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Air Fried Zucchini #FarmersMarketWeek

The Farmers Market is one of our favorite places to go and this summer we have enjoyed it even more! There has been an abundance of fresh vegetables, especially zucchini and one of our favorite ways to enjoy it is this simple recipe for Air Fried Zucchini.

Air fried zucchini strips on a green plate.

Zucchini has a lot of moisture in it, so it's important to keep that in mind when you decide how crispy you want it to be. For us, we don't mind it being a bit soft, we just want it to hold its shape so we can dip the sticks in our favorite avocado ranch dressing.  If you like it crispier, you will want to cut the zucchini into smaller pieces, like rounds.

This is an excellent side dish or served as an appetizer. In fact, I first made this dish in a deep fryer trying to mimic the taste of my favorite fried zucchini at Madison's Restaurant in Jefferson City.  Later I switched it up to an air fryer to reduce the amount of fat.  That's how this recipe came to be. 

I suggest the freshest zucchini for this dish. The water in the vegetable is minimal and it makes the best air-fried zucchini. Look for zucchini that weigh about half a pound each, that are dark green in color. 

Some of my favorite tips

  • Preheat the air fryer.
  • Use the freshest zucchini you can.
  • Look for uniform sizes if you are making multiple batches
  • Try different seasoning combinations.  We love using a taco seasoning!
  • Don't crowd the air-fryer.
  • Eat them right away.

Here’s more Farmer’s Market Week Recipes

Starters and Drinks Recipes

Side Dishes Recipes

Main Dish Recipes

Dessert Recipes

One of our favorite places to shop is this produce stand near our home, about 10 minutes away. Krystal's Produce is a seasonal shop, opens in late spring and closes in early fall. We buy a lot of flowers for our pots here and she makes a shrimp run once a month that we love.  Krystal did not sponsor this post, so I am not including a link to her site.  She is located in Saint Charles, Missouri.

Enjoy this recipe!

Air Fried Zucchini
Terri Steffes
Prep time
10 Min
Cook time
7 Min
Total time
17 Min

Air Fried Zucchini

A quick and easy way to make zucchini!


  • 1 lb fresh zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons almond flour or panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon 


  1. Preheat air fryer to 400.
  2. While heating, prepare zucchini into 2" sticks.
  3. Toss all ingredients in a bowl.
  4. Place into airfryer basket in a single layer. Work in batches if they don't all fit. Leave a bit of space between each stick to cook thoroughly.
  5. Cook 6-7 minutes or until coating is crispy.


Zucchini can be cut into "chips" and fried the same way, however, start checking if it is done at 4 minutes.

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  1. Always happy for a new zucchini recipe. Thanks Terri.

  2. Always love finding new ways to use up zucchini. This sounds delicious!

  3. Great idea to use the air fryer! I can't wait to try it. I typically make these in the oven but this time of the year, not turning the oven on! I love the tip about using taco seasoning too.

  4. This is a great way to break in my new air fryer! These look so yummy, crispy and delicious!

  5. Can't wait to try your recipe! It looks wonderful and I love using the air fryer!

  6. I use my air fryer constantly and this is a great way to use up zucchini!

  7. Oooh. Another good reason to own an air fryer!

  8. Gorgeous and healthy zucchini fries! Love this simple recipe!

  9. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! It's very flavorful and easy to make! Will surely have this again!

  10. I've resisted jumping on the air fryer train but this one's really tempting me! Looks so crispy!

  11. I finally have an air fryer this summer and I can't wait to use it to make this zucchini since I have tons of it in the garden!

  12. This zucchini looks so crispy and really delicious! I don't have an air fryer, but I keep thinking about it!

  13. My son has found a love a crispy zucchini this summer! I can't wait to share this recipe with him!

  14. My Mouth is watering! sounds so delicious :) Going to save this recipe. Thanks for the recipe.

  15. Sounds delicious! I love zucchini, Thank you for sharing this content.


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