Baked Zucchini Fries

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Baked zucchini fries are a crispy crunchy appetizer that pairs nicely with a zesty honey mustard sauce. This recipe uses a traditional breading technique with flour, egg, and breadcrumb mixture.

baked zucchini fries in a bowl with dipping sauce

Baked zucchini fries are a nutritious alternative to deep-fried appetizers. When squash is in season, I like to slice them up into spears and transform them into a tasty snack. Often times baking breaded items become soggy and lack crunch-appeal. Not to fret, this recipe uses just the right ingredients to ensure delicious results.

To recreate the satisfying crunch of their deep-fried counterparts, dipping the squash into flour, eggs, and then a breadcrumb coating creates a crispy crust. Baking the zucchini at high temperatures in the oven ensures golden brown exteriors.

slices of raw zucchini in a metal bowl

How do you cut zucchini for making fries?

Zucchini is a favorite summer squash, known for its tender flesh when cooked and nutritional benefits. Their elongated shape and size are perfect for cutting into fries. I prefer to select small to medium-sized zucchini. They have a better texture when there is some green skin left on the surface. Baking just the white flesh can yield soft interiors due to the high water content of the squash. Cut them into consistently sized pieces for even cooking, 3 to 4 inches in length, 1/2 to 3/4-inches wide.

How do you make crispy zucchini fries?

  • Flour: Evenly coat the zucchini spears first in flour, shaking off any excess. This helps to absorb moisture from the vegetable as it coats to keep the breading from becoming soggy.
  • Egg: Dip the floured zucchini in eggs and turn to coat. This helps the breadcrumbs stick to the fries when dipping. The egg proteins solidify like glue when cooked ensuring the coating will adhere.
  • Breadcrumbs: Completely coat the spears into the panko breadcrumb mixture.

multiple bowls that make up a breading station

How long do you bake them?

It takes about 12 to 15 minutes to bake zucchini fries for this recipe. I recommend baking on top of a wire rack. This allows even heat circulation around the entire fry, which means no need for flipping. If directly on a sheet pan, flip halfway through cooking. The pan retains heat much better than air, so it will brown the side of the fry that it’s in contact with quicker.

Flavor add-ins

Zucchini is bland in taste, which means that there’s plenty of room to add in more flavor. The coating is a mixture of panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic and onion powder, oregano, and salt. The concentrated flavors in the dried spices and seasonings really make each bite pop. The cheese also adds a savory taste, browns when baked, and gets lightly crisp.

several baked zucchini fries on a wire rack

Goes perfect with a dipping sauce

I like to make a quick homemade dipping sauce for these fries using simple ingredients I have in my pantry. Whisk together Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, honey, black pepper, and freshly chopped basil. The zesty sauce is a nice pairing with the vegetable fries.

Other sauce options

My family loves to eat these zucchini fries as an easy appetizer or after school snack. I also serve them alongside salmon burgers or veggie burgers.

person dipping a zucchini fry into honey mustard dipping sauce

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Use panko breadcrumbs for extra crunch

Panko is Japanese-style breadcrumbs made from wheat flour dried into tiny jagged pieces that look like flakes. The irregularly shaped crumbs have more flat and larger surface area. Panko tends to be more crispy compared to the traditional Italian style breadcrumbs which are more spherical and smaller in size.

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Baked Zucchini Fries

Baked zucchini fries appetizer paired with a homemade honey mustard dipping sauce. This recipe makes crispy & crunchy sticks using panko breadcrumbs.
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4.18 from 39 votes
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings 36 fries
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

Ingredients

  • 3 medium zucchini, (1 pound, 454g)
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, thinly shredded
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoons chopped basil

Instructions 

  • Set the oven rack to the center position. Preheat to 425°F (218ºC).
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil and place a wire rack on top. Lightly apply nonstick cooking spray or grease with vegetable oil to the rack.
  • Cut each zucchini into 12 pieces, 3 to 4-inches long, ½ to ¾-inches wide. There should be about 36 pieces total. 
  • Mix panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, and dried oregano together in a shallow bowl. Set aside for the breading station.
  • Create a breading station: 1 bowl containing flour, 1 bowl containing whisked eggs, and 1 bowl containing breadcrumb mixture.
  • Dip each piece of zucchini as follows; first in the flour and shake off excess, then in the egg, and finally in the bread crumb mixture pressing down and coating each side.
  • Place breaded zucchini on the wire rack once coated. Repeat with the remaining zucchini pieces.
  • Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. You do not need to flip them unless you're baking directly on the sheet tray, turn halfway through baking.
  • Combine mustard, mayonnaise, honey, apple cider vinegar, water, black pepper, and basil in a small bowl.
  • Serve immediately with the mustard basil dipping sauce.

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Nutrition Facts
Baked Zucchini Fries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 31 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 86mg4%
Potassium 54mg2%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Vitamin C 2.9mg4%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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19 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. Susan says

    These look really good. I can’t wait to try them as I’ve had mixed results in the past (mushy, etc, as mentioned by Jessica at the beginning of the article.)
    I wonder how I’d adapt it -or if I can – for eggplant?
    Thanks!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Susan- I haven’t tried it on eggplant yet but I don’t see why you couldn’t give it a try! Let me know how it goes 🙂

  2. Tania says

    I have tried to make zucchini fries many different ways. These turned out so good! Zucchini is one of the few things that will grow prolifically here, so I grow lots of it and we have used our over abundance of zucchini in a myriad of different ways. I really needed this! Thank you.

  3. Keri says

    I mean. WOW! This is definitely a go-to in our side dishes! Thank You so much for this delicious recipe!!!

  4. Erica says

    I cannot get the Panko crumbs to stick to the zucchini sticks. I tried pressing them but only get a few crumbs to stick. Please help.

  5. Cindy Guerrieri says

    Made these just a little while ago. The only difference is that I had already cut my zucchini into planks.
    These are the BEST ovenfried zucchini I have ever made. Very crispy and crunchy in 12 minutes!

  6. Irene says

    Made this recipe for dinner last night and we very much liked it. The zucchini was crispy and tasty. Definitely will make again. Thank you for sharing your recipe Jessica. 😀

  7. Patricia says

    These were Soooooo good. My husband is diabetic and he had no problems,it is the deep frying that is hard for diabetics.
    I did add some smoked paprika more for colour than anything else. Perfect and not mushy at all. This is now my go to for zucchini fries.
    Thank You 👏

  8. Lindsey Vankeuren says

    Do you have any recommendations on freezing and/or refrigerating? Is it better to cook them all and freeze them already cooked and reheat in an air fryer? Or bread them and freeze them uncooked, again later cooking them in an air fryer?

    • Jessica Gavin says

      I think you could go either way with baking and then freezing, or breading and then freezing. However, it would be easiest to freeze them uncooked on a baking sheet to set the breading, then transfer them to a plastic bag in a single layer until you’re ready to cook. That way you’re not baking twice.

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