Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF/200ºC. Some air fryers don't need pre-heating but check your instructions before you start.If you're using an oven instead of an air fryer, you’ll need to pre-heat to 425ºF/220ºC.
In one bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, parmesan, salt, and pepper. In a separate bowl, whisk your eggs with the lemon zest until completely combined.
Remove the top and bottom edges of the zucchini. Cut the zucchini in half, then into quarters. You should have thick-cut zucchini sticks – though if you want them thinner, you can cut them again.
Working in batches, dip a zucchini fry into the flour mix and coat it. Then, coat it in the egg and lemon mix, then drop it into the breadcrumbs and cover it completely. Set it aside. Repeat until your zucchini pieces are covered.
It's time to fry the zucchini. Using the air fryer: Spray the fries with olive oil. Then place them in the air fryer basket in a single layer and cook for 10 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Work in batches – you don't want to overcrowd the fryer.Using the oven: Spread out the zucchini on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper – leave space between them. Spray with olive oil and cook for 20 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.
Garnish the baked zucchini fries with the chopped parsley and serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!
Everyone's air fryer works differently, so it's worth doing a test with a small batch. That way, there's no risk of burned or undercooked zucchini!
Patting your zucchini dry before you coat it in flour will get rid of any excess moisture. Zucchinis are very moist vegetables and this can reduce the crispiness.
If you want to add more flavor, add your seasonings to the flour mixture AND the breadcrumbs.
Optional Add-ins and Variations:
Use Panko or Japanese breadcrumbs for a crispier texture. Alternatively, you can use almond flour.
Extra spices that compliment zucchini include garlic powder, onion powder, cinnamon, and ginger. Incorporate these into the flour mixture that you'll dip the zucchini in for extra flavor.
Fresh basil works great with Italian flavors – you can take out the parsley garnish and exchange it for basil.
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