Fried Zucchini

  • prep time15 min
  • total time 25 min
  • serves 4
Giada De Laurentiis
Giada De Laurentiis Everyday Italian

These delicious, deep-friend morsels are a great substitute for fries. Serve with burgers at a barbecue, or as an appetizer at dinner.

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Directions for: Fried Zucchini


Olive oil, for frying

1 ¾ cups freshly grated Parmesan

1 ½ cups panko, (Japanese breadcrumbs)

¾ tsp salt

2 large eggs

3 zucchini, cut into 3-inch long by 1/2-inch wide strips


1. Pour enough oil into a large frying pan to reach a depth of 2 inches. Heat the oil over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350ºF.

2. Stir 1 1/2 cups Parmesan, the panko, and salt in a medium bowl to blend. Whisk the eggs in another medium bowl to blend. Working in batches, dip the zucchini in the eggs to coat completely and allow the excess egg to drip back into the bowl. Coat the zucchini in the panko mixture, patting to adhere and coat completely. Place the zucchini strips on a baking sheet.

3. When the oil is hot, working in batches, fry the zucchini sticks until they are golden brown, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fried zucchini to paper towels and drain.

4. Arrange the fried zucchini on a platter. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan and serve.

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