Ditch those carby-filled fries and munch on these delicious keto zucchini fries! Coated with a crispy pork rind and parmesan crust, they make for the perfect, crunchy appetizer or snack. Enjoy with your favorite sugar-free dipping sauce!
Today's recipe is from Georgina at Step Away from the Carbs.
Why you’ll love this keto zucchini fries recipe
- Yummy french fry alternative: Breaded zucchini fries make for a crunchy and satisfying snack food. They smell like regular fries and taste just like them, too! I also love making fries from other vegetables, like turnip fries and asparagus fries.
- Crispy pork rind coating: I *love* the crunch and flavor that pork rind crumbs give to anything, so for this recipe, I changed it from my original and made the coating a combination of pork rinds and parmesan.
- Versatile serving: You can serve these crispy veggies as a snack with a sour cream dipping sauce or low-carb ketchup or as an accompaniment to steak or grilled fish.
- Baked, not fried: These baked zucchini fries are super easy to make in the oven, saving you time, effort, and clean-up!
- Gluten-free: This gluten-free fried zucchini is both celiac and keto diet-friendly.
Ingredients in keto zucchini fries
Here’s everything that goes into these crispy zucchini fries:
Zucchini is a fabulous keto vegetable because it’s naturally low-carb and super versatile for both baking and cooking.
Eggs offer these fries a bit of protein while helping create their delicious coating.
I opt for heavy cream in this batter for its high-fat content.
Pork rinds make an excellent crunchy coating without excess carbs. They’re a good substitute for panko crumbs in traditional breaded recipes.
A bit of parmesan cheese gives incredible flavor to these crunchy zucchini fries.
- Blend pork rinds in a food processor for the finest blend.
- Make zucchini fries and serve immediately for the best crunch.
- Reheat zucchini fries in the air fryer for the tastiest leftovers.
How to make keto zucchini fries
Ready to get cooking? Here’s how to make these tasty baked zucchini fries:
Step 1: Prep your zucchini
Prepare the zucchini by removing each end and then cutting it in half. Cut each along the long edge, then slice those pieces into wide matchsticks.
Tip: Try to keep at least some of the peel attached to each piece, as this helps the fries keep their shape.
Step 2: Combine liquids
Beat eggs and cream together in a bowl and set aside. You'll be using the mixture to dip the sliced zucchini in before breading.
Step 3: Blend breadcrumbs
Make the pork rinds into breadcrumbs by whizzing them up in a food processor. I’ve tried being lazy in the past and bashed them around with a meat tenderizer, but having them fine is much better for this recipe!
Add parmesan to the pork rinds, and whizz again. Transfer the breadcrumb mixture to a second bowl.
Step 4: Coat zucchini fries
Dip each zucchini stick into the egg mixture and then into the pork rind mixture.
Once breaded, place the keto zucchini fries on a baking rack set inside a prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the zucchini.
Step 5: Bake zucchini fries
Roast them in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until they start to turn crispy at the edges.
Serve immediately and enjoy this tasty low-carb recipe!
How to serve gluten free zucchini fries
These baked parmesan zucchini fries are best enjoyed with freshly grated parmesan cheese and a low-carb dipping sauce.
- Add extra flavor to your baked zucchini fries with spices like Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.
- Fry your zucchini fries in vegetable oil for a crunchy, high-fat coating.
- Use an almond flour bread crumb for vegetarian zucchini fries.
These are the most common questions I get about these delicious low-carb zucchini fries.
Achieving the crispiest zucchini fries is essential for this snack! Here are a few tips:
- Choose a firm zucchini
- Deep fry for the crispiest coating
- Avoid overcrowding the baking tray, frying basket, etc.
- Cut even zucchini slices for uniform cooking
- Remove excess moisture from zucchini by salting them
Like this keto zucchini fries recipe? Try these!
Want more delicious keto zucchini recipes? I’ve got you covered:
- Mexican Zucchini and Ground Beef Skillet is a wholesome, warming meal packed full of nutritious ingredients.
- Turkey Zucchini Meatballs are incredibly moist and make a delicious appetizer.
- Zucchini Keto Apple Crisp makes a sneaky swap to keep this classic dessert low-carb.
- Scalloped Zucchini is creamy, cheesy, and oh-so-good.
- Oven-Baked Zucchini Chips are made perfectly crunchy in the oven or air fryer.
Keto Zucchini Fries
- 2 medium zucchini approx. 430g
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbs heavy cream
- 2.5 oz pork rinds approx. 1 cup
- ½ cup grated Parmesan
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Cut the zucchini into matchsticks, ensuring that each stick has some peel left on.
- Add the eggs and cream to a bowl and stir well.
- Place the pork rinds in a food processor and process into breadcrumbs. Add the Parmesan, process again, then place them in a second bowl.
- Dip each piece of zucchini into the egg mixture, then the pork rind mixture, and then place on a baking rack over a baking sheet.
- Roast for 15-20 minutes until starting to crisp at the edges. Serve warm.
Notes on Nutritional Information
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Post updated February 26, 2024 with new images and additional recipe information. First published on June 17, 2020.