Homemade Fried Zucchini
These shoestring homemade fried zucchini are light, crisp, and nearly impossible to resist. To achieve the light and crisp texture, the zucchini slices are dipped in milk and then tossed in seasoned flour.
It’s Monday. Let’s eat all the fried foods.
I think we deserve it. Plus, I fried a green vegetable so I’m fairly positive this doesn’t even count. That’s how calories work, right?
Glad we sorted that out.
But seriously…fried zucchini, or zucchini frites, is probably one of my most favorite appetizers ever. Ever, ever, ever!
I can’t get enough of it. Whenever my family goes to a restaurant that offers fried zucchini (which sadly is not too many restaurants), we can’t help but order it. It is in our Italian blood.
The only problem is that we are extremely picky fried zucchini lovers. We’re picky about a lot of things (oh, the joys of growing up in a food-obsessed family!), but we are very picky about fried zucchini.
In my mind, zucchini fries have to meet a few key requirements.
They have be served piping hot out of the fryer (like burn-your-mouth-hot). They have to have a very, very thin batter coating (no thick breadcrumbs, please). And they always, always, ALWAYS have to be served with fresh lemon wedges.
And no, you can never have enough lemon.
These homemade fried zucchini meet all of these requirements and more. To achieve the light and crisp texture, the zucchini slices are dipped in milk and then tossed gently in seasoned flour before going into the fryer.
I know that deep frying can be a pain sometimes, but guys, I promise these fries are worth the hassle. I made the mistake of testing these when no one was home, and I pretty much had to force myself from eating the entire batch.
Homemade Fried Zucchini
- 3-4 small to medium zucchini
- vegetable oil for frying (roughly 5-6 cups)
- 1 cup (240 mL) whole or low-fat milk
- 1 cup (120 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- lemon wedges for serving
- Trim and discard the ends of the zucchini. Using a sharp knife, carefully slice the zucchini lengthwise into ¼-inch slices. Cut each slice lengthwise into ¼-inch shoestring fries (discard any inner pieces that are very seedy, as they won’t fry as well, save for soup or other purposes). Alternatively, you could julienne the zucchini with a mandolin.
- Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot to 365°F (185°C). The oil should fill the pot halfway or more.
- Place the milk in a medium bowl. Set the flour on a large sheet of wax paper or plate. Line a half sheet pan with paper towels and set close to the frying area.
- Gently dip a small handful of zucchini matchsticks into the milk. Toss the pieces in the flour until lightly coated. Drop the pieces gently into the frying oil, and using a spider or slotted spoon, gently stir and flip so they brown evenly. It will take roughly 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Avoid over-crowding the pot, you'll want to try in batches. Fry the zucchini for roughly 2-3 minutes per batch. Lift and transfer the zucchini fries to the paper towel lined baking sheet. Season immediately with salt and pepper.
- Serve the hot zucchini fries with lemon wedges for squeezing.
50 Comments on “Homemade Fried Zucchini”
I made it!! Must say I needed to do them thinner as picture shown, but none the less they came out cracking how zucchini should taste! my word absolutely delish! I’ve never had this dish with lemon, it really complements the zucchini! ( simple and easy!) Thank you!!!!!!!!!
I used my mandolin I’m lazy and don’t have the patience to slice by hand
This recipe looks amazing and very simple. I’m curious if this can be done in an air fryer instead of a deep frying?
It might be able to, but the batter isn’t necessarily designed for that kind of cooking – unfortunately I don’t have an air fryer myself so I can’t provide instructions or a definitive answer. Sorry about that!
Had these first time ever in Zizzis and although I haven’t tried this recipe I feel confident it’s the method used at Zizzis. Can one use a Spiraliser to create the frutti?
We were in France last year and had this and it was amazing! Soooo with this no travel ban my husband said ohh do you remember those zucchini fries we had…..found your recipe and now have a VERY happy hubby ❤️
Can you make these in a pot of hot oil? If you do not have a fryer?
