Cook up a batch of Air Fryer Zucchini for the perfect easy side dish!

Chunks of zucchini are tossed with a light bread crumb and parmesan topping and baked to crispy perfection.

They’re full of flavor, light, and crisp!

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Amazing Air Fryer Zucchini

  • The air fryer is a low-carb/Keto lover’s dream!
  • Make this dish for a party or the big game, or just for a super quick and easy side dish!
  • This air fryer zucchini recipe is easy for if you’re new to air fryer recipes.
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Ingredients for Air Fryer Zucchini

Zucchini – Zucchini squash is firm, flavorful, and just the right squash for this recipe. But any summer squash can be used!

Bread Crumbs – Parmesan bread crumbs are used to coat the zucchini for the perfect crunch and flavor. The difference between this recipe and air fryer zucchini chips is that the zucchini just has a light crunch in this recipe and it’s very fast to make. Zucchini chips are more evenly coated and take a bit of time.

Seasonings – Basil, oregano, salt, and pepper are the basic flavorings here but try your favorite seasonings like garlic powder or blends Greek to Italian to switch things up.

How to Cook Zucchini in the Air Fryer

It’s incredibly easy to make the most amazing treats with an Air Fryer!

  1. Cut zucchini into ¾” chunks – no need to peel them.
  2. Toss with seasonings and bread crumbs (per recipe below).
  3. Place the zucchini in the Air Fryer basket and cook until crisp.

Air Fryer Tip

As with most veggies, a layer gives the best results. Ensure that the air fryer is not crowded or the vegetables won’t roast evenly.

If you’d like to cook more, cook in batches, and then put it all back into the air fryer to heat through at the end.

More Zucchini Recipes

Got zucchini? We’ve got recipes! Below are some of our tried and true zucchini favorites for the oven, air fryer and grill.

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Air Fryer Zucchini

Crispy, golden, and savory, this air fryer zucchini makes the perfect appetizer or side dish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Spend With Pennies SP
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  • 1 pound zucchini about 2 medium
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon each kosher salt & black pepper or to taste


  • Cut the zucchini into ¾" chunks.
  • In a medium bowl, combine zuccchini, Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, olive oil, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Toss well to combine.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • Add the zucchini mixture to the air fryer basket, in a single layer, and air fry for 5-7 minutes or until zucchini reaches desired tenderness.


Zucchini can be cut into ½-inch zucchini slices if preferred.
Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheating in the air fryer takes only 3-4 minutes to crisp it up again. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 80 | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 306mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 246IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
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  1. Great recipe. I was looking for a good zuchini recipe. This one is great!!! I sprayed the zuchini with olive oil and then added the rest of the ingredients. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us.5 stars

  2. Quick and easy! I did use a bit more parm/panko and added a tad garlic powder otherwise followed the recipe. We thought it was very good.5 stars

  3. Fantastic! Reading prior comments was helpful. I knew the point of the bread crumbs and parm was crunch, not a breaded vegetable. We loved it. Some changes:
    Cut into discs so thinner and good surface for crisping.
    Used panko.
    I cooked a fair amount longer than recipe suggests because we like the veggie crisp, browned, well done.
    Added garlic and onion powders.

    Followed all other instructions and it was the star of our dinner!5 stars

  4. This recipe is really good! The seasoning ratio is spot-on and when I was looking at the picture of it I could see that it wouldn’t be totally loaded with bread crumbs which was what I wanted. I sprayed my pan – I always do because who wants to have to deal with cooked on food?! Prep was simple and those leftover crumbs in the bowl that didn’t get on the zukes? They were a little salad topper and quite tasty!5 stars

  5. I’m not sure how others get the breadcrumbs, etc to stick to the zucchini. I tried this twice with the same results. I ended up with naked pieces of cooked zucchini, with all the breadcrumbs, cheese, and herbs in the bottom of my air fryer basket.3 stars

    1. I am sorry to hear that, Joan. The oil and the moisture from the zucchini should be enough to keep the breadcrumbs stuck on.

    1. That should work just fine! You will likely want to use more to get the same flavor Mickie! If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out.

      1. Made this last night and we all loved them! I added fresh parsley and garlic powder and it came out amazing. I prefer zucchini to have a bit of a “bite”, so I cooked for 7 minutes and it was perfect!5 stars