Spicy

Zucchini

Fries

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What is your favorite fast-food side choice?! 

 

I personally can never say no to some crispy seasoned fries of any sort! But to enjoy on the regular, I found ways to get creative at home with my favorite fast-food side choice.  I have learned to turn just about any vegetable into some flavorful crunchy fries. Some veggies I have turned into fries include beets, carrots and parsnips, and zucchini.  This spicy zucchini fries recipe I am sharing with you today is my all time favorite because it is so juicy on the inside but also gives a perfect crunch from the outer coating.  Zucchini's contain 90% water content which is why they turn out tender on the inside. This veggie can also provide fiber, antioxidants, and is great for digestion. Make these fries for a perfect side with burgers, sandwiches, steak and even as part of a BBQ platter. You and your family will be craving more and more veggies after trying these out!

Spicy Zucchini Fries 

RECIPE PDF

Servings: About 2 

Prep Time: 10 minutes 

Cook Time: about 35 minutes

Total Time: About 45 minutes

Author: Huma Naz

Ingredients: (Adjust ingredients if you prefer less spice)

  • 2 medium zucchini (cut into ~16 pieces)

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder

  • 1 tbsp. red pepper flakes

  • 1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt 

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic

  • ~2 tbsp. oil 

  • 1/3 lemon and fresh or dried parsley for garnish 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F and grease a baking sheet with some oil. 

  2. Thoroughly wash and dry the zucchini. Then, slice each zucchini into half, then half again, and into quarters(about 16 slices).

  3. In one bowl, toss all the dry ingredients together (spices & flour). In another bowl, crack one egg, add in minced garlic and gently beat the egg.

  4. Dip the zucchini in the egg wash then into the flour coating mix with clean/dry hands(shake off excess flour). Repeat until all zucchini slices are coated.  Place the slices onto the greased baking sheet with space in-between each fry.

  5.  Before baking, coat each zucchini fry with olive oil using a basting brush. Place them into the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the coating is golden brown and crispy. Flip the zucchini in between baking time and brush another coat of olive oil on each side. 

  6. Once the zucchini fries are done, enjoy them immediately. These fries go great with a yogurt dip, marinara sauce, or garlic aoli!

 

Recipe Notes:

  • If you do not serve immediately, the zucchini fries can become soggy as they sit for longer.

  • If you pulled the zucchini out from the fridge, make sure to use a paper towel and pat them dry before dipping into the egg wash.

  • Try to slice the zucchini into equal-sized pieces so they cook evenly.

  • You can store extra in an airtight container  in the refrigerator for about 2 days and reheat in the oven in a greased baking sheet. 

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