Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries are a great no-fuss way to get kids (and adults) to eat their vegetables. Crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside with a nice bit of saltiness from the Parmesan cheese these fries are your new favorite way to eat zucchini. Served with a marinara, these make a great kid friendly and figure-friendly appetizer or side dish.

 

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries are a great no-fuss way to get kids (and adults) to eat their vegetables. Crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside with a nice bit of saltiness from the Parmesan cheese these fries are your new favorite way to eat zucchini. Served with a marinara, these make a great kid friendly and figure-friendly appetizer or side dish.

My husband and I love zucchini any way you can think to make it but my daughter is not a fan. Disguised in a thin veil of panko bread crumbs and a ramekin or marinara sauce, and she gladly ate her “fries.” She did ask why they had a green peel but was not so bothered by it that she continued eating. I suppose if I wanted to truly slip these by her, I would have to peel the outer skin. 

She did ask why they had a green peel but was not so bothered by it that she continued eating. I suppose if I wanted to truly slip these by her, I would have to peel the outer skin. 

 

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries are a great no-fuss way to get kids (and adults) to eat their vegetables. Crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside with a nice bit of saltiness from the Parmesan cheese these fries are your new favorite way to eat zucchini. Served with a marinara, these make a great kid friendly and figure-friendly appetizer or side dish.

These get a nice crisp coating from the panko breadcrumbs that I lightly spray with cooking spray just to encourage browning.  They turn out nice and crisp and beautifully golden brown. 

I must confess that these may be my new favorite way to eat zucchini. No wonder they are a popular appetizer on many restaurant menus. They are cheap and easy to prepare so why not prepare them at home? This is a great way to use up your summer surplus of fresh garden-grown zucchini!   

 

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries are a great no-fuss way to get kids (and adults) to eat their vegetables. Crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside with a nice bit of saltiness from the Parmesan cheese these fries are your new favorite way to eat zucchini. Served with a marinara, these make a great kid friendly and figure-friendly appetizer or side dish.

 

I served these with an organic marinara sauce perfectly kid-friendly and figure friendly. If you prefer, you may also serve these with some Ranch Dressing.  

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries are a great no-fuss way to get kids (and adults) to eat their vegetables. Crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside with a nice bit of saltiness from the Parmesan cheese these fries are your new favorite way to eat zucchini. Served with a marinara, these make a great kid friendly and figure-friendly appetizer or side dish.

 

Crisp outside with a creamy center. Perfect for dipping…

 

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries are a great no-fuss way to get kids (and adults) to eat their vegetables. Crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside with a nice bit of saltiness from the Parmesan cheese these fries are your new favorite way to eat zucchini. Served with a marinara, these make a great kid friendly and figure-friendly appetizer or side dish.

 

 

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Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries are a great no-fuss way to get kids (and adults) to eat their vegetables. Crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside with a nice bit of saltiness from the Parmesan cheese these fries are your new favorite way to eat zucchini. Served with a marinara, these make a great kid friendly and figure-friendly appetizer or side dish.

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Bites

Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries are a great no-fuss way to get kids (and adults) to eat their vegetables. Crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside with a nice bit of saltiness from the Parmesan cheese these fries are your new favorite way to eat zucchini. Served with a marinara, these make a great kid friendly and figure-friendly appetizer or side dish. Yields: 36 zucchini fries 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 9 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 29 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, vegetable
Cuisine American
Servings 4 -6 servings
Calories 0 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1-1/3 cups panko bread crumbs [See Note 1]
  • 1-1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese [See note 2]
  • tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning blend
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs , beaten
  • 3 medium zucchini , cut into 3-inch long x 1/2-inch wide strips [See Note 3]
  • cooking spray

Optional Garnish:

  • Marinara sauce for dipping
  • extra Parmesan cheese for sprinkling over the top of the serving plate

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Combine the first 5 ingredients in a shallow bowl large enough to dredge the zucchini strips.
  • Place the beaten eggs in a second shallow bowl for dredging.
  • Dip zucchini in the egg and then dredge in the panko seasoning mix. Press to coat.
  • Handling by the ends of each stick (so as to not disturb the coating), place zucchini onto a baking rack fitted into a shallow baking tray (I also line my tray with parchment for easy clean up). Repeat until all the zucchini strips are coated.
  • Lightly spray each stick with cooking spray to promote browning.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Serve immediately with marinara sauce for dipping. [See Note 4]

Notes

  1. Panko bread crumbs are Japanese style bread crumbs which are bigger and have a nice crunchy texture.
  2. We find that freshly grated Parmesan cheese works best with this recipe but you may use shredded as an alternative.
  3. Trim the ends of the zucchini and then cut each in half across the middle. Turn and cut in half lengthwise to create 4 pieces. Cut eat piece lengthwise into three uniform sticks, forming 12 sticks per zucchini. Repeat with the other 2 zucchini.
  4. These are best served immediately but leftovers can be reheated in the oven at 200 degrees F for 10 minutes to crisp them up again.

Nutrition

Calories: 0kcalCarbohydrates: 0gProtein: 0gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgFiber: 0gSugar: 0g
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1 thought on “Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries”

  1. Finally! A way I can trick my kids into eating zucchini. They were so good the kids didn’t care even after I told them it wasn’t zucchini! Thanks for recipe

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