Easy crispy air fryer zucchini is a perfect side dish or snack. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, made with simple ingredients, and full of flavor. A seasoning mix with oat flour, almond flour, and a little olive oil will turn simple zucchini slices into a crispy side dish with a tender texture on the inside.
- 1 large zucchini, sliced into ¼-inch rounds
- ¼ cup (30 grams) almond flour
- ¼ cup (30 grams) oat flour
- 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ¼ teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/3 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Slice the zucchini. Slices about 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) are great for this recipe. Pat the slices dry if they are wet.
Place the zucchini slices in a bowl and add the olive oil. Toss to combine.
Add the almond flour, oat flour, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, oregano, salt, ground black pepper, and smoked paprika. Toss to combine, so all slices are well coated.
Place the coated zucchini slices in the basket of the air fryer. Leave a bit of room in between the slices. The basket should not be crowded. See the post with photos on how to stack the zucchini slices if you want to create more than one layer.
Set the air fryer to 350°F/180°C for about 10-15 minutes, depending on how crispy you want your zucchini to be—flip halfway/shake the basket. You can remove the slices that are already done.
Work in batches if you want to make more air fryer zucchini.
If you make your own almond flour or oat flour (blend almonds or rolled oats in a blender or food processor), ensure it is finely ground so it can stick to the zucchini.
Don’t crowd the air fryer basket, and work in batches if necessary. See the above for photos of how to make a double layer without crowding the air fryer basket.
The thickness of the zucchini slices will determine how long your air fryer will need to bake. The thinner the slices, the shorter the baking should be. It’s best to keep an eye on the zucchini and open the basket after about 5 minutes; if needed, flip the zucchini. You can remove the slices which are already done.
You don’t need to coat the basket with more oil.
The air fryer will remove some moisture from the zucchini resulting in smaller (less) zucchini than you started with. Keep that in mind if you want to make a bigger batch.
This recipe is best served fresh but can be stored in the fridge for a few days and reheated for a minute in the air fryer.
Keywords: air fryer zucchini, zucchini, side dish