Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

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Air Fryer Zucchini fritters are flavorful and nutritious. They’re crispy from the outside and soft and tender from the inside.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters on a paper plate.

Air Fryer Zucchini fritters are flavorful, nutritious, and absolutely delectable. They’re crispy from the outside and soft and tender from the inside.

Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters on a paper plate.

These are perfect if you are looking for a healthy snacking option. It’s guilt-free and comforting and the best part is they are really quick and easy to make. Even your kids who don’t like vegetables will devour them without question.

IF you love to use garden fresh vegetables in your cooking check out more easy side dish recipes.

More information about Zucchini, check out the USDA.


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What We Love About This Zucchini Fritters Air Fryer Recipe

  • 20 Minute Appetizer: Make these zucchini fritters air fryer recipe in 20 minutes.
  • Easy Ingredients: This recipe requires only easy ingredients that you probably already have.
  • Family Friendly: Even your picky eater kids that don’t like vegetables will love these air fryer zucchini fritters. They make great leftovers too.
A hand grabbing a fritter.

Ingredient Notes for Air Fryer Fried Zucchini

  • Zucchini: You will need 2-3 zucchinis depending on their size, 2 medium or 3 small zucchinis.
  • Flour: For these Italian zucchini fritters, you will all purpose flour.
  • Egg: You will need 1 large egg for this recipe.
  • Baking Powder: Baking powder will help to these to get a crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.
  • Garlic: You can use garlic powder or fresh, I used even powder as it is easier to evenly incorporate.
  • Italian Seasoning: You can use a pre-made blend or use this recipe to make your Italian seasoning blend.
  • Red Pepper Flakes: If you like some spice, you can add some crushed red pepper flakes.
Zucchini, cheese, flour and seasonings for the fritters.

Equipment Needed for Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

How to Make Italian Zucchini Fritters

These are the basic steps for making Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

Shredding the veggies and mixing the batter.

STEP 1: SHRED ZUCCHINI

Using a box grater to grate zucchini and then using a cheesecloth or clean kitchen towel squeeze out any excess liquid and as much moisture to get them as dry as possible.

STEP 2: MAKE THE FRITTERS

To a large mixing bowl, add shredded zucchini, all purpose flour, salt, garlic powder, egg, baking powder, Italian seasoning, and chili flakes. Mix until fully combined and then form into small patties, there should be about 9-10 fritters in total.

STEP 3: AIR FRY THE ZUCCHINI FRITTERS

Spritz cooking spray or brush over some oil on each fritter then air fry for 10 minutes, flipping halfway to ensure they cook evenly. You will know when they are done as you will get these golden-brown crispy zucchini fritters and serve immediately.

Forming the patties and preparing them for the air fryer.

Prep and Storage Tips for Italian Zucchini Fritters

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters taste best when served immediately however, you can store them in an airtight container for 4 days in the refrigerator.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

You store in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Freeze in a freezer-safe bag for up to 2 months. Allow them to thaw completely before reheating.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

To reheat, warm them up in an air fryer, microwave, or even in a skillet until heated.

Frequently Asked Questions about Air Fryer Zucchini Recipes

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE GLUTEN-FREE

To make this recipe gluten-free, you can substitute the all purpose flour for a gluten free all purpose flour such as the Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 flour. These are low carb and KETO friendly as well.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

This recipe can easily be doubled or halved, just increase or decrease the ingredients proptionally.

WHY ARE MY ZUCCHINI FRITTERS FALLING PART?

Your zucchini fritters might be falling part if you did now squeeze out enough liquid or you might need to add a little bit more flour to your mixture.

The fininshed product with sauces on the side.

Expert Tips for Making This Zucchini Cakes Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a recipe you’ll for sure want to double.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately.
  • Yellow Squash Fritters: For yellow squash fritters, use yellow squash instead of zucchini.
  • Peel Skin: You can peel the skin on zucchini or leave it, both ways work. However, the skin adds more nutrients, texture, and color to the fritters.
  • Serving with Dipping Sauce: You can serve them as a side dish or as an appetizer with any of your favorite creamy dipping sauces like ranch dressing or Creamy Sriracha Sauce.. 
  • Loaded Zucchini Fritters: Top with sour cream, green onions, bacon crumbles, and cheese such as parmesan cheese or feta cheese.
  • Fresh Herbs: Add some fresh flavor to your fritters with herbs such as : Fresh Basil, parley or oregano.

What to Serve with Air Fryer Fried Zucchini

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Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters on a paper plate.

Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Air Fryer Zucchini fritters are flavorful and nutritious. They’re crispy from the outside and soft and tender from the inside.
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Ingredients

  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

Instructions

  • Shred zucchinis and squeeze out excess water using cheesecloth.
  • Take the shredded zucchini in a bowl and add egg, salt, baking powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, chili flakes, and all-purpose flour. Toss and mix everything.
  • Make small size (around 9-10) patties out of the zucchini mixture.
  • Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 350 F / 180 C. Place the patties in the air fryer basket and brush some oil on top.
  • Air fry the patties for 10 minutes. Flip and then cook for another 5 minutes or until lightly brown.
  • Serve hot and enjoy.

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a recipe you’ll for sure want to double.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately.
  • Yellow Squash Fritters: For yellow squash fritters, use yellow squash instead of zucchini.
  • Peel Skin: You can peel the skin on zucchini or leave it, both ways work. However, the skin adds more nutrients, texture, and color to the fritters.
  • Serving with Dipping Sauce: You can serve them as a side dish or as an appetizer with any of your favorite creamy dipping sauces. 
  • Loaded Zucchini Fritters: Top with sour cream, green onions, bacon crumbles, and cheese.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 614mg | Potassium: 353mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 412IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, flour, fritters, garlic, italian seasoning, snack, zucchini

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