Baked Zucchini Fries

Baked Zucchini Fries are crispy on the outside with a crunchy, seasoned crust and a tender zucchini inside. It is hard to stop after just one! 

Fries are a quick and easy appetizer or side dish! Try these Crispy Garlic Avocado Fries (Baked), Parmesan Herb Asparagus Fries with Creamy Greek Yogurt Ranch or Best Ever Baked Parmesan Garlic Potato Wedge for more vegetable fries that are just as addictive.

Baked zucchini fries with marinara sauce on the side

Baked Zucchini Fries

Oh zucchini season, how I love you!  There are so many great ways to use up zucchini.  I couldn’t wait to try these baked zucchini fries.

It is such a great and healthy alternative to french fries.  And you are able to use up some of the zucchini in the garden!

I wasn’t expecting these zucchini fries to be so amazing!  And the great thing is that I could have some and stay with in calories for my Hawaii trip.

They had a great crunch to the outside and they were cooked perfectly and soft on the inside like a french fry.  These were amazing dipped in marinara sauce but my boys loved them in ranch

How to make Baked Zucchini Fries

  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish
  • Preheat oven to 425. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Start by cutting your zucchini. Cut off each end. Then cut the zucchini in half and then lengthwise. Set one piece on its end and cut it in half lengthwise. Cut that half in half. Cut that half in half. Stack the planks on top of each other and cut into strips. Lightly sprinkle with salt.
  • Combine panko crumbs, italian seasoning, and shredded parmesan cheese in a shallow pie dish. Add the flour in a zip lock bag and toss zucchini to coat.
  • Whisk the egg together and working in batches dip each zucchini strip into the egg and coat well in panko mixture.
  • Set on a the cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 until lightly brown. Can be dipped in marinara sauce, ranch, or your favorite dipping sauce.

How do you slice zucchini fries?

Start by rinsing off the zucchini under cool water. Cut off the ends on each side of the zucchini, Cut the zucchini in half, lengthwise. Then slice it into 3 or 4 long strips. Repeat and cut into 2 thinner strips.

If they are too long, then cut those in half for the perfect length.

Do you peel zucchini before slicing it?

You do not need to peel zucchini before slicing it. I prefer to leave the skin on the zucchini for that added crispy texture.

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How do you make zucchini fries without panko crumbs?

I prefer panko crumbs or bread crumbs for these fries. Seasoning the zucchini fries to your liking without the crumbs will work too.

How do you make zucchini fries crispy?

  • Make sure to pat dry the zucchini when you are done rinsing it off.
  • The smaller the zucchini, the crispier it will get.
  • At the end of baking, switch to broiler and broil the zucchini for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • If you don’t have a broiler, pan fry the zucchini fries on top of the stove for a few minutes flipping and turning them.

How do you store baked zucchini fries?

These fries don’t last long at our house but there are occasion that we make extras with all our garden fresh zucchini. Once they have cooled off from baking, place in an airtight container or ziplock bag. Seal and place in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. Reheating when ready.

Can you freeze baked zucchini fries?

Yes! You can freeze your zucchini fries once they are baked. Wait for them to cool. Place them in an airtight container or ziplock baggie. Reheat when ready. You do not need to thaw the zucchini prior to reheating them.

Microwave: Place on a microwave safe plate and warm the zucchini 1 minute at a time.

Oven: Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Place on a sprayed baking sheet and warm for 12-15 minutes or until cooked.


Baked zucchini fries up close

What sauce is good for dipping zucchini fries in?

  • Marinara Sauce
  • Creamy Honey Chipotle Dip
  • Ranch
  • Chipotle Ketchup
  • Cilantro Lime Ranch
  • Spicy Mayo

Looking for more Zucchini recipes?! Here you go!

dipping baked zucchini fries in marinara sauce

Baked Zucchini Fries


4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American

Ingredients

  • 3 small zucchini or 2 large
  • 1 cup panko crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fresh chopped parsley for garnish
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with cooking spray. Set aside.

  3. Start by cutting your zucchini. Cut off each end. Then cut the zucchini in half and then lengthwise. Set one piece on its end and cut it in half lengthwise. Cut that half in half. Cut that half in half. Stack the planks on top of each other and cut into strips. Lightly sprinkle with salt.
  4. Combine panko crumbs, italian seasoning, and shredded parmesan cheese in a shallow pie dish. Add the flour in a zip lock bag and toss zucchini to coat.
  5. Whisk the egg together and working in batches dip each zucchini strip into the egg and coat well in panko mixture.
  6. Set on a the cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 until lightly brown. Can be dipped in marinara sauce, ranch, or your favorite dipping sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Baked Zucchini Fries

Amount Per Serving
Calories 155 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 230mg10%
Potassium 338mg10%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 375IU8%
Vitamin C 17.6mg21%
Calcium 161mg16%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Thank you! My folks gave me a ton of zucchini from their neighborhood garden and I was running out of ideas of what to do with them…hate to waste them. Now maybe my son will stop complaining about how he hates zucchini and eat his fries!!

  2. 5 stars
    Made these tonight from a gigantic zucchini we were given. They were DELICIOUS! Super filling and very healthy! We didn’t even dip them in any sauce, just ate them plain. Only issue, after dumping a lot of zucchini in the egg mixture then the breading, the breading stopped sticking to the last 10 or so, due to it soaking up the egg. I ended up having to put clumps of breading on top of the last few so they had something on them. They browned faster then the rest. Turned the heat down to 385 after 5 minutes and baked for another 10 minutes. Husband asked me to make again. 🙂

  3. 4 stars
    Thank you for this recipe. I have been experimenting with zucchini off and on for a while now and this was a really nice addition. I didn’t have all the ingredients so I modified it a bit, I’m sure they would be even better with the right stuff. However, I had to share with my audience anyway – thanks again.

  4. My mom brought me some zucchini from here and my dads garden. I made these last night and my husband and I loved them!

  5. 5 stars
    Love this making it for the first time. Zucchini fries are my favorite. Will use Red Pepper dressing as a dipping sauce since any kind of a tomato sauce gives me digestion issues.

  6. Can you substitute yellow squash for zucchini?

    Our zucchini plants didnt do well this year, butcher yellow squash are definitely producing

    1. Hi Marjorie!
      They will taste great if made up the day before but I would suggest using the oven to keep the right flavor and texture. Sometimes the microwave can alter the texture of the food. I hope this is helpful. Thanks for following along with me!!

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