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Fried Zucchini

August 22, 2019

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Delicious Fried Zucchini with Parmesan cheese and crispy panko crumbs.

A white plate full of golden zucchini fries.

Crispy, crunchy fried zucchini is a favorite restaurant and bar appetizer. You can make this delicious appetizer at home too! 

Our garden is bursting with zucchini right now and we are making fried zucchini regularly. You don’t have to have garden fresh zucchini to make this though. Zucchini is available in most markets year round.  

What ingredients do I need?

  • Fresh zucchini
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic powder

How do I make fried zucchini?

  1. Slice zucchini Fresh zucchini sliced into pieces.
  2. Set up 3 bowls for dipping; flour, egg, panko and Parmesan mixture
  3. Dip zucchini into flour A zucchini slice in a bowl of flour.
  4. Dip into egg Zucchini slice in a bowl full of eggs.
  5. Place zucchini into Panko mixture. Press mixture firmly onto zucchini slice Zucchini slice covered with egg in a bowl with a breading mixture.
  6. Pan fry with a bit of oil Breaded zucchini in a pan with hot oil.
  7. Cook each side 2-3 minutes until golden brown Golden zucchini slices in a pan.

How thin do I slice the zucchini?

The thickness and the shape you cut your zucchini is all up to you. I like to do round slices, but you could also do long sticks. The thickness of your slices does matter. I like a crunchier zucchini so I cut on the thicker size, approximately 1/3 inch. My husband likes his zucchini cooked more so he does a thinner slice. No matter the thickness of the slice, the cook time remains the same, because you are browning the crust. Experiment with a few different thicknesses to determine your favorite size. 

What do I serve with fried zucchini?

I like to dip my fried zucchini into ranch dressing. You could also dip into a blue cheese dressing or a marinara sauce. 

Dipping a zucchini slice into a white dressing.

Tips for making fried zucchini

  • You don’t need a lot of oil. Use 1/4 – 1/3 cup. You just want a thin layer of oil on your pan.
  • Heat oil over medium high heat. To test if oil is hot enough, drop a few pieces of panko into pan. If the oil sizzles, your pan is ready.
  • Do not overcrowd pan. Cook zucchini in batches if needed
  • Serve zucchini while still warm or hot!

Other zucchini recipes

If you are looking for other yummy appetizers, check out these Onion Rings, Tortilla Pinwheels and Coconut Shrimp

Don’t forget to PIN for later! A stack of crispy zucchini wedges.

If you make this recipe, Iā€™d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

5 from 4 votes
A white plate full of golden zucchini fries.
Fried Zucchini
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Crispy golden fried zucchini slices

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate zucchini muffins, fried zucchini recipe, fried zucchini,, zucchini recipes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 255 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 2 zucchini medium sized
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Place flour in a bowl

  2. Mix panko, Parmesan, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a bowl

  3. Beat eggs in a third bowl

  4. Slice zucchini approximately 1/4" thick

  5. Dip zucchini slices into flour, then into the eggs and finally into the bread crumbs. Press bread crumbs firmly onto zucchini

  6. Place a thin layer of oil in a pan and heat over medium high

  7. When oil is hot, but not smoking, add breaded zucchini. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side until golden.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes
  • If you like zucchini a bit softer, slice zucchini a bit thinner. Cook for the same amount of time.
  • You don't need a lot of oil. Use 1/4 - 1/3 cup. You just want a thin layer of oil on your pan.
  • Heat oil over medium high heat. To test if oil is hot enough, drop a few pieces of panko into pan. If the oil sizzles, your pan is ready.
  • Do not overcrowd pan. Cook zucchini in batches if needed
  • Serve zucchini while still warm or hot!
Nutrition Facts
Fried Zucchini
Amount Per Serving (5 slices)
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 86mg29%
Sodium 340mg15%
Potassium 301mg9%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 364IU7%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 116mg12%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    August 26, 2019 at 5:19 am

    5 stars
    This looks delicious, Kathy! And it’s a really fun one to use up that zucchini in the garden. This is the first year in a long time that we didn’t plant zucchini (due to the new house move and all), so I’m missing the zucchini in our garden this year. That’s ok, though, there’s plenty of it in the store, and now I really want to make a batch of this fried zucchini. Yum!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 26, 2019 at 5:57 am

      Zucchini is one of those veggies that’s available year round in most places. That’ a good thing – more fried zucchini!

  • Reply
    Valentina
    August 25, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    5 stars
    These look SO tasty! A plate of them would not be safe with me. I’d eat ALL of them. Love the step-by-step photos, too.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 26, 2019 at 5:56 am

      Thanks! šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    August 22, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    5 stars
    I know one thing is for sure, Kathy, and that is I couldn’t stop at one! šŸ™‚ Delicious! Zucchini is a favourite of mine! I do something similar oven baked, but I am such a sucker for fried food… mmm, so good!! šŸ˜€

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 23, 2019 at 6:09 am

      One is never enough!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    August 22, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    5 stars
    I could seriously make a dinner out of these Kathy. Summer zucchini is always one of my favorites. I remember as a kid, my mother went through a zucchini phase and it was zucchini everything! I still LOVE it! Pinned!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 23, 2019 at 6:09 am

      I wasn’t a zucchini fan when I was a kid, but I am now!

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