Air Fryer Zucchini Tots

Sara's Tiny Kitchen
by Sara's Tiny Kitchen
10 Tots
16 min

Air fryer zucchini tots are a kid-friendly, veggie-heavy side dish that comes together in no time thanks to your friendly neighborhood air fryer!

I resisted getting an Air Fryer for the longest time. My blog name is not a misnomer. My kitchen is truly small, and every square inch of counter space is valuable real estate. I couldn’t image letting some big bulky uni-tasker take that space away from potential food prep areas.

But after enough people that I truly trust told me that air fryers were worth it, I decided to give it a try. I found a model on sale at Target and figured that if I hadn’t used it very much after 6 months, I would donate it or give it to a friend.

It’s been 3 months now, and I couldn’t image my kitchen without her.

For the most part, I make roasted vegetables in it. It’s so nice to be able to free up that oven space for other things, or to not have to turn my oven on at all if it’s hot. I wish I had bought one years ago.


Recipe details
  • 10  Tots
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 6 Minutes Total time: 16 min
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Air Fryer Zucchini Tots
  • 12 ounces of zucchini, shredded (about 2 medium)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup plain panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 shake of cayenne pepper or to taste
To Make Air Fryer Zucchini Tots
Shred the zucchini over a thin tea towel, and wring all the water out of the zucchini that you can.
In a medium bowl add shredded zucchini, egg, cheese breadcrumbs and garlic. Add a shake of cayenne and 1/8 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. 
Mix together.
Scoop out 1 tablespoon of zucchini mixture, and form a small 1 inch patty with your hands, and place on a plate. Repeat with remaining zucchini mixture.
Preheat the air fryer to 375. Spray fryer basket with non stick spray.
Add the zucchini tots to the basket once preheated.
Cook for 3 minutes, flip, then cook an additional 3 minutes.
Sprinkle with a little extra salt.
  • If you don’t have an air fryer, you can make these zucchini tots in an oven.  Just preheat the oven to 400, and then bake tots for 16-18 minutes on a parchment lined baking sheet, turning halfway through cooking.
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