Fried Zucchini

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Whether you serve it as a side or an appetizer, this restaurant style Fried Zucchini is a family favorite. Fried to perfection, this dish is simply addicting, especially dipped in ranch and marinara!

Zucchini is one of our favorite vegetables! There are so many sides and appetizers you can make with it, like baked parmesan zucchini, or zucchini tots. This is one of our most favorite ways to enjoy it though!

Fried zucchini slices on a white plate

Delicious Deep Fried Zucchini

Today I am sharing another family favorite – our Fried Zucchini Recipe. This one happens to be my favorite appetizer in the whole world! It’s a recipe we have at least once a month for Sunday dinner, and it’s always gone in minutes!

You can serve this in different ways depending on how you cut the zucchini (discs or sticks), but however you make it, it’s always delicious. We love to serve it with Marinara sauce or Homemade Ranch. We’ve also tried several versions over the years and now have Baked Zucchini Fries and Zucchini Chips.

I also like to order this dish at restaurants and have decided that Cheesecake Factory and Claim Jumper have my favorite versions of this yummy dish. Have any of you tried this at these places?? If not – don’t fret, because we have a feeling you’ll love this homemade version just as much.

How to make fried zucchini process pics - breading the zucchini

How to Make Fried Zucchini

Other than a little time, this recipe doesn’t take much. The steps are simple as well as the ingredients.

SLICE. To make zucchini, begin by slicing it up (no need to peel zucchini). Prepare a bowl of milk as well as two Ziploc bags – one filled with flour and one filled with bread crumbs or Panko.

BATTER. Place some of the zucchini slices in the milk, making sure all sides get wet. Add this to the bag of flour, shake and then add back to bowl of milk. Add this to bag of bread crumbs and shake.

FRY. Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Add slices and fry until golden brown. Serve with Ranch or marinara.

How do you air fry zucchini? A great healthy alternative to traditional pan frying is to use an air fryer. Heat your air fryer to 390°F. Prepare your zucchini according to recipe directions. Place a single layer of zucchini rounds or fres in the air fryer. Cook for 5-7 minutes until crispy.

How to bake zucchini? If looking for a healthier version, check out our Baked Zucchini Fries.

How to make fried zucchini - battered zucchini on plate before frying

Additional Tips

How to reheat zucchini? Fried zucchini is ideal when eaten right away, but If you happen to have leftovers, the best way to reheat them is in the oven. You can broil them on low for 2-4 minutes or place them in a preheated oven at 375° F for 5-7 minutes until they are heated through.

How can I add flavor to fried zucchini? If you’re looking to add some variation try adding parmesan cheese, chili flakes, garlic salt, or cayenne pepper before frying. You can also use a seasoned breadcrumb or Panko mixture. The Italian versions are some of our favorites!

Another way to change up the flavors it to use different dipping sauces. We love dipping these in homemade ranch dressing, but you can also try some of your favorites dipping sauces such as marinara sauce or horseradish sauce.

Pan Fried Zucchini slices on plate

Don’t those Fried Zucchini chips look amazing?! Really, though – look no further. This recipe is beyond simple and SO good!!

For more zucchini recipes, check out:

Fried Zucchini Recipe

4.97 from 33 votes

Whether you serve it as a side or an appetizer, this restaurant style Fried Zucchini is a family favorite. Fried to perfection, this dish is simply addicting, especially dipped in ranch and marinara!

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 367 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 2 Zucchini
  • 2-3 cups milk
  • 2 cups Panko Bread Crumbs Plain or Italian
  • 3 cups flour
  • oil


  1. Heat oil to medium heat.

  2. Slice zucchini into several circles. Throw 10-15 slices of zucchini into a bowl of milk.
  3. From there add slices to a gallon bag filled with the flour. Shake around.
  4. Put slices back into the milk and make sure it gets all wet again.
  5. Add slices to a gallon bag filled with Panko crumbs. Shake around.
  6. Fry until golden brown. Repeat process until all the slices are breaded and fried.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Thanks for the zucchini recipe! I've never tried it that way and about this time of year, when our garden is going crazy with zucchini, we'll try it any new way there is. :)Love the video, too. That's a good one!

  2. We have zucchini coming out our ears right now and this is totally going to be on the menu tonight! I made zucchini muffins this morning for breakfast and zucchini creme dessert last night – we love zucchini 🙂

    1. Wow, you must not be from the South! One of everyone’s all time favorite. It is so easy, so give it a try!

  3. Breaded fried zucchini is our favourite summer dinner. We only eat it once a year, but when we make it, it is all we have for dinner! We have ours with fresh garden tomatoes and lemon wedges.

  4. I ***LOVE*** this recipe! It is quick, easy, & delicious, too!! I make it as often as my family can stand! 🙂

  5. I’ll bet the zucchini get a nice thick coating with the double-dip method you’ve outlined here. I love both fried or grilled zucchini and panko, so this looks really good to me. I make a gluten-free panko by rolling over Rice Chex with a rolling pin.

