And after being cooped up in my house for 2 months eating all the snacks, I need a lighter, healthier french fry alternative. Cut fresh zucchini into fries and coat in egg and then the perfectly seasoned Parmesan breadcrumb mixture.
In a shallow bowl, add 1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 both teaspoon onion powder and paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon both kosher salt and black pepper. Transfer the zucchini into the bowl with the Parmesan and breadcrumbs and toss to coat.
Place on a wire rack, repeat with remaining zucchini and preheat your air fryer to 390°. An air fryer is a counter top appliance that requires less oil (anything from a few spritz to 1 tablespoon) yet produces crispy food that rivals most deep-fried foods.
Arrange the zucchini fries in an even layer and air fry for 5 to 6 minutes or until golden and crisp. In the meantime, make the basil ketchup by measuring and adding 1/2 cup ketchup plus 1/3 cup basil (loosely packed), 1 clove chopped garlic and some black pepper.
In a shallow bowl, add the Italian breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, kosher salt and black pepper. Crack the egg into a separate bowl, whisk to combine.
Work in batches, dipping the zucchini in the egg and letting any excess drip back into the bowl before adding them to the bowl with the Parmesan breadcrumbs. Roll to coat and transfer to a wire rack and repeat with remaining zucchini.
Use tongs or tip out onto a platter and repeat with remaining zucchini fries. In the bowl of your mini food process, add ketchup, basil, garlic and black pepper.
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Botanically though, zucchinis are actually categorized as fruits because of seeds inside. Well anything deep-fried in oil isn’t great for your health.
BUT when you air fry vegetables you still get that crunch but without the fat or oil! Just keep in mind the thinner they are the shorter cook time needed.
Yellow squash is kinda’ fun to mix things up too. I have used my large air fryer before which works well for these since it has shelves and chips it all without flipping at all.
You can fit a lot too, but my square Color basket is by far my favorite overall and use it every day. If you haven’t made any Old Bay recipes before it is probably my favorite seasoning by far.
You can use shallow small bowls too for your bread crumbs and one for your egg, totally up to you. Of course air fryer french fries are fun, but with a little added Parmesan I probably prefer these as a side dish or snack.
Separating them allows the hot air to create a crispy outside, but still leave the outside tender and moist. Another tip when making airfryerzucchinifries : flip them halfway through the total cook time.
This isn’t totally necessary if you forget, but if you remember it makes every inch perfectly crunchy! Cook Place into your air fryer basket in a single layer.
Cook at 350 degrees until crispy, about 15 minutes total flipping after 10 min. Remove and do the same for remaining zucchini until your entire batch is done and perfectly crispy on the outside, tender on the inside.
Some like a light squeeze of lemon juice after they’re freshly cooked too. Of course, you can come back and get what you need the next time you want to make them too, but sometimes it’s handy to keep it in your recipe book.
(could add 1/4 c. shredded Parmesan cheese to breadcrumbs if you wanted) Dip spears in the egg, allow excess to fall off and then press into bread crumbs on all sides.
AirFryerZucchiniFries are a quick and easy healthy side dish! A few basic pantry ingredients turns your fresh zucchini into delicious, crunchy fries.
My kitchen is filled with zucchini most of the year, and I'm always looking for new ways to eat it! I like these because it's a combination of the soft inside a french fry with the crunchy breading of a mozzarella sticks.
It's a beautiful dish and brings a lot of flavor to your plate! You'll need three bowls here: one for the whisked eggs, one for the flour, and one for the seasoned bread crumbs.
To coat the zucchini sticks, first dredge them in flour, then egg, then seasoned bread crumbs. Carefully place the coated zucchini sticks in the air fryer basket and spray the basket and sticks generously with oil.
Once cooked, serve with marinara dipping sauce and enjoy! After dredging through the three bowls, gently place on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper and freeze sticks separately.
Print Recipe AirFryerZucchiniFries are a quick and easy healthy side dish! A few basic pantry ingredients turns your fresh zucchini into delicious, crunchy fries.
½ teaspoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon paprika 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning ½ cup breadcrumbs Any type (GF optional) ½ cup flour all-purpose of any kind including GF 2 eggs beaten 1 to 2 large zucchini cut into ½-inch sticks Spray oil Be gentle with the zucchini and pat the bread crumbs on all sides.
Put the zucchini pieces into the air fryer basket and generously spray with oil. Flip halfway through cook time and spray again with oil.
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