Oven-Fried Zucchini

Oven-fried zucchini

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 18 mins
Total: 33 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
130 Calories
8g Fat
7g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 130
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 338mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 7g
Calcium 96mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy oven-fried zucchini is a delicious way to enjoy a bumper crop. Zucchini is sliced into rounds, breaded in a Parmesan-breadcrumb coating, and "fried" in the oven for less of a stovetop mess and a lighter calorie load.

This no-fuss veggie is a great side dish with everything from chicken to fish to burgers, or a terrific appetizer as is or with ranch or another dip of your choosing. 


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 4 medium zucchinis
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (or regular breadcrumbs)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for oven fried zucchini
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  2. Heat oven to 425 F. 

  3. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over a baking sheet to evenly coat. Set aside.

    Drizzle olive oil
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  4. Wash, trim, and slice zucchini into 1/2-inch-thick rounds.

    Wash and slice zucchini
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  5. Beat egg in a small bowl.

    Beat eggs
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  6. Spread breadcrumbs out in a shallow dish. Stir Parmesan cheese, salt, basil, and pepper into breadcrumbs.

    Adding Parmesan cheese, salt, basil, and pepper into breadcrumbs
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  7. Dip 5 to 6 zucchini slices into the beaten egg.

    Slices of zucchini dipped in eggs
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  8. Transfer to the breadcrumb mixture, pressing on both sides to coat.

    Coating zucchini in breadcrumbs
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  9. Shake off excess and place on prepared baking sheet.

    Zucchini on a baking sheet
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  10. Repeat with remaining zucchini slices.

    Repeat dipping zucchini slices in egg
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  11. Drizzle remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the zucchini.

    Oil drizzled over zucchini slices on baking sheet
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  12. Bake in the heated oven 8 minutes.

  13. Using tongs, turn zucchini so the other side gets crispy. Bake another 5 to 7 minutes until golden brown.

    Bake zucchini
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  14. Allow to cool on pan 2 minutes and then serve hot as a side dish or appetizer.

    Baked zucchini
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  15. Enjoy.


  • To keep oven-fried zucchini warm if serving them as an appetizer, set the oven to 200 F. And to improve the crispiness, instead of baking breaded zucchini directly on a baking sheet, arrange them on a wire rack that has been lightly coated with cooking spray and placed on a baking pan to catch any drips. Give the tops of the zucchini rounds a light mist with cooking spray. Bake as directed above.