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fried zucchini

★★★★★ 10
a recipe by
Kimberly Biegacki
Canfield, OH

My Grammie (Roberta Campbell) used to make this all the time. We always had zucchini growing in the garden. 2 things you could plan on eating was fried zucchini and zucchini bread. When making this recipe it always reminds me of my Gram and how she was always in the kitchen cooking something good. She did not use Panko bread crumbs but her own. I have changed my Grammie's recipe by using the Panko crumbs and adding Parmesan and parsley.

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We could eat plates of these simple fried zucchini chips. The batter is light but crunchy at the same time. Panko gives an extra crunch to the zucchini, too. Pan-frying in just a bit of oil makes the coating super crunchy. Yum!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 10
serves 2 to 4 people
prep time 10 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Pan Fry

Ingredients For fried zucchini

  • 2 - 4 md
    fresh zucchini
  • 2 lg
  • 1 - 1 1/2 c
    Panko bread crumbs (plain or italian)
  • 1/4 c
    grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp
    fine chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    garlic salt
  • for frying: vegetable oil or butter or both
  • 1 c
    ranch or blue cheese dressing or marinara

How To Make fried zucchini

Test Kitchen Tips
We found frying these in small batches worked best. If you do that, you'll need to add more oil between batches.
  • Zucchini slices on a paper towel.
    Slice the zucchini into medium-thick slices. Then place them on a paper towel to absorb some of the moisture.
  • Whisking together eggs.
    Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk together.
  • Panko crumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, and other seasonings added to a dish.
    Add remaining ingredients (except dip) into another bowl and mix together until well blended.
  • Dipping zucchini slice in an egg.
    Take a slice of zucchini and dip into the egg.
  • Dipping zucchini slice in Panko crumbs.
    Shake it off gently and then place into the Panko bread crumb mixture and dredge it or take a handful of bread crumb mixture and pat on the top of zucchini until nicely covered.
  • Coated zucchini slices on a plate.
    Set it on a plate. Repeat until finished.
  • Frying the zucchini slices.
    Now, heat up a pan on medium heat and add 1 Tbsp olive oil or a pat of butter, whichever you prefer. Wait until it is hot and then place zucchini slices in the pan.
  • Flipping to fry the other side of the zucchini.
    Fry until nicely browned on each side. It could be from 4 - 7 minutes.
  • Fried zucchini slices on a paper towel.
    Take out and place on another plate that has a paper towel on it to absorb any extra oil. Repeat until finished with the slices.