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Fried Zucchini

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 2-4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


The BEST Fried Zucchini recipe!!!!


  • 12 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour (or cassava flour, gluten-free flour)
  • 1 Teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 Teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Teaspoon celery salt
  • 6 Tablespoons olive oil (more as needed)


  1. Slice: Slice zucchini as thin as possible and place on plate next to stove.
  2. Water: If zucchini sits for a few minutes, sprinkle some water on top of the slices so they remain moist and the flour mixture will stick to it.
  3. Combine: Take medium mixing bowl and combine flour and seasoning – set next to stove as well.
  4. Heat: Take fry pan and add 2 Tablespoon of olive oil; bring to med-high heat – it is ready when you can flick water on it and it sizzles.
  5. Coat: Make sure zucchini is still moist and then take a handful of slices and drop into flour mixture.
  6. Mix: Mix around and ensure zucchini is coated on all sides.
  7. Fry: Then take zucchini and place in fry pan, trying to evenly distribute (you will have to do several batches).
  8. Cook: Reduce heat to medium and cook zucchini for 3-4 minutes;
  9. Flip: Flip and let cook another 3-4 minutes.
  10. Brown: Then continually flip zucchini until all sides are sufficiently browned.
  11. Remove: Remove and cover;
  12. Repeat: Add another Tablespoon of olive oil to pan and repeat process.
  13. Serve: Serve immediately.


  • Batches: You will need to do several batches – the key is to not crowd the pan so that each individual piece of zucchini has a chance to get that nice char!
  • Serve Immediately: Best served right away, they may get soggy if stored very long!
  • Substitutions: You can sub the flour for finely ground almond flour or gluten-free flour.
  • Paleo/Whole30: For Paleo/Whole30 use cassava flour

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