Fry The Zucchini

Frying zucchini is a fantastic way to enjoy this versatile vegetable, whether you’re making it as a side dish, a snack, or as part of a larger meal. Here’s a simple and effective recipe for crispy fried zucchini that can be easily adapted to include your favorite seasonings or dipping sauces.



For Fried Zucchini:

2 medium zucchinis, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds or sticks

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 large eggs, beaten

1 cup breadcrumbs (panko for extra crispiness)

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)

1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional)

Vegetable oil, for frying

For Serving:

Lemon wedges

Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)

Marinara sauce, ranch dressing, or tzatziki for dipping




1. Prepare the Dredging Station:

Set up three shallow dishes. Place the flour in the first dish.

Beat the eggs in the second dish, adding a tablespoon of water to thin them slightly if desired.

In the third dish, combine the breadcrumbs with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.

2. Dredge the Zucchini:

First, coat each zucchini slice or stick in the flour, shaking off any excess.

Dip the floured zucchini into the beaten eggs, allowing any excess to drip off.

Finally, press the zucchini into the breadcrumb mixture, making sure each piece is fully coated. Set aside on a plate.

3. Heat the Oil:

Pour vegetable oil into a large frying pan to a depth of about 1/2 inch. Heat over medium-high heat until the oil reaches about 350°F (175°C) or a breadcrumb sizzles when dropped into the oil.

4. Fry the Zucchini:

Fry the breaded zucchini in batches, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Cook each batch for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown and crispy.

Remove the fried zucchini with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.

5. Serve:

Serve the fried zucchini hot. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice over the top and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese if using.

Offer marinara sauce, ranch dressing, or tzatziki on the side for dipping.


Ensure Crispiness: Make sure the oil is hot enough before starting to fry. This helps the zucchini cook quickly and become crispy rather than soggy.

Seasoning Variations: Feel free to experiment with different seasonings in the breadcrumb mixture. Adding Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper for heat, or even a bit of grated Parmesan can enhance the flavor.

Healthier Option: For a lighter version, you can bake the breaded zucchini instead of frying. Simply place the coated slices on a wire rack set over a baking sheet, spray with a little cooking spray, and bake in a preheated 425°F (220°C) oven for about 20-25 minutes or until crispy and golden.

Enjoy your delicious fried zucchini as a tasty appetizer, snack, or side dish that’s sure to be a hit with both kids and adults alike!

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