Need a healthy side? Zucchini cooks quickly in your air fryer! You just need zucchini, olive oil, and a few simple seasonings!

Air fryers are a big deal these days and I’m here for it. My favorite use for ours is my recipe for Easy Diced Air Fryer Potatoes. Those crispy potatoes are on repeat in this house.

But now that it’s finally summer I’m into all things zucchini! And guess what? The air fryer makes perfectly tender zucchini bites in just about 12 minutes!

There are so many ways you can season these simple veggies so feel free to play around with various spices and dried herbs. But first let me show you my tried and true spin on this simple summer dish.

For this recipe you’ll need (full list of ingredients and instructions are in the recipe card below):

  • Zucchini
  • Olive oil
  • Seasonings

To flavor the zucchini, simply dice them and toss them in a mix of olive oil and seasonings. Be sure to dice them the same size so they’ll all cook in the same amount of time.

Then pop them into the air fryer and cook for a total of 12 to 15 minutes. If using a basket style area fryer you’ll want to give everything a good shake at the halfway mark. This ensures the zucchini settled in the bottom of the basket won’t be underdone.

Should you preheat your air fryer?

Absolutely preheat the air fryer whenever possible. Even just a few minutes can help! But know that if you forget it will still work out. You might just require a few extra minutes of cooking at the end.

How to avoid uneven cooking in the air fryer

My one and only complaint about using a basket-style air fryer is that it can cook unevenly. You can avoid this though!

First, don’t cook too much at one time. Second, when you shake the basket make sure the food at the bottom of the basket makes it’s way to the top.

What kind of air fryer should you use?

There are so many options out there and you do not need a pricey air fryer to make yummy food. I often cook with a Bosh Compact Air Fryer and it was under $40. I found it at Sam’s Club and the price tag appealed to me because at the time I wasn’t sure how often I’d use it! Needless to say, we use it all the time! You can find mine on Amazon in a variety of colors. (I have black.)

You can absolutely splurge on a fancy air fryer if you want. My favorite convection style air fryer is this Cuisinart Silver Air Fryer. It works well and is also beautiful!

How to serve this

These tender veggies pair perfectly with chicken, steak, turkey, pork, or fish. Add a simple salad and you have a beautiful summer meal!

More delicious sides like this:

Easy Diced Air Fryer Potatoes

Grilled Zucchini & Squash

Easy Sautéed Squash

Spicy Roasted Broccoli

Roasted Spaghetti Squash

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Air Fryer Zucchini

Need a healthy side? Zucchini cooks quickly in your air fryer! You just need zucchini, olive oil, and a few simple seasonings!


  • 2 medium zucchini, about 4 cups cubed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
  • 3/4 tsp dried basil
  • 3/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • Toss your diced zucchini in a large bowl with olive oil. Season with oregano, basil, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Use your hands or a spoon to move the zucchini around so each piece is evenly coated.
  • Place them in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. 
  • If your air fryer has a basket you’ll want to stop cooking halfway through and shake the zucchini. This keeps the pieces at the bottom from becoming underdone. Place the basket back in the air fryer and cook until done.


Air fryer cooking time always varies based on the type of air fryer you use. A convection oven style air fryer will cook faster because your food isn’t piled on top of each other. A compact basket air fryer will take the most time. As you use your air fryer regularly you’ll start to get a better feel for how quickly or slowly yours cooks.


Calories: 51kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 299mg, Potassium: 272mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 204IU, Vitamin C: 18mg, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 1mg
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