How to Make Air Fryer Zucchini with No Oil

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This air fryer zucchini is a must-try if you're looking for a quick healthy bite. You only need a handful of ingredients and an air fryer to make this summery snack!

Looking for a healthy, easy zucchini recipe to make in your air fryer? Look no further! This air fryer recipe is simple to make and perfect for when you crave a savory snack. Most air fryer zucchini recipes call for breading the zucchini rounds before seasoning them, but this one is different. The result is a vegan, gluten-free, low-carb and oil-free recipe.

Ingredients for Air Fryer Zucchini

  • 2 zucchini cut into 1/8-inch-thick coins
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

Editor’s tip: If you can source fresh dark green zucchini, there’s nothing like it. Young, smaller zucchini are tender and will yield the best results.

Tools for Air Fryer Zucchini

  • Making zucchini in an air fryer mimics deep frying, but uses hot air to crisp the food instead of oil. The zucchini might not be as crisp as when it is fried, but it still yields great results. If you haven’t bought an air fryer yet, here are the Taste of Home Test Kitchen’s picks for the best air fryers.
  • Since the air fryer gets hot, use a pair of heat-resistant tongs to flip and remove the zucchini rounds from the basket.
  • A mandoline ensures the slices are evenly cut, which leads to evenly cooked zucchini.

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How to Make Air Fryer Zucchini

Step 1: Prepare the zucchini

Air Fryer Zucchini Raw Prepare the zucchiniAnvita Bhatnagar Mistry for Taste of Home

Wash and cut the zucchini into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Pat dry to remove moisture if needed. To get evenly cut slices, use a mandoline. Be careful with the mandoline slicer, though!

Step 2: Season the zucchini

Air Fryer Zucchini In Bowl Season the zucchiniAnvita Bhatnagar Mistry for Taste of Home

In a large mixing bowl, add the zucchini, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and salt and mix well. Make sure the seasoning coats each slice of zucchini.

Step 3: Air-fry the zucchini

Air Fryer Zucchini Done Air-fry the zucchiniAnvita Bhatnagar Mistry for Taste of Home

Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Transfer the zucchini to the air fryer basket and air-fry the zucchini for a total of 20 minutes. Shake the zucchini every 5 minutes

Once cooked, carefully move the zucchini to a bowl using tongs. Sprinkle with freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Tips for Making Air Fryer Zucchini

What do I serve with this zucchini?

You can enjoy the zucchini as is, or pair it with one of our favorite dips like garlic aioli, hummus, curry mayo or dill vegetable dip.

How do I keep the zucchini from sticking?

Make sure you shake the air fryer basket every 5 minutes so the zucchini discs don’t stick to the sides.

Can I use frozen zucchini?

Yes! If using frozen zucchini, make sure you do not thaw the zucchini and cook it in a preheated air fryer.

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Anvita Bhatnagar Mistry
Anvita is a co-founder, author, photographer and cook for the food blog Her food philosophy is, you are what you eat, so eat healthy to whatever extent possible. Having lived in India, Australia, the United States and now Germany, Anvita has had the opportunity to appreciate food from different continents and build a diverse palate. She loves to travel and is currently exploring the food scene in Europe with her husband and son. For Anvita, comfort food is Indian food, as it takes her back to her roots.