Dipping breaded zucchini curly fries into marinara sauce

Zucchini Curly Fries

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Whether you find yourself with too much zucchini in the summer or just love zucchini, this breaded zucchini curly fry recipe is a great way to prepare it.
This recipe can be deep fried or made in the air fryer, which ever you prefer.

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What to do with too much zucchini

Make Breaded Zucchini Curly Fries of course!

Using a spiralizer is a fun way to cut vegetables and curly fries remind me of the fair so I created this recipe. It also may have been because I wanted something crunchy and tender that I could dip in some tasty dipping sauces.

If you haven’t seen one before, this is a spiralizer. It can turn vegetables like zucchini, carrots, onions, cabbage, potatoes, apples, beets, and other root vegetables into fun curly shapes like Zoodles.

Zucchini Curly Fries Recipe

Here is the recipe. Continue reading below for tips on cooking with zucchini.

Yield: Makes 2 servings

Zucchini Curly Fries

Dipping breaded zucchini curly fries into marinara sauce

These breaded zucchini curly fries can be deep fried or baked in an air fryer.

Serve them hot with your favorite dipping sauces.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 6 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes


  • 1 Medium Zucchini (about 3 cups spirals)
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Granulated Garlic
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 1/2 Cups Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • Canola oil for frying
  • Dipping Sauces


    If deep frying: First prepare the oil. Fill a 3-4 quart pot with about 3" of Canola oil and heat to 365° using a thermometer.

Prepare the zucchini:

  1. Spiral cut the zucchini and set aside (I used the 5mm blade). A zucchini loaded in a vegetable spiralizer cutting tool Zucchini being cut by a 5mm spiralizer
  2. Prepare the ingredients Bowls of spiral Zucchini, seasoned flour, seasoned egg wash, and seasoned bread crumbs ready for making zucchini curly fries.
  3. Place flour in a medium bowl.
  4. Crack eggs into another medium bowl and whisk to combine.
  5. Combine salt, granulated garlic, and pepper and mix half of that into to the flour and the other half into the eggs. 
  6. Place breadcrumbs in a medium bowl.
  7. Dredge the zucchini in the flour and coat it completely. Spiralized zucchini getting tossed in flour
  8. Shake off excess flour and add to the egg mixture.  Coat the zucchini with the egg wash. Floured zucchini coated in egg wash
  9. Drain off excess egg and place the zucchini into the bread crumbs. Zucchini breaded a l'anglaise with flour, egg wash, and seasoned bread crumbs
  10. Toss to completely coat the zucchini with bread crumbs.
  11. Carefully lower the strands of zucchini into the oil a few at a time. Lowering breaded zucchini spirals into hot oil
  12. Cook for a 2-3 minutes until golden on the outside and tender on the inside. Turn if necessary.
  13. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel to drain excess oil. Fried zucchini curls on a paper towel

Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauces. Packet of zucchini curly fries next to a dish of marinara dipping sauce

To cook in an air fryer:

After coating with bread crumbs, loosely place the curls in air fryer basket and cook for 5 minutes at 375°.  Remove basket, toss zucchini to turn it. This will help it cook evenly, cook for 5 minutes more.  Repeat until golden. Mine took about 20 minutes.

Breaded Zucchini Curly Fries Cooked in an air fryer


If you want shorter curls, you can cut them into about 4" pieces before breading them.

To help prevent breading your fingers, either use one hand for dry ingredients like flour and bread crumbs and the other for the egg wash or use a fork or tongs to move the ingredients through the breading process.

Do you cook zucchini with skin on?

Yes! If you are using young zucchini (like you would buy in the grocery store or farmer’s market) you can eat the skin. There is no need to peel it first.
If the zucchini is overgrown and has tough skin (I swear a zucchini in the garden can double in size on a summer day), you will want to peel it first and it will lend better to making something like zucchini bread rather than in a recipe like this or eating it raw, steamed, or sauteed.
It is easy to prepare the zucchini for this recipe. Just wash it before you are ready to cut it, trim off the ends to make them flat and cut them with the spiralizer or into julienne strips.

What goes with zucchini?

Breaded zucchini curly fries go great with several dipping sauces. Try marinara, ketchup, chili ketchup, ranch dip, creamy pesto dressing, even an alfredo or garlic Parmesan dipping sauce would pair really well with zucchini curly fries.

Prevent fried zucchini from getting soggy

When removing the fried zucchini from the oil, place it on a paper towel to drain off the excess oil and serve it immediately.
Do not cover the cooked zucchini. Keeping it uncovered allows any steam to be released and not make the breading soggy.
If you need to prepare a lot, place the fried zucchini on a roasting rack on a sheet pan. This will allow the air to move around the zucchini fries. You can quickly reheat it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 3-5 minutes.

I hope you try this tasty treat!

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Tag me on Instagram @littlegraysquirrel I would love to see your zucchini curly fries and know which dipping sauce you serve them with.



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