These baked zucchini fries are ultra cheesy and flavorful with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and an Italian spice blend. They’re also gluten-free, low-carb and keto-friendly for a delicious, healthy snack recipe.
Most zucchini fries recipes will use traditional breadcrumbs or panko breadcrumbs for a crispy, crunchy outside. But you can easily avoid that gluten and carbs with a simple replacement – parmesan cheese.
2 medium zucchini
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Italian spice
Lemon Parsley Aioli (optional):
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 lemon, juiced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp, finely chopped parsley
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line two baking trays with parchment paper.
Slice the zucchini in half, then half again, then into quarters. You should have 16 slices per zucchini.
Crack the egg in a small bowl or container and lightly beat it.
Add the parmesan and spices to a separate bowl or container and stir to combine.
Dip a slice of zucchini in the egg wash and transfer to the parmesan. Use your other hand to coat the zucchini in the cheese and transfer to the baking tray. Repeat this process until all zucchini are coated.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through on the cut side. Serve immediately.
To make the optional lemon parsley aioli, add all ingredients to a small bowl and stir together.
TIPS FOR ZUCCHINI FRIES
Make sure your zucchini are dry. If you’ve just pulled them from the fridge before slicing they may start to condensate. Blot them with a paper towel before placing in the egg wash to make sure the egg sticks.
Get your assembly line in order. Have the sliced zucchini on one side, then the egg wash, parmesan mix and parchment-lined baking tray on the other side.
Keep your hands in separate working stations. Use one hand for dipping the zucchini in the egg and one hand for coating the zucchini with the parmesan. Don’t use the same hand for both, otherwise you’ll end up with wet cheese and clumpy zucchini fries.
Flip halfway through. Every oven cooks slightly different so keep an eye on them. Mine cook for about 30 minutes and I flip at 15 minutes, but yours may very based on your oven and size of zucchini.
Eat immediately! As I’ve mentioned on my zucchini noodle tutorial, zucchini are comprised of 95% water. And after they’ve been cooked they quickly release that water. That means, the longer they sit the softer they’ll become. So these zucchini fries are best eaten right away.
For more delicious, homemade fries recipes, make sure to check out my Curly Sweet Potato Fries, Baked Yuca Fries (Cassava Fries) and Carne Asada Fries. You may be interested in the various aioli dipping sauces on those other recipes as well. Enjoy!