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  8. Made this tonight using breadcrumbs because I didn’t have panko. Came out crispy and yummy! So easy too!I served it with ranch dip. My picky son liked it (even without the ranch dip). Thank you!

  9. I made these tonight and couldnt wait to see how they tasted. I was so disappointed and i ruined my zucchini from my garden. It was pretty but had no flavor at all, i ended up throwing them away. Oh well, thanks anyways. The one thing about this recipe is i tried something new and thats always a good thing. I am glad others enjoyed it so much.

  10. This was simple and delicious! I had large zucchini rounds (4″ round) and the breading stuck well and tasted amazing! I salted as I took out of pan to cool and made a spicy aoili for dipping.

  11. Does anyone have a recipe for zucchini squares? It was in a little cookbook long ago from bisquick.I can’t find it,and we love it. Thanks in advance.

  12. 5 stars
    OMG, these were so easy to make and better than any restaurant that I’ve had these at. TY for this recipe because this is how I’m going to prepare my husband’s fried green tomatoes..

  13. 5 stars
    I was searching for a fried zucchini recipe to make for the first time. This eggless recipe caught my eye. I made a small batch of only 4 discs, and literally had an egg waiting on the counter for the next batch. Well it promptly went back into the fridge, these are so light and delicious, I see why you eat them with every meal! I’m wondering if you use a similar recipe for eggplant? Thank you for sharing Lil Luna!!

  14. 5 stars
    This is the best! All the others, Panko, etc even though crispy, cover up the flavor. I hope this will work on green tomatoes. AND I love that there are only 2 steps to coating vs. 3 steps, and it is really crispy.


  16. Hi there!
    Have you tried to convert this recipe to an air fryer? Just got one and the zucchini in the fridge is just waiting to be dressed in your recipe
    Thanks for the help

  17. 5 stars
    I like how you are making some wise choices as to not frying vegetables .Look forward to seeing your other recipes, they all look delicious My husband would like it if I started cooking again.m With this I just might have to do that.

  18. 5 stars
    I made these tonight using your method but used a box of Shake & Bake Parmesan & Herb. Awesome! My hubs thought they were great, too, and he’s not crazy about zucchini!

  19. 5 stars
    I just made the fried zucchini recipe with my 10 year old daughter. They were so easy to make and so delicious! I highly recommend this. We added some parmsesan cheese after frying and loved it!

  20. 5 stars
    this is the second time I’ve used this recipe. I just follow it as written. however, i measure the flour, milk, and panko crumbs as i go to not waste so much. this time i fried mushrooms as well. i serve the veggies with ranch dressing and homemade blue cheese dressing. delicious!

    ps: i really like your website and have book marked it to explore more of it. thanks!

  21. Your recipes look so tasty iam useing some for the fourth of july iam having family over for dinner ill let you know how it turned out.have a safe fourth of july.i had 3girls and then two boys they all live around me iam in arizona its been the one hundreds here iam an old lady so i stay in as much as i can. Thankyou have a safe holiday

  22. Have you ever prepped the zucchini the night before and cooked them the next day? If so, did you do anything different from the recipe?

  23. 5 stars
    Tried this for linch. Did not
    Hve bread crumBs sO i Used
    Cracker crumbs instead. They
    Were ExcelleNt. Thanks for the

  24. 5 stars
    My 15 year old son, who says he despises zucchini, went back for seconds. I used heavy whipping cream, SEASONED the flour and put PARMASAN cheese in the breadcrumbs. We used a Sriracha mayo for dipping. SO DELICIOUS!!

  25. 5 stars
    Fantastic! I googled Crispy Fried zucchini and this RECIPE is the best ever! I can w to see what else is on this site!

  26. 5 stars
    I love fried zucchini. Not all RESTAURANTS make it well . I cant wEight to try it. Yours looks fantastic. Going out to buy zucchini now!!!

  27. 5 stars
    We Made this both in the air fryer aNd REGULAR frying pan. I swear it was better than our FAVORITE restaurant’s fried zucchini!

  28. 5 stars
    I’ve always used egg wash method. Thought I would try this and it was great! I don’t think I’ll go back to egg. VERY LIGHT AND VERY CRISPY.

  29. Zucchini is not a vegitable…it is a fruit because it is seed bearing. Just a little information for whoever did this recipe. Thank you and God bless

  30. I did not see any salt, peper or any seasOning Being added anYwhere in the procEss of this recipe. Is there none used?

  31. 5 stars
    Just made this for my family for dinner. The recipe is easy to follow and i used the air fryer for a healthier option. It was a hit! Found my new favorite way to use up mY ZUCCHINI from my garden.

  32. 5 stars
    I dont even like zuchinni, but i cooked some for my family tonight f dinner. Theyloved them! Said they were restaurant quality. Thanksforthe recipe.