Zucchini and Summer squash are awesome summertime treats. They are delicious, versatile, and easy to grow. In fact, they are some of the vegetables that do very well in my raised beds. Outside of roasting, grilling, or slicing for salads, I was recently at a loss for new ways to prepare the unexpected bounty my garden has been spitting out over the past few weeks. I decided to work with one of my favorite restaurant recipes for zucchini and adjust it for home cooks.
One fun way to prepare summer squash and zucchini when you have access to a deep fryer is to make zucchini fries. I do this by salting zucchini batons and then lightly dredging them in cornmeal. It creates a crispy coating and light fluffy center that is a lot like a good French fry. Sadly, it’s not realistic to set up a stove type fryer just to make some crispy zucchini fries. After some adjusting, I have created a super easy, oven based alternative that is just as satisfying and way less messy. Additionally, if you have access to an air fryer this will work perfectly with that tool.
For this recipe, you’ll need a hot oven, a mixing bowl, and a sheet pan. In terms of seasoning, this recipe is incredibly adaptable, if you want to add or take away anything feels free to do so, savory recipes are incredibly forgiving when it comes to adjustments, so experiment a bit and make this recipe all your own.