Low-Carb Baked Zucchini Fries

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Crunchy and bursting with flavors, these low-carb, gluten-free, and parmesan-crusted baked zucchini fries are there to satisfy your crunchy cravings.

Dipping baked zucchini fries in dressing.

I’m currently working on getting back to low-carb eating because it is always so good to me when I do! I will freely admit to getting derailed sometimes. Not because of temptation, but mostly because of travel and being so busy. 

Dishes like this also help when the salty, crunchy cravings hit. These low carb zucchini fries are one of my current favorites. I have been making them several times a week and we just love the crunchiness and burst of flavor from them! They have the taste of a fried treat (think crispy french fries) but are far less work and mess, so that is yet another point in their favor.

Some other tasty side dishes you might enjoy include my parmesan oven fries, hush puppies Southern-style, and fried potatoes recipe (steppin’ up the flavor).

Ingredients for baked zucchini fries.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Mayo
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Zucchini (I usually use one zucchini for each of us)

How To Make Baked Zucchini Fries

Add parmesan cheese to mixing bowl.

First, we need to set up a breading station. So add the parmesan cheese…

Add salt to mxing bowl.

the salt…

Add pepper to mixing bowl.

and the pepper to a mixing bowl.

Stir ingredients together until blended.

Stir ingredients together with a fork until good and mixed.

Cut zucchinis to make fries.

Cut your zucchini into half, then each half into fourths to make wedges. I also cut the ends off but that’s up to you. 

If you like (totally optional), you can take a paper towel and wrap it around each one and give a little squeeze to make them a little tackier so the breading sticks better. Sometimes I do this, sometimes I don’t, they all turn out great regardless. Some people try to make this into a high-maintenance recipe, but it really isn’t.

With knife, spread mayo on each side of zucchini.

Using a knife, spread each cut side of the zucchini sticks with mayo.

You’ll be amazed at how easy it goes on and sticks.

Press each cut side of zucchini in the breading mixture.

Then, press each cut side into your parmesan mixture.

Place zucchini fries on baking sheet.

Place the zucchini sticks on a baking sheet, lightly greased with either olive oil or nonstick cooking spray.

Zucchini fries on baking sheet, ready to be baked.

Bake at 450 for about 30 minutes, or until your baked zucchini sticks are brown and crispy on top. The first time you do this, check on them around the 20-minute mark just to make sure they aren’t overcooking in your oven.

Tray of baked zucchini fries straight out of the oven.

Here they are, straight out of the oven.

Serve baked zucchini fries with favorite dipping sauce.

Serve immediately either on their own or with your favorite dipping sauce!


You can store leftover zucchini fries in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. I recommend reheating them quickly in the oven or air fryer so they become crispy baked zucchini fries once more.

Recipe Notes

  • When it comes to these baked parmesan zucchini fries, I know a lot of folks will be tempted to buy the grated parmesan cheese. But I have made them with both and the powdered parmesan is really and truly the way to go. It creates a wonderful coating that sticks really well, whereas the shredded parmesan tends to melt and slide off the zucchini.
  • As for which mayonnaise to use in this recipe, I am pretty sure 75% of my readership is going to slowly die inside because I didn’t use Duke’s. I usually try to get that just because y’all like it so much but grabbed this Great Value substitute on the go. So it doesn’t matter which mayonnaise you use, these zucchini fries are going to taste delicious!
  • Please salt and pepper to your taste. I enjoy my crispy zucchini fries very peppery with a good zing of salt. You know your taste buds best so use your own personal judgment when it comes to adding salt and black pepper.
  • Serve your oven baked zucchini fries with your favorite dipping sauce, whether that’s ranch dressing, garlic aioli, or marinara sauce.
  • For extra seasoning, add a teaspoon of Italian seasoning, garlic powder, or onion powder to the parmesan mixture.

You may also like these other zucchini dishes:

Stuffed Zucchini Boats, Tex-Mex Style

Snickerdoodle Zucchini Bread

Simple Zucchini and Squash Recipe

Zucchini Bread Recipe

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Plate of baked zucchini fries with dipping sauce.

Low-Carb Baked Zucchini Fries

Crunchy and bursting with flavors, these low-carb and parmesan-crusted baked zucchini fries are the perfect vegetable-based side dish.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Low carb
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fries
Servings: 4
Calories: 265kcal


  • 2-3 medium-sized zucchinis
  • 1 cup powdered parmesan cheese the kind near the spaghetti fixins
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt*
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon pepper*
  • mayonnaise


  • In a small bowl, stir together the parmesan, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
    1 cup powdered parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon salt*, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon pepper*
  • Cut each zucchini in half across the diameter and then cut each half into four logs or sticks.
    2-3 medium-sized zucchinis
  • Optional: Use a paper towel to gently squeeze each wedge before moving on to the breading.
  • Using a knife, spread a thin layer of mayo on each cut side of the zucchini sticks and then dip the cut sides into the parmesan mixture. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 450 for 20-30 minutes until brown and crispy on top.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!


*Please salt and pepper to your taste. I enjoy mine very peppery with a good zing of salt. You know your taste buds best so use your own personal judgment when it comes to adding salt and pepper.


Calories: 265kcal
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  1. I guess I’m a little late with my comment but these look fantastic! I can’t wait to try them. Sorry, but I choose not to be on FB, but I follow your blog with zeal! Have a blessed day and be watching the weather, chance of severe storms this morning!!

  2. Hi Christy. I am allergic to mayo, but would like to try this recipe. Is there something else I can use instead?

  3. These sound really good. I am not looking for low carb as much as low sodium. Do you have a suggestion for replacing the added salt with another seasoning?

    1. I use NoSalt a lot, mainly because low carb ends up with a potassium deficiency in me and NoSalt is basically potassium. It’s wonderful! If you haven’t tried it yet, get ready for a whole new world 🙂

  4. Christy, I made these last week after reading your recipe. I LOVED IT! Plan on making it again this week. Thanks

  5. Christy I love your blog! I am wondering if you have had the opportunity to try an air fryer yet…..they have me so curious and sound wonderful, but I wonder if they actually work. I know all the celebrity chefs like Curtis Stone, Paula Deen and Todd English and even Emeril seem to have one.

    Have you heard if any of them are good or have you tried them

  6. I made this receipe tonight and I loved it. It was so good and so easy. I will share this receipe and continue to make it in the future.

  7. These look very good and crispy! Another good way to use zucchini and no fuss. Thanks for another great recipe Christy!

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