These Air Fryer Zucchini Fries are very simple to make and ready in under 30 minutes! The outside gets perfectly crispy and uses less oil than traditional frying. The classic and tasty garlic and parmesan flavors are a hit with both kids and adults.
Add flour to a medium sized bowl along with half of the salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley and stir until combined. Set aside
Add eggs in separate medium sized bowl and whisk to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Into a third medium bowl, add panko breadcrumbs, grated parmesan cheese and the other half of all of the spices and stir to combine. Set aside.
Slice the ends off of the zucchini and discard. Next, cut the zucchini in half lengthwise. Then cut each half widthwise. You should have four similarly sized pieces. Slice each section into stripes making "fry" shapes. Try your best to make them all as even as possible and about ¼-1/2 inch thick.
Sprinkle the sliced zucchini with a fine grain salt and let rest for at least 5 minutes. This will help release moisture and make the fries crispy. Dab the excess moisture off with a paper towel after 5 minutes.
Working one at a time, dredge one piece of zucchini into the flour mixture and tap off the excess. Next, dip the same piece into the egg an let the excess drip off. Finally dip into the panko mixture and thoroughly coat. Place the breaded zucchini on a plate and repeat until all the zucchini fries are breaded. I like to let mine sit for a couple while the air fryer preheats to really help the breading stick.
Preheat your air fryer for 375 degrees F. Once preheated, mist the basket with oil then carefully add in the zucchini fries and lightly mist the top with oil. I was able to fit all mine into my air fryer, but if yours in smaller you may need to work in batches. Cook for 8-10 minutes until the outside of the fries is golden and crispy. I did not flip mine halfway through and they turned out fine. Remove from air fryer basket and enjoy warm with your favorite sauce.
Baking Instructions You can bake the zucchini fries instead of air frying them if you prefer. It does take longer but yields a similar product. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Once preheated, spread prepared fries on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until crispy and starting to brown. Leftover Storage Instructions Leftover fries can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. I like to rewarm in my air fryer or oven to help get the breading crispy again. I do not recommend reheating in the microwave. This will yield a soggy and just meh fry.