Experience the ultimate crunch with these Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters – crispy outside, warm and tender inside, all without the mess or extra calories from frying oil. This is the perfect air fryer zucchini recipe, that everyone in the family will love! 

Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters
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Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

Delight your taste buds with these irresistible Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters. With a perfectly crispy exterior and a soft, warm interior, they offer a delightful contrast in texture. What’s more, they’re a healthier alternative to traditional fried fritters, as they require minimal oil for cooking.

These crispy zucchini fritters are a fantastic way to utilize fresh zucchini, making them a wholesome snack or side dish. Even the pickiest eaters, including kids, won’t be able to resist their delicious flavor. Serve them with your favorite dipping sauce or enjoy them on their own for a satisfying treat!

Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters Recipe

Here are the handful of ingredients you will need for making air fryer zucchini fritters in air fryer.

Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

Remember the step-by-step directions and detailed ingredient list are below, in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, as well as the nutritional information.

  • Large Zucchini: Grated, these form the primary ingredient of the cakes, providing moisture, mild flavor, and a wealth of nutrients.
  • All-Purpose Flour: Acts as a binder, giving the fritters structure and helping them hold together during cooking.
  • Egg: Works as a binding agent to keep all the ingredients intact, ensuring the fritters don’t fall apart.
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese: Adds a savory, cheesy flavor and helps create a crispier texture outside the fritters.
  • Finely Chopped Onion: Infuse subtle sharpness and sweetness, enhancing the overall taste.
  • Garlic: Offers a hint of spice and depth, essential in balancing the flavors.
  • Baking Powder: Helps the fritters puff up slightly, contributing to a light, airy texture.
  • Kosher Salt and Black Pepper to Taste: Essential seasonings that enhance the natural flavors of the zucchini and other ingredients.
  • Chopped Dill or Parsley: Add a fresh, herby note that complements the zucchini beautifully.
  • Olive Oil Spray: Used for lightly coating the air fryer basket and the cakes to achieve that desirable golden-brown crust without needing much oil.

Each ingredient in this recipe plays a vital role in creating the perfect Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters for a light lunch!

How To Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

Making Zucchini Fritters in an air fryer is a simple and healthy way to enjoy this delicious snack, main dish, or side dish. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

How To Make Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

Prepare the Zucchini:

Shred Zucchini:  Start by grating the zucchini with a box grater or food processor. Then, place the grated zucchini on a baking sheet, sprinkle the shredded zucchini with a teaspoon salt, and let it sit for about 10 minutes. The salt helps draw out excess moisture. Squeeze the excess liquid from the zucchini using a clean kitchen towel, clean dish towel, or paper towels.

How To Make Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

Make the Zucchini Fritter Batter:

Combine Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the drained zucchini, all-purpose flour, large egg, grated Parmesan cheese, diced onion, minced garlic, baking powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well to create a uniform fritter batter. Fold in chopped dill or parsley for added flavor.

How To Make Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

Cook Air Fryer Zucchini Patties 

Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees F (190°C). Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil spray or cooking spray to prevent sticking. After preheating the air fryer, add a sheet of parchment paper to the bottom of the air fryer basket. 

Cook the FrittersForm and Cook Fritters: Form zucchini patties from the zucchini mixture. Place the zucchini patties into the preheated air fryer in a single layer, ensuring they don’t touch (cook in batches if necessary). Lightly spray the tops of the cakes with olive oil spray or brush them with olive oil

How To Make Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

How Long To Cook Zucchini Fritters in Air Fryer

Set the cooking time for 10 minutes, then flip them over, spray the other side lightly with oil, and set cook time for an additional 5-10 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy. Serve the zucchini fritters warm with your favorite dipping sauce of your choice, such as tzatziki sauce, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, hot sauce, or sour cream, if desired.

