Oh my goodness, I have a good one to share with you today!
This baked zucchini fries recipe came about after a lot of discussion, planning, and hard work. NOT. This recipe was like perfection from the very beginning.
I mean, c’mon…it’s baked. zucchini. fries.
Dustin has probably told me like a bazillion times how much he LOVED fried zucchini growing up – I guess he’d get it at restaurants as a side all the time. Apparently, it was a thing out in Dallas, where he grew up.
Me? Never even dreamed about such a thing. Guess it didn’t make its way out to California…
Then, I made these parmesan baked zucchini spears. And I saw the light.
Zucchini fries needed to be in our future BUT in a healthier way than deep frying battered zucchini in greasy oil.
But, won’t they not be crispy if they’re not fried, Lacey? You may be thinking.
I did at first, too.
Then, I realized I can make my own crispy “batter” using clean ingredients. Woot!
The thing that’s so great about these fries is the flavorful crunch, thanks to a blend of almond meal and garbanzo bean flour. It’s like the perfect clean eating breading substitute.
BTW – you gotta try these zucchini spears if you have not done so already. They’re like OMG yummy.
That being said, I’ve now made these baked zucchini fries literally three times in the past week (for testing, photos, and a video shoot) and they have not made it to the fridge once. No left-overs up in here!
They’re sooooo good.
You may have also noticed these tasty zucchini fries all nestled up nice and cozy with a delicious-looking white dip in these photos.
This is not by accident, let me tell you. Nope.
And, if you’re like me, you might be thinking… Lacey, is that RANCH?!? OMG please tell me that’s a delicious and healthy ranch dip for these fries!!
Yes, my friends, that is a clean ranch dip.
I recently shared THIS clean greek yogurt ranch dip for tasty chicken wings that you SO need to make with these fries, too.
It’s like not even fair, I’m tellin’ ya.
So. Some advice on these zuke fries.
Look for zucchini that is small to medium in size. The more similar the zucchini is to each other to start, the easier it will be to bake evenly (READ: get evenly crispy).
You could always cut down a larger zucchini to make it work and cook evenly with the other smaller zucchini, but then that would be wasteful on some perfectly good zucchini.
If you don’t happen to have a cooling rack, that’s okay, too – just place directly on the parchment paper.
In summary: make these baked zucchini fries NOW, whip up the ranch dip, and then repeat. 🙂
Now, let’s share the zucchini love!
- Sea Bass & Zucchini Sheet Pan Meal
- Parmesan Baked Zucchini Spears
- Healthy Baked Chicken Meatballs with Sautéed Zucchini
- Chocolate Zucchini Bread
- Zucchini Noodles
- Baked Chicken Parmesan over Zucchini Noodles
Baked Zucchini Fries
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1/2 cup Bob's Red Mill garbanzo flour
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 4 small-medium zucchini
- 2 large eggs beaten
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, combine almond meal, Bob’s Red Mill garbanzo flour, parmesan cheese, dried basil, dried oregano, dried thyme, sea salt, and ground black pepper. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, and then set aside.
- To cut the zucchini into fries, it’s best to use smaller, evenly sized zucchini so they resemble fries and also so they cook evenly. Slice off both ends and then slice the entire zucchini in half lengthwise. Then slice each half lengthwise to create flat planks. Slice these into long fries and then set aside.
- Dip the zucchini slices into the egg mixture, coating well, and then allow any excess to drip off.
- Dredge next into the garbanzo flour mixture, and toss to coat evenly.
- Pace the coated zucchini slices onto prepared baking sheet and then place into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
- To serve, I like to top it with finely chopped parsley and dip it into my super yummy clean ranch dressing dip.
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