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Air Fryer Zucchini – Sustainable Cooks

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Once you taste Air Fryer Zucchini, you’ll never make it any other way! Deliciously tender and perfectly roasted, zucchini in the air fryer is a simple and speedy side dish.

a grey plate with sliced roasted air fryer zucchini topped with Parmesan.

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If you’re looking for a delicious fast side dish without having to turn on the oven, you’re going to love this zucchini in the air fryer.

With just a few ingredients, you’ll have tasty air fryer squash on the table in minutes.

Just a heads up, this recipe is for roasted zucchini in the air fryer. If you’re looking for crispy or breaded zucchini, you’ll want to check out our Air Fryer Zucchini Chips. They’re delightfully crunchy and make a great snack or appetizer.

Ingredients and Variations

a white bowl with sliced zucchini, a dish of olive oil and another of Montreal Steak Seasoning.

We are keeping it very simple here with just fresh zucchini, olive oil, and Montreal Steak Seasoning. If you don’t have Montreal Steak Seasoning you can make your own, or just sub in kosher salt, garlic powder, and black pepper.

Sometimes I add a little grated Parmesan or mozzarella in the last two minutes of cooking. If you’re looking for cheesy plant-based options, sprinkle the zucchini with 1/2 tsp of nutritional yeast before cooking.

You can also toss the zucchini in a bit of olive oil and then sprinkle panko breadcrumbs and garlic powder over the top. The garlic panko doesn’t make the zucchini itself crispy, but it does give the dish a nice little crunch.

3 photos showing step-by-step how to make zucchini in air fryer.

You’ll love this zucchini in the air fryer alongside Air Fryer Chicken TendersLemon Garlic PastaHam and Swiss Quiche, or a Dry Brined Chicken. It’s also a delicious dish to serve with Air Fryer Egg Rolls for an extra punch of veggies.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Make sure you preheat the air fryer to allow the zucchini to start cooking immediately.
  • Do not overfill the air fryer basket. It’s better to cook the zucchini in batches rather than try to cook too much at once.
  • All air fryers will cook slightly differently. Check on the zucchini at 5 minutes.
  • To meal prep: slice the zucchini ahead of time and wrap it (uncooked) in a clean kitchen towel and place in an air-tight container for up to 36 hours.
  • You’re welcome to cut the zucchini into full rounds, thicker slices, or even cubes. It may impact cooking time – check on zucchini after 5 minutes.
  • This recipe is best eaten fresh. I do not recommend trying to reheat precooked zucchini.

More Air Fryer Vegetable Recipes

roasted slices of zucchini.

Air Fryer Zucchini

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time10 mins

Total Time15 mins

Once you taste air fryer zucchini, you’ll never make it any other way! Deliciously tender and perfectly roasted, zucchini in the air fryer is a simple and speedy side dish.

  • Preheat the air fryer at 400F for 4 minutes.

  • Remove the blossom and stem end of the zucchini and slice in half horizontally.

    2 cups zucchini

  • Cut the halves into thin slices.

  • Toss zucchini slices in olive oil and Montreal Steak Seasoning.

    2 tsp olive oil, 3/4 tsp Montreal Steak Seasoning

  • Add zucchini to the air fryer basket.

  • Cook at 400F for 10 minutes, shaking at 5 minutes.

  1. Make sure you preheat the air fryer to allow the zucchini to start cooking immediately.
  2. Do not overfill the air fryer basket. It’s better to cook the zucchini in batches rather than try to cook too much at once.
  3. All air fryers will cook slightly differently. Check on the zucchini at 5 minutes.
  4. You’re welcome to cut the zucchini into full rounds, thicker slices, or even cubes. It may impact cooking time – check on zucchini after 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Air Fryer Zucchini

Amount Per Serving (1 cup)

Calories 59
Calories from Fat 36

% Daily Value*

Fat 4g6%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Polyunsaturated Fat 1g

Monounsaturated Fat 3g

Sodium 10mg0%

Potassium 329mg9%

Carbohydrates 4g1%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 3g3%

Protein 2g4%

Vitamin A 268IU5%

Vitamin C 22mg27%

Calcium 27mg3%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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