Air-Fried Zucchini Fries


Perfectly crispy, perfectly seasoned and only 10 minutes in the oven. These zucchini fries are not meant to replace regular fries- they're too good in their own right to bother competing with potato fries!

The secret ingredient here is a sprinkle of everything but the bagel seasoning in the breading. It adds just enough salt and flavor to pump up the recipe. If you want to turn up the kick even more, feel free to add some cayenne or red pepper flakes to the breadcrumbs!

We used our air fryer for this recipe and made the fries in 10 minute batches. If you don't have access to an air fryer you can just as easily bake these in the oven! The directions to bake are provided at the end of the recipe.

For dunking we opted for #TraderJoes Garlic Eggplant Dip! It added great depth and flavor and was a good mix up to our usual rotation of sauces.

These fries would be delicious on their own or dunked in any medley of sauces, such as- ranch, barbecue, ketchup, romesco, hummus or tahini to name a few!


Air-fried Zucchini Fries

4 Servings | Cook time: 10 minutes/batch

Notes: these can be made in the oven if you don’t have access to an air fryer, alternative directions provided at the end of the recipe.


Ingredients:

  • 800g zucchini (2-3 large zucchini’s)

  • 2 tbsp flour

  • 2 oz egg whites, whisked

  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese

  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 tsp everything but the bagel seasoning

  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Cut the ends off each of the zucchini’s. Cut the trunk of the zucchini into thirds (about 2” long cylinders). Stand each cylinder upright and cut them into quarters. If the zucchini trunks are pretty thick, cut them into eighths.

  2. Arrange three large bowls or gallon bags in a row:

  3. Flour

  4. Egg whites

  5. Breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, everything but the bagel seasoning and parmesan

  6. Toss the zucchini first in the flour and then in the whisked egg whites. Use a fork to remove the zucchini from the egg whites allowing any excess to drip off before adding them to the breadcrumbs. Toss until the zucchini is well coated in the breadcrumbs.

  7. Cook the zucchini for 10 minutes in the air fryer at 400F. This may require a few batches depending on the size of your air-fryer.

  8. If completing in batches, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove the first batch of fries and arrange on the baking sheet skin side down.

  9. Continue with next batch. Once the final batch is cooked, place the baking sheet under the broiler for just a few minutes to keep them still nice and crispy.

  10. Serve immediately dipped in your favorite sauce. I used the garlic eggplant dip from Trader Joes but ranch, ketchup or barbecue sauce would be delicious as well!

Note: For baking, bake at 350 for 25 minutes, turning halfway and then broil the last 2-3 minutes to get them crispy.

 

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Nutrition Facts are provided as a guideline only. Exact nutrition will depend on quantity, brand and ingredients used.


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