Air Fryer Zucchini with Parmesan

This perfectly cooked Air Fryer Zucchini is tossed in garlic and parmesan cheese and comes out so tasty!

It’s Zucchini Season

It’s zucchini season, friends, and if you’re anything like us, you’re wondering what to do with all those delicious zuccs!

We have no shortage of zucchini recipes here on Fit Foodie Finds — from delicious zucchini muffins to a classic zucchini bread to grilled zucchini and now this delicious air fryer zucchini!

Let’s Make Zucchini in the Air Fryer

We all love the air fryer for its ability to cook things super quickly and to perfect crispiness, and this air fryer zucchini is no exception.

With a short list of flavorful ingredients and simple instructions, you’re just 5 minutes away from enjoying these air fryer zucchini cutie pies.

In this post, you’ll learn how to cut, season, and cook zucchini in the air fryer. Let’s get started.

zucchini fries in basket.

Air Fryer

Zucchini Fries

These crunchy air fryer zucchini fries are the only way you’ll ever want to cook zucchini again made with a parmesan and panko breading!

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ingredients for air fryer zucchini.

Ingredients You Need

  • Olive oil: you need some kind of binder to allow all of your ingredients to stick to the zucchini. We highly recommend olive oil but you can use any choice of oil that you would like.
  • Zucchini: zucchinis come in all shapes and sizes. You are going to need 4 medium-sized zucchini (~6-8 inches).
  • Parmesan cheese: finely grated parmesan is what you’re looking for! We do not recommend using shredded parmesan for this recipe because it doesn’t stick very well to the zucchini.
  • Spices: we used a spice blend of garlic, salt, pepper, a pinch of cayenne pepper for heat. If you’re looking to jazz up the spices in this air fryer zucchini, you definitely can! We make some recommendations below 😀
sliced zucchini dipped into parmesan coating before being placed in the air fryer.

Air Fryer Zucchini Tutorial

Make sure to scroll all the way down to the recipe card to get the full ingredient list and written recipe.

Preheat Air Fryer

Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF, and spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray. 

Prep Zucchini Slices

Next, add the zucchini coins to a bowl and toss them with olive oil. 

Add parmesan cheese, garlic powder, pepper, cayenne pepper, and salt to a separate bowl and mix.

Dredge each oiled zucchini round through the parmesan mixture.

Pro tip: Be sure that the zucchini rounds are completely covered in the parmesan mixture, and then place each zucchini round on a separate plate. This will ensure that the parm mixture crisps up perfectly in the air fryer.

Cook Zucchini in Air Fryer

Once all the rounds are coated, line the bottom of the air fryer with the coated zucchini. If you have a smaller air fryer you may have to cook the zucchini in a couple batches. 

Spray the zucchini with non-stick cooking spray and cook the zucchini in the air fryer for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown. 

Remove & Enjoy!

Carefully remove the zucchini from the air fryer with a spatula or fork.  Serve immediately, and enjoy! 

ninja air fryer on white background.

zucchini slices in the air fryer.

Spice Variations

We kept the spice blend for this air fryer zucchini super simple so that you can taste both the zucchini and the saltiness of the parmesan.

But if you want to spice things up, feel free to add a teaspoon or two of any of the spice blends below to your parmesan mixture!

Homemade ranch seasoning: The best homemade ranch seasoning recipe on the internet. You’ll want to have a jar of this ranching seasoning over any store-bought packet…trust me!

Everything bagel seasoning: Everything Bagel Seasoning needs to be the new all-purpose seasoning that you put on everything! It’s made with just 6 ingredients and very addicting.

Homemade taco seasoning: Make your own Homemade Taco Seasoning with just 9 ingredients you likely already have in your spice cupboard, and you’ll be on your way to the most flavorful meat or veggie tacos in no time

Moroccan seasoning: Moroccan spices are the perfect flavor addition for chicken thighs, roasted vegetables, and tomato-based stews!

Dipping Sauce Ideas

Feel free to eat this parmesan air fryer zucchini as-is, or dip it in your favorite sauce! Here are some ideas:

air fryer zucchini in a bowl looking crispy and delicious.

Want to Make Baked Zucchini?

Don’t have an air fryer? Or want to bake these instead? You can make this same recipe but in the oven! Follow the instructions over on our Baked Zucchini recipe.


This air fryer zucchini is best served immediately (when it’s at its crispiest!), but will keep in the fridge if you have leftovers. We recommend storing this air fryer zucchini in an air-tight container for 3-4 days.

slice of air fryer zucchini in someone's hand.

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