These crispy air fryer zucchini fries make the perfect side dish, snack or appetizer, and are so good you’ll be begging for more! Crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, and bursting with flavor, you’ll want to keep this recipe handy to use up your zucchini, especially during the summer! Gluten-free and dairy-free too.
- 3 medium zucchini, cut into strips (approximately 3 to 4 inches long)
- Salt for sprinkling
- 1/2 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg, beaten
- Cooking spray, for spraying the air fryer basket
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, for brushing
- Wash and Cut Zucchini: Wash and dry the zucchini. Cut the zucchini into strips approximately 6 to 7 inches in length.
- Place Zucchini on Paper Towels: Line a large baking sheet with paper towels and place the cut zucchini in a single layer on it. Sprinkle salt over the zucchini strips and let them sit for at least 20 minutes to get rid of excess water content. After 20 minutes, use dry paper towels to dab at the zucchini slightly and soak up the water that has been released.
- Combine Dry Ingredients to Form Breading Mixture: Combine the breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast, granulated garlic, dried parsley, and salt together in a mixing bowl. Mix well until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Dip Zucchini in Egg: Place the egg in a small shallow bowl and beat it. Dip each zucchini stick in the egg, ensuring all sides are covered with egg.
- Coat Zucchini with Breadcrumb Mixture: Coat the zucchini with the breadcrumb mixture and make sure all the surfaces are coated well. Repeat until all the zucchini has been breaded.
- Spray Basket with Cooking Spray and Preheat Air Fryer: Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray and preheat the air fryer to 400F for 5 minutes.
- Place Coated Zucchini in Basket: Once the air fryer has been preheated, place the maximum number of zucchini sticks you can in one single layer and then brush the sticks with olive oil.
- Cook Till Golden Brown: Cook the zucchini fries for 15 minutes, turning them over halfway through and brushing the other side with more olive oil. Repeat until you finish cooking all the zucchini fries.
Breadcrumbs: You may use either plain gluten-free breadcrumbs or gluten-free panko breadcrumbs. Alternatively, if you prefer to keep this low-carb, you can use almond flour or ground almonds instead.
Nutritional Yeast: I use nutritional yeast to add a “cheesy” taste and color and to keep this zucchini fries recipe totally dairy-free. However, if you are not lactose-intolerant, feel free to use grated parmesan cheese instead.
Dried Herbs: I like using granulated garlic and dried parsley for an extra kick of flavor. Alternatively, you may use other seasonings such as Italian seasoning, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, or even everything bagel seasoning.
Egg: If you want to make this completely egg-free, you can use 3 tablespoons of aquafaba (the water from soaking chickpeas), or use oil in place of the egg.
Olive Oil: I like using extra virgin olive oil, but you may also use another vegetable oil such as avocado oil or sunflower oil if you prefer.
Cook Zucchini in One Single Layer: It’s important that you cook the fries one layer at a time so they have plenty of space to crisp all over (do NOT stack them on top of each other). Depending on your air fryer, you may need to do them in more batches. Simply place the cooked fries aside, and once all the fries are done, reheat them in the air fryer for another 5 minutes until hot and crispy before serving.
How to Store/Freeze/Reheat: I like eating these fries right away, but if you wish to store them, place them in layers separated by parchment paper in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To freeze, place the fries in layers separated by parchment paper in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat the fries, make sure to thaw them for at least 2 hours if frozen, then heat them in the air fryer for 8 minutes, tossing them halfway through until crisp and hot.
Baking These in the Oven: If you don’t own an air fryer, but would like to make these fries in the oven instead, place the fries on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer (making sure they do not touch), brush the tops of the fries with olive oil, and bake for 20 minutes, flipping them and then brushing the other side with more oil halfway through before continuing to cook.
This recipe was first posted in December 2013, and was updated in January 2022 to include clearer instructions, ingredient notes and substitutions, as well as step-by-step process shots.
- Prep Time: 30 mins
- Cook Time: 45 mins
- Category: Appetizers
- Method: Air Fryer
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: air fryer zucchini fries