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‘Fried’ Zucchini Spears

fried zucchini spearsI know I told you last week that my Trash to Treasure garden was destroyed by some nasty storms.  I am still pretty bummed about it. If you follow me on Instagram you know I was still able to salvage some items from the garden. I have a few really nice zucchini come in so I decided to make some fried zucchini spears.

I love fried pickles. I mean, loveeeeee them. But, with all the deep-frying I just have to stay away from them. Once in a blue moon I will eat them but I have yet to find anyone who makes them as good as my favorite place back in Oklahoma, Goldies. I’ve experimented with some faux fried (oven baked) pickle spears over the years and even though I have found some doozers, I have yet to find anything like the original that I so adore. 

Last year we canned almost 100 jars of pickles. I am a little sick of pickles to be honest. I need a little bit of a break before next pickle season and that is where the zucchini comes in. The crunch of a fried pickle without the extra greasy calories or , the fact it is not a pickle. 😉 Win for me.

So, this zucchini recipe is top-notch. It’s actually one of my faves and I found it on cooks.com

I didn’t change it too much other than some minor tweaks.

'Fried' Zucchini Spears

Chrystal Mahan YUMeating.com
4.95 from 17 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 3 tbs brown rice 'bread' crumbs
  • 1 tbs Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 packet dry ranch dressing mix
  • 2 medium or 1 very large zucchini
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbs water


  • Combine brown rice crumbs with all spices in small, shallow dish.
  • Cut each zucchini lengthwise into 4 pieces.
  • Then, cut each piece in half crosswise.
  • This will give it a pickle spear look.
  • Place zucchini in a zip-top plastic bag.
  • Add water and 1 tsp olive oil.
  • Shake.
  • Roll zucchini in rice crumb mixture.
  • Place on greased baking sheet.
  • Bake at 475 degrees for about 10 minutes or until brown and tender.

I love these and now that I’ve pulled a few from the garden, I have a feeling I will be making a double batch! They make a nice snack, appetizer or side dish.

What are some of your favorite zucchini recipes?

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  1. 5 stars
    What a great take on fried zucchini. I love fried foods, but they’re so terrible. This way, I can enjoy that same flavor without adding all that unhealthy fat.

  2. 5 stars
    I am a fan of all things fried and I can definitely say I have never had fried zucchini before. It sounds awesome.

  3. 4 stars
    Thanks for the great recipe. I am trying to take advantage of the farmers market bounty and eat a lot of fresh zucchini, it is my fav veggie!

  4. 5 stars
    That looks yummy. This would be a great way to get the kids to eat it. They might think they’re fancy fries….just like they think calamari are fancier onion rings!

  5. I have a zucchini recipe for little zucchini bites {similar to a tater tot} that I really love, and my cousin makes the most tasty zucchini side dish I have ever had {it probably has a stick of butter in it…so…}. I love veggies.

  6. I’ve tried a lot of things fried, zucchini is not one of them. I’m so willing to try. 🙂 We’re all huge fans of the veggie.

  7. 5 stars
    I’ll be honest.. I think I’ve only had zucchini once in my life! But this recipe looks and sounds SO yummy I am ready to give it another try! Thanks for posting!

  8. I like this recipe. I do like zucchini but most often prepare it by sautéing. I’ve tossed it into meals too but never really made it a centerpiece like this on..

  9. Oh what a bummer about your garden. I remember when you posted about making it, but at least you were able to salvage some of it.

    My youngest son doesn’t like zucchini, but I’m going to try these “fried” spears and see if he’ll eat them this way. Pinned.

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