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Fried Zucchini: the quick, easy side dish recipe for super crispy fried zucchini

Total time: 30 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
By Cookist

Fried zucchini are a quick, easy recipe perfect for the summer season. You can serve it as a vegetarian side dish or a tasty appetizer. These crispy fried zucchini are sliced, coated with semolina flour and fried until golden brown like zucchini fries.

Savory and delicious, these thin fried zucchini are tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. Make sure to sprinkle them with salt before frying, moisture will be released and this will prevent the zucchini from getting soggy. So let’s find out now how to make this simple and fast dish, suitable for everyone, following our step-by-step recipe.

How to Fry Zucchini

Frying up super crispy zucchini is easier than you may think. Start by washing and drying the zucchini, then trim the ends off and cut them into thin sticks or slices. Next, place them into a large colander, add salt to the zucchini and let them sweat. Vegetable will release moisture and be super crispy when fried and not soggy. Coat the zucchini with semolina flour and press down on them, making sure to coat them well.

Now it's time to pan fry the zucchini. Place a pan with peanut seed oil on the stovetop and bring the oil to a temperature of 170-180°C/340-360°F. Place in a few zucchini at a time to avoid lowering the temperature too much, then fry the zucchini for about 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.

What to serve with Fried Zucchini

You can serve fried zucchini with your favorite main dish such as chicken, beef, or omelette.

Tips for making Easy Fried Zucchini

For oven-fried zucchini, line a baking sheet with parchment paper

You can fry the zucchini in the air fryer. Place the slices in a single layer and cook at 375°F for about 8 minutes or until golden brown.

For make your fried zucchini even more flavorful, you can sprinkle them with grated parmesan cheese.

If you want to make your zucchini super crispy, use durum wheat semolina flour.

For gluten-free fried zucchini, replace semolina flour with a gluten-free option.

How to store Fried Zucchini

To fully enjoy their fragrance and crunchiness, we recommend that you fry the zucchini and then enjoy them hot on the spot.

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Semolina flour
Peanut seed oil
Fine salt

How to make Fried Zucchini

Wash the zucchini, trim them and slice them lengthwise. Then cut each slice into sticks about ½ centimeter thick.

Collect the zucchini sticks in a colander and sprinkle them with a pinch of fine salt. Stir and let them rest for 10 minutes.

Dab the zucchini sticks, then pass them a little at a time in the flour, taking care to cover all sides, and place them gradually on a floured tray.

Pour the peanut seeds oil into a pan filling it ⅔ full, then put it on the stove to heat.

Dip the zucchini sticks in the boiling peanut seeds oil a few at a time and fry them until golden and fragrant, stirring occasionally. Drain the zucchini sticks with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a bowl with absorbent kitchen paper.

Serve the fried zucchini sticks when they are still hot.

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