SO many of the Italian restaurants here serve these! Some are really good and some are totally awful. But when they’re good, they’re GOOD. None of them are really shoestring, though, which I think would give the perfect crispy to creamy fry ratio!
I think Monday should be dedicated to fried foods. Honestly, it’s the only way to get through the day. Love this recipe!
These are perfect for kids! And parents. And easily made dairy-free substituting the milk with rice milk. Thanks for the recipe!
I’d break out the vegetable oil and deep fry for these guys. They look SO crispy and light. And you’re right it’s a green vegetable AND it’s the daintiest, lightest batter so the frying part doesn’t even matter.
I like the way you think…
I have had zucchini in round slices as tempura—yum, but never like this.
I am SURE this would be another yum situation. I love love love your
calories don’t count when using a green veggie. Lol
How have I never had fried zucchini? Like, really, because this Tuesday calls for eating all the fried food, too. 🙂 Gorgeous photos and delicious recipe! Pinned!
These are so amazing Laura, can’t wait to try these with my boys one of these days. Love your pictures too, so great
OHHH YUM. These look incredible! I’ve never had these before and I feel like I’m seriously missing out. Pinned so I never forget about these babies!!
These look soo good! Can’t wait to try 😀
Oh man, Monday is totally fried food day! I want this right now!
I agree with Sarah!
I too believe that a fried vegetable is still a healthy option, that might be flawed reasoning, but I am sticking that hope for as long as I can. These look so good.. Like, really good. long live fried food mondays!!
Glad I’m not the only one! 🙂 Fried food mondays?!?! Ahhh. That sounds amazing!
I always order zucchini fries at restaurants but like you said they’re not that easy to find. I want these now!
Why is that?!?! Drives me nuts. Haha! Thanks Norma!
Want these right now! Much better than any we have ever ordered for the last couple of decades!!! Couldn’t even find some of delicious and beautiful as yours in Italy!
I absolutely love zucchini sticks, so this baby is right up my alley! looks faboosh girrrl
Thanks friend! 😉
Laura, you are so right… you can never have enough lemon! I’m excited to make this up for my boys. They would really dig these!
So glad you agree! Let me know if you try them! Thanks Gloria!
I am definitely pinning this, Laura. Here in Greece there is a restaurant that serves the biggest plate of these and they are exactly as you describe … piping hot and with a lovely thin batter. I agree that lemon goes well but I would also add a big bowl of tsatziki sauce for dipping! Easy to order in Greece of course! I would love to have a go at these myself and it seems that your recipe will be the one to follow when I do!
Thank you, thank you! 🙂 Tzatziki sauce also sounds like an amazing topping too! I’m getting hungry again just thinking about it…
These fries look amazing- I used to eat battered courgette in Greece on holiday. This recipe brings back some great memories for me! 🙂
Thanks Jessica! Sounds like an amazing trip–I need to get to Greece one of these days!
Yes, the green counter balances the fry! These look amazingly delicious. Pinned.
Thanks for your support Liz!! Really appreciate it.
omg i love that there exists people who are picky about their fried zucchini.
i’ve never even heard of this before! but it looks so amazing!!! and ever since zucchini became the first long and complicated word that i could spell without looking it up, it got a special place in my heard 🙂
and yes, the calories don’t count if it’s a green vegetable.
Oh yes, those people exist (i.e. my fellow family members), haha! You must find fried zucchini somewhere (or make it) and try it. Thanks Molly!!!
Yep, it’s Monday and we need fried food to make it tolerable! Love this!
I think that should be a rule from now on…
Make me some!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Maybe on Memorial Day weekend?
I could TOTALLY eat that for breakfast. Right about… NOW.
Me tooooo! Thanks K!
Want, want, want!! Best kind of monday food there is!
Thanks Tieghan!! Wish we could swap and I could have gotten some of those fritters!
Umm I know I will love these zucchini fries. Who wouldn’t they are FRIES!
So, so true.
Love how pretty they are. Best use ever of zucchini! Pinned
Wow! Such a compliment–thanks Averie! 🙂
YES YES A MILLION TIMES YES! #friesforever
You make the best hashtags.