Fried Zucchini

Restaurant style Fried Zucchini is a family favorite! It’s simply addicting, especially dipped in ranch or marinara.

Fried Zucchini is our favorite way to enjoy one of our favorite vegetables! There are so many sides and appetizers you can make with zucchini, like Parmesan Crusted Zucchini and Zucchini Tots.

Plate of fried zucchini served with ranch dressing.

Delicious Deep Fried Zucchini

Fried Zucchini 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). However you make it, it’s always delicious. We love to serve it with Marinara Sauce or Homemade Ranch.

We’ve tried several versions over the years, and now have Baked Zucchini Fries and Zucchini Chips. They are also delicious!

How to fry zucchini

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

PREP. Heat oil to medium heat. Slice zucchini into several circles.

COAT + REPEAT. Add10-15 slices of zucchini into a bowl of milk to coat. From there, add slices to a bowl filled with the flour, coat.

Put slices back into the milk and make sure they get all wet again. Add slices to a bowl filled with Panko crumbs, coat.

FRY. Fry until golden brown, turning to ensure even browning on both sides. Repeat process until all the slices are breaded and fried.

ENJOY! Serve with Ranch or marinara.

Air fry zucchini

A great healthy alternative to traditional pan frying is to use an air fryer.

PREP. Heat your air fryer to 390°F. Prepare your zucchini according to recipe directions.

FRY. Place a single layer of zucchini rounds, or fries in the air fryer basket. Cook for 5-7 minutes until crispy.

You can also use the Air Fryer Zucchini recipe, or check out our Baked Zucchini Fries.

Three bowls to show the process of dredging to make fried zucchini.

Recipe Tips

Oil. I use vegetable oil, but canola oil or peanut oil are also great options to make this dish. Add 1 ½ -2 inches of oil to the pan, heat it up to 350°F. If you don’t have a thermometer:

  • Test the oil is ready by inserting the end of a wooden spoon into the oil.
  • It should immediately bubble around the handle.
  • If it doesn’t bubble the oil is too cold.
  • If it bubbles and splatters vigorously, the oil may be too hot.
  • When you think you have the right temperature, fry 1-2 test pieces and adjust. 

Salting the zucchini. Salting the zucchini causes the vegetable to “sweat”, relieving the zucchini from extra moisture. I don’t use this method, and haven’t had problems with soggy zucchini. However, you can definitely give it a try:

  • Lay the sliced zucchini out on a paper towel.
  • Sprinkle some sea salt over the slices, and let sit for about 30 minutes.
  • Extra moisture will be released and absorbed by the paper towel.
  • Pat the tops with another paper towel before proceeding with the recipe.
Coated zucchini, ready for frying to make deep fried zucchini.


If you’re looking to add some variation, try:

  • Adding parmesan cheese, chili flakes, garlic powder, or cayenne pepper to the breadcrumbs before frying.
  • Use a seasoned breadcrumb or Panko mixture. The Italian versions with oregano and basil are some of our favorites!

Dipping sauce. Another way to change up the flavors is to use different dipping sauces. We love dipping these in Homemade Ranch Dressing. Also try some of your favorite dipping sauces, such as: Marinara Sauce or horseradish sauce.

How to reheat zucchini 

Fried Zucchini is ideal when eaten right away. If you happen to have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge. The best way to reheat them is in the oven.

  • 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.

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

A plate of golden fried zucchini served with ranch dressing.

For more even zucchini recipes:

Fried Zucchini Recipe

5 from 96 votes
Restaurant style Fried Zucchini is a family favorite! It's simply addicting, especially dipped in ranch or 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 all-purpose flour
  • vegetable oil


  • Heat oil to medium heat.
  • Slice zucchini into several circles. Add 10-15 slices of zucchini into a bowl of milk to coat.
  • From there, add slices to a bowl filled with the flour, coat.
  • Put slices back into the milk and make sure they get all wet again.
  • Add slices to a bowl filled with Panko crumbs, coat.
  • Fry until golden brown, turning to ensure equal browning on both sides. Repeat process until all the slices are breaded and fried.


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  1. Love fried zucchini!! Too bad my husband despises it!And SO freakin' awesome you won from BCD!!! LUCKY!!!

  2. 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!

  3. 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 🙂

  4. I absolutely love fried zucchini, but lately I have been grilling it or just pan frying without the oil. I will have to try the homemade fried ones now thtough:-)

    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!

  5. 5 stars
    I ***LOVE*** this recipe! It is quick, easy, & delicious, too!! I make it as often as my family can stand! 🙂

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 5 stars
    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. 5 stars
    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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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..

