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pesto zucchini bites on a plate with fresh basil

Air Fryer Zucchini Pesto Bites

These Air Fryer Zucchini Pesto Bites are the perfect healthy, low-carb snack or appetizer for any occasion.
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Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 235kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous



  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced in ¼" rounds
  • salt and pepper for sprinkling
  • ½ cup pesto sauce
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced ( I used pre-sliced from Bel Gioioso)
  • 12 small cherry tomatoes, cut in half


  • Slice the zucchini into ¼" rounds and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Preheat your air fryer at 350°F for 2 minutes.
    sliced zucchini with salt and pepper on top
  • Spray the air fryer basket with non-stick spray and carefully place as many zucchini slices as you can fit in the basket. Cook at 350° for 4 minutes.
    sliced zucchini in an air fryer
  • Using tongs, remove each zucchini slice from the air fryer. Top each slice with pesto, cheese, and a tomato half.
    zucchini pesto bite before cooking
  • Place the slices back in the air fryer and cook at 350°F for another 4-5 minutes. Remove from the air fryer using the tongs and allow the zucchini bites to cool before enjoying.
    pesto zucchini bite with mozzarella and tomato


  • These Zucchini Pesto Bites will become soggy if you let them sit too long. They also are not good for leftovers. Make sure you eat these little bites right away, this is not a recipe to make ahead of time.
  • The first step of softening the zucchini before adding the toppings is an important step to get the zucchini to be just the right texture for these zucchini bites.
  • Preheating your air fryer is not always necessary (unless otherwise noted by your manufacturer), but it helps with even cooking and speeds up overall cooking time.
  • Non-stick spray is a must-have when air frying so don’t skip it. Not only does it help the food from sticking to the basket, but it also aids in the crisping of whatever you are air frying. You can use vegetable oil, olive oil, avocado oil, or whatever oil spray you like.
  • Aluminum foil is also a handy tool when air frying for easier clean-up. You will get some residual oil spray at the bottom of your air fryer as well as some food that may fall off. Use a small piece of foil to catch as much as you can.
  • Cooking times and temperatures may vary due to variations in equipment and may require adjustments
  • Always read the instruction manual that came with your Air Fryer and follow all safety guidelines.


Serving: 4slices | Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.5g | Protein: 13.3g | Fat: 18.4g | Saturated Fat: 8.4g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 365mg | Potassium: 517mg | Fiber: 2.9g | Sugar: 6.7g | Calcium: 263mg | Iron: 1mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.