These Crispy Air Fryer Zucchini Fries are a delicious low carb appetizer or side! Serve them with the most amazing homemade garlic aioli.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Zucchini – you can even buy pre-cut zucchini at the grocery store.
- Flour – to make these gluten-free, you can swap out the regular flour for almond flour.
- Eggs – use a cornstarch slurry to dredge the fries instead.
- Panko breadcrumbs – regular breadcrumbs or tempura flakes would work too.
- Parmesan cheese – nutritional yeast is the best substitute here.
- Garlic powder, onion powder and paprika – feel free to try out different seasoning options like ranch seasoning or Italian seasoning to give your fries different flavours (check out all my spice blends here).
- Salt & pepper – to taste.
Homemade garlic aioli
- Sunflower oil – or another neutral cooking oil like grapeseed oil or canola oil.
- Soy milk – I’d highly recommend soy milk, as it helps emulsify the aioli.
- Garlic – freshly minced or jarred minced garlic are best. Garlic powder can be used in a pinch.
- Lemon juice – use fresh or bottled lemon juice.
- Honey – maple syrup or agave would also be good here.
- Salt – to taste.
How to make zucchini fries
Step 1: Prep your ingredients.
Mix together the panko, parmesan and seasonings in one bowl, flour in a second bowl and whisked eggs in a third bowl.
Step 2: Cut the zucchini into 1/2 inch fries.
Step 3: Coat the zucchini.
Toss the zucchini fries in the flour, then dip them in the egg mixture and coat them in breadcrumbs.
Step 4: Air fry the zucchini.
Cook the zucchini fries in a single layer in the air fryer until crispy.
Step 5: Make the garlic aioli.
Blend together the sunflower oil, soy milk, garlic, lemon juice, honey and salt.
Step 6: Serve and enjoy!
Serve the cooked zucchini fries with the garlic aioli for dipping.
What goes with zucchini fries?
You can serve these zucchini fries as a yummy snack, appetizer or side dish! If you’re looking for ideas on what to serve them with, here are some ideas:
- Homemade Big Macs
- Burger lettuce wraps if you’re sticking to a low-carb diet
- Boneless wings
- Baked salmon
The options are pretty much endless. These fries go with everything!
Frequently Asked Questions
For these air fryer zucchini fries, I’d recommend cutting the zucchini into ½ inch strips. Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise, then cut each quarter lengthwise again. Continue that process until you get the right size thickness of fries! Remember, the skinnier the fries, the thicker they’ll be.
These fries are best enjoyed fresh. Since zucchini is made of 95% water, they can get soggy the longer they sit. If you want to make this recipe for a party or game day, I’d suggest prepping everything beforehand by mixing together the dry ingredients and cutting up the zucchini. That way, all you have to do is coat the zucchini, air fry it and voila!
Coating the zucchini in the dry mixture, egg and breadcrumbs will help make the fries nice and crispy. The air fryer is also a great way to get crispy fries every time – just make sure you cook the fries in a single layer.
With just a few simple swaps, you can easily make these zucchini fries gluten-free. Just substitute the regular flour for almond flour, and the panko breadcrumbs for gluten-free breadcrumbs or even tempura flakes.
I find using the air fryer makes these zucchini fries extra crispy, but if you don’t have an air fryer, you can try baking them in the oven in a single layer at 425° Fahrenheit for 20 to 25 minutes.
Storing and reheating
These zucchini fries are best enjoyed fresh, but if you have leftovers, you can store them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Reheat them in the air fryer for 3 to 5 minutes at 400° Fahrenheit or in the oven for 8 minutes at 425° Fahrenheit. Keep in mind that zucchini has a high water content, so the leftover fries won’t be as crispy when you reheat them.
You can store the homemade garlic aioli in the fridge for up to 5 days in a glass container or mason jar. It’s a delicious dipping sauce for fries, fresh veggies and more!
Can you freeze zucchini fries?
No, I wouldn’t recommend freezing zucchini fries, as the zucchini will get soggy when defrosting.
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Crispiest Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
- 1 zucchini cut into 1/2 inch thick fries
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese freshly grated
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Cooking spray
Homemade garlic aioli (Trust me, I'm OBSESSED!!!)
- 1/2 cup sunflower oil
- 1/4 cup soy milk
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tsp lemon juice plus more to taste if desired
- 1/2 tsp honey
- 1/4 tsp salt plus more to taste if desired
- Mix panko, parmesan, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika together in a medium-sized bowl, then add flour to the same sized bowl and whisk eggs in another bowl.
- Preheat airfryer to 400 F for 5 minutes.
- Cut zucchini into 1/2-inch thick fries, then toss 2-3 at a time in a large bowl of flour. Follow by dipping in egg mixture, then coat in panko breadcrumbs. Add each piece to a plate while you wait for air fryer to preheat.
- Cook fries in an even layer, not crowding the tray, for 10 minutes. You may need to do them in 2 batches.
- While fries are cooking, add sunflower oil, soy milk, minced garlic, lemon juice, honey and salt to a small to medium-sized blender (you may need to double the recipe if using a larger blender) and blend on high speed for a few seconds. Mixture will thicken right up and turn to a mayo-like consistency. You can store the leftovers up to 5 days in the fridge.
- Serve zucchini fries with garlic aioli and enjoy!