Baked Zucchini Fries

Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries
We’re here, finally, in Austin and it’s about darn time. The last few days have been a blur of maps, pavement, excitement and exhaustion during our road trip here from California, but we’re moving into our dream house tomorrow and couldn’t be higher on happiness. Hooray!

Now, can I please get a good night’s sleep, right here on my laptop keyboard? Okay, thanks. Zzzzzz…

Griffth Observatory & Hollywood
It’s funny moving to Austin, where we’ve only visited briefly but have fell so hard for, but there are some things about Los Angeles living which we’ll miss. For example, the huge, flat cityscape from the Griffith Observatory and the glitz, glamour and fantastic people watching (you’ll find more than your fair share of oddballs) in Hollywood…

Malibu & Santa Barbara
… And, oh lordy, those Pacific Coast beaches! Gorgeous white sand that meets strikingly blue surf… The blossoming flowers as big as your head, both carefully planted and growing wild in tangles of hot fuchsia on the side of roads… Lovely looking people, nature, and colorful vegetables at the farmer’s markets.

Baked Zucchini Fries
But, we have given up all of that and more for where we are now, and the beginning couldn’t look brighter! The suburbs of Austin are peaceful, quiet and rife with warm people and warmer thermostats. When we want to gussy up and go out, it’s just a quick car ride to the city. There are beaches a road trip away, beautiful bluebonnets and breezy trees sprinkled all around, and a handful of weekly farmer’s markets to pick local fresh fruits and vegetables.

When I have the chance to stroll the markets, a big bag of zucchini is on my list and I plan to make these delicious baked fries with them again! They are flavorful and crispy, easier than potato fries to perfect, and a tasty way to get you and your family a serving of vegetables. With just one dip of a warm zucchini fry into some Ranch dressing or marinara sauce, you’ll see how addictive they can be, too… just like Austin is becoming to us!

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Baked Zucchini Fries

Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients:

3 medium zucchini,  sliced into skinny sticks
2 large eggs, beaten
3 heaping Tbsp. flour
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I used panko)
2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425°. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a small bowl, beat egg with a fork until frothy. In another bowl, place flour, and in a third bowl, place your bread crumbs. Toss the breadcrumbs with garlic powder and Parmesan cheese, and set aside.

Dip the zucchini sticks into the flour, then egg, and then into the bread crumb mixture. Make sure all sides get coated well. Place the sticks on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake at 425° for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Serve warm with Ranch dressing, marinara sauce, or just as is.

Enjoy!

      

45 Responses to “Baked Zucchini Fries”

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    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean — May 31, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    what a fun twist on fries! perfect for summer.

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    April in CT — May 31, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    We’re moving to CA next week (I’ve never been!) so the beautiful pictures and your commentary have me even more excited. These fries look so tasty, can’t wait to make some!!

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    warmvanillasugar — May 31, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    These sound lovely! Great recipe. I want some now!

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — May 31, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    I made these not too long ago, but I left out the cheese (simply because I didn’t have any). These make for a great snack!! And I also used them as a salad topper – yum!

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    thecompletecookbook — May 31, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

    How exciting that you are finally moving into your new home tomorrow – happy unpacking. :-) Looking forward to you sharing more of your new home with us.
    Your baked zucchini fries look incredible – and so easy; great idea.
    :-) Mandy

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    yasmeen — May 31, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    i adore zucchini fries but have never made them. fantastic that you used panko – they look perfectly crispy. thanks for this fantastic share!

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    Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) — May 31, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    These look lovely – my kids will enjoy that crunch from the parmesan and breadcrumbs. And I love that they’re baked, not fried.

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    Jenn — May 31, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

    YAY!!! So excited that you guys are there!!
    Love zucchini fries…we eat zucchini this way a lot!!

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    Angie's Recipes — May 31, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

    Love those crispy zucchini fries! So golden crunchy and tasty!

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    Lauren's Latest — May 31, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    These photos are beautiful! Great recipe!

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    Anonymous — May 31, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

    Welcome to Austin! We love it and hope that you do too.
    Veee

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    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — May 31, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    Here’s to new adventures! Hope your new place is every bit as wonderful as your old one. I love those zucchini fries. As soon as we get zucchini in our area, I have to try them. I think I could even get my husband to eat them.

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    wendyweekendgourmet — May 31, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

    You’re officially a Texan, Georgia! Whether you’re born here or move here later in life, you just seem to become one once you move here. Enjoy all Austin has to offer, and you’ll get used to the heat…at least somewhat! I’m betting I can get Michael to eat his veggies if I serve up these zucchini sticks. They look delish…

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    meeshiesmom — May 31, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

    Lovely!

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    Paula @ Dishing the Divine — May 31, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

    I am growing zucchini this summer. I’m stocking up recipes for when it starts coming out my ears. :) I will try this! :)

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    Stephanie — May 31, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    So glad you guys made it to Austin safe and sound. Can’t wait to see more pictures of your beautiful house! These zucchini fries look delicious, can’t wait to give them a try!

