Air Fryer Parmesan Cumin Zucchini Fries with Herb Dipping Sauce & a Giveaway

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One of the latest kitchen gadgets that is “on trend” this holiday season is an air fryer. I don’t own a regular oil fryer. No judgement, but it seemed to me that owning an oil fryer was a one way ticket to bad health. But an air fryer? No vast amounts of oil involved? This I had to try. 

This particular air fryer is from Gourmia and can easily be ordered on Amazon. The instructions are straight forward. And even with no previous fryer experience I was cooking up my own batch of yumminess in no time. 

Visually the air fryer will highlight in blue two different important parts. How long the food has left to cook and the temperature. 

But let me back up a bit, this machine doesn’t have a multitude of pieces. And there is no assembly. Basically the only pieces that are removable are the pan and the basket. 

It’s literally as simple as it sounds. Simple remove the basket and pan to add your goodies, then insert the pan and basket back into the fryer for cooking. Super simple! 

I decided to alter a recipe from the recipe book provided with the machine to create some Parmesan Cumin Zucchini Fries. In my mind this is the best of both worlds. A yummy vegetable with a crispy outer shell without the awful vat of oil. 

The whole process was fast and easy. Within less than a half an hour I had crispy delicious zucchini fries ready for dipping. 

So how does an air fryer work? Think of it as similar to a convection oven. If you are entertaining over the holidays this machine can be particularly useful. You can have other appetizers cooking in the oven and at the same time have items cooking in your air fryer! 

These zucchini fries turned out perfect from the first try! The instruction book recommends shaking the food half way between cooking. I didn’t do that and for these and I think they turned out great! 

Fried chicken, french fries, fish….the options for food to cook are limitless! Pro tip, don’t forget to set the timer. I tried to get the machine to start, but I wasn’t working. I had missed setting the timer!! 

4.89 from 27 votes

Parmesan Cumin Zucchini Fries with Herb Dipping Sauce


  • 2 medium zucchinis
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin

For the Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp minced dill
  • 1 tbsp minced parsely
  • 1 tbsp minced chives
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise and then into sticks no more than 1/2 inch thick and 4 inches long. 

    In a bowl whisk together the egg and water and season with salt and pepper. 

    In a shallow dish combine the panko, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, cumin, and olive oil. The mixture should have the texture of wet sand and then season with salt and pepper. 

    Working in small batches, dip the zucchini in the egg and then coat in bread crumbs. 

    Place in a single layer in the basket of the air fryer and cook at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. 

    Carefully remove and season with kosher salt. 

    Repeat with the remaining zucchini fries. Toss all the fires back in the air fryer once cooked to reheat for about 2-3 minutes. 

    When the fries are reheating, mix together the sauce in a small bowl by whisking together the greek yogurt, sour cream, dill, parley, chives, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. 

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  1. Lisa Brown says:

    I learned that you can fit a 2 to 3 pound chicken in it

  2. Julie Wood says:

    What I love about this air fryer is that foods are made without oil and this makes it so much healthier. And that it has a really nice LCD display that makes it easy to read.

  3. I was surprised that this is a non-oil involved process

  4. I learned that it has a removable basket pan.

  5. I learned the price of the air fryer is under a $100 and is a great healthy option!

  6. I learned that this is a non oil involved process.

  7. Katherine Hahn says:

    I learned that foods are 100% oil free made with the air fryer.

  8. you can enjoy deep fried taste without deep fried calories!! HAHA AWESOME

  9. Kim Henrichs says:

    It has a non-stick coating – awesome!

  10. susan smoaks says:

    The Air Frying Technology maintains a crispy outer texture while cooking all sorts of food evenly.

  11. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I learned that it has a Removable Basket and Pan.

  12. I learned that the removable basket is easy clean up after cooking, simply remove the basket pan and wash regularly.

  13. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    I learned that it is a healthy choice to deep frying and It has great reviews.

  14. I learned that it has a removable basket pan for easy cleanup!

  15. I learned that this air fryer is very compact and also has an removable basket pan for easy clean up after cooking.

  16. I learned that I can eat the foods without oil ! This looks amazing

  17. ellen beck says:

    Ilearned that thismachine is compact andcan fit in most kitchens easily, it isnt a huge bulky machine at all.

  18. I learned that it has a non stick coating and I love that.

  19. I learned that it has a removable basket for easy clean up

  20. Diane Sallans says:

    I like that it has a REMOVABLE BASKET PAN For easy clean up!

  21. shelly peterson says:

    I learned that it has a removable basket pan and it has a Bonus Cookbook Included

  22. Julie Bickham says:

    I learned you can fry a whole chicken in it!

  23. The basket and fry area is not very complex, making it pretty simple to clean

  24. kelly tupick says:

    I learned that there is no high intense maintenance needed for the product and that it sounds like it’s easy to use and clean.

  25. Love that we can eat fried food without all the grease. Would love to do some chicken wings!

  26. Barbara Montag says:

    I lea ned and liked – Air Frying Technology For Low Calorie Food Options.
    All fo healthie eating!
    thank you

  27. Michael Trasatti says:

    You can fry a 2-3 lb. Chicken in that thing, wow!

