Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters


Fresh zucchini is mixed with common household ingredients, breaded, then air-fried for a healthier version of a favorite snack or side dish.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
7 zucchini fritters


  • 2 medium green zucchini

  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt

  • 1 piece cheesecloth

  • ½ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • 3 tablespoons fine bread crumbs

  • ½ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper, or more to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 medium shallot, grated

  • 1 medium fresh jalapeno pepper, grated

  • ½ cup fine bread crumbs, or as needed

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed


  1. Grate zucchini using the large teeth of a grater. Toss zucchini and salt together in a large colander and place in the sink to drain for 10 minutes.

  2. Put zucchini in the middle of a piece of cheesecloth; wrap cheesecloth around zucchini and squeeze to drain as much moisture from zucchini as possible.

  3. Mix Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, egg, 3 tablespoons bread crumbs, pepper, and garlic powder together in a large bowl. Stir in zucchini, shallot, and jalapeno until combined.

  4. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  5. Place about 1/2 cup bread crumbs into a shallow plate or pie dish. Divide fritter batter into 7 portions. With oiled hands, gently roll each portion into balls. The batter will be very wet. Gently roll in the bread crumbs to cover on all sides. Continue with the rest of the batter. Pat the fritters slightly so excess bread crumbs fall off.

  6. Air fry fritters in 2 batches until browned, about 15 minutes per batch.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

109 Calories
5g Fat
11g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 7
Calories 109
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 307mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 11mg 55%
Calcium 99mg 8%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 216mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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