Crispy Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters & Dip

Making zucchini fritters in the air fryer couldn’t be easier! Crispy crunch on the outside, and fluffy and tender on the inside, they’re the perfect vegetable appetizer or vegetable side dish. Delicious with a dipping sauce like chipotle lime mayo. Ready in less than 30 minutes!


Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters – 3 medium zucchini, grated (about 2 cups) – 1 tsp kosher salt – 1 1/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour – 1 teaspoon baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon salt – 1/4 teaspoon white sugar – 1 egg, lightly beaten – 1/2 cup milk – 2 tbsp canola oil – 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs – 1/2 tsp kosher salt – Cooking spray Chipotle Lime Mayo – 1 cup mayonnaise – 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice – 1 tsp chili powder – 1/2 tsp kosher salt – 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, optional

Line a colander with a cheesecloth or thin dish cloth. Toss grated zucchini with the 1 tsp kosher salt. Add to cloth lined colander and let sit for about 10 minutes. Squeeze the cloth to remove as much liquid as possible.

In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, and sugar.

Add egg, milk, and canola oil and lightly mix. Add zucchini and mix thoroughly. If you have time, refrigerate this mixture for a half hour. It makes it easier to handle in the next steps!

Combine Panko bread crumbs and remaining salt in a shallow bowl. Lay a piece of parchment paper that will fit in your air fryer’s basket on your work surface.

Create 2 inch balls (they may not be perfectly spherical) from the zucchini mixture and roll in the panko mixture. Place on parchment paper, working in batches so they’ll fit in your air fryer in a single layer (I can do about 5 at a time).

While the fritters are cooking, mix together all ingredients for the chipotle lime mayo. Taste and adjust salt and cayenne pepper to your preference.

Serve the fritters with the chipotle lime mayo.