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The air fryer is almost considered a kitchen essential, since it’s so great at making healthy snacks that we would normally deep fry to enjoy. With little to no oil being used whatsoever, you can create homemade snacks that you and your family can recreate your favourite snacks without the lingering guilt. From deep-fried zucchini, to air fried zucchini, here’s some zucchini recipes you can create using your trusty air fryer.
Table of Contents
- 1 What does the Air Fryer do?
- 2 Why You Should Use an Air Fryer?
- 3 Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
- 4 How to Make Zucchini Chips in the Air Fryer?
- 5 Other Air Fryer Recipes
- 6 Air Fryer Recipes
- 7 FAQs
What does the Air Fryer do?
The air fryer is a popular kitchen appliance used to make fried foods such as meat, pastries, and potato chips. It works by circulating hot air around the food to produce a crunchy, and crisp exterior. Air fried foods, are a healthy alternative to deep-fried foods, because there is no need to completely submerge the food in oil. Air frying requires a spray of oil, or just a tablespoon of oil, to achieve a similar taste and texture, to deep fried foods.
Why You Should Use an Air Fryer?
The air fryer is great for making fried foods crispy instead of greasy, and most of the ingredients used to make these fun snacks, are whatever can be found in your pantry. You can limitlessly enjoy your favourite fried snacks, without the greasy guilt that normally settles in after the first couple of bites. With no oily splashes, and greasy surfaces, you’ll find yourself using this for almost all your light evening snacks.
Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
To make air fryer zucchini fries, there no need to peel your zucchini, simply choose the squash that are firm and heavy with no blemishes or bruises. Slice them into sticks or thick coins. For the breading you can choose some Italian seasonings, or get creative and use Cajun seasoning, Taco seasoning, or ranch seasoning.
Air fryer zucchini sticks are super easy to make, and here’s what you’ll need to make these deliciously crisp treats.
- 1 medium zucchini
- 1 egg beaten
- Cooking spray
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 2/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 1/3 cup parmesan cheese grated
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
Preheat the air fryer to 375F. Mix the coating ingredients in a large bowl, then toss the zucchini with egg, and dip it into the coating mixture, gently pressing. Spray the zucchini lightly with cooking spray. Then place them in a single layer in the air fryer basket and cook for 8 minutes. Turn the zucchini over and air fry for 6 to 8 minutes more or until they’ve crisped.
How to Make Zucchini Chips in the Air Fryer?
The perfect, healthy snack to replace potato chips would be to swap them out for these delicious zucchini chips. For this recipe you’ll need:
- 2-4 medium zucchini
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
To make these zucchini in the air fryer, they should be thinly sliced. Place them in a medium bowl, and toss with olive oil until lightly coated. Season them with salt and pepper, or your favourite seasonings, and lay the zucchini pieces flat in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Work in batches if needed, because you don’t want the chips to overlap. Cook the zucchini using the air fry setting, at 400F for 8 to 10 minutes, shaking or tossing the zucchini halfway through cooking. Add an additional minute or two if necessary, until they reach the desired level of crispiness.
Other Air Fryer Recipes
Aside from the tasty air fryer zucchini fries and chips, you can whip up some alternatively delicious snacks that require little to no oil at all. Simply use a spritz of cooking spray and your air fried goods will crisp up wonderfully. Here are some delicious recipes for you to try:
- Hot Cauliflower Bites
- Sweet Potato Chips
- Fish Cakes
- Tortilla Chips
- Sweet Chilli Chicken Wings
- Fish Fillets
- Wonton Mozzarella Sticks
- Peanut Butter Cookies
- Stuffed Mushrooms
Hot Cauliflower Bites
Battered in a deliciously fragrant spice mix, buttermilk, flour, hot sauce and then air fried until golden brown and crunchy, these cauliflower nuggets make the perfect afternoon snack. Serve them on their own with your favourite sauce, or with a main meal. You can find the entire recipe here.
Sweet Potato Chips
Simple yet delicious, these sweet potato chips will become the highlight of your evening. With just five simple ingredients consisting of sweet potatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme, these veggie chips are a great alternative to your occasional deep fried French fries. For this particular air fried snack you’ll need:
- 1 large sweet potato
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp dried thyme
Preheat the air fryer to 350F. Meanwhile, cut the potato into 3 to 6mm slices, then toss the sliced potatoes in some olive oil. Add salt, pepper and thyme and toss to coat. Add the sweet potato chips to the air fryer in a single layer and fry for 14 minutes, until golden brown and lightly crisp.
