Zucchini oven fries

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Posted on 09/30/2012 by colormehappy75

Be warned: these things are seriously addictive. I opted to dip mine in warm tomato basil pasta sauce, though I think ranch dressing would be another delicious (but not as healthy) alternative.


1 medium zucchini

1/2 cup flour (I used whole wheat)

2 tsp paprika

2 tsp lemon pepper seasoning

2 tsp onion powder

2 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp salt

1 cup panko breadcrumbs (you can subsitute regular if you'd like, but I like the crunch of panko)

1/4 cup parmesan, grated

1/4 cup pecorino romano, grated

1 egg

splash of milk

How to make your zucchini crack/oven fries:

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place a cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet.

2. You'll need 3 separate bowls. In bowl #1 put your flour and 1 tsp of each of your seasonings. In bowl #2 put your egg and splash of milk. In bowl #3 put your panko, remaining tsp of each of your seasonings, and your cheeses. Make sure all the ingredients in your bowl are thoroughly mixed.

3. Wash and cut your zucchini into french fry-sized sticks.

4. Take your zucchini sticks and, a few at a time, dredge them in your flour mixture. Next, dunk them into your egg, and then coat them in your panko/cheese mixture. Place the zucchini sticks on your cooling rack, and repeat the process until all your zucchini are coated.

5. I opted to give my zucchini a Zorro-like quick spray of cooking spray to make them extra crispy and extra delicious. Kind of like fake frying them.

6. Put the zucchini in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Enjoy them on their own or with a dipping sauce of your choice. I opted for some warm marinara sauce. Yum!

Recipe and more at my blog My Life on the Side(lines)

ms_issicran 30th-Sep-2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
Those look tasty, I'm going to try them. Thank you for the recipe.
colormehappy75 1st-Oct-2012 02:10 am (UTC)
Thanks! You should definitely try making them. They were so easy and delicious!
tinytracy 30th-Sep-2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
Yum!! These sound and look delicious!
colormehappy75 1st-Oct-2012 02:09 am (UTC)
They are so addictively good! If I didn't have roommates, I probably would have eaten them all myself!
taradiane 1st-Oct-2012 12:40 am (UTC)
Great use for whole wheat flour! Don't know why I never thought of that. :)
colormehappy75 1st-Oct-2012 02:13 am (UTC)
Yeah I had definitely never thought of it until I made these!
robintheshrew 1st-Oct-2012 01:17 am (UTC)
Omg, I'm dying, I need these in my life
colormehappy75 1st-Oct-2012 02:10 am (UTC)
They are amazing. I've been calling them "zucchini crack".
yesididit 1st-Oct-2012 01:58 am (UTC)
i've been told the texture is better on those without the peelings. how would you rate those you cooked with the peels on vs those parts without peeling?
colormehappy75 1st-Oct-2012 02:11 am (UTC)
To be honest, I couldn't really tell the difference. I didn't have anything that was stringy or tough. It could have been that it was super fresh (from the farmers market)?
cappyhead 1st-Oct-2012 05:20 am (UTC)
This looks really delicious!
colormehappy75 2nd-Oct-2012 04:34 am (UTC)
Thank you! They really are delicious/addictive!
storybox 1st-Oct-2012 07:03 am (UTC)
Oh god, these look amazing. Thanks for the recipe!
colormehappy75 2nd-Oct-2012 04:35 am (UTC)
No problem! These are definitely a new favorite!
tsuki_no_bara 4th-Oct-2012 03:31 am (UTC)
i made these for dinner tonight, and while i think i added slightly too much lemon pepper and not quite enough cheese, they were goooood. i ate the whole zucchini's worth of oven fries by myself. :D and i will totally make them again!
colormehappy75 4th-Oct-2012 05:33 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you made them!!! When I made them, I definitely ate most of them myself. This is why I've nicknamed them zucchini crack.
lab_jazz 6th-Oct-2012 09:02 am (UTC)
I made these for my family for lunch today, they turned out perfect. Thanks for the recipe♥

I think that these would freeze very well. You could cook up a pile, freeze them in a single layer and then tranfer them into a freezer bag. Then if you got surprise visitors you'd only have to heat them up in a hot oven.
jncar 7th-Oct-2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
I just made these for lunch, and they were wonderful. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
dark_blade Tasty at room temp?18th-Oct-2012 01:24 am (UTC)
How are these once they're no longer hot? They seem like something some friends might like, but I'd have to bake them and then take them with no way to heat them there.
colormehappy75 Re: Tasty at room temp?18th-Oct-2012 01:37 am (UTC)
I actually had them room temp and they were pretty good. I made them before I went out with some friends, and had them later as a post-drinks snack.
dark_blade Re: Tasty at room temp?18th-Oct-2012 06:45 am (UTC)
Awesome! Thanks. :)
_la_mysterieuse 18th-Oct-2012 11:37 am (UTC)
These look great! Can't wait to try them!
ragdoll246 22nd-Oct-2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
These look great!!! Must try it!!
harrycom27 22nd-Oct-2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
yummmm ><
never thought of frying zucchinis lol
I wonder how this taste differently from japanese tempuras? could you tell any difference?
nba002 nba002.com2nd-Nov-2012 08:48 am (UTC)
I feel hungry right now.
moonlight_soldr 14th-Nov-2012 04:46 am (UTC)
These were delicious!
ladyelysium 19th-Feb-2013 03:29 pm (UTC)
Does the zucchini stay hard and crunchy or does it soften slightly?
colormehappy75 20th-Feb-2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
It softens, so it's neither crunchy (aside from the breading, clearly) or mushy.
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