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Air Fryer Zucchini


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Looking for an easy side dish recipe? This Air Fryer Zucchini is just that! It cooks up tender and delicious, seasoned with Italian seasonings and Parmesan cheese.

Cooked zucchini pieces in air fryer basket.

You can never have too many quick and easy side dishes in your recipe collection. This air fryer zucchini is an easy air fryer recipe that takes just minutes to prep and cook. The zucchini is seasoned well before air frying and then tossed with Parmesan cheese. It’s one of our favorite ways to enjoy fresh zucchini!

Due to its high water content, zucchini won’t crisp up without a crispy coating. If you want crispy zucchini try these Air Fryer Zucchini Fries. Have a bumper crop of zucchini? Try a few of these Zucchini Recipes to put those summer squash to good use!

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • Easy Side Dish: I love it when sides for a meal come together this quickly!
  • Healthy Veggies: I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate vegetables into our meals, and this air fryer zucchini is a tasty option.
  • Lots of Flavor: The seasonings and Parmesan cheese make the zucchini so flavorful.

Air Fryer Zucchini Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need just 4 ingredients plus salt and pepper to make this easy zucchini recipe.

Ingredients for air fryer zucchini recipe.

  • Zucchini: Of course!
  • Olive Oil: Tossing the zucchini in olive oil helps the seasonings to stick.
  • Italian Seasoning: This seasoning blend pairs especially well with zucchini.
  • Salt & Pepper: For flavor.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Adds a pop of cheesy flavor that makes the zucchini extra irresistible!

How to Cook Zucchini in the Air Fryer

Making this zucchini recipe couldn’t be easier! Find the full recipe with ingredient amounts and instructions in the recipe card below.

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400° F for 5 minutes. 
  2. While the air fryer heats up, chop the zucchini into 1/2-inch pieces.
  3. Season the zucchini by first drizzling it with olive oil and then sprinkling on the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Toss to coat all of the zucchini with the oil and seasonings. Chopped zucchini tossed with olive oil and seasonings.
  4. Air fry the zucchini in a single layer in the air fryer basket for 6-8 minutes at 400° F. After 5 minutes, shake the basket to flip the zucchini. Cooked zucchini pieces in air fryer basket.
  5. Sprinkle on the grated Parmesan and enjoy!

Recipe Tips

  • Preheat the air fryer so that the basket is hot when you add the zucchini.
  • Small to medium sized zucchini are best for this air fryer recipe. Smaller zucchini have the best flavor, while large zucchini can be bitter and tend to have more water content so will turn out soggier after cooking.
  • Cook the zucchini until it is just tender so that it doesn’t end up overcooked or mushy.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. You want the zucchini to be in a single layer, with a little room in between each piece so that the hot air can circulate around. Cook in batches as needed.
  • You can substitute yellow summer squash for the zucchini. Yellow squash may take an extra minute or two of cook time to become tender.

Air fryer zucchini with parmesan in a white bowl.

What to Serve with Air Fryer Zucchini

Air fryer zucchini is a side dish that goes with just about anything! Here are a few suggested main dishes to pair it with:

Storage & Reheating Tips

Air fried zucchini is best served right away, however leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat it in the air fryer for a few minutes at 350° F, or reheat gently in the microwave.

More Easy Air Fryer Recipes

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Air Fryer Zucchini

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer zucchini
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time12 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 54kcal
Air Fryer Zucchini is an easy side dish. Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese bring lots of flavor to this healthy air fryer recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt (or to taste)
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 1-2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400° F for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prep the zucchini. Slice off the stem and base ends. Quarter the zucchini lengthwise and then cut it into ½-inch pieces. Place in a medium bowl.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the zucchini. Sprinkle on the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
  • Put zucchini in the air fryer basket in a single layer (cook in 2 batches or as needed). Air fry at 400° F for 6-8 minutes total, until zucchini is tender, shaking the basket to flip the zucchini after 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the zucchini while it is hot and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 261mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 211IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Nutrition information is an estimate.
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