Skip the potatoes and make these Panko Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Fries in the oven. Dipped in an egg wash each zucchini fry is rolled in a crunchy seasoned panko breadcrumb and Parmesan cheese mixture. They're then drizzled with butter and baked on an oven rack until crisp and golden. Dip in marinara sauce, Ranch dressing or your favorite fry sauce and enjoy.
Easy Oven Fried Panko Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Fries Recipe
Oh, the bounty of Summer, it's delightful, isn't it? Even more so when you get to enjoy the bounty from someone else's garden. I was blessed with yellow squash and zucchini from my Parent's garden and my Uncle Sam's garden last week, and I'm having a stupendous time coming up with uses for it all. It occurred to me, that my kids might like zucchini more if it was in the form of a french fry. However, I didn't want to fry the zucchini in oil and decided to bread it with a crispy panko Parmesan mixture and oven fry it until golden. I baked it on an oven rack to allow air to circulate on all sides, making it super crispy, and it worked like a charm.
How to Make the Best Panko Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Fries Recipe
- Ingredients you'll need to make homemade Panko Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Fries: 3 large zucchini, panko breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, dry Italian seasoning blend, garlic salt, beaten eggs and melted butter.
- Kitchen gadgets you'll need: A broiler pan or a baking sheet fitted with an oven safe rack, sharp knife and cutting board, measuring cups and spoons, cheese grater, shallow bowls or plates to set-up the dredging station, mixing bowls and spoons.
- This recipe can easily be adapted to size up or down in servings.
- You can use freshly grated Parmesan cheese or Parmesan Reggiano cheese. You can also use quick and easy grated Parmesan in a can depending on your prep time.
- Panko breadcrumbs tend to maintain their crispy texture better than a fresh or seasoned dry breadcrumb for these zucchini fries.
- Do you have to use a baking rack to make Panko Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Fries? If you don't have a baking rack, you can lightly spritz a baking sheet or a broiler pan with cooking spray and they will be equally delicious.
- You can serve these zucchini fries fresh from the oven with warm marinara, homemade comeback sauce or yum yum sauce on the side for dipping.
- Store leftover Panko Parmesan Zucchini Fries chilled in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat on a sheet pan in a 375°F oven until crisp and heated through. You can also reheat in an air fryer.
More Southern Style Zucchini Recipes to Make
Whether it's summer and zucchini is in abundance or you're looking to shake-up your side dish menu, zucchini provides a delicious alternative to more carb heavy options.
- Dishes like this Baked Zucchini with Tomatoes and Gouda Cheese.
- Cheesy Baked Zucchini Bites are a delicious for your small bites menu.
- Skillet Zucchini Bacon Cornbread is baked crisp and golden in a cast iron skillet.
- My Mom's delicious Zucchini Bread recipe works every single time.
- Light and refreshing Grilled Vegetable Salad drizzled with an Apple Cider Honey Vinaigrette.
- Also, hop over to my Parade kitchen and browse the collection of 20 Uniquely Tasty Ways To Use Zucchini.
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Panko-Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Fries
- 2 jumbo OR 3 large zucchini
- 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
- 1 cup grated Parmesan-Romano cheese OR Parmesan
- 1 ½ teaspoon dry Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 3 large eggs beaten
- ½ cup butter OR light butter melted
- Preheat the oven to 450°F and line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Fit an oven safe rack into the pan and spritz with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Remove stem and cut zucchini through the middle into two equal halves. Next, slice each piece lengthwise in half.
- Lay on the cutting board, flat side down, slicing into ¼-1/3 inch slices.
- On a plate or shallow dish, mix together panko breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan, Italian seasoning and garlic salt until well blended.
- Prepare the dredging ingredients in this order: sliced zucchini, egg wash, and panko Parmesan crumbs.
- Dip zucchini in the egg wash then into the panko Parmesan breadcrumbs. Place side by side on the baking rack leaving equal space between each piece.
- Drizzle each with the melted butter.
- Place into the preheated oven and bake for 18-20 minutes OR until golden and crispy.
- Allow to cool on the rack for a 2-3 minutes then carefully remove to a serving platter.
- Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.
This has become a family fav...the best zucchini recipe ever. Reheats nicely in the oven or air fryer.
It was tough to have the panko stick to the zucchini. I’ll try flour next time. Good with ranch dressing.
Press the breading onto the zucchini strips and you'll be good to go.
I tried these and found it almost impossible to get the panko to stick to the fries. They tasted fine but would have liked them to be a bit crunchier. What did I do wrong?
It's certainly not impossible. I'm wondering if you rinsed the zucchini after slicing. If so, the egg and breading would indeed slip right off. If not, you may want to dust the sliced zucchini with flour, then egg wash then breadcrumbs. Although I've never found this necessary to do so.
Yummy!! Will never give zucchini away again!! Haha. Family absolutely loved the parmesan zucchini fries!! Made one pan using flour, one pan without for less carb. Both delicious no dip sauce you don't need it. Only thing I added is a dash of red chile flakes to the panko/parm/spices
Thank you so much!