Fried Zucchini

2 People
20 min

Nothing tastes better than a bowl of fried zucchini with a delicious dip!

No matter whether you want to prepare a dish to serve as an appetizer or a side dish, this fried zucchini is perfect. It tastes like restaurant-style and is simply addicting. I prefer frying the zucchini to perfection to bring out a blast of flavors.

I understand why many people do not prefer eating zucchini but trust me; my recipe will make you fall in love with this veggie. Over the years, fried zucchini has become one of my favorite ways of enjoying the taste and flavors of zucchini.

Today, I will share this secret recipe, which is my most favorite appetizer in the world. What’s interesting? Well, based on the cut, you can serve the fried zucchini with different items. I like my fried zucchini with homemade ranch or marinara sauce.

Keep reading to know the fried zucchini recipe, which will be your next go-to side dish during the squash season.

Yummy and Crunchy Fried Zucchini

Fried zucchini is a true feast for the taste buds and eyes. I have ordered fried zucchini a couple of times from the restaurant, but I didn’t find them to be that flavourful. So, I started preparing fried zucchini my way.

The preparation time is minimal, and I use limited ingredients to produce a blast of flavors. Honestly, I can claim that my recipe is the super yummy fried zucchini version I have ever tasted.

Whenever I organize brunch or dinner at my place, I prepare the fried zucchini without fail. And guess what? Even my guests and family members like the fried zucchini my way.

Try this recipe if you want to step up your cooking game without spending all your time in the kitchen. I’m sure you will get hooked on the flavors.

Steps to Prepare Crunchy Fried Zucchini

Read this step-by-step guide to replicate the same taste.

Step One

For the preparation of fried zucchini, you need one large zucchini. Wash the veggie under running water and dry it. Cut both the ends of the zucchini. Try making even and thin slices so the zucchini can be quickly fried.

Pro tip: If the zucchini slices are too watery, place them on parchment paper and sprinkle some salt. Cover the slices with a towel, so the extra moisture gets absorbed. You can either cut the zucchini vertically or horizontally. I like to keep the fried zucchini bite sized. So, I prefer horizontal cuts.

Step Two

This step requires you to prepare the batter that will be used for dipping the zucchini slices.

For the batter, you need a small mixing bowl in which you will add 3/4 cups of breadcrumbs. Add pepper, garlic powder, salt, and paprika powder to the breadcrumbs. Take another bowl and lightly whisk one egg. Then keep the egg aside. In another bowl, you can keep 1/2 cup of flour.

Step Three

After preparing the batter and thinly slicing the zucchini, you must fry them. Warm some oil in a pan. Take a thin zucchini slice, dip it into the flour, then in a whisked egg, and finally in the breadcrumbs.

You must properly fry the zucchini slices for two minutes on each side. Serve and enjoy the fried zucchini with any of the dips of your choice.

Key Notes:

  • You can use an air fryer if you do not want to fry zucchini in oil. Preheat the air fryer and place the zucchini slices in a single layer. Cook the slices for around 8 minutes, making them crispy and golden.
  • You can also bake the zucchini slices without oil by placing a single layer of zucchini slices on parchment paper. Bake the slices for about 20 minutes.
  • While frying, do not let the zucchini slices overlap because both sides will not be properly cooked.
  • To wet the zucchini slices, substitute whisked egg with 2-3 cups milk.

How to keep fried zucchini from getting soggy?

Even if you are using perfectly crisp zucchini, it can turn soggy. But there’s a way to stop them from getting soggy. You can eliminate the excess water by sprinkling salt on the top of the slices. Also, you must avoid adding too much oil to the frying pan.

What to serve with fried zucchini?

You can serve tasty dips like tomato ketchup, ranch, and marinara sauce with fried zucchini. Besides this, roasted chicken, pizza, and hamburgers make an ideal side choice.

How to freeze fried zucchini?

If you want to freeze fried zucchini, place each slice on parchment paper in a single layer. Until the slices get frozen solid, you must flash freeze them. The frozen fried zucchini slices can stay for up to three months in a zip-top bag.

How to reheat fried zucchini?

If you have leftover fried zucchini that you want to reheat, you must use an oven. Place the slices in a preheated oven for 5-7 minutes before you start enjoying them.


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  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Oil, for frying

In a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs with the paprika powder, salt, and pepper to taste and garlic powder.
Lightly whisk the egg and set it aside.
Thinly slice the zucchini and dip each piece in flour, then in a whisked egg, and finally in the breadcrumb mixture.
Warm the oil on medium heat and fry for 2 minutes on each side.
Serve and enjoy.
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  • Cso51108026 Cso51108026 on Aug 04, 2022

    This is one of my FAVORITE ways to eat Zucchini - If I wind up with a zucchini that gets a little larger (i.e., for grating, etc.), I will do this exactly; drain on paper towers, and then use instead of eggplant to make "zucchini parmesan" - a little marinara in the bottom of the casserole, a layer of zucchini, sauce, a handful of shredded Italian cheese,another layer of zucchini, sauce, shredded cheese,and then sliced provolone and grated Parmesan on top; bake until done. You won't regret it.

    But I will eat fried zucchini by the VAT if you give me a chance - I love the panko, too; I actually think it gets crisper and absorbs less oil!!! Thanks so much for posting!!