Turn that abundance of summer squash into Air Fryer Parmesan Squash Fries - summer squash is cut into wedges and coated with Parmesan cheese before being air fried for a delicious summer side dish.
I cannot believe I waited as long as I did to hop on the bandwagon known as air fryers. I had thought "eh, I can just use the oven, it can't be that great." Boy was I ever wrong! Especially for this recipe.
What is air fryer parmesan squash fries?
For this recipe, I sliced yellow squash into wedges (fries) and then coated it in a flour-egg wash-Parmesan/Panko mixture and cooked them in the air fryer. I like serving these with a spicy ranch dip, but a marinara or a pesto would also be a great dipping choice.
🥘 Ingredients for this recipe
- large yellow squash
- Wondra flour
- hot sauce
- grated Parmesan cheese
- Panko bread crumbs
- salt and pepper
- spicy ranch dipping sauce, optional
🔪Instructions for this recipe
- Start by slicing the squash. Slice off both ends of the squash, and then depending on the size, slice in half or into thirds, creating 2 ½ -3 inch rounds. Next, slice each of the rounds in half, then slice those, creating a wedge (or fry) shape.
- Next, mix up your dipping stations. In one bowl, combine Wondra flour with salt and pepper. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, milk and hot sauce. And finally, in the third bowl, combine the grated Parmesan cheese and the Panko bread crumbs.
- Then prepare the squash. Dip each wedge of squash into the flour, then egg, then Panko mixture, making sure to coat on all sides and shake off the excess. Place on a plate and repeat until finished.
- Then get your air fryer ready to make deliciousness! Set your air fryer to Air Fry with a temperature of 375 and a time of 10 minutes. Once it has preheated (if your model has that function) place the squash in the basket in a single layer and cook. If your air fryer has a "turn food option" shake them around in the basket or use tongs to gently move them.
- Finally, prepare a dipping sauce. While the squash fries are air frying, whip something up to dip them in. I love a spicy ranch dipping sauce which is made with two parts ranch dressing to one part hot sauce/sriracha. Or warm up some marinara sauce, or pull out a pesto.
FAQ's and substitutions
- Why is my food in the air fryer soggy? Three options or a combination of them - you either used too much oil on the food, the temperature wasn't high enough or the food was layered and there wasn't enough air flow to get through to make the food crispy. Squash already has a higher moisture content than potatoes so make sure you don't have more than one layer of them in the basket/on the rack of your air fryer.
- Can I substitute zucchini for yellow squash? Not in every recipe, but definitely in this one! Squash and zucchini are similar enough that for the purpose of this recipe, you can use them interchangeably.
- What is Wondra flour? It's a very finely ground wheat flour sold in a blue can next to the bagged flour options. While most people use it to thicken up gravies or sauces, you can also use it to provide a very light coat on something that is being fried (or air fried).
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Air Fryer Parmesan Squash Fries
- Air fryer
- 1 large yellow squash
- ¼ cup Wondra flour
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ⅔ cup Panko bread crumbs
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ cup ranch dressing
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce
- Slice off the ends of the squash and then cut it into 2 ½-3 inch rounds. Slice those in half, then in half again to create wedges.
- In one dish combine the Wondra flour with salt and pepper. In another dish whisk together the egg, milk and hot sauce. In the third dish, combine the grated Parmesan cheese and Panko bread crumbs.
- Dip the squash wedges in the flour, then the egg mixture and finally into the Parmesan-panko mixture, shaking to remove excess after each. Repeat with all squash wedges.
- Set the air fryer to Air Fry at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Add the squash fries in an even layer into the basket (or on the rack) and cook. If your air fryer has a "turn food" option, use tongs to gently move them around, or gently shake them in the basket.
- While they're cooking, make up the dipping sauce by combining ranch dressing and hot sauce until fully combined.