Oven Baked Zucchini Fries

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Baked Zucchini Fries

As long as there is Parents magazine, I will not have any problem finding easy baking recipes.  This is one such simple and tasty recipe.  I tried it for the first time yesterday with one zuchini.  It was crispy on the outside and tender inside.  Zucchini being a soft vegetable, when it cooks, the inside is not as firm as the potato fries. It tastes similar to the South Indian appetizer Bhaji, which has a crunchy exterior and soft/mushy inside.

Baked Zucchini Fries Recipe

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15 Mins25 Mins2 Servings
Oven Baked Zucchini Fries Looking for an alternative for french fries? Then this zucchini sticks recipe could be it.
  • 1/2 – 1 cup Bread crumbs or cornflakes crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 Zucchini, cut into 3 x 1/2-inch sticks
  • 1/2 cup Yogurt (I used low-fat)
  • Black Pepper or Red Chili Powder To taste
  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Spray a baking sheet with oil. Mix bread crumbs, salt and black pepper/chili powder, if using.
  2. Coat zucchini sticks with yogurt. Press into crumb mixture a few at a time. Arrange on baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes, until golden brown and tender. I felt that the zucchini fries were not crunchy enough, so I kept baking until 24 minutes, checking every 2-3 minutes.
My Notes:
  1. I used bread crumbs instead of cornflakes.
  2. I also added some pepper powder and chilly powder for the adults version.
  3. Beat the yogurt with a fork nicely and pour it in a plate so that dipping the zucchini sticks will be easy.
  4. Dip 2 to 3 sticks at a time and put them in the bread crumbs mixture and shake the plate, so that the crumbs get evenly coated throughout the zucchini.
  5. Place them in a greased baking sheet. I baked it for around 23-25 minutes to get the desired crunch, even though the recipe mentions only 15 minutes.
  6. One zucchini is enough for 2 adults.
  7. Update: One of my friend mentioned that the zucchinis burnt in the oven around 20 minutes. As I have mentioned in the notes section the baking time in the original recipe is only 15 minutes. But mine was not cruncy enough, so I kept increasing the time 2-3 minutes and was checking constantly and around 24 minutes mine was nice and crunchy. I guess I coated the zucchinis with too much yogurt and/or bread crumbs. So I would advice to bake for 15 minutes first and then bake for some more time if necessary.
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  1. EJK

    If I have sour cream instead of yogurt could that be used I wonder??

    • Madhuram

      Yes it should work.

  2. carol

    i wonder if you could use flax meal? my friend is a big health nut. sh will not eat wheat.

    • Madhuram

      Hmm..I haven’t tried it. Maybe it will work. Do let me know if you try it. 😉

  3. Tracie

    Could I substitute with almond meal or almond flour. My daughter is allergic to eggs and I am super sensitive to starchy foods.

    • Madhuram

      You could try it. Is bran flakes a no-no too for you?

  4. anu

    I am totally new to this .could you please let me know what the oven temp should be .

    • Madhuram

      We have updated the page Anu.

  5. madhu

    hi madhuram,
    tried them y’day and they were just fabulous… we had it with ranch dipping sauce… it was absolutely guilt free fries… thanks a lot for posting this one!

    Thanks Madhu for trying. I tried parsnip fries too (similar too french fries). It tasted good, but I burnt it little bit and didn’t get a good picture. Will post it once I try it again.

  6. Deepa

    Madhuram, these look yummy & crunchy. Wanat to try them this weekend.

    Can I use cornmeal instead of bread crumbs ? I have some leftover corn meal. I don’t know what else to use it for.

    I guess you could, Deepa. If you have corn flakes you could powder that too.

  7. Supriya


    I got to your page through google search for Baked Zucchini Fries. I made them just as you described and they were very nice. Thanks a lot for the posting.


    You’re welcome Supriya. I’m glad you liked it and thanks much for the feedback.

  8. Madhuram

    Hi Pat, I’m sorry that your comment got deleted accidentally. I will also try your method of using panko bread crumbs and hot sauce with yogurt.