Easy Fried Zucchini

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Fried zucchini can tempt people normally put off by the squash's lingering bitterness and slightly rubbery skin, as frying produces a sweeter version with a subtle crunch. Easy to prepare and quick to cook, fried zucchini can be served with dips as an appetizer or as a side dish.

Fried zucchini slices make a tasty accompaniment to a meal.
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Things You'll Need

  • Olive or other frying oil
  • Garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper
  • Mediterranean herbs
  • Eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Breadcrumbs or crushed crackers
  • Lemon juice
Step 1

Wash the zucchini under cold running water to remove any dirt.

Gently scrub the zucchini skin with your fingers or a soft brush.
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Step 2

Slice the zucchini crosswise into thin or medium-thickness discs. Leave the skin on to give the slices a little rigidity, but discard the slices at both ends.

Slice zucchini on the bias or in straight slices.
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Step 3

Heat oil in a skillet with 1 or 2 minced garlic cloves, stirring to prevent the garlic from burning. Add the zucchini discs when the garlic turns translucent and sauté them, stirring frequently, for roughly 5 minutes until they become soft and start to crisp around the edges.

Move the zucchini slices around in the pan as you cook them.
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Step 4

Season the slices with salt and pepper and sprinkle them with aromatic herbs such as oregano.

Season the fried zucchini to taste.
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Step 5

Serve the zucchini immediately.

Serve pan-fried zucchini with roasted meats.
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Step 1

Slice the zucchini into discs or cut it lengthways into batons the size of a french fry.

Zucchini fries pair nicely with dips.
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Step 2

Beat the eggs in a bowl and set them aside.

Beat the eggs with a fork or whisk.
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Step 3

Prepare a breading station with one bowl or pie plate of all-purpose flour and another of breadcrumbs.

Set up a breading station with beaten egg, flour and breadcrumbs.
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Step 4

Heat oil in a skillet until it shimmers.

When a drop of water in the pan sizzles, the oil is ready for frying.
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Step 5

Toss each zucchini slice or baton in the flour, dip it in the egg, shake off any excess, and roll it in the breadcrumbs to evenly coat it.

Use one hand in the egg and the other in the flour and crumbs.
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Step 6

Transfer the breaded zucchini to the skillet and fry it for two to three minutes until brown and crispy, turning and flipping it with a fork or tongs.

Do not overcrowd the skillet; fry in batches.
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Step 7

Remove the fried zucchini and place it on a bed of paper towels to dry off any excess oil.

Lightly pat the fried zucchini with a paper towel to remove excess oil.
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Step 8

Season the zucchini with salt and pepper or a dash of lemon juice and serve it. Batons go particularly well with dips such as ranch dressing, mayonnaise or tartar sauce.

Fried zucchini batons make tasty finger-food appetizers.
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Tips & Warnings

  • When you cook multiple batches, skim the oil to remove loose breadcrumbs, and change it if the oil starts to accumulate burned breadcrumbs, which can transfer an unpleasant taste to the next batch.
  • Coat egg-washed zucchini with crushed crackers instead of breadcrumbs and flour for a crunchier version.
  • Transfer hot oil to a metal container or spare pan and allow it to cool before you discard it.

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