Easy Air Fryer Courgette Fries

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If you’re looking for a delicious and healthier alternative to traditional fries, then you’re in for a treat.

I’ll show you how to make perfectly crispy and tasty courgette fries using your air fryer.

air fryer courgette fries coated in breadcrumbs

Why Choose Air Fryer Courgette Fries?

Traditional fries can be laden with excess calories and unhealthy fats.

These crispy, golden delights are not only a tasty alternative to traditional fries but also a guilt-free snack.

These green wonders are low in calories but high in nutrients, making them a fantastic choice for a wholesome snack.

Packed with vitamins A and C, courgettes contribute to healthy skin and a boosted immune system.

They also contain essential minerals like potassium, which is excellent for maintaining blood pressure.

What makes these fries even more appealing is the air fryer magic.

Using hot air circulation, the air fryer gives you that perfect crunch without the excess oil, keeping these fries light and satisfying.

Plus, it’s a quick and convenient way to cook a batch for snacking or as a side dish.

Tips for Selecting, Cleaning, and Cutting Courgettes

Selecting fresh courgettes is crucial for the best flavour and texture.

At the supermarket, look for firm courgettes with a vibrant green colour.

Avoid any with blemishes or soft spots.

A little weight is a good sign – it indicates juiciness!

Give your courgettes a good rinse under cold water.

Once your courgettes are squeaky clean, it’s time to turn them into fry shapes.

Start by trimming off both ends, then cut the courgette in half lengthwise.

Lay each half flat on the cutting board and slice them into thin, fry-like sticks.

Aim for uniformity to ensure even cooking in the air fryer.

Fancy a change, slice them into circles. Equally delicious!

Use my favourite food chopper to make life easier! Highly recommended!

air fryer round courgette fries

How Long To Cook Courgette Fries In The Air Fryer?

Quick, super tasty and keto-friendly these fries take only 10 minutes to air fry.

Courgette Fries Air Fryer Temperature

SETTING: AIR FRY 190 C / 380 F

Ingredients

  • Courgettes / Zucchinis
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 tbsp Grated Parmesan
  • 3 tbsp Breadcrumbs (I prefer panko)
  • 1 Beaten egg
  • Olive Oil Spray

How To Cook Courgette Fries In The Air Fryer

  • Wash, top and tail the courgettes.
  • Cut the courgettes in half and slice lengthways to make the fries shape(as above).
  • Add the parmesan cheese to the breadcrumbs in a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl add the beaten egg. Dip the courgette fries into the beaten egg.
  • Then dip the courgettes into the breadcrumbs. Make sure they are fully covered.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 190 C / 380 F for 5 minutes.
  • Place the fries into the basket and cook for 10 minutes, turning halfway through.

Seasonings

These seasonings will add a savoury twist to your courgette fries.

  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Paprika

Add a teaspoon of your preferred seasoning to the breadcrumbs.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try a pinch of cayenne for some heat.

Crispy Coatings

Traditional breadcrumbs work like a charm, but for a healthier twist, consider using panko crumbs or even crushed cornflakes.

TIP: Place the coated fries on a wire rack for a few minutes to let the coating set. This helps achieve that perfect crispiness in the air fryer.

Serving Suggestions

Transform your courgette fries into a show-stopping appetiser by serving them in a rustic basket or on a wooden board.

Garnish with fresh herbs like parsley or dill for a burst of colour and flavour.

Consider adding a drizzle of truffle oil for a touch of gourmet elegance.

For a more casual setting, serve your courgette fries in a cone made from parchment paper – it adds a charming touch and makes for easy snacking.

Don’t forget to provide lemon wedges on the side; a squeeze of citrus can enhance the overall taste and freshness.

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Dips

For a spicy kick, try a sriracha mayo or a spicy ketchup.

And if you’re feeling bold, experiment with a mango salsa or a balsamic reduction for a sweet and savoury twist.

With these serving suggestions and dip recommendations, your Air Fryer Courgette Fries will be a hit at any gathering.

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FAQs about Air Fryer Courgette Fries

While fresh courgettes are recommended for optimal texture, you can use frozen ones with slight adjustments to the cooking time.

No need to defrost the fries. Preheat the Air Fryer to 200C / 400F for 5 minutes. Once preheated add the frozen fries and cook for 12 minutes. Turn the fries halfway through the cooking time.

Make sure the courgettes are properly dried before air-frying and avoiding overcrowding in the basket will help maintain crispiness.

Vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, and bell peppers can all be air-fried using this method.

Yes, reheating in the air fryer can help revive the fries’ crispiness. Use a lower temperature and monitor them closely.

Peeling is optional and depends on personal preference. Leaving the skin on adds extra nutrients and a rustic appearance.

air fryer courgette fries

Tips for Crispy Perfection

Shaking the Basket During Cooking

To achieve an even crispiness, shake the basket halfway through the cooking process. This ensures that all sides of the courgette fries are exposed to the circulating hot air.

Avoiding Overcrowding for Even Cooking

Overcrowding the basket can lead to uneven cooking. Give your courgette fries space to ensure each piece gets the right amount of heat.

Why Settle For Mediocre Meals When You Can Achieve Excellence Effortlessly?

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Common Mistakes to Avoid

Over-Seasoning

While seasoning is essential, overdoing it can overpower the natural flavour of the courgettes. Start with a light amount and adjust to taste.

Not Monitoring Cooking Time

Air frying is a quick process, and it’s crucial to monitor the cooking time to prevent overcooking and maintain the fries’ texture.

Annemarie

Hi, I’m Annemarie

Having recently retired, I found myself yearning for a new project to channel my energy.

That’s when the idea struck to create a dedicated UK air frying website.

Combining my passion for cooking and the desire to promote healthy eating in busy households, I began developing a collection of recipes tailored for those seeking quick and nutritious meals.

Join me on my journey and discover delicious ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle without compromising on taste.

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