Zucchini Chips in Air Fryer

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Published: 08/17/2020 | Updated: 01/19/2024

Zucchini chips in the air fryer are an easy side dish or appetizer. Made with panko and parmesan, they’re a delicious snack dipped in ranch or garlic aioli.

cutting board with fried zucchini chips and a bowl of ranch dressing

The only thing better than eating these delicious air fryer zucchini chips is the smell it leaves lingering in your house! They only take about 10 minutes cooking time, but I promise that is too long because the smell is so tempting!

Luckily, they’re incredibly easy to make, so you can have them often—the perfect recipe to use up your zucchini harvest from a backyard garden.

This recipe uses an entire medium to large zucchini, and you don’t even have to be bothered with peeling it first. It really is minimal prep and maximum enjoyment. My favorite kind of recipe!

How to Make Zucchini Chips

You only need 5 simple ingredients total for these air fryer chips and about 15-20 minutes of time to make these delicious bite-sized healthy snacks.

  • medium to large zucchini
  • flour
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • parmesan
  • eggs
  • salt and pepper (but those don’t really count as ingredients, right??)

wooden cutting board with zucchini, measuring cups with panko bread crumbs and parmesan, 2 eggs and a glass bowl with flour

The key to this recipe is the 3 layers of toppings that you dip your zucchini slices in. You’ll need 3 small bowls : one with flour mixed with a little salt and pepper, one with the 2 eggs beaten, and a 3rd bowl with the panko and parmesan mixed together.

Then slice your fresh zucchini into even slices. The thickness is really a personal preference, but I usually go somewhere between 1/4″ to 1/2″.

wooden cutting board with sliced zucchini, a bowl of panko and parmesan mixed, a bowl of flour and a bowl of beaten eggs

To make the zucchini chips:

  1. Dip a zucchini slice in flour and shake off excess.
  2. Next, dip the zucchini slice in the egg mixture and remove excess
  3. Add zucchini slice to a shallow bowl filled with parmesan and panko mixture. Using a small spoon, cover the top of the zucchini in bread crumbs/parmesan. Flip over and press to coat both sides evenly in the panko mixture.
    small plastic bowl with bread crumbs and parmesan with a zucchini slice in it
  4. Add coated slices to your air fryer basket in a single layer.
    air fryer basket with a single layer of parmesan zucchini chips before cooking
  5. Lightly spray with a nonstick cooking oil spray. Flip over and spray the other side.
  6. Cook at 375 degrees for 6 minutes. Flip over and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until golden brown on both sides.

close up of parmesan and panko crusted zucchini chips

Tips to Making Fried Zucchini Chips

  • I used seasoned panko bread crumbs (which explains the parsley you see in the final pictures), but you can use regular panko bread crumbs too. You can also use regular breadcrumbs if that’s what you have. Panko just gives it a little extra crunch that I can’t resist.
  • I’m a sucker for the combination of panko and parmesan together. The flavor just can’t be beaten. You do not need to use parmesan, though, if you don’t have any on hand. Don’t let that stop you from making the recipe. They’re still amazing without the parmesan (but better with it, if you have the choice!)
  • These taste amazing on their own, but we like to dip them in ranch dressing.
    a hand dipping a zucchini chip into a bowl of ranch dressing
  • You can also dip in marinara sauce or make a quick garlic aioli dip. Aioli dip is my absolute favorite, but it’s also made from scratch, so a little bit more time than just pouring some dressing or marinara out.
  • I spray both sides of the zucchini chips with cooking spray before air frying them because it gives them that gorgeous golden color. It’s not necessary, though; they just won’t look exactly the same as mine do.
  • If you do not have an air fryer, you can still make these by frying them in a skillet. Place a skillet over medium heat and pour in enough canola oil or olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Place your coated zucchini chips in a single layer and cook about 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cooked through.

a hand holding a zucchini chip dipped in ranch dressing

In conclusion, making zucchini chips in an air fryer is a great way to quickly and easily make a healthier version of a classic snack. It’s quicker than baking them in the oven, and the results are tasty appetizers.

Experimenting with different seasonings can help you customize this recipe to your tastes.

Air Fryer Recipes

Looking for more air fryer recipes? It’s such an easy and healthy way to eat that we find ourselves using ours multiple times a week! Here are some more of our favorites:

wooden cutting board with fried zucchini chips and a small white bowl of ranch dressing

Zucchini Chips in the Air Fryer

Zucchini chips in the air fryer are an easy side dish or appetizer. Made with panko and parmesan, they're delicious dipped in ranch or garlic aioli.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time11 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: zucchini chips in air fryer
Servings: 6
Calories: 138kcal
Author: The Endless Appetite


  • 1 Zucchini medium to large
  • 1/2 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Pepper
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan grated


  • Slice zucchini into 1/4"-1/2" slices.
  • In a small bowl, mix flour, salt and pepper. In a second bowl, add eggs and beat with a fork. In a 3rd bowl, combine panko bread crumbs and parmesan.
  • Dip a zucchini slice in flour and shake off excess. Next dip in beaten eggs and remove excess. Then dip in panko/parmesan and press down to coat both sides completely.
  • Place coated zucchini slice in air fryer basket. Repeat with remaining zucchini slices and place in air fryer basket in a single layer. Spray zucchini slices with non-stick cooking spray. Flip over and spray other side.
  • Air Fry at 375 for 6 minutes. Flip over and cook for another 5 minutes or until golden brown.


Delicious served with ranch dressing, marinara sauce or garlic aioli.
You can omit the parmesan cheese if you prefer. 

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