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. Madhuram

    Thank you very much for trying it Smitha. I’m also glad that it came out very well. Definitely try the zucchini bread also, you can omit the nuts and substitute it with carrots and make it more healthy.

    Do try the zucchini pappu also, it’s a very good accompaniment for both rice and chapathis.

  2. Smitha

    I tried this recipe and it was a big hit with my husband and my 4 year old son. Great work Madhu. Congratulations on your second award. You really deserve it.

    Next thing I am planning to try your zucchini bread. 🙂

  3. Roma

    Sure Madhu, let me know how the variation turns out.

    hi neha,
    Grease a tawa/ pan. Place the Zucchini fingers on it. Cover and cook on sim till done. This might not be as great as the oven-cooked ones but is often used as a substitute for baking.

  4. neha

    hi , just visited ur site, nice,wanted to try the recipe too, but don’t have a baking oven.. 🙁

  5. Madhuram

    Thanks Red Chillies, Roma and Ranji.

    Roma I was also thinking the same. Next time I will be slicing zucchinis, brinjals and potatoes, just like we do it for Bhajis and instead of dipping in yogurt, I’m thinking of making a liquid of rice flour and cornstarch and then dipping them in bread crumbs. I’ll update my post regardless of the outcome. But if you cut potatoes like fingers it’s going to take about 35-40 minutes to bake. I tried with sweet potatoes also the other day, before blogging, it took quite some time to cook.

  6. ranji

    even i have made these..saw it in one of the cooking shows here “everyday italian”..i love these, tastes great.better than french fries:)).urs look really yummy:)

  7. Roma

    Great! This is far healthier recipe than our deep fried Bhajjis.
    Guess we can try this with other vegetables like potato as well.

  8. RedChillies

    Huh? Seriously is that so easy to make? 🙄
    Loved the recipe and thanks for sharing.

  9. Madhuram

    Thanks SS and Laksh. Do give it a try.

    Of course Smitha, you can use homemade yogurt also.

    Cham and Dhivya it was very crispy on the outside and little bit mushy inside. But definitely healthy though.

    Lakshmi, Pallavi, Vani, Divya Sharma, Resham thank you very much for stopping by.

    Thanks Madhavi, Sandhya, Vaishali, Divya, Dee, Uma.

  10. Vani

    I love guilt-free snacks like this! They look gorgeous, Madhuram!

  11. Divya Sharma

    Wow great recipe …Nice crunchy,yummy and most imp healthy !!

  12. Uma

    wow, great recipe! so healthy and crunchy and yummy!

  13. resham

    😀 loved it!! I just made them and it tastes really nice. I was wondering how the yogurt would taste but got a nice bhaji flavour

  14. Dee

    great healthy snack, love them with mint raitha

  15. DivyA Vikram

    A great snack..

  16. Vaishali

    How gorgeous, Madhuram, and the fact that they are baked means they are much healthier than fried versions. Thanks for the lovely recipe.

  17. Pallavi

    Wow.. these look so delicious.. ! Gotto try them . Thanks for sharing.

  18. sandhya

    they look so crispy… nice recipe..

  19. Madhavi

    hey, fries looks awesome, nice recipe!!!

  20. Lakshmi


    This looks so good and appetizing. Will defn give this a shot. Oh! came here from Laksh’s blog 🙂


  21. dhivya

    looks so crisp madhu!must try 😀

  22. Cham

    Looks crispy and perfect finger food, well healthy too Madhu 😀

  23. Smitha

    Looks good Madhu. I will try it for sure. Can we use the regular yogurt that we make at home?

  24. Laksh

    Wow! they look super. K is already asking me to make them after I told him you made these.

  25. SS

    I like the way you customize recipes, we had bread pakodas at home yesterday but they where deep fried. Your Zuchinni Fries (not fried but baked) look healthier.