Zucchini Fries – Fresh garden zucchini are cut into “fries”, dredged in egg and flour and finally a parmesan bread crumb mixture before being pan fried for a quick snack or side dish.
Right around this time (mid to late August) of year, zucchini is in abundance here. By here, I mean not only here in MA, but here in my yard! Zucchini is one of my “I plant every single year” garden plants. You already know, the main reason I plant so many zucchini plants is not for the zucchini itself, but for the zucchini blossoms. Speaking of which, did you trust me and try my Zucchini Flower Pancakes (Fritters)? If so, what did you think? Awesome, right?
Anyhoo, the other day, I had 1 large zucchini just hanging around and I didn’t really have a plan for it. It was the middle of the day and I had some free time. I don’t know how that happened, but I was taking advantage! I decided to go ahead and make myself lunch! Yes, that’s right, an actual lunch, not one compromised of the leftover bites of the kids lunches.
I was going to throw some frozen fries in the oven to go with my grilled chicken sandwich but then I remembered the zucchini. Hmmm, zucchini could be fries, right? YES! They totally can.
I treated the zucchini like anything else I’d bread and fry. First, I created a breading station of flour, egg, and breadcrumbs. Then I dipped the zucchini in the flour then the egg and finally the breadcrumb mixture before dropping into a pan that was just covered with oil. 2-3 minutes on each side and the fries were done!
You might be skeptical. Heck, I was a bit skeptical. I’ve got to tell you though, I loved the flavor of these! I devoured the entire plate of them and skipped the sandwich. Halfway through the plate of zucchini fries, I started to dip them in some ranch dressing. Holy, Yum! Zucchini Fries and ranch dressing are a match made in heaven!!!
- 1 large zucchini
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 1/2 C flour all purpose
- 1 C breadcrumbs seasoned
- 1/4 C parmesan cheese grated
- 1/2 C Olive Oil
Cut zucchini into fry shapes (thick sticks). Set aside.
Set up a breading station by placing eggs in a shallow bowl, flour in another and in the last bowl, combine breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. Season the flour, liberally with salt and pepper.
Dip each zucchini fry in flour then egg and then finally coat in the breadcrumbs. Set aside.
Heat oil over medium/high heat, in a large skillet. When oil sizzles when a breadcrumb is placed in, it's hot enough. Place a few breaded zucchini in hot oil and cook 2-3 minutes each, per side, turning being sure to crisp up all sides.
Carefully remove fries out of oil and place on a paper towel lined plate. Season with a little more salt.
Repeat process with the remaining zucchini sticks.