Baked, or Air Fried Zucchini

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Whether you bake, air fry, or deep fry these zucchini slices or zucchini sticks turn out to be a delicious addicting appetizer and the family loves them.

Zucchini fries are either lightly breaded or shaken in seasoned flour then any cooking method you chose turns into a delicious way to serve them.

We love these either dipped in marinara sauce or even in a homemade ranch dressing but there are several dipping sauces I make you can choose from.

Scroll down to the printable recipe card and there is recipes for the seasoned flour methods along with alternative coatings I use for the diabetic version.

You will also find all 3 cooking methods for making the fries in the air fryer, baked or deep-fried whatever you enjoy I hope you like our version of these zucchini appetizers.

They are easy to make and fun to eat and also a great way to get kids to eat their vegetables.

zucchini air fried slices

this bread zucchini air fried on a white plate with dill, ,marinara sauce and pecorino romano cheese

Easy Steps to Remember for Baked, Fried, or Air Fried

Shake in flour, dip in beaten egg, roll in breadcrumbs, spray with cooking oil spray.

We love ours served with a side of marinara sauce.

I have made all three methods for cooking zucchini fries and here's what you need to know.

Air Fried is the healthier version of cooking methods for this recipe using less oil.

Deep frying of course is the other alternative to cooking them and will contain more fat.

All cooking methods are in the printable recipe card below.

Tools You Will Need:

  1. Parchment paper for baking
  2. Aluminum foil for air frying
  3. Frying pan for deep frying
  4. Measuring spoon
  5. Tongs
  6. Paper towels for draining the grease when frying

these are raw zucchini cut into long french fries strips

Other Vegetables To Try:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Pickles
  • Carrot sticks
  • Okra
  • Eggplant sticks
  • Artichoke hearts

Ingredients You Will Need

  • zucchini
  • grated parmesan romano cheese blended and more for garnish
  • panko bread crumbs or diabetic version use ground pork rinds
  • granulated garlic powder
  • dried oregano, basil, and parsley
  • Italian flavored breadcrumbs
  • olive oil
  • flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • water or beaten egg/eggwhites
  • Garnish: more grated cheese and marinara sauce for dipping

these are zucchini sticks fried in oil shaken in flour first


  • For air frying: always air fry at 400 degrees, oil spray the zucchini before air frying
  • For deep frying: heat the oil first until it reaches 375 degrees before adding to the pan
  • For baking: oil spray the zucchini after they are breaded then bake on parchment paper until browned and crispy around 15 to 25 minutes

these are zucchini sticks shaken in seasoned flour

More Zucchini Recipes We Love

Zucchini Rollatini

Zucchini Tips and Tricks

Chocolate Zucchini or Regular Cake

Chicken Parm Stuffed Zucchini

Baked Zucchini Ricotta Casserole

zucchini air fried sticks

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Air Fry, Baked, or Deep Fried Zucchini

If you are looking for an easy recipe on how to make air-fried zucchini or other cooking methods, you came to the right place.

I use the same basic ingredients on all my vegetables and depending on your diet there are instructions to make these healthy or old-fashioned deep-fried methods

One problem with all of these scrumptious zucchini recipes, you just can't stop eating them they are all so delicious especially dipped in marinara and sprinkled with Pecorino Romano cheese.

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Italian American
Yield: 25
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Baked or Air Fried Zucchini Fries

Baked or Air Fried Zucchini Fries

Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 12 MinTotal time: 17 Min
Here are recipes on how to make zucchini fries baked, air fried, or deep-fried with two different coatings we love for you to try. All cooking methods are in the complete printable instructions.


  • 3 small zucchini sliced lengthwise then into sticks
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan romano cheese blended and more for garnish
  • 1 cup Italian flavored panko bread crumbs or more
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of dried oregano, basil, and parsley
  • 1/4 cup Italian flavored breadcrumbs or use crushed pork rinds for diabetic versions
  • cooking oil spray
  • 2 eggs and 3 tablespoons water beaten together to dip them in water
  • flour enough to coat both sides of the zucchini
  • Garnish: more grated cheese and marinara sauce for dipping
  • Note: For Deep Frying Zucchini: I use a flour coating instead of bread crumbs (or almond flour for anyone that needs a diabetic version omit the cornstarch when using almond flour).
  • Rinse zucchini sticks or slices, dredge in flour then in egg then in pork rinds crushed
  • See notes below for air frying.
  • Note: you can also dip them in egg then in just seasoned flour and bake spraying them with cooking oil if you do not want the additional breadcrumb coating


  1. Mix the breadcrumbs with all the herbs, cheese, spices, and seasonings and set aside.
  2. Add the flour to a  bag or pie plate
  3. Place the beaten egg in a deep pie plate with water.
  4. Cut the zucchini into long sticks even in length, or sliced about 1/4 inch in thickness.
  5. In a large plastic bag add flour.
  6. Add zucchini to a plastic bag and shake in flour (or use a pie plate with flour in it.)
  7. Dip the zucchini in egg then in breadcrumbs
  8. Spray them with cooking oil.
  9. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet or if air frying spray the basket with cooking oil spray and the top of the zucchini.
  10. Baked Method:
  11. Heat oven to 400 degrees
  12. Spray the zucchini with cooking oil spray.
  13. Bake until golden brown they do not usually need turning the oil will crisp them. around 15 minutes.  
  14. If you would like them crispier broil the tops for a few minutes on low then turn them.
  15. Alternative Cooking methods:
  16. For Air Frying: I use regular or panko breading for air frying.
  17. Place them on an oil-sprayed basket, in the air fryer in a single formation.
  18. Air fry them for 12 minutes at 400 degrees and check to see if they are crispy and browned.
  19. For deep-frying:
  20. Heat the oil on medium heat and fry until golden brown on both sides.
  21. Drain on paper towels.
  22. Serve with Italian marinara sauce and more grated cheese on top.
  23. Note: you can also sprinkle the top with oregano, chopped fresh basil, and shredded mozzarella as a garnish,



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Disclosure: This recipe was posted in 2011, edited, and re-published in 2020.