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    Val — May 31, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

    I’m loving this recipe because the fried version is one of my favorites….this has to be even better and the fact that it is good for you is an added bonus!!!! Love the pics.

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    Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian — May 31, 2011 @ 6:15 pm

    That is quite the move! Last time i visited LA, we went to the Griffith Observatory. It is such a neat place.
    Love these fries! They look amazing..and so much healthier than anything you’d order.

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    cajunlicious — May 31, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

    These look amazing! Can’t wait to try!!!

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    Lynda @ TasteFood — May 31, 2011 @ 6:52 pm

    I love this recipe. Congratulations on your move – it sounds so exciting!

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    Yum, these look great! And that picture of the vegetables? Gorgeous!

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    yummychunklet — May 31, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

    These look really delicious. And, they’re such a great way to stay healthy and away from the fries!

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    Mary @Delightful Bitefuls — May 31, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

    YUM! I’m loving everything about this recipe!!! Tempted to make them for dinner tonight ;)

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

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    Magic of Spice — May 31, 2011 @ 10:08 pm

    I crave fried zucchini, love it! Congratulations again on your move, sounds like a bit of whirlwind still. But hey, I was born in Hollywood…oh wait I am an oddball :)

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    Anonymous — May 31, 2011 @ 11:52 pm

    How much flour?

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    Reeni — June 1, 2011 @ 1:39 am

    I love me some crunchy oven fried zucchini – these are perfect! I hope everything is going well with your move!

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    Audra — June 1, 2011 @ 4:54 am

    Those look amazing. I am so hungry right now and all I want are those fries! Unfortunately all I have is ice cream so that is winning. Congrats on the move! That house looks amazing!

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    The Café Sucré Farine — June 1, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    Yum, how awesome do these look!!I can think of all kinds of fun dipping sauces for these also. What a great appetizer they would make.
    Thanks, Chris

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    Kristin — June 2, 2011 @ 2:13 am

    three words: Home Slice Pizza.
    put it at the top of your Austin restaurant list. i’m dreaming about the pepperoni mushroom pizza when i visit friends in a few weeks

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    Susan at www.ugogrrl.com — June 2, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

    congrats on your new home! I am a TEXAS girl and totally miss it. I grew up in East Texas. You will love Austin – there is nothing like it!

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    bakingdevils — June 3, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

    Had never seen baked fritters before…look amazing..will need to give this a try and maybe try onion the same way too..

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    jennaseverythingblog — June 3, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

    I love the looks of these zucchini fries!
    One of my best friends lives in Austin and loves it there–I visiter her last October and we went to Austin City Limits together. I’m glad you’re loving your new home so far even though it’s different from LA. It usually takes me a year (or two) to adjust fully to a new place, but it seems like you guys are jumping right in!

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    Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious — June 4, 2011 @ 6:32 am

    I just made this tonight and I did it by “air baking” and it turned out amazing!! It was so crisp and it’s just such a healthier alternative than actual fries. Plus, I got to use up my leftover zucchini. Thanks for the recipe!

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    savoringtoday.com — June 4, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    This post really caught my eye, looks delicious! Will be trying this soon with all the summer squash available. Thanks!

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    Sandra — June 4, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    Ohh what a beautiful pieces of zucchini! I love the color, seems that is very crunchy and delicious! Yum!!!
    congrats on the final move..i love the view and how you described Austin!!! Good luck!!!!!

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    bakingdevils — June 6, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

    Wow! that looks like a beautiful piece of art… I am going to give this a go really soon…It’s healthy, sounds yummy and looks pretty too…

    -Shilpa

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen — June 6, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

    Congratulations on completing your move to Texas! Those zucchini fries look awesome!

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    Lindsey — June 7, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

    These look so delicious! Sounds like you’re settling right in to your new home. :) Congrats!

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    eatgood4life.blogspot.com — June 7, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

    Have to try these ASAP :-) I am sure they will also work very well with Panko breadcrumbs….

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    eatgood4life.blogspot.com — June 7, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

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    eatgood4life.blogspot.com — June 7, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    I just saw that you used Panko bread crumbs, silly me :-)

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    blackbookkitchendiaries — June 9, 2011 @ 1:54 am

    i really wish we were neighbours!! LOL
    you are such an amaizing cook. thank you for sharing this. i cant wait to try it out:)

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    oneordinaryday — June 19, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

    Definitely my favorite way to enjoy zucchini. Delicious!

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    Amy J. and Tiffanie A. — June 22, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

    Oh my gosh! I love your blog!You are very talented! Cannot wait to try these too! I love them when I go to Maggiano’s cant wait to make them myself! Such a good alternative as a side dish.

    Love,

    http://chickswholovetoeat.blogspot.com/

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    Anonymous — October 22, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

    I just made these, I didnt have parmesan but I had some shredded cheese that I mixed into the bread crumbs, and they still came out delicious!! I cant get enough :) thanks for the recipe!!

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