Crispy Zucchini Fries (oven baked)

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Zucchini Fries are the perfect way to enjoy fresh garden zucchini and are perfect served as an appetizer or a side dish! Crispy and crunchy with tender zucchini inside, these parmesan zucchini fries are going to be your new favorite snack!

When my garden is overflowing with zucchini, you can find me making all of my favorites like Easy Baked Zucchini and even putting it in desserts and creating Zucchini Brownies.  These easy zucchini fries are a favorite for a quick and easy snack.
Plateful of Zucchini Fries with side of dipping sauce

How To Make Zucchini Fries

I love crispy Baked Zucchini Fries! These are lightly breaded with a combo of Panko bread crumbs & parmesan and baked in the oven for the perfect guilt free bite!

Once baked crisp, we love to dip and dunk these into ranch dressing, warm marinara sauce or Spicy Dill Dip!

Coating zucchini slices with crispy coating

How Do You Make Oven Fried Zucchini?

As much as I love deep fried zucchini, I more often prefer a lighter oven baked version without the extra fat and calories.  It’s easy to make:

  1. Cut zucchini into wedges leaving the skin on.
  2. Combine panko and parmesan cheese in a bowl with a touch olive oil. Adding the oil at this time will help the coating crisp up.
  3. Beat egg and milk, and toss with zucchini slices.
  4. Dip each zucchini into the crumb mixture. Press the crumbs to each zucchini stick to help them adhere.
  5. Bake in a hot oven on a parchment lined pan.

Serve with a side of homemade aioli for the perfect dipper!

Plate of Zucchini Fries, dipping one in sauce

How Long Do You Bake Zucchini Fries?

It depends on their thickness, I usually do them about 15 minutes (give or take), you want them tender crisp. If you want to make oven fried zucchini slices, they will only take about 10-12 minutes to bake, flipping about half way to ensure they are brown on both sides.

Are Zucchini Fries Healthy?

Since this zucchini fries recipe is baked in the oven and has very little oil, they are a relatively healthy option when compared to its deep fried counterpart. If you are watching your waistline, they’re much lower in calories.

If you’d like to make zucchini fries without breadcrumbs for a low carb option, you can use extra parmesan cheese or even a bit of almond flour.

Zucchini Fries on a baking sheet ready to go into oven


Parmesan Zucchini Fries are simple to make, tasty and satisfying for the perfect appetizer, snack or a side dish! Every year I grow zucchini in the garden and I try to find creative ways to use it up! From Zucchini Bread, to Grilled Zucchini and spiralized Zucchini Salad, the possibilities are endless!

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Zucchini Fries on a plate with dipping sauce
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Review Recipe

Crispy Zucchini Fries

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Tender zucchini fries with a simple crispy parmesan Panko coating.


  • 2 large zucchini
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup parmesan Cheese
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
Chipotle Mayo
  • store-bought
  • cup mayonnaise or dressing
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 chipotle in Adobo or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

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Chipotle Mayonnaise
  • Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Set aside.
Zucchini Fries
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Combine Panko bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, pepper & olive oil. Mix well and set aside.
  • Wash zucchini and cut into fries (leaving skin on).
  • Beat egg & milk together. Toss zucchini in the egg and milk mixture.
  • Dip each zucchini fry into the bread crumb mixture pressing the crumbs to make sure they stick.
  • Place on a parchment lined pan and spray with cooking spray. Bake 18-20 minutes or until crust is crispy.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information accounts for the use of half of the breadcrumb coating (there will be extra). Does not include dip.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 59, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 114mg, Potassium: 180mg, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 185IU, Vitamin C: 11.7mg, Calcium: 74mg, Iron: 0.6mg
Keyword baked zucchini fries, fried zucchini, zucchini fries

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Original recipe & photos appeared on Spend with Pennies June 2013.

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  1. I’m confused, there’s a summary of instruction on top of this site and then instructions on bottom of site and both never mentions garlic powder or seasoning salt but the recipe list calls for both. So, should these be added? If so, thinking with the panko breading step?

    1. You’re right Ann, these ingredients should have been included with step #2. I will update the recipe, sorry for the mix up!

  2. The flavor of the panko crust was good, however, it would not stick to the zucchini sticks. I had to mash it on top and hope for the best. I’m wondering if I missed a step-perhaps drying each stick before the egg dip would help. I’ll try it again as we did like the flavor4 stars

    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Barbara. We dip the zucchini sticks in an egg and milk mixture before the panko crust which helps it to stick to the zucchini sticks.

  3. Just finished making and eating these delicious zucchini fries….i loved them!!! I dipped them in ranch dressing, simply because it’s my favorite. Next time, i would like to put cajun seasoning on them before backing5 stars

    1. Hi Sherrie, we haven’t tried prepping these ahead of time. My only concern would be that the moisture from the zucchini would cause the breadcrumbs to become too moist to crisp properly when baking. If you do attempt it, we would love to hear how it turns out!

  4. These were amazing, Holly! I made them as a side to homemade Turkey Burgers. The breading sticks on better if the 3 step breading method (flour very lightly, egg, bread crumbs) is used. They were crispy and tasty, so we’ll be making them again, and pretty often.

  5. I’m always overloaded with zucchini in the summer. My husband will pretty much only eat them fried but maybe I can trick him with these
    Great post!!

  6. Your yummy fries are being featured on Dandelion Wishes Wednesday tonight! Come on by and grab a featured button :)

  7. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. These look amazing. I am pinning! I just made some asparagus fries that I will be sharing on my blog. I love veggie fries like dessert. The dipping sauce sounds so good. Party in my mouth! Thanks for the recipe and have a great week! Wanda

  9. These look so good, I LOVE making zucchini fries in the summertime! The chipotle mayo sounds like the perfect thing to have with these, I’ll have to give that a try next time! Thanks for sharing, it sounds wonderful!

  10. These look amazing! I love Panko, too! It makes such a light and crispy coating. :-) Thanks for sharing your recipe, and the sauce, too. :-)
    His blessings,
    Kim @ Curtain Queen

  11. These sounds yummy. I’ve had these at restaurants and always enjoy them, should try it out myself.
    Thanks for sharing.