Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

These air fryer zucchini chips are crispy, golden brown, and filled with delicious Parmesan flavor. They're an easy, addictive side dish or snack!

Air fryer zucchini chips

Heads up: these air fryer zucchini chips are one delicious snack. They’re crispy on the outside, juicy in the middle, and filled with nutty Parmesan flavor. You might think you’re going to try just one, or maybe two, but if you’re anything like me, you’re not. You’re going to munch on these air fryer zucchini chips until every last one is gone!

I based this recipe on the baked zucchini chips I shared last summer. Both versions are super yummy, but at this time of year, I like how I can make the air fryer recipe without turning on the oven and heating up the house. Plus, Jack and I are always excited to experiment with air frying. 🙂 If you have any suggestions of what to try next, let me know in the comments!

Air fryer zucchini recipe ingredients

Air Fryer Zucchini Recipe Ingredients

You only need a handful of ingredients to make these air fryer zucchini chips:

  • Zucchini, of course! Look for two medium-sized ones that will have a nice “chip” shape when they’re sliced into rounds. Avoid using particularly large zucchini for this recipe. They’ll be too seedy and watery to make crisp chips.
  • An egg – It binds the crispy coating to the sliced zucchini.
  • Panko bread crumbs – They give the outside of the zucchini a delicious crunch.
  • Almond flour – It adds richness and nutty depth of flavor to the panko coating.
  • Parmesan cheese – For cheesy, savory flavor. To make this recipe vegan, use my vegan Parmesan instead of regular cheese, and replace the egg with 1/4 cup plant milk mixed with 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – You’ll drizzle it over the zucchini chips before placing them in the air fryer. It makes them extra-flavorful and crisp!
  • And salt and pepper – To make all the flavors pop.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Sliced zucchini on a cutting board

First, slice the zucchini into 1/4-inch rounds, and pat them dry.

When you finish cutting the zucchini, mix together the panko, almond flour, Parmesan, and salt and pepper in a medium bowl, and beat the egg in a small bowl. Bread each zucchini slice by dipping it in the egg, followed by the panko mixture.

Place the breaded zucchini slices on a plate, drizzle them with olive oil, and cook!

Breaded zucchini on a baking sheet

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips Recipe Tips

  • Drizzle them with olive oil. The olive oil is essential for helping the air fryer zucchini chips brown as they cook, and it makes them taste more rich and flavorful. Whatever you do, don’t skip it! You’ll still use way less oil than you would if you were deep frying the zucchini.
  • Don’t crowd the air fryer. An air fryer works by constantly circulating hot air around whatever you’re cooking – in this case, zucchini chips. In order for them to become crisp and browned, the air needs to be able to contact them on all sides. Make sure to place the chips in a single layer in the air fryer basket, leaving a little space around each one. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to work in batches. Resist the temptation to crowd the air fryer. If you do, your chips will be soggy!
  • Eat them right away. These zucchini chips are best when they’re freshly cooked – crisp on the outside, juicy in the middle, and still hot from the air fryer. I recommend eating them right away, as they start to soften if they sit around.

Hand drizzling tray of air fryer zucchini chips with olive oil

What to Serve with Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

These air fryer zucchini chips are delicious plain, but I like them even more with a flavorful sauce for dipping. Try serving them with marinara, pesto, or romesco sauce.

Devour them on their own as a snack, or serve them as a side dish with a larger meal. Like my air fryer French fries, they’re a great accompaniment for a veggie burger or sandwich. They’d be fantastic with any of these recipes:

Enjoy!

Air fryer zucchini recipe

More Favorite Snacks and Sides

If you love these air fried zucchini chips, try one of these fun snacks or sides next:

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

rate this recipe:
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Serves 4
These air fryer zucchini chips are an easy, delicious side dish or snack! Serve them plain or with marinara sauce for dipping.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 370°F.
  • Use a clean kitchen towel to pat dry the zucchini and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the egg. In a medium bowl, combine the panko, almond flour, Parmesan, salt, and several grinds of pepper.
  • Dip the zucchini slices into the egg and then into the panko mixture. Place on a plate as you work and then drizzle the slices with olive oil. Place in a single layer in the air fryer and air fry for 11 to 13 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown.
  • Serve immediately (they’ll become less crispy as they sit) with marinara for dipping, if desired.

Notes

*Make this recipe vegan by replacing the egg with ¼ cup nut milk mixed with 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed.

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  1. Dan Sayre
    07.26.2021

    4 stars
    Made an alternation to the recipe to remove more water: Once the zucchini is sliced, sprinkle with salt and wait 10 minutes. Pat dry.

  2. Lisa Ward
    07.26.2021

    5 stars
    My zucchini hating hubby loved these! (And so did I!) We just got an oven with air fry and it took a lot longer to get crispy, but they were great!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.26.2021

      I’m so glad you both loved them!

  3. 5 stars
    Great idea to bake! Not so greasy but still very yummy.

  4. Mary E
    06.21.2021

    We recently bought an air fryer; would love to see recipes for fried pickles, and also for fried jalapeños!

  5. Margaret
    06.21.2021

    Thinking of buying an air fryer… would you mind sharing which one you use and/or like?

    Thanks.

  6. celeb networth
    06.21.2021

    5 stars
    This sounds so easy, thank you for the nice recipe!

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