Dehydrated Zucchini Chips
And Some Bonus Dip Recipes!

What to make with zucchini? We have a fun idea for you: How about making dehydrated zucchini chips! When you find yourself faced with a major case of the munchies, zucchini chips are a great, healthy go-to snack! They can also be a fun snack for a get-together with friends. Zucchini chips are not a "junk food", but a healthy alternative to other types of chips, not leaving you feeling puffy, bloated, or guilty.

Besides the amazing health benefits of zucchini, the crunch, the customizable flavor, and the fact that you've made them yourself can be very satisfying! Here's how to make your own zucchini chips!

What are Dehydrated Zucchini Chips?

Zucchini chips are somewhat similar to potato chips. They are a crunchy snack made from a vegetable.

But one of their differences is these paper-thin rounds of dehydrated zucchini chips are a healthy snack with no oil or other additives, except the flavoring of your choice! They are made from garden fresh zucchini that has been thinly sliced and dried in a dehydrator until they're crispy. 

If you're wondering how to make zucchini chips, keep on reading! These low carb zucchini chips are so easy to make and a great way to use zucchini from the garden. 

Is Zucchini Good for You?

Is zucchini good for you? Yes, nutritional value of zucchini may be surprising! This popular, versatile summer squash is chock full of health benefits and nutritional goodness. If interested, check out our page on Zucchini Nutrition for some information that's quite interesting!

What Does Zucchini Taste Like?

What does zucchini taste like? Zucchini is very mild and pleasant flavored with a little hint of nutty sweetness. 

And, what do dehydrated zucchini chips taste like? Well, that's actually up to you!  Because zucchinis are naturally very mild flavored, you can be creative in how to flavor them. You can make your dehydrated zucchini chips plain and unflavored, or just you can add a bit of salt. But we have to admit, it's a lot more fun to add spice or pizazz. You can flavor your zucchini chips with anything that tickles your fancy! Read on, we'll discuss flavoring them below. 

How Are Dehydrated Zucchini Chips Made?

We make our zucchini chips in a food dehydrator, but they can also be dried in the oven or in an air fryer. And if you happen to live in a dry, sunny climate, you can make sun dried zucchini chips!

Even though we will be focusing on using a dehydrator, the other methods wouldn't be much different. You'll find that making dehydrated zucchini chips is actually quite easy! Simply wash, slice, flavor, and dehydrate. And there's no blanching needed! Let's do it! 

Dehydrated Zucchini Chips Recipe


  • Zucchinis
  • Seasoning, herbs, or other flavoring of your choice.


  1. Wash your zucchini.
  2. Cut off the stem and blossom ends.
  3. Peel if you want to, but it's not necessary.
  4. Using a mandoline slicer or sharp knife, cut zucchinis into *1/8-inch slices (about 3mm).
  5. Sprinkle onto the zucchini rounds your choice of seasonings.
  6. Place zucchini rounds on dehydrator trays lined with silicone mesh or parchment paper, making sure that they don't overlap.
  7. Dry at 135-140°F (60°C) for 6 -10 hours or until completely **dried and crispy.
  8. Allow them to cool completely
  9. Store your dehydrated zucchini chips at room temperature in an air tight container.


* You can cut the zucchini slices a bit thicker if you want, but 1/8 inch makes them nice and crisp, similar to potato chips.

** When sufficiently dry and crispy, they should snap and break like a potato chip when you try to bend them.

If you choose to salt your zucchini slices before dehydrating them, use a very sparse sprinkle. As the zucchini dries, the saltiness will intensify. They can become overly salty very easily! 

Also, some recipes call for coating the zucchini with olive oil or other kind of oil, but we haven't found this necessary so we don't use any oil and it turns out nicely. 

When arranging zucchini rounds on your dehydrator trays, they can be close, but make sure that they don't overlap each other. 

A hermetic sealing food storage jar works well for storing and displaying your handiwork. 

