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Fried Zucchini

When the warm weather hits, Fried Zucchini is an easy side dish that's the perfect compliment for Spring and Summer meals.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • frying pan I use a cast iron pan


  • 2 medium zucchini sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlc powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt plus additional for topping
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing for serving


  • Start by making the breading for the zucchini. Add the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to a food processor. Pulse to combine everything and chop up the Parmesan into smaller pieces.
    1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup shredded parmesan, 1/2 teaspoon garlc powder, 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Add the breadcrumb mixture to a shallow bowl.
  • Chop the zucchini into about 1/4 inch pieces.
    2 medium zucchini
  • In another bowl, whisk the egg and water together.
    1 egg, 1 teaspoon water
  • In a pan (I use cast iron) heat up 1 Tbs olive oil and 1 Tbs butter. Heat up the pan at medium/high heat until the butter has melted.
    1 Tbs butter, 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Dip the zucchini slices into the egg. Then dip into the breadcrumbs on both sides.
  • Add the breaded zucchini to the pan and let fry for 2 minutes. Flip the zucchini and cook another 2 minutes on the other side.
  • Remove the zucchini and place them on a plate covered with a paper towel.
  • Sprinkle with salt before servings with a side of ranch for dipping. Enjoy!
    1/4 cup ranch dressing


Tips for making this recipe:

  • I make this zucchini without flour in the breading but if you don't have breadcrumbs available you can swap them out for flour or panko breadcrumbs.
  • To store: add to a covered container and eat within 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or air fryer.