepper. Pulse until the garlic and basil is finely chopped.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 427mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 5g

All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on SimplyScratch.com should only be used as a general guideline.