Fried Zucchini is a delicious way to enjoy summer zucchini.

In this easy recipe, zucchini is sliced into medallions, dipped in a parmesan breadcrumb mixture, and fried until crispy! 

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You’ll Love This Fried Zucchini Because…

  • It’s crispy, crunchy, and super delicious!
  • It’s easy to make with just a handful of ingredients.
  • This zucchini can be fried in oil or in an air fryer.
  • Everyone loves it—serve it as a snack or a side dish.

Need more zucchini inspiration? We love stuffed zucchini boats and Zucchini Bread or zucchini brownies for dessert!

How to Make Fried Zucchini

  1. Slice the zucchini into ½-inch medallions.
  2. Prepare the egg mixture and the breadcrumb mixture (recipe below).
  3. Dip the zucchini in flour, egg, and breadcrumb mixture.
  4. Fry until crisp and enjoy!
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How to Fry Zucchini

There are several different ways to fry zucchini. You can fry them in a pan with oil, in an air fryer, or avoid the oil altogether and bake them in the oven.

  • In a Pan: Heat 1-inch of oil in a frying pan or skillet. Add the zucchini in small batches and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  • In an Air Fryer: Preheat the air fryer to 375°F. Add the zucchini slices, in a single layer, and cook for 8 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Oven-Fried: To bake in the oven, place the coins in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes in an oven preheated to 400°F.
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Dips for Fried Zucchini

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So Many Zucchini Sides

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Fried Zucchini

Crispy Fried Zucchini is sliced into medallions, coated in a parmesan breadcrumb mixture, and fried until golden and crispy.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
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Ingredients  

  • 2 medium zucchini about 1 ½ lbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese.
  • 2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
  • canola oil for frying

Instructions 

  • Trim the ends off the zucchini and slice into ½-inch disks.
  • In a small bowl, beat the eggs with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. On a shallow plate, combine parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, and ½ teaspoon salt and black pepper.
  • Add ½-inch of oil to a medium sized skillet. Heat the oil over medium heat to 350°F using a thermometer.
  • Dredge the zucchini in flour and shake off any excess. Dip in the egg mixture and then into the breadcrumb mixture, gently pressing to adhere. Repeat with the remaining slices.
  • Add zucchini to the hot oil in small batches cooking for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  • Drain on paper towels. Season with additional salt if desired.

Notes

Alternative Cooking Methods:
  • Air Fryer: Preheat the air fryer to 375°F. Place in a single layer, cooking for 8 mins or until crispy and golden brown.
  • Oven-Fried: Preheat oven to 400°F. Place in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until crispy or golden brown.
Ensure you are using seasoned bread crumbs. If your breadcrumbs are plain, season per the recipe below. Panko breadcrumbs can be used and should be seasoned.
To Make Seasoned Bread Crumbs, add the following to 2 cups of plain or Panko bread crumbs:
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 209 | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 516mg | Potassium: 233mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 269IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. I make these all the time. I air roast at 400 for 20 minutes in my Ninja. I put them in egg.. then Italian bread crumbs with parmesan cheese and garlic pepper. they are my favorite, dip in ketchup ad ranch. yum5 stars

    1. I don’t have an exact temperature, for this recipe we heat the oil over medium-high heat for a few minutes while prepping the zucchini. Then we add the zucchini, a few a time, cooking until golden brown on each side. I have never tried deep-frying this recipe so I can’t say for sure how they will turn out but I would love to hear how it goes if you do try!