After you've stored them for a while, if you find that your zucchini chips start to lose some of their crispness, simply dehydrate them again for an hour or two to refresh their crispness.

Be Creative with Your Flavors! 

The sky's the limit when it comes to flavoring your dehydrated zucchini chips! The cool thing is that the mild flavor of zucchini allows you to be very creative! 

For parmesan zucchini chips, you can simply sprinkle on the parmesan cheese before dehydrating zucchini chips. We enjoy a mixture of parmesan and herbs. Tex-Mex Seasoning is also nice. 

Seasoning ideas for dehydrated zucchini chips could be: 

  • Parmesan and Herbs

  • A sprinkling of Smoked Paprika

  • Curry Powder, Cardamom, and Ginger

  • A light sprinkling of Sea Salt and Black Pepper

  • Tex-Mex seasonings are yummy! 

  • And why not try a bit of Sugar and Pumpkin Spice to enjoy in Autumn time!

Just remember to season your zucchini sparingly because a little bit of seasoning goes a long way! 

Whether you're wanting some healthy nibbles while reading a book, or sharing with friends at a party, dehydrated zucchini chips are a delicious way to turn a crop of bountiful summer squash into a fun, healthy and satisfying snack all year around.

Other Methods of Making Dehydrated Zucchini Chips

Oven Baked Zucchini Chips

Since we use our dehydrator, we haven't tried making zucchini chips in the oven. But not everyone has access to a dehydrator and you might want to try using the oven. This recipe for Oven Baked Zucchini Chips looks yummy and has good ratings as well!

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

We also don't have an air fryer, so we don't have any experience making air fryer zucchini chips. But if you do, here's a recipe for breaded Air Fryer Zucchini Chips that look tasty as well. Enjoy!

Sun Dried Zucchini Chips

Dehydrating zucchini chips can be done off grid as well! To make sun dried zucchini chips, follow the directions above. Without allowing them to touch, place the seasoned zucchini slices on a parchment lined baking tray. Place your trays of zucchini in full, direct sunlight for 2 or 3 days, until they are dry and crispy. (Bring them in overnight!) The time needed will depend on the weather. If you are dealing with any humidity, this may be challenging. If so, you may want to try drying by one of the other methods above. 

Bonus: Great Dips for Zucchini Chips!

Our Favorite: Delicious Dill Dip Recipe


  • 1 cup of Plain Yogurt or Sour Cream
  • 1 cup Homemade Milk Mayonnaise (or regular Mayonnaise of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar (your choice: red wine vinegar, white, apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice)
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons of Fresh Dill (or 1 - 2 tablespoons of Dried Dill Weed)
  • 1 tablespoon Onion Powder and\or Dried Diced Onion (or more if you'd like)
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Serve with Dehydrated Zucchini Chips, fresh veggies, chips, or whatever you'd like!

You can keep this Mayo, Yogurt, and Dill Dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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Or, Yum Us with Hummus! 

If you'd prefer, how about some hummus! This yummy Homemade Hummus Recipe would pair nicely with dehydrated zucchini chips or slices of fresh zucchini, and other veggies as well.

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Here's a Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe


  •   2 cups of Homemade Milk Mayonnaise (or regular Mayonnaise of your choice)
  •  1/4 cup Plain Yogurt, Greek yogurt, or Sour Cream
  •  2 teaspoons Dried Chives
  •  1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder 
  •  1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
  •  1/2 teaspoon Dried Parsley
  •  1/4 teaspoon Dried Dill
  •  1/4 teaspoon Salt
  •  1/8 teaspoon pepper
  •  3/4 cup Buttermilk, regular whole milk, or raw milk (you can add 1 teaspoon of vinegar if you're using milk)

In a medium sized bowl thoroughly mix together the mayonnaise, yogurt (or sour cream), and the seasonings. Add the buttermilk or milk and whisk until smooth. 

This dip can be served immediately, or for best flavor chill for 2 hours before serving.

This Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week.

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