Crispy Zucchini Fries (One Pan)
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Quick, easy, crispy zucchini fries recipe (courgette fries), homemade with simple ingredients in one pan in 30 minutes. Full of breadcrumb topping, parmesan cheese and Italian herbs.
Need a delicious way to feed your kids, and maybe your husband, some more vegetables? These zucchini fries will please even the pickiest, non-vegetable eating, family members! Cover anything in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese, and it becomes instantly delicious. If you are a zucchini enthusiast like I am, then try this Zucchini Pizza (One Pot) and these Stuffed Zucchini Boats (One Pot) for a low-carb healthy dish.
How To Make Baked Crispy Zucchini Fries Recipe From Scratch?
- Preheat a dark baking tray– Spray generously with oil.
- Mix “Flour Mixture”– In a Ziploc bag until combined.
- Whisk 2 eggs– In a second Ziploc bag.
- Mix “Breadcrumb Mixture”– In a third Ziploc bag until combined.
- Coat the zucchini sticks– Do this one by one in the flour mixture, then egg mixture, and then thickly coat them in the breadcrumb mixture.
- Spray zucchini with oil– After placing coated zucchinis on the heated baking tray.
- Bake– For about 20 minutes. Broil in the final 5 minutes.
- Garnish– With fresh parsley and enjoy!
What To Serve With Courgette Fries Recipe?
These would make a great side to a variety of sandwiches. Try them alongside any of the following:
- Loose Meat Sandwich (Tavern Sandwich)
- Instant Pot Italian Beef
- Instant Pot Sloppy Joe
- Instant Pot Shredded Beef
- BBQ Shredded Beef (One Pot)
- Instant Pot Meatball Sub Sandwich
- Instant Pot French Dip Sandwich
Chicken based main courses would make a great pairing with these fries. The juicy tender meat would compliment the crispy fried perfectly.
- Instant Pot Cream Of Mushroom Chicken
- Instant Pot Whole Chicken (Rotisserie Chicken)
- Cajun Chicken (One Pot)
- Bacon Ranch Chicken (One Pot)
- Creamy Lemon Garlic Chicken (One Pot)
These would also be delicious with an summer cookout foods such as grilled burgers, brats, hot dogs, even fish or BBQ ribs.
How Do You Cut Zucchini Into Sticks?
- Trim off both ends of the zucchini.
- Cut the zucchini in half across the circumference of the zucchini creating 2, about 3 inch long chunks.
- Then, slice each chunk lengthwise in 1/2 inch slabs.
- Cut each slab into 1/2 inch wide and 3 inch long sticks.
- Make sure to cut the fries evenly for best baking results.
How To Bread Zucchini?
Coat the zucchini sticks one by one in the flour mixture, then egg mixture, and then thickly coat them in the breadcrumb mixture. This should be done individually for each zucchini stick. Don’t just dump them in the Ziploc bags!
Why Are My Zucchini Fries Soggy? How To Fix Soggy Fries?
This can be because the sticks were cut into too small of pieces which will result in soggy fries. Make sure to cut them into even 1/2 inch fries. Also, make sure to pat the zucchini fries dry before coating them. Any excess water can cause the fries to be soggy instead of crispy.
Variations For Breaded Zucchini Sticks
Make it gluten free– You can use gluten-free flour. I tested it with rice flour and it makes the fries even more crispy than regular flour!
Squash fries– Use long yellow squash instead of zucchini.
Make it spicy– Add red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper for a spicy fry.
Add mozzarella cheese- add a thin slice of string cheese, smaller than the zucchini stick, and batter them together for a zucchini mozzarella stick.
Add seasoning– Such as Cajun, Mexican, or Curry seasoning instead of Italian.
Tips And Techniques For Parmesan Crusted Zucchini
Use a preheated pan– This is important to making crispy fries because they start cooking and sizzling immediately when placed on the hot pan.
Don’t line the pan– This makes them soggy!
Grease the pan very well with oil– Because this prevents them from sticking from sticking to the pan.
Don’t flip the zucchinis during baking– Simply broil them the last 5 minutes of cooking to crisp up the tops.
How do you know zucchinis are done baking? Zucchinis are done when they have baked for 20 minutes, the tops are golden brown, and you can pick them up without them falling apart.
Fresh zucchini vs. Frozen zucchini– Fresh zucchini must be used. Frozen zucchini contains too much water and will never crisp leaving a soggy mess.
Don’t overcrowd the pan– This will create soggy fries.
Fried zucchini fries vs. Baked zucchini fries– The baked version is healthier because it doesn’t use oil to fry the fries in. I prefer the baked version.
Adjust seasoning– Add more or less based on your personal preference.
Coat the zucchini sticks individually– Do not dump them all into the Ziploc bags. Take the time to coat them one by one to ensure that they are completely and evenly coated. This produces the best and crispiest results.
Refrigerate– These are best served immediately, but can be stored in a sealed container for up to 1-2 days.
Freeze– These can be frozen by placing them on a baking sheet and freezing. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer safe bag or container and place in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Reheat– In the air fryer or oven for best results.
One Pan Crispy Zucchini Fries (Courgette Fries)
- 1/2 cup All-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Pepper
- 2 Eggs, Large
- 1 cup Breadcrumbs
- 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, Freshly grated
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp Garlic powder
- Salt, To taste
- Pepper , To taste
- 3-4 Zucchinis, Medium size, Washed, Patted dry, Cut into half inch sticks
- 1 tbsp Parsley, Fresh, Roughly chopped
- Preheat a dark baking tray (without foil or parchment paper) that's been sprayed generously with oil at 425 degrees F.
- In a Ziploc bag, add all the "Flour Mixture" ingredients and mix until combined.
- In a second Ziploc bag, add 2 eggs and whisk until combined.
- In a third Ziploc bag, add all the "Breadcrumb Mixture" ingredients and mix until combined.
- Coat the zucchini sticks one by one in the flour mixture, then egg mixture, and then thickly coat them in the breadcrumb mixture. This should be done individually for each zucchini stick. Don't just dump them in the Ziploc bags!
- Place these coated zucchinis on the heated baking tray. It will start sizzling right away, which helps to make them crispy.
- Spray tops with oil.
- Bake at 425 degrees F for about 20 minutes. Broil in the final 5 minutes to make the tops golden brown and crispy too.
- Garnish with fresh parsley and enjoy!
- Read all my tips above.
- Tastes best and crispy when served immediately but leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for 1-2 days and reheated in the oven or air fryer.