Baked Zucchini Fries

Baked Zucchini Fries with Chipotle Mayo

So my Grandma always used to make breaded zucchini that she would fry up on the stove as a side dish with our dinners growing up. And yeah, it was fried, so not such a healthy side, but goodness, was it yummy!

These baked zucchini fries are my updated and healthier alternative to that beloved fried zucchini that my grandma used to make. Coated in panko and Parmesan, the fries get all nice and crispy in the oven. And in fact, I seriously would happily eat these over regular fries. Not even kidding! It might also have something to do with the spicy chipotle mayo I like to make with the fries for dipping, but whatever. Since these fries are a vegetable and baked instead of fried, I can dip them in copious amounts of chipotle mayo, right?!

Baked Zucchini Fries with Chipotle Mayo

Baked Zucchini Fries

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchini, peeled and cut into 1-1/2 inch thick sticks
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • cooking spray

Chipotle Mayo

  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (you can use more if you want it to be spicier)
  • 1/2 cup mayo (I used reduced fat mayo with olive oil)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp. adobo seasoning

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside
  2. In a shallow bowl or pie dish, stir together the panko, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and the salt. Place each zucchini stick into the eggs and then into the panko mixture, making sure they are fully coated in the mixture. Place onto the baking sheet. Spray the sticks with cooking spray.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and gently flip the zucchini fries over. Bake for another 5-10 minutes or until golden. Serve with chipotle mayo, ketchup, ranch dressing, or preferred dipping sauce!

For the Chipotle Mayo

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Serve immeaditely or store in an airtight container in the fridge.
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Baked Zucchini Fries with Chipotle Mayo

   

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