  12. Wow, thank you for the recipe. It looks so delicious. I will try to make this dish with my air fryer.

  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!!

    1. I love hearing that! Thank you so much for letting me know! I haven’t tried it with eggplant, but I bet it would be great!

  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.

  15. 5 stars

  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.

    1. I like to add maybe 1/4 inch thick, maybe a little more. I never measure..oops…I just pour until I think there is enough 🙂 Hope that helps!! These are the best!

  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. I absolutely love zucchini. I saute them and roast them and grill them but I never thought of frying them! Sounds so good! Can’t wait to try it!

  21. 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!

  22. 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

    1. Thank you so much! I hope you like the ones you try! I hope you have a safe holiday as well!

  23. 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?

  24. 5 stars
    Tried this for linch. Did not
    Hve bread crumBs sO i Used
    Cracker crumbs instead. They
    Were ExcelleNt. Thanks for the

  25. 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!!

  26. 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!

  27. 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!!!

  28. 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!

  29. 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.

  30. 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

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

  32. 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.

  33. 5 stars
    made these today and they were delicious. Not to heavy and very filling. I will definitely be making these again.

  34. 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.

  35. 5 stars
    I loved these & overall they were delicious. I made the mistake of having the oil too hot, which is a common mistake of mine. I gave a 5 star review since it was my cooking error. I will definitely make them again & I’ll pay more attention next time.

  36. Are 2-3 cups of milk correct? Seems excessive. Also, can I use seasoned cornmeal instead of Panko or breadcrumbs that I normally don’t keep around? I fry green tomatoes that way

    1. You are welcome to switch things up however you would like. The recipe is accurate and we included what we used and loved, but you can certainly substitute and modify things to what you enjoy. The recipe will just turn out slightly different. 🙂

  37. 5 stars
    Boy, you weren’t kidding. Now my favorite tecipe for zucchini. Of course, the chef has to “sample” while they cook. I over sampled a d had to make more.

    1. Haha! Sounds like what I do too. Chef’s gotta make sure it’s good for everyone else to eat. 😉 So glad you enjoyed the recipe!!

  38. 5 stars
    Very yummy. I used yellow squash fresh from a farm. Cooked in Canola oil. Added Italian seasoning after reading other posts.

  39. 5 stars
    The recipe was so easy to follow. The fried zucchini came out delicious! So excited to try many more recipes to share with the family!

  40. Have you tried the recipe with almond flour or coconut flour instead of AP flour? I am trying to stick to the lower carb way of cooking or the Keto diet. Thank you.

    1. I haven’t tried with either of those flours. You’ll have to let us know how it turns out if you do!! We’d love to hear!

  41. 5 stars
    Looove fried zucchini! I don’t know why I’ve never done this my tossing them in a zip lock before… like shake n bake haha. We’ve fried, we baked, now time to try the air fryer suggestion… brilliant!

    1. You could, but they are ideally eaten right after they are fried. If reheating, we recommend doing so 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.

  42. 5 stars
    I think this is the best zucchini ever! Making it at home is as good as eating it at a restaurant. Love it!

  43. 5 stars
    This is by far our most favorite appetizer!! We make a few times a month, because it goes with so many things & it’s so good!! Perfectly crisp!

  44. 5 stars
    I’m so happy to have found you, Lil Luna! Your recipes are ALWAYS approved and appreciated in our home!! Thank you!!!!

  45. 5 stars
    OMG, this takes fried zucchini to a whole new level! Have eaten fried squash pretty much all my life, and this is the best. Another time will try using finely ground cornmeal in with the flour, or maybe even masa, for an extra level of flavor, and will try adding the parmesan sometime, as well, depending on what I’m making with it.

    1. I bet both of those additions would be tasty! So glad you tired the fried zucchini. It’s so yummy!

  46. 5 stars
    I already live zucinni and to make this easy i easy recipe was my all time favorite. Make it all the time as a snack no dip just eat it like that!! Thanks bunches💕

  47. That looks delicious! I am not however going to use Vegetable, Canola or peanut oil. These are BAD for you. A much healthier option is Non GMO Avocado oil. It has a neutral taste and super high smoke point.

  48. I am glad you tried them! I like them crispy, so I cook them a little longer. You can also add your favorite spices to the mix, if you want.

  49. Jeanette, I personally don’t think baked would have as much flavor. In moderation, fat isn’t our enemy. Matter of fact, our brains are 60% fat. (Wonder if that’s where the word “fat head” came from. LOL)