Baked, or Air Fried Zucchini Fries

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Whether you bake, air fry, and deep fry these zucchini sticks they turn out to be a delicious 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.

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

Baked, Fried or Air Fried

The first photo above is baked zucchini fries on parchment paper for easy release and clean up.

We love ours served with a side of marinara sauce.

The second photo is the flour-coated fried version.

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

Baked and the Air Fried are the healthier versions 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.

these are fried zucchini sticks done in hot oil on the stove top in frying pan and cooled on a flowered pattern platter

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

see exact measurements in the recipe card below

Bread crumb version:

  • 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
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • water or beaten egg/eggwhites
  • Garnish: more grated cheese and marinara sauce for dipping

Flour Coating Version:

  • flour or almond flour
  • cornstarch
  • same herbs and seasoning as above
  • grated cheese
  • olive oil

these are zucchini sticks fried in oil shaken in flour first


  • For air frying: always air fry on an oil sprayed foil
  • For deep frying: use if using bread crumb dip in egg first for flour just rinse in cold water and shake in seasoned flour
  • For baking: dip in oil first then bread crumbs or pork rinds and bake do not turn, use parchment paper to bake them on

these are zucchini sticks shaken in seasoned flour

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Zucchini Rollatini

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Baked Zucchini Ricotta Casserole

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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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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 panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dried oregano, basil, and parsley
  • 1/4 cup Italian flavored breadcrumbs or use crushed pork rinds for diabetic versions
  • 1/4 cup olive oil salt and pepper to taste
  • optional: dip them in water, beaten egg, beaten egg whites or you can dip them in oil before coating
  • 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 diabetic version omit the cornstarch when using almond flour).
  • add 1 cup flour and 2 tablespoons cornstarch into a plastic bag with the same herbs and spices above.
  • Rinse zucchini sticks into cold water, do not dry them or you can use beaten egg to coat them first then shake into the flour.
  • After you shake the sticks into the flour to coat them, then proceed to deep fry in a frying pan with the 1/4 cup oil on medium heat until browned on both sides.
  • You can use the panko but would need to dip them in a beaten egg first.
  • Note: I do not recommend the flour coating for the Air Fry method.
  • See notes below for air frying.


  1. Baked Method:
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees
  3. Cut into long sticks even in length, about 1/4 inch thickness.
  4. In a large plastic bag add herbs, cheese, Italian breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and panko shake well.
  5. Add zucchini to the pie plate either use water, egg,s or spray with cooking oil.
  6. Place half the bread crumbs scattered on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  7. Use tongs to place zucchini on top of breadcrumbs on a baking sheet, back into the pie plate.
  8. Sprinkle or roll with the remaining panko breadcrumbs mixture on top to coat the zucchini.
  9. Bake until golden brown they do not usually need turning the oil will crisp them. around 15 minutes.  
  10. If you would like them crispier broil the tops for a few minutes on low then turn them.
  11. Alternative Cooking methods:
  12. For Air Frying: I use regular or panko breading for air frying.
  13. Place them on oil sprayed piece of aluminum foil and place them into the basket of the air fryer.
  14. Air fry them for 12 minutes at 400 degrees and check to see if they are crispy and browned.
  15. For deep-frying:
  16.  I use the flour-coated method or breadcrumb.
  17. Heat the oil on medium heat and fry until golden brown on both sides.
  18. Drain on paper towels.
  19. Serve with Italian marinara sauce and more grated cheese on top.
  20. Note: you can also sprinkle the top with oregano, chopped fresh basil, and shredded mozzarella as a garnish,



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these are fried zucchini sticks done in hot oil on the stove top in frying pan and cooled on a flowered pattern platter

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


  1. These zucchini are delicious with the crispy and aromatic crust. Bye, have a great day

  2. crispy and yummy fries.. like the idea os using zucchini

  3. I love zucchini fixed like this. Thanks Claudia.

  4. Great idea to bake these...especially when fries relate to healthy zucchini.
    I've never made these.
    I was wondering about the oven temp. you used and also did you put the oven rack at the very bottom? Thanks for responding when you have a chance.

    Have a great day,

  5. Claudia, great idea! I'm always looking for healthier appetizers to serve! It will be a great addition to an antipasta platter.

  6. Share that oven temp with all of us please because I absolutely want to make this! Yummy!

  7. Op! I missed it :) 400. Got it. Now I can plan tonight's dinner :)

  8. These look crazy good - so many different dips would go well with it, too.

    Baked instead of fried is just the icing on the cake.

  9. I walked past the zuccini just the other day but will have to go back to the market. These appetizers look scrumputous.

  10. I love zucchini, we eat them very often:)
    the crust looks crispy, love it!
    Happy Easter!

  11. What a wonderfull appetizer :D
    Hope you have a great easter :)

  12. Baked zucchini fries looks awesome crunchy.

  13. A great appetizer indeed! These look absolutely scrumptious. Love that they are baked too. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Oh, I might get my family to eat zucchini if I use this recipe! Boy, do these look wonderful~

    You were on my list to tag for the Easter post, but I figured you were already tagged (and knowing you, you had a fabulous Easter compilation ready to go!). I'd love to add you to my list if you haven't been contacted :)

  15. I make these every summer - but not with Panko - grand idea and I will be doing it.

  16. I love zucchini fries...they are one of my all time appetizers. I remember about 30 years ago, a sweet little Italian lady (friend of family) gave me the recipe and instruction, but that was for deep frying, and in those days they didn't have Panko.
    Love your new take on it, Claudia, and the Marinara dipping sauce, as well:D
    Thanks for sharing!

  17. We love these at our home - i bake them too... Looking super crunchy and very inviting esp with the tomato sauce dip!

  18. One of my favorite ways to eat zucchini! They look so crispy crunchity and delicious!

  19. Those look great...I love panko bread light..lets the real flavor come through!

  20. Yum! Enjoying your recipes! I'm a new follower. Have a wonderful Easter weekend :-)

  21. Yummy!!! It looks so perfect :)

  22. Well, I bought the zucchini and used your recipe as a framework. I didn't have breadcrumbs, so I had to improvise and make my own. As I expected this was really good. Thanks for the rcipe, idea, and motivation.

  23. Hey Claudia, I did these awhile back and was so pleased. Absolutely delicious and great photo! I saw your comment today regarding zucchini quick bread and can't find your similar recipe (did you post?) would love to try it. Really enjoying your recipes. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Can't wait for zucchini to become plentiful so I can make this!

  25. This has always been a favorite of mine and I love that these are baked...Spring veggies at there best!

  26. I have no doubt that these zucchini fries are fabulous munchies and appetizers! YUM!

  27. Love zucchini and bet these are delicious!

  28. These look scrumptious! I love zucchini. Pinned.

  29. I've always been tempted to get an airfryer, but never too sure how well they work. These look good though... Maybe I should reconsider x #FullPlateThursday


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