Air fryer zucchini noodles or zoodles people call them turn out great! Tender with a bit of crispy edges for a low carb pasta alternative.
OH MY air fryer zucchini noodles are just so good!! A great healthy pasta option if you are trying to cut down on carbs. Zoodles are surprisingly filling and you won’t miss much when smothered with marinara sauce or just some butter. One of our favorite easy air fryer recipes. (affiliate links present)
Air Fryer Zoodles
We have made all sorts of different air fryer zucchini recipes over the years. I mean especially if you have a garden you know just how prolific this vegetable is during the summertime. You need lots of options so they don’t go to waste for sure, I hate that.
From sweet options like air fryer zucchini bread, to dinner options like this one, you could use a few every day for sure. AND once you get ahold of how to use a spiralizer you’ll want to use it for all sorts of things beyond this too.
If you love air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:
- My Favorite Air Fryer is a Cosori or for a dual machine, the Foodi.
- You can find more easy air fryer recipes here, we have Ninja Foodi recipes as well; bookmark them both!
Making Zucchini Noodles
If you have never done this, it is quite easy once you have the right appliance. This is the cheapest and easiest spiralizer on the market.
You can also buy a Kitchen Aid attachment that does the same thing if you’d rather. You really just cut the ends off, stick one end on and then twist. Leave the skins on always.
Other than this apparatus you’ll just need:
- Zucchini and/or yellow squash works well too
- Olive oil
- Garlic powder and salt are the seasonings we used
You could use frozen zucchini noodles, defrost them first and then use our instructions beyond that for cook times.
This sorta’ turns out like spaghetti squash pasta and is a great low carb pasta option. You can have it as a healthy snack or a dinner option as you can see at the top of this post. It is fun to mess around with it like we did when we made pizza squash the other night too.
They really do. I was apprehensive at first too and really didn’t believe it to be true until the first time. My kids even said it was “so good”.
Especially if you toss them with sauce, the taste is uncanny.
How do you make zucchini noodles not soggy?
Well using your Cosori is a great way to avoid this. Another tip I always recommend is to lay the spirals on paper towels to remove and absorb the moisture on the outside before tossing with olive oil. This will not only allow the oil to stick well but the water on the outside won’t allow it to get as crispy and stay a bit al dente.
You see all the water that was on the outside?
How to Cook Zoodles in Air Fryer
It is quite simple and very successful if you follow my directions and timing below. I have everything in a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post so you can keep it handy too. Just spiral, absorb, season, preheat, cook, toss, and serve!
What is the best way to prepare zoodles?
This is it my friends!! Don’t wait for water to boil (20 minutes), have that suck all the vitamins out of this green vegetable of yours…. No, no, you need to air fry spiralized noodles this way. This will be a game changer my friends.
That is right, spiralized zucchini is the new it thing. I mean you can even have it as a pasta substitute at Noodles and Company now! I have had it there and that is where it all started, my obsession that is.
I worked with them for a campaign and I wasn’t a believer until the first bite. OH MY were they good!
For a while I messed around with how to prepare them best though. Boiling isn’t and wasn’t it, I knew they could come out not as soft with a bit of crisp on the outside. SO into the air fryer basket they went. Plain was fantastic but after that we have made zoodles and shrimp which was over the top amazing.
Get out your cooking spray so these babies don’t stick and let’s get started…..
Zucchini Noodles in the Air Fryer
Here is a quick step by step to get you started so you can see how simple it is. Do not skip a step to speed up the process, it is fast enough and needs every minute to turn out to perfection.
Time needed: 5 minutes.
Air Fryer Zucchini Noodles
Lay a few paper towels folded in half into a bowl. Use a spiralizer with your zucchini and then place into bowl.
Microwave this for 2 minutes to soften veggies slightly. Take out and put another paper towel on top, gently press down to absorb moisture on top of noodles. Put into bowl again and drizzle with olive oil and seasonings, toss together.
Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes. Pour zoodles in and move so it overlaps as little as possible.
Cook for 4-5 minutes until tender as you’d like with a bit of crisp on the edges. Pour marinara on top and serve like spaghetti.
Your little ones might call them curly fries if you really get them extra crispy. They can be a fun snack if you season them really well this way too. Another favorite in our house with the littles has been zucchini fries dipped in fry sauce!
Want to see a few of my favorite things that I am totally obsessed with?? Take a peek and see how many you might already have…twinsies!
Air Fryer Zucchini Noodles
- Lay 2 paper towels folded in half into a bowl. Use a spiralizer with your zucchini and then place into bowl.
- Microwave for 2 minutes to soften slightly. Take out and put another paper towel on top, gently press down to absorb moisture on top of noodles.
- Put into bowl again and drizzle with olive oil and seasonings, toss together.
- Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes. Pour zoodles in and move so it overlaps as little as possible.
- Cook for 4-5 minutes until tender as you'd like with a bit of crisp on the edges. Pour marinara on top and serve like spaghetti.