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Zucchini-Parmesan Curly Fries

Total Time
40 min
20 min
20 min
Amp up your veggies by turning them into seasoned curly fries! Thick zucchini spirals are coated with a mixture of panko, Parmesan, and garlic powder, then air-fried until the breading is crisp and the zucchini is chewy-tender. They don’t really become separate, individual fries but instead are more like deliciously savory curly fry clumps. You’ll need to spiralize fresh zucchini using the largest shredding blade; the zucchini spirals you’ll find at the store are typically too thin to work here.


Cooking spray

6 spray(s)

Uncooked zucchini

2 large


1 large egg(s), lightly beaten

Whole wheat panko breadcrumbs

½ cup(s)

Grated Parmesan cheese


Garlic powder

¾ tsp

Kosher salt

½ tsp, divided

All-purpose flour

2 Tbsp, divided

No sugar added fat free marinara sauce

½ cup(s)


  1. Using the largest shredding blade of a spiralizer, spiralize the zucchini to yield 4 cups of thick spirals. Cut any long strands into pieces that are 4 inches or shorter.
  2. Whisk together the egg and 2 tsp water in a large, shallow bowl. In a large zip-top plastic bag, combine the panko, Parmesan, and garlic powder (or use a large mixing bowl with a tight-fitting lid).
  3. Preheat an air fryer, if necessary, to 400°F. Place half of the zucchini in a medium bowl. Sprinkle the zucchini with ¼ tsp salt and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp flour and toss well to coat. Place the zucchini mixture in the egg wash and toss just until lightly coated. Transfer to the zip-top bag, allowing excess egg to fall back into the bowl. Seal the bag and shake well to coat.
  4. Coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray. Lift the zucchini out of the bag, allowing excess crumbs to fall back into the bag. Arrange the zucchini in the basket; air-fry at 400°F until browned and crisp, about 10 minutes, gently tossing the zucchini with tongs after 5 minutes. Remove the zucchini from the basket. Repeat the process with the remaining zucchini, salt, flour, egg, and breading. Serve with marinara sauce.
  5. Serving size: ¾ cup zucchini and 2 tbsp marinara