Baked Zucchini Fries are a healthy snack or side dish that you don’t have to feel guilty about eating.
BAKED ZUCCHINI FRIES
I took a brief blogging break. Not on purpose. I was cooking and baking, I just had a lot of kitchen fails. I made some peanut butter chocolate chip muffins & left them in a couple minutes too long so they weren’t picture worthy.
Then I made Skinny Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies and forgot the sugar. That was an unpleasant surprise. I had to throw them away.
The other day I made spicy sweet potato fries and while they were good, they were soggy and ugly. Someday I’ll remake them and take their picture.
After loving the Baked Green Bean Fries I made a couple weeks ago, I decided to redo my Baked Zucchini Sticks and combine the two recipes. These were good. I didn’t mess them up. I love when food is good and good for you.
Baked Zucchini Fries
- 2 zucchini
- Flour Mixture
- 1 cup flour
- 2 teaspoons garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional - if you like a little heat
- Egg Mixture
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk I used 2%
- Breading Mixture
- 2 cups panko breadcrumbs - seasoned with salt pepper & lemon pepper
- Cut your zucchini into approximately 3" pieces, about the size of your finger.
- Put the zucchini pieces into a colander over a bowl and sprinkle with salt. Let them drain for at least an hour.
- After the hour (or so) is up, rinse the zucchini with cool water and pat them dry with paper towel.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with olive oil. Or use a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
- In one bowl, combine the flour, garlic salt, onion powder & red pepper flakes. Mix to combine.
- In another bowl, combine egg and milk. Whisk to combine.
- In a third bowl, combine the panko and seasonings. Mix to combine.
- Set up an assembly line - flour mix, egg mix then panko mix.
- Dip each piece of zucchini first into the flour, then the egg, then the panko. Fully coating each piece. I HIGHLY recommend keeping one hand dry, one hand wet. You'll be happy you did.
- Line the prepared zucchini pieces onto the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
- Bake for about 10 minutes until they start to brown. Check on them and flip each one. Bake for another 10 minutes or so until golden brown and crispy.
- Again, I make a simple dipping sauce of Ranch dressing mixed with Frank's Red Hot Sauce.
I actually ate this batch as a main dish but it would serve 2-4 as a side dish.