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Air Fryer Zucchini Boats

Air Fryer Zucchini Boats are a quick and easy weeknight meal with tons of fresh flavor! Great for vegetarians with keto and low-carb options, too!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Vegetarian
Keyword: air fryer zucchini boats
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 421kcal


  • Knife
  • Skillet
  • Air fryer


  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 1 cup bell pepper diced, any color
  • 1 pound protein ground beef, turkey sausage, beyond meat alternative
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1 ½ cups fresh tomatoes diced
  • cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup mozzarella divided into ½-cup portions


  • Cut the zucchini in half longways. Scoop out the centers and discard.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, warm the oil. Then, sauté the onion and bell pepper until soft.
  • Add your chosen protein and cook until browned.
  • Next, add the spices and minced garlic.
  • Then, add the diced tomatoes. Stir to combine.
  • Add the panko breadcrumbs and ½ cup mozzarella cheese to the skillet.
  • Evenly distribute the skillet mixture into the zucchini boats. Place the zucchini boats into the air fryer basket or on an air fryer tray.
  • Air fry at 350 degrees F/176 degrees C for 8 minutes. Top with remaining cheese and air fry another 2 minutes.


Tips: 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.
To make this keto: Replace the breadcrumbs with equal amount pork rinds.
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.


Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 347mg | Potassium: 1270mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 3096IU | Vitamin C: 94mg | Calcium: 243mg | Iron: 5mg
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.