Air Fryer Zucchini Tots –Mmm, tater tots. The perfect appetizer or snack food that is crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. But what if I told you that these were zucchini tarts? That’s right! Air Fryer Zucchini Tots!

Air Fryer Zucchini Tots

Check out these delicious and homemade Air Fryer Zucchini Tots. 7 ingredients are all you need for zucchini tater tots. A crispy and cheesy zucchini tot that pairs perfectly with dinner. 

If you are a fan of zucchini, these homemade tater tots need to be on your list to make. Parmesan cheese, panko bread crumbs, and grated zucchini take center stage. 

Learn how to make air fryer zucchini tots in no time at home. Plus, you can prep these in advance, freeze them, and air fryer later! 


What Are Zucchini Tots?

Zucchini tots are simply tater tots made from zucchini instead of shredded potatoes! Crispy, cheesy, and downright delicious. 

Zucchini tater tots can be a snack paired with chicken tenders, burgers, etc. 

These bite-size tots are a great way to sneak more veggies into your child’s diet.

Why You Will Love This Recipe For Air Fryer Zucchini Tots

If you are looking for a delicious and healthy way to enjoy zucchini, you will love this recipe for air fryer zucchini tots. These tots are made with just a few simple ingredients, and they are so tasty that you will have a hard time resisting them. Plus, they are low in calories and carbs, making them the perfect choice if you are trying to stick to a healthy diet. Cook up a batch of these zucchini tots today and see for yourself how delicious they are!

Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Zucchini Tots

Zucchini tots are a fun and healthy way to enjoy your favorite comfort food. With just a few simple ingredients, you can have this delicious side dish on the table in no time. Plus, air frying them makes them extra crispy without any added oil. Give this recipe a try for your next meal!

Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Zucchini Tots

Remember the step-by-step directions below in the printable recipe card, at the bottom of the page, as well as the nutritional information.

  • Grated zucchini
  • Salt and pepper
  • Egg
  • Pecorino cheese or Parmesan Cheese
  • Bread crumbs 
  • Minced Garlic or Garlic Powder

How To Cook Zucchini Tater Tots In The Air Fryer

Below are the air fryer instructions for the best air fryer zucchini tater tots! With a crispy texture and is a great way to serve your family some extra veggies!

Air Fryer Zucchini Tots

Step One: Prepare The Shredded Zucchini

Begin grating your zucchini and place the shred on a paper towel, or clean kitchen towel. Sprinkle with salt and let them sit for 20 minutes. 

This is going to drawn-out excess moisture in the zucchini. Wrap zucchini in some paper towels, or a clean dish towel and squeeze to remove excess water. 

Air Fryer Zucchini Tots

Step Two: Prepare The Cheesy Zucchini Tots

Now place the zucchini in a large bowl and add the cheese, egg, bread crumbs, and seasonings. Mix well.

Air Fryer Zucchini Tots

Step Three: Air Fry Zucchini Bites

Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees F, for 3-5 minutes. While the fryer is heating, you will begin shaping your tater tots. Just grab a bit and make it into a tater tot shape Spray your air fryer basket with cooking spray or olive oil, place a single layer in the air fryer basket, and set the cooking time for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through. Remove when golden brown, sprinkle with salt and serve. 

Step Four: Serving Crispy Zucchini Tots

serve with your favorite dipping sauce or sprinkle some cheese on top.

 Air Fryer Zucchini Tots on a plate

Dipping Ideas for Zucchini Tots 

This is a great side dish or a healthy snack, that you can serve with your favorite dipping sauce, here are some great ones!

  • Ranch dressing 
  • Ketchup 
  • Marinara sauce 
  • Mustard
  • Sriracha 
  • Sour Cream


If you happen to have extras, you can store the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. Or you can place leftovers in the freezer to save for later. 

The tater zucchini tots are best fresh and hot. You can reheat it in an air fryer or oven thought with leftovers. 

If you freeze, just reheat in the air fryer till warmed through for a fresh-tasting flavor. 

Do I need to peel zucchini? 

Zucchini does not have to be peeled for this particular recipe. You will find the skin is thin enough, and when you grate it, you don’t know it’s in the mix. 

Leaving the skin on adds a bit more texture and saves you time. So I recommend leaving the skin on for this recipe. 

Why do you have to remove excess water from zucchini? 

If you don’t remove much liquid from the zucchini, it will sog up as it cooks up. You will find your tots don’t hold their shape and fall apart. That is why it is essential to take the time and steps to remove as much moisture as you can from your grated zucchini.

How To Grate Zucchini

Grating zucchini is an easy task that can be done with a few simple tools. First, you will need to gather your supplies: A grater, a bowl to catch the grated zucchini, and a cutting board.

Start by prepping the zucchini – cut off both ends and discard them. Cut the zucchini into smaller, manageable pieces. Using the cutting board, place a piece of zucchini on top and start grating using the finest side of a box grater. Or use the large holes of a box grater.

Once all of your zucchini is grated, put it in the bowl. Discard the cutting board and grater. Your zucchini is now ready to use in your favorite recipes

Kid-Friendly Zucchini Recipes

That’s right, even kids can enjoy the bounty of summertime zucchini with these easy recipes that are both delicious and nutritious. From turning zucchini into a pizza crust to creating a healthy snack cake, your little ones will be asking for more! So get cooking and add some variety to your menu with these fun kid-friendly recipes!

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5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings


Air Fryer Zucchini Tots –Mmm, tater tots. The perfect appetizer or snack food that is crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. But what if I told you that these were zucchini tarts? That's right! Air Fryer Zucchini Tots!


  • 2 1/2 cup zucchini, grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs, or panko
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • Start by grating the zucchini once it's all grated.
  • Spread the grated zucchini over paper towels, sprinkle with salt, and wait about 20 minutes. The water will be drawn out of the zucchini.
  • After 20 minutes, squeeze the water out of the zucchini. 
  • Place the drained zucchini into a medium-sized mixing bowl, and add the egg, cheese, bread crumbs, garlic, and black pepper. 
  • Mix well.
  • Using your hands, form the zucchini mixture into the shape of a tater tot.
  • Preheat your air fryer for 5 minutes at 400 degrees F, air fryer setting. Spray your air fryer basket with cooking spray.
  • Place them into the preheated air fryer for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway. 
  • Plate, serve, and enjoy


  • Air Fryer


Serving: 1gCalories: 45kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.002gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 285mgPotassium: 88mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 92IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 0.4mg

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