  28. Dee Johnson says:

    I love that you can make foods that are 100% oil free with this fryer. Awesome!

  29. Melissa Storms says:

    Your zucchini fries look amazing. I like that the air fryer is designed for easy clean up.

  30. I learned that their is no high maintenance for this product.

  31. Ronalee Duncan says:

    I learned that it could be used to fry, bake, grill, roast or broil.

  32. Colleen Maurina says:

    I learned that this air fryer has a removable basket that is easy to clean.

  33. jeri willliams says:

    I learned you can fry a whole chicken in it!

  34. Vicki Wurgler says:

    you can cook 100% oil free

  35. Heather B says:

    I have heard of these but never really looked at them, I did not know you can Bake and Grill in them as well!

  36. Stefanie G says:

    I learned the air fryer has a LCD Display for Programmable Settings for Perfect Times and Temperatures.

  37. Allison Swain says:

    I have been wanting to try this! I learned that it has lcd display. Thank you for the chance to win! I would use this every single day if I win it 🙂

  38. Charlene S. says:

    I learned that it has a removable basket pan for easy clean up.

  39. I learned that the basket pan is removable to make cleanup nice and easy.

  40. Dana Rodriguez says:

    That looks delicious! I learned no intense or high maintenance required for this device.

  41. carol clark says:

    100% oil free made and a REMOVABLE BASKET PAN sounds interesting

  42. I learned that it has a removable basket for easy clean up

  43. I learned that it has a 4.5 Quart Capacity and has a 5/5 star rating on amazon.

  44. Michele Paluzzi says:

    I learned that air frying makes my non cooking boyfriend, son, and his friend that lives with us want to try to cook in one.

  45. I learned that you can fry a 2-3 pound chicken.

  46. Geena Jean O'Banion says:

    I learned that the panel is highlighted……….time left to cook…..didn’t know the panel was lighted and giving you instructions.
    Looks really nice….thank you for the opportunity to participate.

  47. I learned that clean up is easy too!

  48. Nicole Martin says:

    I like that it comes with a cookbook! I would need that to give me ideas what to make!

  49. Kimberly Harrison says:

    What I learned new is: comes in a compact design, and has a removal basket.

  50. I learned you can have HEALTHY & HAPPY FOOD CHOICES that are 100% oil free! I need this in my kitchen!!

  51. It would fit a small chicken

  52. Cindy Peterson says:

    It has a removable basket pan for easy cleaning. We all appreciate easy cleaning.

  53. It has a compact design!

  54. I learned its easy to clean. I’ve always wanted one of these.

  55. I learned it has a non-stick coating.

  56. Brian Aldrich says:

    Easy to use!

  57. I learned it has an LCD display

  58. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I learned that you can fry, bake, grill, roast, broil, our Air Fryer does it all.

  59. There’s no oil involved.

  60. Christine Labelle says:

    It is compact and has an LCD display. You can fry with 0 oil or grease. I have wanted one for some time.

  61. I like that this would help me make foods that are 100% oil free, since I need to watch my cholesterol.

  62. Stacie Humphrey says:

    It has a 4.5 quart capacity.

  63. Kristin McCall says:

    I learned that you do not need oil and it is way healthier for you.

  64. Katie Rose says:

    Easy to remove pan for clean up

  65. Karley Moore says:

    I love that it is fat free frying and easy clean up. I’ve been wanting one of these! Thanks for the giveaway!

  66. I learned that it has a removable basket pan.

  67. Onyinye Elochukwu says:

    I learnt that it reduces excess oil and fat.

  68. Sleek and compact design

  69. I learned that it cooks 100% oil free.

  70. I learned that I can also broil in it.

  71. Natalie Schilla says:

    That it is healthier because it is 100% oil free.

  72. I learned that it has a 4.5 quart capacity. Thank you!

  73. Jeanne Rousseau says:

    That you don’t need to add any oil to fry things in it!

  74. Deborah N. says:

    I learned that it is much healthier than conventional frying.

  75. Francine Anchondo says:

    it has a removable basket pan.

  76. I’ve learned that this machine doesn’t use any oil to fry foods, which helps to cut down on cholesterol and unwanted fats.

  77. It has an LCD display screen that monitors your desire temperature.

  78. YUM!! The pictures make me hungry! I can think of a million things I want to fry! Happy holidays!!

  79. Jeremy McLaughlin says:

    Learned it has a non stick coating.

  80. Sarah Walker says:

    I’ve learned that this is a healthier way to cook

  81. Seems pretty easy to use.

  82. Lynette Walton says:

    I learned that its an almost no oil process to air fry.

  83. Cheryl Everitt says:

    There is no assembly – that’s a plus for me!

  84. Nelda Boyce says:


  85. i like the health benefits of no oil frying.

  86. Kimmy Ripley says:

    Love that you can free your body of oil and grease. I like to cook healthy meals for my family and this would be so helpful to have.

  87. Lisa Walker says:

    I learned that this fryer has an LCD Display with programmable settings.

  88. An ergonomic interface that quickly cooks your desired food with the utmost quality and flavor and a screen that monitors your desire temperature for simplicity.

