Sheet Pan Meals

Oven-Baked “Fried” Zucchini Slices

Apparently, the phrase “Watching what we eat” translates to “Watching our waistlines expand”. So anytime I can find a reasonably low calorie, yet healthy and kind-of-filling recipe, I’m a happy camper! We love fried zucchini. Dipped in ranch dressing. Oh, my! Yummy! However, I don’t love the amount of time it takes to fry it, nor the amount of oil involved.
If you are following my weekly garden updates, you know we have an abundance of zucchini and yellow squash.  While on a Pinterest search for recipes for multiple ways of using the squashes, I remembered seeing breaded and baked zucchini chips.
Oven-Baked "Fried" Zucchini Slices with Ranch Dressing
That recipe didn’t work out so well for me. The slices were too thick to get crisp like chips, and the zucchini wasn’t fully cooked. I baked them a little longer and served them as a side dish.  And they were delicious!

I love happy accidents!

Now for my recipe…

Oven-Baked “Fried” Zucchini Slices

Oven-Baked "Fried" Zucchini Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 (large) zucchini, cut into 1/4″ slices
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (I had home-made crumbs in the freezer)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (in the sprinkle can)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup milk for (dipping)

Note: One of my new blogging friends suggested substituting crushed pork rinds for the bread crumbs in the Parmesan Roasted Green Beans  to keep it low-carb and Keto friendly. I am sure it would work great for the coating on this recipe too. Let me know if you try it.

Oven-Baked "Fried" Zucchini Directions

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease the baking sheet.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, pepper, salt, garlic & onion powders.
  4. Dip zucchini slices into milk, then lay on top of the bread crumbs. Sprinkle bread crumb mix on top of the slices, and then firmly press the bread crumbs into the zucchini. This also presses the breadcrumbs into the bottom side.
  5. Arrange zucchini slices on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake 15 – 20 minutes, carefully turn slices over with a spatula. I found using a fork to turn each slice, that part of the coating stuck to the pan.
  7. Continue baking another 15 – 20 minutes until golden brown. Depending on the thickness of the slices, they may need to bake another 10 minutes.

Note: The second time I made these, I sprinkled a little finely shredded Parmesan cheese on the slices after turning in step 6…just to bump up the flavor a little.

Oven-Baked "Fried" Zucchini Baking

There was just enough breadcrumb coating to give them a little crunch. I was surprised that the coating pretty much stayed on the slices.

These are so good, that I have made these twice in the past week. The second time, while eating dinner, my sweet Hubby says “I want to tell you I don’t like these…but I can’t.”

Gotta love the honesty!

Oven-baked "Fried" Zucchini

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Try It, You’ll Like it!

Robin

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23 thoughts on “Oven-Baked “Fried” Zucchini Slices

      1. It freezes great! I put it in freezer bags in 2 cup portions and then flatten before freezing. When you take it out to use, it thaws quicker when frozen flat. You also have to let it drain some before using.

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