You can make these air fryer fish cakes, with whatever seafood you like. Plus they’re great for storing in the freezer, so you can prep them in advance, and toss them in air fryer when you’re ready to cook them. Serve them with some cilantro and they’ll get along like a house on fire.
There’s nothing your air fryer can’t crisp up. From chicken wings and potato chips, to zucchini fries and onion rings, the next deep fried snack you crave, will get done in a matter of minutes, with no grease, just air and lots of heat! For this fun snack you’ll need:
- 12 corn tortillas
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp salt
Preheat the air fryer to 350F and lightly brush the tortilla with olive oil on both sides. Sprinkle the tortillas with salt and your choice of spice blend on either side. Cut each tortilla into 6 wedges. Add the tortilla wedges to the air fryer in a single layer and fry for about 5 minutes, or until they’re golden brown and crispy. Serve with guacamole.
Sweet Chilli Chicken Wings
Sink your teeth into these succulent, yet crispy chicken wings, dripping with a decadent sauce made with soy sauce, sweet chilli, garlic, ginger and sesame oil. These air fried wings will have you licking your fingers furiously and reaching for another in minutes.
Use any slightly firm flaky white fish like hake, cod, or halibut to make this version of fish and chips. You could also use this fish in salads, in a tortilla wrap, or in a sandwich. With a fish that remains silky soft on the inside, paired with the perfected crunch on the exterior, its a fish fillet you’ll be making more often than you think. For this recipe you’ll need:
- 8 fish fillets
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup dried bread crumbs
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp chilli powder
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
If you’re using frozen fish fillets, then defrost them and drizzle with olive oil and make sure that the fish is well coated in oil. In a shallow dish, mix the bread crumbs with paprika, chilli powder, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and salt. Coat each fillet in bread crumbs, and transfer to your air fryer basket. Cook in the air fryer at 390F for 12 to 15 minutes. After 8 minutes flip the fillets and continue cooking.
Wonton Mozzarella Sticks
It’s no secret that mozzarella sticks are a common crowd pleaser. And these wonton mozzarella sticks won’t disappoint. Wrap mozzarella string cheese in egg roll wrappers, spray with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and toss them in the air fryer to get them a lovely golden brown colour. For this recipe you’ll need:
- 6 mozzarella cheese sticks
- 6 egg roll wrappers
- Olive oil spray
Fold the egg rolls towards the centre of the string cheese, then dip your finger in some water and trace the edges of the wrapper. Roll the remaining wrapper around the mozzarella stick. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and cheese. Place six of the mozzarella sticks in the air fryer and spray with olive oil cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt and air fryer at 350F for 3 minutes. Flip and spray the other side with olive oil and salt then continue cooking for another 3 minutes. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.
Peanut Butter Cookies
How would you like to try your hand at some delicious desserts in the air fryer? These air fryer peanut butter cookies are so quick to make they only require 20 minutes of your time. All you need to do, is create your cookie dough, roll them into a ball, use a fork to flatten the cookie then place them into the air fryer basket and air fry for 7 minutes at 350F.
These mushroom caps are stuffed with cream cheese, parmesan cheese, bacon, green onions, and seasonings, then they’re air fried until crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside. It packs the perfect bite. You’ll need:
- 16 medium mushrooms
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 2 tbsp bacon
- 1/3 cup cheddar cheese
- 2 tbsp parmesan cheese
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 green onion
Rinse and dry the mushrooms, and remove the stems from the mushroom caps scooping out the centre using a spoon. Beat softened cream cheese with a mixer until smooth and creamy. Add bacon, 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, seasonings and green onion. Stuff the mixture into the mushroom caps. Preheat the air fryer to 400F, add the mushrooms to the air fryer basket and reduce the heat to 350F. Cook the mushrooms for 6 minutes, then open the air fryer and top the mushrooms with remaining cheddar and cook for another 2 minutes.
Air Fryer Recipes
Transforming simple vegetables like zucchini into air fried goodies, that can be enjoyed for dinner, or as a quick snack time treat is great for those who plan to live a healthier life style. Especially since there’s little to no grease involved!
Do You Peel Zucchini?
There’s no need to peel the skin, in fact it is a huge source of nutrition, so while it is tempting to do so, it is completely unnecessary.
How do You Make Bird Eyes Zucchini Fries in an Air Fryer?
Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees for 3 minutes. Place some zucchini fries in the air fryer in a single layer, then lightly spray them with oil, and cook for 6 minutes at 400 degrees. Flip the zucchini fries and spray the other side with oil. Finish once they’ve achieved a golden brown colour.