  89. fern gagnon says:

    wow! This would be great for my diet. I am on a fat free diet. Able to cook with hot air like homemade fries or veggies will help get the weight off.

  90. Kathleen Kuykendall says:

    I learned about a new way of cooking my favorite “fried” foods without adding any oil!

  91. gena bennett says:

    I never thought these worked without a little oil, but amazed that it does!

  92. I like that it has settings for specific kinds of food (like shrimp-yum!)

  93. Christine Lee says:

    I learned it doesn’t need much oil, actually, less is better.

  94. Tricia Trundy says:

    It has a removable basket.

  95. kathie hoehn says:

    I learned I can fry food 100% oil-free

  96. Bobbie Smith says:

    I learned that you can adjust the temperature to create all sorts of dishes! I haven’t used one before, but have been very interested in getting one.

  97. I learned that it has a sleek compact design and it will help create healthy dishes for the whole family!!

  98. Tami Faurote says:

    Removable basket makes for easy cleaning!

  99. Karen Ristow says:

    I would love to win one of these. It’s fascinating how this works and the recipes look awesome!

  100. Karen Ristow says:

    This is something I definitely want to try! Recipes look awesome!

  101. Chrissy Lee says:

    I had no idea it had such easy cleanup!

  102. Gricelda Castro says:

    I learned it doesn’t need much oil!

  103. I learned I could eat food I love without all the unhealthy oils being in it. I also love how the basket can be completely removed to be cleaned.

  104. I like that the basket is removable making it easy to wash

  105. I learned that the basket is removable making it easier to clean

  106. I learned that it has a compact design.

  107. Cheryl Johnson says:

    Love everything about this including the recipe (yum)

  108. I learned that it takes less than half an hour to make zucchini fries

  109. Alex Montana says:

    Great that is is so easy to use and you can do a whole chicken at a time!

  110. Andrea Chandler says:

    I learned that I can make a lot of healthy dishes with it. I’ve been wanting one to try for a while now.

  111. beth shepherd says:

    I like the nonstick design! Thank you

  112. i learned it has removeable basket for easy cleanup

  113. ETL Listed for Safety

  114. Meghan Malicoat says:

    I like the LCD that monitors for your desired temperature.

  115. It has a removable basket for easy cleaning

  116. Azeem Isaahaque says:

    I Liked that my food would be free from excess oil and grease

  117. Kelly Freeman says:

    I learned that it comes with a cookbook

  118. Alexandra Y says:

    That you don’t use oil.

  119. connie black says:

    I learned that these are no oil and fat free. A healthier way to cook

  120. Jennifer Hedden says:

    I learned that it has a removable basket.

  121. Sheila Vives says:

    I learned the Gourmia Air Fryer has a 4.5 Quart Capacity which is incredible. I can make enough food for the whole family

  122. Kimberly M. says:

    I learned that there is a cook book included which will help me test it out so I know what I’m doing for other foods.

  123. Debbie Jensen says:

    It can fit a small chicken

  124. I’m blown away that there is no oil!!

  125. I learned that it’s easy and hassle free to clean.

  126. Deborah Beyer says:

    I learned it’s nonstick and compact. I’ve heard so much about air fryers and would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity! Happy Holidays!

  127. LYN WILLIAMS says:

    LCD Display

  128. Maya Russell says:

    It’s 100% oil free!!

  129. These are a lot smaller than I though they would be. It would be nice to be able to cook things like this without all the oil.

  130. It has an LCD Display for Programmable Settings for Perfect Times and Temperatures

  131. I love that there is no excess oil. Makes me want to use it more.

  132. I learned that there are few parts and that you can fry without oil!

  133. Only 2 removable parts, the pan and the basket. Cook with no oil or grease. Easy cleaning!

  134. I learned that almost no oil is needed to create fried food – a healthy way to eat the foods I enjoy!

  135. Several friends have air fryers and love them. Love the fact that that there is a no oil used and it has a removable basket.

  136. I love the compact design and the simple screen touch. I have been wanting one of these for a year now. Your recipe above sounds so good!

  137. I read that its 4.5 qyarts and no oil!

  138. I learned you can fry almost anything and still be on the healthier side. love it!

  139. I learned it is 100% oil free.

  140. I learned that no oil is needed and has an lcd display.

  141. Polly Hall says:

    No only does the Air fryer fry, it also can bake, grill, roast, broil,

  142. Karen Hamm says:

    I learned that it’s 4.5 quarts and has a removable basket and pan. Awesome!

  143. Mindi Eden says:

    The HEALTHY fat-free cooking would fit into our diet- no oil means little or no fat! This item is on my wish list for Christmas!

  144. Courtney H. says:

    The basket pan is easy to clean.

  145. Breanne Smith says:

    This seems much healthy than regular frying

  146. I learned it’s not high maintenance easy to clean.

  147. I learned that it’s ETL Listed for Safety.

  148. Tabathia B says:

    I learned that it has a compact design which enables owners to leave on counter

  149. Mostly I like it because it uses air rather than oil. The LCD display is cool too

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