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Air fryer zucchini fries are a delicious alternative to French fries the whole family can enjoy. Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and seasoned beautifully. The air fryer gives them a delectable crunch that’s paired with a creamy garlic aioli for a combo that can’t be beat.

Overhead view of air fryer zucchini fries on a round plate with a square ramekin of garlic aioli.

What Makes This Recipe So Good

  • Air fryer zucchini fries are full of flavor, and they’re SUPER easy to make. No peeling necessary, just chop the zucchini into fries and coat them in an egg wash and a seasoned parmesan breadcrumb breading. The air fryer will take care of the rest!
  • I included a recipe for a super quick, super delicious, unbelievably creamy garlic aioli, but you could honestly serve these fries with just about anything. Marinara, ketchup, ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing, spicy mayo… Anything works! Use what you love.
  • The texture on these babies is out of this world! They get super crispy on the outside but stay tender on the inside. All without deep frying! Which also means no extra mess to clean up, plus it’s an all-around lighter option than traditional fries. Win-win!
  • Zucchini fries are a fun, easy, sort-of-sneaky way to get everyone to eat more veggies. I mean, I don’t know about you, but I don’t know anyone who can resist fries of any sort. Trust me – these are 100% kid (and parent) approved.

Chef’s Tips

  • Save yourself a big headache and an even bigger mess. Make the breading step easier by using one hand solely for dipping the zucchini in the egg mixture and the other hand for rolling it in the breadcrumbs mixture. That way you’re not transferring as much egg to the breadcrumbs and vice versa. Trust me, it makes a huge difference.
  • We’re using Italian seasoning for this recipe in the breadcrumbs, but you can totally switch things up! Feel free to replace the Italian seasoning with Cajun seasoning, Creole seasoning, ranch seasoning, whatever you like! There’s a ton of delicious possibilities, so you can make these zucchini fries a little different every time you make them.
  • For really crispy zucchini fries, be sure not to overcrowd the air fryer basket (or racks). Work in batches as needed so the air can fully circulate around all the zucchini fries. That’s how the air fryer does its magic! If the air can’t reach a spot, that spot won’t crisp up.
  • Be sure to give the fries a quick (but generous) hit of cooking spray right before you put them in the air fryer. If you forget or don’t want to, they’ll still be delish, but the oil will help the breading crisp up the way it needs to. Be sure you’re using a cooking spray that’s safe for air fryers, though. Avoid non-stick sprays and any sprays with ingredients that will damage the coating of the basket.
Side view of a plate of air fryer zucchini with lemons in the background.

Other Zucchini Recipes You’ll Love

Recipe By: Cheryl Malik

Air Fryer Zucchini Fries with Garlic Aioli

Prep 10 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Rest 30 minutes
Total 55 minutes
Crispy, tender, and beautifully seasoned, these air fryer zucchini fries are a delicious alternative to traditional French fries.
4 servings


  • large mixing bowl with lid, or plastic wrap to cover
  • Silicone spatula
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • air fryer
  • 2 Large bowls
  • Paper towels
  • whisk
  • Large plate or large baking sheet, or wire cooling rack
  • neutral-flavored cooking spray must be safe for air fryers
  • Tongs


For the Garlic Aioli Dipping Sauce

  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¾ teaspoon salt more or less to taste

For the Zucchini

  • 1 large zucchini
  • salt to sweat zucchini, enough to cover fries generously

For the Zucchini Fries

  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch salt more or less to taste
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper more or less to taste
  • 2 large eggs


For the Garlic Aioli

  • In small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice and salt until well combined. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
    Overhead view of creamy garlic aioli in a small glass mixing bowl with a rubber spatula.

For the Zucchini

  • Cut zucchini in half across center. Cut each zucchini half into sticks approximately ½-inch thick and ¾-inch long.
    Overhead view of zucchini sticks on a wooden cutting board.
  • Transfer raw zucchini fries to large bowl. Sprinkle generous amounts of salt over zucchini and toss until well coated. Set aside and allow zucchini to "sweat" at room temperature 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, transfer zucchini fries to paper towels. Blot zucchini with paper towels to remove any excess moisture. If desired, quickly rinse off any remaining salt then dry zucchini again.

For the Zucchini Fries

  • Preheat air fryer to 400° Fahrenheit.
  • In one large bowl, mix together breadcrumbs, parmesan, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Set bowl aside.
    Overhead view of breadcrumb mixture in a medium glass mixing bowl with a fork.
  • Crack both eggs directly into second large bowl and whisk eggs until pale in color and no longer streaky. Set bowl aside.
  • One by one, dip zucchini fries in beaten eggs, making sure to fully coat all sides of zucchini. Let excess egg mixture drip back into bowl, then transfer egg-washed zucchini to breadcrumb mixture.
    Overhead view of zucchini sticks in egg wash in small ceramic white bowl.
  • Roll and cover zucchini in breadcrumbs, making sure to coat fully but evenly. Transfer breaded zucchini to plate or baking sheet and set aside. Repeat until all zucchini fries have been coated in egg and breadcrumb mixture.
    Overhead view of zucchini sticks in glass mixing bowl with breadcrumb mixture.
  • Spray preheated air fryer basket with cooking spray, then place breaded zucchini in basket in one flat layer, being careful not to stack fries or overcrowd basket. Spray tops of fries with cooking spray.
    Overhead view of zucchini fries in air fryer basket next to a tray of uncooked zucchini fries.
  • Place basket in preheated air fryer. Air fry zucchini fries for 10 minutes, then pause air fryer and remove basket. Use tongs to carefully flip fries over, then return basket to air fryer and air fry another 5 minutes. Carefully transfer zucchini fries to plate or bowl and repeat process until all zucchini fries have been cooked. Serve warm with desired dipping sauces.
    Side view of a platter of air fryer zucchini fries with a ramekin of garlic aioli on a table.
  • Sweating the zucchini isn’t entirely necessary, but they contain a LOT of moisture. Reducing that moisture will ensure you get a really crispy breading on the fries.
  • Make the breading step easier by using one hand solely for dipping the zucchini in the egg mixture and the other hand for rolling it in the breadcrumbs mixture. That way you’re not transferring as much egg to the breadcrumbs and vice versa.
  • Make it Keto: Use almond flour and/or crushed pork rinds instead of breadcrumbs.
  • Make it Gluten Free: Use gluten-free breadcrumbs.
  • Make it Dairy Free: Use ½ cup nutritional yeast instead of parmesan cheese.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1servingCalories: 433calProtein: 10gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 1047mgPotassium: 311mgTotal Carbs: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gNet Carbs: 14gVitamin A: 377IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 223mgIron: 2mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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    1. I’m so sorry, Susan! It’s hard to say exactly what happened without being there with you, but it’s possible the zucchini sticks weren’t dried off well enough (if there’s any moisture on them, the egg won’t stick). Also, did you press the zucchini sticks into the breading a little when you coated them? That’ll help the breading stick a little better, too.

      I hope you’ll give this one another try!

    1. Hi, Anita! Yes, you could definitely prep earlier in the day and then just pick up with step 1 of the “For the Zucchini Fries” portion of the recipe. Let us know if you make them!

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