Air Fryer Zoodles. This is an easy method for cooking zoodles in your air fryer without a spiralizer. An easy to follow zucchini recipe that is perfect for air fryer beginners that want a healthy quick prep lunch.
You will love these air fryer zoodles. They are easy to adapt with your favourite seasoning, it is a great way to cook zoodles without them going soggy and best of all you can mix and match with other types of vegetable noodles.
This zoodles air fryer recipe is an updated post as we originally shared with you back in 2016 and 2017 how to cook zoodles. We wanted to merge a few different zoodle recipes and show you that you don’t need a spiralizer to make them. We hope you enjoy this updated recipe.
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Air Fryer Zoodles
Just like most I purchased a spiralizer with the plan to make my favourite spaghetti, but a spaghetti that was made of zucchini, carrot, sweet potatoes, or butternut squash. Ideal for my paleo lifestyle.
But what I found is that spiralizers are hard work.
They often break, they often make us bleed and I hate cleaning them. Not to mention it is very easy for your zoodles to become soggy when you cook them in a frying pan.
Well, that was me back in 2016 when everyone was buying a spiralizer.
Eventually what I learnt was that my cute little julienne peeler that I was gifted from a brand many years ago, was a fantastic plan B.
Here it is:
Instead, what it does is, is create a zoodle that is more like a pasta ragu or tagliatelle rather than spaghetti. You can then cook it with whatever flavouring you like and it takes 2 seconds to clean and I have never cut myself.
Today, what I wanted to do was show you how to make these style zoodles in the air fryer for a quick meal.
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What Are Zoodles?
Whenever I mention zoodles, I will often get asked, what they are, from people that have never tried them.
In a nutshell zoodles are a low carb alternative to pasta and the name zoodles is combining zucchini (what us Brits call courgette) and noodles.
You can have it in many ways or just use it instead of spaghetti with your meatballs or Bolognese.
Can You Cook Zoodles In An Air Fryer?
Yes, you can. A feature of the air fryer is that it is fantastic for your classic stir fry and as zoodles are often cooked in a wok in a similar way, then it makes zoodles in the air fryer PERFECT.
In fact, my son often asks me why I cook with gadgets so much and I remind him that its easier and produces better food.
Can You Cook Frozen Zoodles In An Air Fryer?
Yes you can. It will save you the prep work and then you can load up your frozen zoodles with whatever seasonings you like and air fry them.
Think of it as a time saving way to skip a task.
How Do You Make Zucchini Zoodles Not Soggy?
In the air fryer of course. You see when you make zucchini zoodles in a pan the water from the zucchini (zucchinis are high water content) stays on the zucchini hence why it is often watery and soggy.
However, make air fried zucchini noodles and the water and excess liquid is going into the bottom of your air fryer and not staying local to the zoodles.
This helps create crispy zoodles in the air fryer.
Air Fryer Zoodles Ingredients
You will be pleased to know that the ingredients for making air fryer zoodles is small.
In fact, you only need three things to achieve zoodles:
Zucchini – Also known as the courgette, you need enough to fill the air fryer half full with zoodles. You can also swap this for carrots, sweet potato, butternut squash or a similar vegetable.
Peeler – A good peeler or a spiralizer that will do a good job and create perfect zoodles. This is the one that we recommend if you don’t have one.
Oil – The oil is essential because it stops your zucchini noodles from going soggy. We recommend extra virgin olive oil, though you could use avocado oil instead.
How To Cook Air Fryer Zucchini Noodles?
If you are wondering how to cook zoodles in air fryer then its this easy:
- Use your julienne peeler to make thick zucchini zoodles.
- Toss in a bowl with seasonings and extra virgin olive oil.
- Air fry + serve.
What To Do With Your Zucchini Leftovers?
When I make zoodles, I recommend that you peel the zucchini until the zucchini gets really bendy and you can’t do a straight peel. Then you can stop and use the leftover zucchini for something else.
A bit like how I have demonstrated below:
Then you can slice these zucchini bits into little pizza appetizers or you can use them for a batch of air fryer zucchini fritters.
What To Serve With Air Fryer Zucchini Noodles?
In the Milner house we tend to keep it basic with how we enjoy our air fryer zoodles, and it usually involves one of the following:
- Air Fryer Frozen Salmon
- Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breast
- Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs
- Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp
You can also mix and match it with your own favourite protein for a quick lunch or dinner.
How To Cook Zoodles In Air Fryer
- Use your julienne peeler or spiralizer to make your zucchini zoodles.
- Load the zucchini into a bowl and toss with the seasonings and the extra virgin olive oil.
- Air fry for 8 minutes at 180c/360f.
- Shake the air fryer zoodles, spray with extra virgin olive oil, and cook for a further 5 minutes at 200c/400f.