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Easy Air Fryer Zucchini Pizza Boats (Keto, Gluten-Free)

With these Air Fryer Zucchini pizza boats, you won’t miss the flavor of traditional pizza when on a keto diet or avoiding gluten.

Any recipe that includes zucchini as an ingredient is our family favorite. So whether they are baked zucchini, keto zucchini lasagna, or veggie-stuffed zucchini boats, everybody in my family will gobble it up.

These air fryer zucchini pizza boats are also crowd pleasure. They are great as a side dish to go with any meal or light lunch or dinner itself.  

Air Fryer zucchini pizza boats

The flavor of air-fried zucchini, pizza sauce, toppings, and cheese comes together so nice that you won’t stop at one zucchini boat. This recipe is keto-friendly, vegetarian, with no onion, no garlic, and vegetarian and guilt-free pleasure.

Air fryer zucchini pizza boats are great for those in keto or low carb diets as zucchini is naturally low in net carb.

Keto Vegetarian Air Fryer Zucchini Pizza Boat Ingredients

To make keto vegetarian Zucchini pizza boat, you will need,

Zucchini – For making a zucchini pizza boat, choose medium-sized (8-9 oz each). Smaller zucchinis are hard to stuff.

Pizza Sauce– Look for low-carb pizza sauce.

Toppings of your choice – You can use any toppings you like for your zucchini pizza boat. I have used mini yellow pepper, but you can use a mini version or a small piece of any vegetables you like.

Mozzarella cheese –As much as your zucchini boat holds.

Olive oil – To brush up your zucchini boat. You can also use avocado oil.

And an air fryer! This recipe works with any model of air fryer – basket, tray, Instant pot crisp lid. I have used a Gourmia basket air fryer for making zucchini pizza boats.

How to cut Zucchini for the air fryer zucchini boats?

This is the most time-consuming part of this recipe. First, wash zucchini thoroughly. Next, cut zucchini lengthwise in half for making boats. Then, with a spoon, scoop out the flesh (seed) of the zucchini leaving ¼ inch thickness to hold stiffing.

If you find it hard to scoop out the flesh of the zucchini to make a boat, use a knife to loosen the flesh up. Then use a spoon to scoop out the flesh. Finally, scoop out the flesh until you have enough room for stuffing.

How to make Keto Air Fryer Zucchini Pizza Boats?

Cut the zucchini lengthwise in half.

zucchini half without inner flesh

 Scoop out the flesh to make a zucchini boat with a spoon.

Spray zucchini boats with olive oil.

Fill the zucchini boats with marinara or pizza sauce.

zucchini boats filled with red sauce and white cheese

Add yellow pepper or your favorite toppings.

Zucchini boats with sauce and cheese on a wooden chopping board

Top the zucchini boats with mozzarella cheese.

Preheat the Air fryer to 370°F for 5 minutes.

Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil.

Zucchini boats with sauce and cheese in a basket

Arrange stuffed zucchini boats in a single layer in an air fryer basket.

Air fry them at 370°F for 8-10 minutes.

Enjoy Air fryer zucchini pizza boats when they are warm.

Tips for success

Choose medium-size zucchini, so you have enough room for stuffing.

Spray the zucchini boats olive oil before stuffing them with sauce. Olive oil will prevent them from turning soggy while air frying.

Use any toppings you like. Then, cut them into small pieces to fit the zucchini boats.

Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket. If you need to cook more, cook them in a batch.

Topping Variations for Air Fryer Zucchini Pizza boats

Zucchini is a versatile vegetable, and you can use any toppings you like for your zucchini pizza boats. Here are some of the suggestions

  • Olives
  • Broccoli
  • Mushroom
  • Spinach and ricotta
  • Pineapple
  • Peppers
  • Onion
  • Jalapeno
  • Meat (if diet permits) – sausage, mini pepperoni, ham

Choose your toppings accordingly if you want your zucchini boat pizza to be low-carb and keto.

What should you serve with Zucchini Pizza boats?

Air fryer zucchini pizza boats are great as a side dish or stand-alone meal. You can serve many things with your Zucchini pizza boats. You can serve

Keto Air Fryer Eggplant fries

Keto Vegan Rice paper Dumplings

Potato cheese balls without breading (low carb)

Cassava Fries (not keto)

More zucchini boat recipes

Air Fryer Veggie Stuffed Zucchini Boats (Vegan, Keto)

How long does it take to cook zucchini pizza boats in an air fryer?

I have used Gourmia basket model air fryer to cook zucchini pizza boat. It took me 8-10 minutes at 370°F to cook the zucchini pizza perfectly.

But depending upon the model of an air fryer, you have time and temperature changes—also, the size of the zucchini matters. If you have thicker zucchini, it might take longer to cook them to perfection. But as a general guideline, check your zucchini pizza boat before time is up.

Can you refrigerate leftover Air Fryer Zucchini Pizza boats?

You can refrigerate leftover air fryer Zucchini pizza boats. Store leftover zucchini pizza boats in a container and store them in a refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Can you reheat Zucchini pizza boats in an Air fryer?

You can reheat zucchini pizza boats in the air fryer at 350°F for 3-4 minutes. They will come out crispy and delicious. You can also reheat them in a microwave.

Related: Is it Safe to put paper plates in an air fryer to warm up the food?

Can you freeze Air fried Zucchini pizza boats?

Air fryer zucchini pizza boats taste best when eaten fresh. Freezing leftover zucchini pizza boats will turn them soggy. So, I do not suggest freezing them.

You can refrigerate leftover zucchini pizza boats for 3-4 days and when you are ready to serve, reheat them in an air fryer at 350°F for 3-4 minutes.

Can you eat Zucchini on the keto diet?

Zucchini is naturally low in carbs. 200gm of zucchini has only 4g of net carbs. Just like eggplant, zucchini is also considered keto-friendly. Also, this recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free so it is extremely healthy.

Easy Air Fryer Zucchini Pizza Boats (Keto, Gluten-Free)

Recipe by PiaraCourse: Main Dish, AppetizersCuisine: American
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

8

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Total time

18

minutes

Air fryer zucchini pizza boats are a delicious alternative to enjoy the flavor of traditional pizza. This vegetarian, keto-friendly meal will be ready in less than 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium zucchinis

  • Olive oil cooking spray

  • 2 mini yellow bell pepper diced (or any color)

  • ¼ cup pizza sauce

  • ¼ cup Mozzarella cheese

  • Equipment
  • Air Fryer

  • Spoon

Directions

  • Cut the zucchini lengthwise in half.
  • Scoop out the flesh to make a zucchini boat with a spoon.
  • Spray zucchini boats with olive oil.
  • Fill the zucchini boats with marinara or pizza sauce.
  • Add yellow pepper or your favorite toppings.
  • Top the zucchini boats with mozzarella cheese.
  • Preheat the Air fryer to 370°F for 5 minutes.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil.
  • Arrange stuffed zucchini boats in a single layer in an air fryer basket.
  • Air fry them at 370°F for 8-10 minutes.
  • Enjoy Air fryer zucchini pizza boats when they are warm.

Notes

  • Choose medium-size zucchini, so you have enough room for stuffing.
  • Spray the zucchini boats olive oil before stuffing them with sauce. Olive oil will prevent them from turning soggy while air frying.
  • Use any toppings you like. Then, cut them into small pieces to fit the zucchini boats.
  • Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket. If you need to cook more, cook them in a batch.

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