Easy Fried Zucchini


Try this fried zucchini recipe for a delicious, easy side dish that's always a big hit in our home! You most likely already have all the ingredients you need.

high angle looking into a filled bowl of fried zucchini
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

You don't need to go to a restaurant to enjoy crispy fried zucchini. Instead, make the delicious dish at home with this fried zucchini recipe. With just five ingredients and 20 minutes of work, you'll have your new go-to side dish that's perfect for squash season.

How to Make Fried Zucchini

As the name suggests, this fried zucchini is super simple to make. The full, step-by-step recipe is listed below, but here's a quick glance at what you'll do to make this fried zucchini:

Cut the zucchini into ½-inch slices. Dredge the zucchini slices in a beaten egg, then press them into cracker crumbs until they're coated on both sides. Pan-fry the coated zucchini until the crust browns and the zucchini is tender.

How to Keep Fried Zucchini From Getting Soggy

This recipe should produce perfectly crispy, tender fried zucchini that isn't soggy. However, sometimes things don't always go to plan.

If you're worried about your zucchini being too wet for frying, try sweating it by adding salt to the slices to soak up the moisture.

Also, be sure to not add too much olive oil to the frying pan. This can cause the breading to get soggy and not crisp up. This recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and we think that's the perfect amount for crispy breading.

What to Serve With Fried Zucchini

Fried zucchini is great served alongside dips, like ketchup, marinara sauce, or ranch dressing. It's also a versatile side dish that will pair nicely with almost any main dish. If you're in need of a little recipe inspiration, try pairing this fried zucchini with one of these mains:

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How to Store Fried Zucchini

Store fried zucchini in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. Reheat in the oven until warmed through and crispy.

How to Freeze Fried Zucchini

Place fried zucchini on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer. Flash freeze the zucchini until frozen solid. Transfer to a zip-top bag and freeze for up to three months. Thaw in the fridge overnight. Reheat in the oven until warmed through and crispy.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I thought it actually turned out really well. I enjoyed the butter flavor the Ritz added to it without having to add butter, and found that you could serve it as is or with a dipping of your choice either is fine. I did end up cooking them four minutes to a side and they were great," says Scott Freeland.

"So fast & easy to make. The crackers help give it a buttery taste. Will definitely make it again! We substituted seasoning salt for the salt & pepper. Yum," according to Berlykim.

"The whole family loved it and there were no leftovers. I am definitely going to pass the recipe on to other family members. Super easy and very tasty," raves Julieann Barr.

Editorial contributions by Bailey Fink


  • 2 medium zucchini, trimmed

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 1 sleeve buttery round crackers (such as Ritz®), crushed

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Cut zucchini crosswise into 1/2-inch slices.

  2. Dip each zucchini slice into beaten egg, then press into cracker crumbs until both sides are coated. Shake off excess and place in a single layer on a plate; do not stack.

  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Pan-fry zucchini in the hot oil until crust browns and zucchini softens, about 3 minutes per side. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

256 Calories
17g Fat
20g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 256
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 301mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 17mg 84%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 290mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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