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The best fried zucchini recipe.

Fried Zucchini

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


Fried Zucchini – A tried and true method for making the BEST fried zucchini! So simple and perfect for your garden-fresh zucchini!


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


  1. Slice: Use a sharp knife or mandolin to slice zucchini as thin as possible and place on a plate next to stove.
  2. Mix breading: In a medium bowl, combine flour and seasonings – set next to stove as well.
  3. Heat: Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a large skillet; bring to medium-high heat – it is ready when you can flick water on it and it sizzles.
  4. Coat: Make sure zucchini is still moist (sprinkle some water on them, if needed) and then take a handful of slices and drop into flour mixture. Mix around and ensure zucchini is coated on all sides.
  5. Fry zucchini: Take zucchini out of the breading, shake off any excess flour, and place in the hot pan in a single layer, trying to evenly distribute (you will have to do several batches). Reduce to medium heat and cook zucchini for 3-4 minutes. Carefully flip and let cook another 3-4 minutes. Continue cooking until all sides are golden brown.
  6. Continue: Continue this process until all of the zucchini have been cooked.
  7. 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 for very long!
  • Substitutions: You can sub the flour for finely ground almond flour or gluten-free flour.
  • Paleo/Whole30: just sub the all-purpose flour for cassava flour.
  • Storage: you can keep leftover fried zucchini in an airtight container in the fridge, but they are going to get a bit soggy.