Stuffed full of meat, veggies, and melty cheese, the keto zucchini boats are perfectly seasoned, delicious, and ready in less than 10 minutes.

a stuffed zucchini half on a white plate on top of a blue striped towel

KETO AIR FRYER ZUCCHINI BOATS

Zucchini boats always remind me of summer, when garden zucchini is in full harvest and I need to come up with interesting ways to cook it all.

This recipe is a delicious, low carb, keto friendly way to enjoy zucchini any time of the year.

Stuff your zucchini with meats, seasonings, vegetables, and cheese. You’ll have a filling and irresistible meal that you’ll find yourself making over and over again.

The air fryer allows you to cook zucchini so fast too. Your Keto dinner will be ready in no time.

Not interested in a Keto recipe right now? Try our traditional Zucchini Boats instead!

Zucchini halves stuffed with meat in side an air fryer basket

INGREDIENTS IN KETO AIR FRYER ZUCCHINI BOATS

Zucchini – Choose medium zucchini for this recipe so that they fit well inside of the air fryer.

Oil – Use your favorite light flavored oil to saute the vegetables.

Onion – Diced finely to blend in with the meat.

Bell Pepper – I like green peppers in this recipe, but any color will work.

Ground Beef – any ground protein is delicious in this recipe. Try it with vegetarian crumbles, ground turkey, or ground chicken.

Italian Seasoning – I almost always add this herb blend to zucchini, it’s a classic flavor combination for me.

Paprika – This adds warmth and color to the filling.

Garlic – Minced garlic adds a ton of flavor.

Tomatoes – I use fresh tomatoes in a medium dice. In a pinch you could use drained canned tomatoes, but to me fresh tastes better.

Mozzarella Cheese – This cheese melts beautifully on top of the zucchini.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you.

photo collage of six steps needed to make air fryer zucchini boats

HOW TO MAKE KETO AIR FRYER ZUCCHINI BOATS

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, warm the oil. Then saute the onion and bell pepper until soft.
  2. Measure the garlic and spices out.
  3. Add the ground meat to the pan with the peppers and onions and cook until browned. Then add the garlic, spices, and diced tomatoes. Stir to combine.
  4. Cut the zucchini into halves. Scoop the centers of the zucchini out and discard.
  5. Evenly distribute the skillet mixture into the zucchini boats. Place the zucchini boats into the air fryer basket or air fryer tray.
  6. Air Fry as directed in recipe. Top with cheese and then air fry again until melted.

These numbered steps match the numbered photos above and are for illustration purposes. For the complete list of ingredients and instructions, please see the recipe below.

keto zucchini boat on a plate being eaten with a fork.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH KETO ZUCCHINI BOATS

You can serve your favorite Keto Side dishes with these, or just eat them on their own.

Air Fryer Stuffed Mushrooms would be a yummy keto side.

Serve this in the summer with a nice fresh green salad with a simple vinaigrette and you’ll be so happy.

HOW TO MAKE ZUCCHINI BOATS SOFT

I trick that I learned while testing this air fryer zucchini recipe is that you can use the microwave as a little bit of a cheat to make the zucchini perfectly tender.

I cooked the halved zucchini for 3-4 minutes in the microwave before I stuffed them. This cooked them about halfway, and ensured that they finished cooking in the air fryer.

HOW TO MAKE ZUCCHINI BOATS CRISPY

Making these zucchini boats in the air fryer ensures that they will not get wet and soggy like they can if you bake them in the oven. For extra crisp, add an extra minute to the very end of cooking so that they cheese browns nicely.

ARE ZUCCHINI BOATS KETO?

This recipe includes all keto friendly ingredients for a low carb meal that is totally keto friendly.

Stuffed zucchini topped with cheese in an air fryer basket

MORE YUMMY AIR FRYER RECIPES

Use this Air Fryer Chicken Wing Dry Rub to make the most amazing chicken wings ever.

Make thick, juicy, restaurant style burgers with our Air Fryer Hamburger recipe.

Air Fryer Asparagus is a simple, Keto friendly side dish.

stuffed zucchini boats in an air fryer basket

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Keto Air Fryer Zucchini Boats

Stuffed full of meat, veggies, and melty cheese, the keto zucchini boats are perfectly seasoned, delicious, and ready in less than 10 minutes.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 380kcal
Ken

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 Zucchini medium
  • 2 T Oil
  • 1 c Onion diced
  • 1 c Bell Pepper diced
  • 1 lb Ground protein beef, chicken, vegetarian
  • 1 T Italian Seasoning
  • 1 t Minced Garlic
  • 1.5 c Fresh Tomatoes diced
  • 1 c Mozzarella Cheese

Instructions

  • Cut the zucchini into halves. Scoop the centers of the zucchini out and discard.
  • Optional: Heat the zucchini in the microwave for 3-4 minutes to help soften. I prefer this, especially for large thicker zucchini.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, warm the oil. Then saute the onion and bell pepper until soft. Add in the protein and cook until browned.
  • Add in the spices and minced garlic.
  • Then, add in the diced tomatoes. Stir to combine.
  • Evenly distribute the skillet mixture into the zucchini boats. Place the zucchini boats into the air fryer basket or air fryer tray.
  • Air Fry at 350F/176C for 8 minutes. Then top with cheese and air fry for an additional two minutes.
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Notes

  • The cook time will depend on the size of your zucchini, large and thick zucchini will take longer. It is easier to microwave them to get a hard start on the cooking process. Alternatively, you could cook the zucchini (without the stuffing) in the air fryer for 5 minutes.
  • Pro Tip: This recipe can be made in the air fryer unit with a basket or the air fryer oven. If you are using the air fryer oven, use the middle rack and select the “Air Fry” function.

Nutrition

Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 682mg | Potassium: 1035mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 2235IU | Vitamin C: 94mg | Calcium: 211mg | Iron: 8mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Adding this to the menu for next week – I love stuffed zucchini boats, and my recipe usually has breadcrumbs. this is so much better!

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