Crispy Fried Zucchini


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Crispy Fried Zucchini is a delicious way to enjoy all of that summer zucchini from your yard…or your well-meaning neighbor or coworker. Zucchini is sliced into medallions, coated in a parmesan breadcrumb mixture and fried until crispy! 

Zucchini fries, grilled zucchini, and this fried zucchini recipe are exactly what you should make when you are trying to find new ways to prepare and cook zucchini. You’ll never run out of ways to serve this abundant garden veggie!

Fried zucchini chips stacked on a plate.

How to Make Fried Zucchini

This is the easy part! Make as much as you have zucchini for by doubling up the recipe…oh, and give some away, too! Feel free to make these with panko which is pre-packaged and pre-seasoned. Or make them with breadcrumbs and season them yourself like the recipe below. Easy peasy!

  1. Wash and dry the zucchini and trim the ends off. Slice each zucchini into ½” medallions.
  2. Prepare the egg mixture and the breadcrumb mixture (per recipe below).
  3. Dredge zucchini in flour, dip in the egg mixture, and then coat evenly in the bread crumbs. Press down on them to make sure they are completely coated. Repeat with remaining slices.

Zucchini slices being dipped in flour, an egg mixture, and then breaded.

How to Fry Zucchini

When it comes to frying zucchini there are a few different ways to do this. You can fry it in a pan with oil, in an air fryer, or avoid the oil altogether and bake them in the oven. No matter how you choose to cook them they will end up crispy, crunchy & delicious!

  • In a Pan: Preheat oil in a frying pan, drop the coated zucchini in. Cook on each side about 2 to 3 minutes or until the coating is crispy and golden brown on both sides.
  • In an Air Fryer: Preheat the air fryer to 375°F. Place the zucchini slices in a single layer, cooking for 8 mins or until crispy and golden brown.
  • Oven-Fried: If baking in the oven without oil, simply 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 degrees.

Zucchini slices breaded on a baking sheet.

Drain on paper towels and serve hot with an assortment of dipping sauces. Try them with buttermilk ranch dip, a spicy chipotle mayo, or your favorite dipping sauce!

Still Have Zucchini?

Fried Zucchini

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 8
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Crispy Fried Zucchini is a delicious way to enjoy summer zucchini! Sliced into medallions, coated in a parmesan breadcrumb mixture and fried until crispy, this crispy fried zucchini will definitely become a family favorite.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium zucchini about 1 1/2 lbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese.
  • 2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
  • canola oil for frying

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Instructions

  1. Trim ends off zucchini and slice into 1/2" slices.
  2. Beat eggs with salt and pepper to taste. Combine parmesan cheese and bread crumbs in a separate dish.
  3. Pour oil into a pan to 1/2" deep and heat over medium heat.
  4. Dredge zucchini in flour, dip in eggs and finally dip in bread crumbs. Repeat with remaining slices.
  5. Add zucchini to the pan, a few at a time (don't crowd) cooking 2-3 minutes per side.

  6. Drain on paper towels.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 209, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 516mg, Potassium: 233mg, Carbohydrates: 31g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 10g, Vitamin A: 269%, Vitamin C: 10%, Calcium: 140%, Iron: 2%

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

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Fried Zucchini chips stacked on a plate.
Fried Zucchini chips stacked on a plate.
Top image - fried zucchini chips stacked on a plate. Bottom image - sliced zucchini breaded on a baking pan.

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