In today’s world, you must take healthy meals free of unhealthy oils and excess calories to avoid lifestyle diseases. You should add more fruits and veggies to your diet plan. Zucchini is one of the best vegetables you should add to your meal plans, and you must prepare it correctly to get all its health benefits. You should air fry it instead of cooking it in any other way. Read on to learn how to air fry zucchini and get the desired outcome.
How to Air Fry Zucchini?
When making air fryer zucchini, you need only a few ingredients – 2 zucchinis, cooking oil, garlic powder, and salt. You may use other spices if need be. The first step is to clean the zucchinis and dry them. You then cut them in half lengthwise and then cut the half into quarters to get zucchini sticks and put them in a shallow bowl. Sprinkle them with oil and shake to ensure they are evenly coated with oil. In addition, sprinkle garlic powder and salt over the sticks, and shake.
Then preheat your GoWISE Air Fryer or the model you have to 400 degrees F for 3 minutes. Once preheated, remove the air fryer basket, and add the zucchini sticks in a single layer. This ensures perfect hot air circulation within the basket to ensure they cook evenly. Air fry for 8 minutes, flipping them at 4 minutes. When the time is up, check their doneness. If not done as you expected, cook for additional two minutes. Once done, remove the crispy sticks from the air fryer and serve with chicken, turkey, or any other main dish.
How to Air Fry Sliced Zucchini?
When preparing zucchini slices in the air fryer, you need to wash the zucchini and cut it into slices (about 1/8 inches thick). Place the slices in a bowl and drizzle them with vegetable oil. Shake to coat. Sprinkle garlic seasoning powder and salt and also shake well to coat. You should then preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F for 3-4 minutes. Once done, place the zucchini slices in the fryer basket and cook for 10 minutes. Shake the air fryer basket several times throughout the cooking process. Once time is up, and the pieces are ready, serve them with a juicy air fryer salmon or any other meal.
How to Air Fry Zucchini and Squash?
If you want a more nutritious side dish, you can make zucchini with squash in the air fryer. You should wash the zucchini and squash and slice them into pieces. Combine the pieces in a shallow bowl and sprinkle them with oil. Then sprinkle garlic powder and salt and shake thoroughly to coat. Preheat the air fryer for 3 minutes to 400 degrees F. Then, add the zucchini and yellow squash pieces into the air fryer basket and air fry for 12 minutes, shaking the basket at 6 minutes. When time is up, and they are not done to your liking, cook for extra 2-3 minutes. That is how to air fry zucchini and squash, and you will enjoy the health benefits of zucchini and squash in one meal!
Why is My Fried Zucchini Soggy?
When you air fry zucchini in a cold air fryer, they will likely come out soggy. In addition, if you don’t add salt to the zucchini before putting them in the air fryer, they will likely not crisp up. So to get them crisp up, you should salt and cook them in a preheated air fryer. In addition, you should sprinkle some vegetable oil to make them brown and crisp up.
Should You Peel Zucchini Before Cooking?
No, that is not advisable. Zucchini skin is nutritious, and by peeling it off, you will be missing a good nutrient part of the vegetable. The skin and inner tissues are rich in potassium, magnesium, and other minerals. You only need to wash the zucchini clean and dry them with a paper towel before you slice and cook them.
How Do You Keep Zucchini Crisp When Cooking?
You should evenly spread the zucchini slices or sticks in the air fryer basket or tray. This allows hot air to circulate properly over the pieces, cooking them evenly. Oiling also helps the pieces to crisp up and brown. You should also wipe the zucchini dry before slicing.
You should use your air fryer whenever you want to make healthy and delicious veggies. It ensures you use less oil and preserves nutrients during the cooking process. You have learned how to air fry zucchini and squash. You must follow the information to make crispy zucchini that will add value to your health.