Fried Zucchini

Do you ever get weird cravings?  I have been craving Fried Zucchini for weeks now!  I used to LOVE the ones that we got from Carl’s Jr in Fresno, California.  I don’t know if all of the Carl’s Jr restaurants serve them, but they were awesome!  So was the Mexican food…like I said, I’m not sure if all of the restaurants sell them or not.  Fresno was a test market for new products, so we always got to try out fun new things…..

Fried Zucchini |

While my Fried Zucchini is not an exact copy, they are actually better than the originals.  I used panko crumbs instead of bread crumbs, so they were really light and crispy!  I also tried to keep all of my zucchini at a 1/2-inch, so they would not be too thick…..

Fried Zucchini slice

I prefer my zucchini to be cooked and not raw at all in the center. 😉  I again used my favorite breading trick, I used brown rice flour to coat the zucchini.  I also decided to season it with some garlic and onion powder, as well as some paprika…..

Fried Zucchini season

My onion and garlic powder has parsley mixed in, so ignore the green flecks. 😉  It adds a subtle flavor, without being overpowering.  Dredge the zucchini slices through the seasoned flour…..

Fried Zucchini flour

Then dip it in the beaten egg…..

Fried Zucchini egg

and the panko crumbs…..

Fried Zucchini panko

It is best to coat all of the zucchini before you start frying, you don’t want to get distracted!

Fried Zucchini plate

Or if you are like me, you don’t want to make a bigger mess than you have to. 😉  Heat about 1/2 an inch of oil in a heavy bottom pot or Dutch oven to 350 degrees…..

Fried Zucchini oil

Once you reach 350, carefully drop several zucchini slices into the oil…..

Fried Zucchini fry

You don’t want to overcrowd the pan, or drop the temperature too much.  You want it to stay as close to 350 as you can.  If the oil is not hot enough, the zucchini will be oily because they are sitting in the oil longer.  If the oil is too hot, the outside will cook too quickly, and the inside will not be cooked at all.

Cook the zucchini for 3 to 5 minutes, until golden brown…..

Fried Zucchini golden

Remove zucchini with a wire strainer or tongs, and place on paper towels to drain…..

Fried Zucchini drain

Serve with Homemade Ranch Dressing…..

Fried Zucchini | | #appetizer #dairyfree

and try to share with others!  I  know, it’s hard.  They are so delicious…..

Fried Zucchini with Ranch Dressing |

I never seem to remember to make my Homemade Ranch Dressing ahead of time, so it always looks very thin in photographs.  I promise, it really does thicken up when it’s cold. 🙂  As you can see, I did not let that stop me! 😉

Fried Zucchini with Creamy Ranch Dressing |


Fried Zucchini

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Meal type Appetizer
Fried Zucchini makes the perfect appetizer! Fresh zucchini dredged in seasoned flour and panko crumbs, deep fried till golden brown and served with Creamy Ranch Dressing.


  • 2 Medium zucchini (cut into 1/2-inch slices)
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 Large eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1 1/4 Cups panko crumbs
  • 1/2-inch oil for frying (I used peanut oil)
  • Ranch Dressing for dipping


Season flour with garlic, onion, and paprika and place on a large plate.
Place eggs in a bowl and beat to combine.
Place panko on a large plate.
Dredge zucchini slices through the flour, dip in the egg, and coat with panko crumbs.
It is best to coat all of the zucchini before you start frying. Place on a large plate as you go along.
Heat about 1/2 an inch of oil in the bottom of a heavy bottom pot, to 350 degrees.
Place several zucchini in the pot and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until golden brown.
Remove from pan, and place on paper towels to drain.
Serve with Creamy Ranch Dressing.

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  1. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    I could make a meal out of just this!! Yum!! On a side note, I grew up on the East coast and I have always called it Hardee’s …… even though I have lived in AZ for over a year now, I still cannot call it Carl’s Jr LOL!! Btw, I think it must be a Fresno thing, I don’t think our “Carl’s Jr” here in Phoenix carries fried zucchini?!

    • says

      I did make a meal out of them Jamie, shhh;) I was so confused when we moved to Iowa, and the Carl’s Jr sign had Hardee’s name printed on it! It’s not the same, they taste different…and we still call it Carl’s Jr after 15 years!!

  2. andi says

    Oh. Freaking. Yum. Zucchini is in my top 3 veggies of all time, along with asparagus and I can’t remember what the other one might be. I must try this magical recipe….



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