Air Fryer Zucchini Fries

These zucchini fries are a quick and crunchy side for when you are craving the real thing – minus the sodium and grease. Add this summer time vegetable to your barbeque side dish.

Zucchini – The Multipurpose Vegetable

But really though, it is. How many different zucchini recipes are out there? Zucchini noodles, zucchini fries, roasted zucchini, ratatouille. I mean I will start to sound like Forrest Gump if I continue!

Zucchini is always present in my fridge during the Summer months. I try to eat vegetables in season. For some reason, zucchini just tastes better in the Summer. It is pretty easy to grow to if you are willing to test your green thumb. It is also very easy to prep. No risk in cutting your fingers off, or having your knife slip because it’s too firm.

Give Me The Fries Or Should I Say “Friez”

I would make this side with a pretty simple meal. It is not by any means difficult or hard to manage. However, it does make a few dishes. You need at least 2 separate bowls, a cutting board, and an air fryer. That is more clean up than I can handle at times. My air fryer is extra small, and I have to make 2 batches with one zucchini. Make sure you buy the big one, no matter how many people you are cooking for! I think mine is a 5 qt.

For this recipe, pick out the biggest and brightest zucchini in your garden or grocery. Cut off the ends and start slicing away. There is no right or wrong to this. You want this slices to be thin enough, and resemble warm, salty McDonald’s fries. However, they don’t necessarily have to be matchstick size.

zucchini fries - chopped zucchini

Next, you are going to want to pour your panko bread crumbs in a shallow bowl. I like to add garlic powder and paprika to mine. Feel free to be creative and do what your heart feels is best. Dip your zucchini fries in an egg mixture, transfer to your bread crumbs and coat them good.

I definitely recommend spritzing your fries with olive oil spray before letting them fry away. This will allow the panko texture to crisp up. Cook them at 400 deg for about 10 minutes, and make sure to flip halfway through.

Taste Tester Approved

I first made these fries as a side with a chicken wrap. I used my leftover bruschetta chicken (minus the bruschetta) and created my very own snack wrap. If you actually read what I have to say before my recipe, you’d know I hate wasting vegetables. I didn’t feel like eating soggy, roasted zucchini, so I decided to turn it into fries.

cooked zucchini fries

Chance walked by me, looking intrigued, and ate one. He then came back for seconds, and then thirds. That’s how I know if something is good. I am not picky and will eat whatever. Chance on the other hand, will let me know if something is terrible.

These made the cut, now they are ready for your table!

Energy Level = 3/5

MODERATE

easy prep, but messy and extra clean up

Air Fryer Zucchini Fries

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 10 minutesCook time: 8 minutesTotal time: 19 minutesServings:2 servings Best Season:Summer

Description

A quick and crunchy side for when you are craving the real thing – minus the sodium and grease. Add this summer time vegetable to your barbeque side dish.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cut zucchini lengthwise and into thin strips
  2. Whisk 2 eggs in shallow dish or bowl
  3. Combine coating of panko bread crumbs with paprika and garlic powder
  4. Coat a few zucchini at a time in egg mixture, then transfer to coating and toss
  5. Fill air fryer basket with zucchini fries, but be careful not to over crowd
  6. Spritz with olive oil and bake at 400 deg for 10 minute, flipping halfway through

Notes

  • To make these gluten free there are a few options: coat fries with olive oil prior to breading with arrowroot
  • If using arrowroot, bake in the oven at 400 deg or sautĂ© in skillet until crisp
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