How To Make Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

Recipe Variations

Enhance zucchini cakes with some exciting variations to suit your taste preferences:

  • Cheese Lover’s Delight: While Parmesan adds a delightful touch, feel free to incorporate up to half a cup of your favorite cheese for an extra cheesy kick. Experiment with gouda, feta cheese, smoked cheddar, or pepper Jack for a burst of flavor.
  • Low Carb Version: Use chickpea flour, almond flour or coconut flour.
  • Spice Up Your Life: Add a spicy twist to your fritters with a dash of Tabasco, red pepper flakes, or chopped jalapeno, whether fresh or canned.
  • Veggie Extravaganza: Elevate the nutritional profile by incorporating additional vegetables like corn, red onion, or chopped bell pepper into the mix. Just keep in mind that adding more veggies might require adjusting the filling and egg ratio to maintain the fritter’s integrity.
  • Fresh Herb Infusion: Infuse your fritters with the vibrant flavors of fresh herbs such as fresh chives, parsley, basil, green onions, or oregano. Whether from your garden or picked up at the store, these aromatic herbs will elevate the taste to new heights.
  • Seasonings: Use Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, or nutritional yeast.
How To Make Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters


How do I prevent my zucchini fritters from falling apart?  Make sure to squeeze out as much liquid as possible from the grated zucchini. Also, the egg and flour in the mixture act as binders to hold the fritters together.

How do I store leftover zucchini fritters? Store them in an airtight container, or wrap in plastic warp and place into the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the air fryer or oven to maintain crispiness.

Can I freeze cooked zucchini fritters? Yes, you can freeze them. Place cooled fritters in a single layer on a baking sheet to freeze, then transfer to a freezer bag. Reheat in the air fryer or oven directly from frozen.

How long should I cook the fritters in the air fryer? Cook time can vary depending on the air fryer model, but it’s generally around 10-15 minutes at 375°F, flipping halfway through.

What should I serve with air fryer zucchini fritters? Air fryer zucchini fritters are delicious on their own or served with a dipping sauce such as tzatziki, marinara sauce, or aioli. They also pair well with a simple salad or as a side dish alongside grilled meats or fish.

How Do You Know When Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters Are Done? Since every air fryer is slightly different, it’s check to make sure your zucchini fritters are golden brown and crispy on the outside, they’re ready. The interior should be soft but firm, resembling a cooked pancake rather than raw batter. If your fritters need more time, simply return them to the air fryer for an extra minute or two to ensure thorough cooking.

What sauces or dips go well with zucchini fritters? Greek yogurt, sour cream, ranch dressing, or spicy aioli all make excellent choices for dipping.

How to prevent soggy fritters: It is critical to get as much water out of the shredded zucchini. I great way is to use a cheese cloth, or lace the shredded zucchini on a kitchen towel to drain excess water from the zucchini.

Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

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Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings


Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters are one of my husband's favorite lunches. If you are looking for a great and easy fritter, this is a great one, I served it with a creamy dressing on the side, and they are perfectly air fried.


  • 4 cups shredded zucchini, 3 medium zucchinis
  • 1 cup shredded Colby Jack
  • 2/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry basil
  • ½ teaspoon minced onion
  • 2 eggs, beaten


  • Clean and shred the zucchini. Please place them in a bowl lined with a paper towel to absorb more of the water. With another paper towel, pat the shredded zucchini to get the excess water out as best as you can.
  • Next, add in the cheese, flour, breadcrumbs, salt, onion powder, ground black pepper, dry basil, and minced onion to the zucchini. Mix until all is combined.
  • Finally, add in the beaten eggs, and you will have to mix the dough with your hands until it forms into a sticky dough that is easy to manipulate.
  • Use a cookie scoop (I like using a medium OXO 1 ½ tablespoon) and scope up some of the zucchini mixtures and form it into balls. You should have 12 zucchini fritter balls.
  • Use your hand and flatten each of the zucchini fritter balls into a small but thick pancake.
  • Place 4 zucchini fritters in the Air Fryer basket in one cooking. You don’t want to overcrowd the basket for more evenly cooking.
  • Cook the zucchini fritters on a manual setting at 360 degrees F for 9 minutes, then flip them and cook for an additional 8 to 9 minutes or until the zucchini fritters become golden brown.
  • Once the zucchini fritters are cook take them out of the air fryer basket and place them on a cooling rack. Let them cool off for 5 minutes.
  • Serve with sour cream and enjoy!


  • Air Fryer
  • Cooking Spray, or olive oil cooking spray
  • Parchment Paper, optional


  • Colby Jack can be substituted with your favorite kind of cheese
  • Plain breadcrumbs can be substituted with panko crumbs or any seasoned breadcrumbs of your choice.
  • The spices can be substituted with your own favorite blend


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 183kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 9gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.004gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 365mgPotassium: 239mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 349IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 157mgIron: 2mg

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