Parmesan Zucchini with Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs.
My mom used to make zucchini like this every summer when I was little. The best parmesan zucchini ever!
Well, minus the whole wheat part. She would rather swallow nails than eat anything “whole wheat.” Her motto is “white bread fo’ life!” It’s cool.
While I was making the zucchini, my house smelled like it did when I was younger. I remember eating this on hot summer nights. The kitchen windows would be open and we could hear the sounds of summer nights. The crickets, the buzzing – even seeing the fireflies outside. I loved sitting at the table when my mom was making parmesan zucchini.
If we ever order appetizers out, one of them tends to be fried zucchini. However, it is such a hit-or-miss snack. If it is too deep fried, it just tastes like grease. You know? How all the things that come out of the deep fryer taste like… deep fryer? Other times it can be soggy, lacking the crispness that makes it so delicious.
My mom would make it in a 100-year old cast iron skillet and it was totally perfect.
I used a light breading and just a tiny bit of olive oil to fry the zucchini. We wanted to keep it simple and fresh tasting.
It must have worked, because Mr. How Sweet ate them all.
I think I got one piece?
This is the way I like to eat vegetables. I would eat them like this every day if I could. Is there any better way?
- 2 medium zucchini squash, sliced into thin rounds
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 1/2 cups panko or whole wheat bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon italian seasoning
- 1/2 cup parmesan, plus more for sprinkling
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup olive oil
- marinara sauce for serving
- In a large bowl, mix bread crumbs, parmesan and italian seasoning. Heat skillet on medium-high heat, adding just enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Dip zucchini in the egg, then in bread crumb mixture, and add to the pan, browning no each side for about 3 to 4 minutes, just until golden.
- Remove and lay on a paper towel. Sprinkle with additional parmesan while still warm. Serve with marinara!
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60 Comments on “Parmesan Zucchini with Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs.”
Hmmm, aren’t you not supposed to fry with olive oil because it has a low (or high, I’m not sure) smoke point? This looks awesome though.
We didn’t really “fry” – it was more of a medium heat saute to brown the zucchini.
These look so good! After frying that okra a few weeks ago, I’m eager to fry something else…I’ll have to give these a try!
Mmm these look tasty. Plus their dunk-ability adds bonus points! :)
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Veggies…again!?! You’re practically a vegetarian these days (lol!)
Those look awesome Jessica!!
I’ve ordered these out once and they were pretty amazing. I could feel my arteries clogging…but I did love them haa
Yum!!! Looks delicious, I love when they are perfectly crispy.
This looks great. I’ve done this with pickles. Yup, you read that right.
i love veggies fried too :) and no, there really isn’t a better way to eat them!
I love zucchini because it is so versatile! This is going to be on Keith’s make list since I am one armed for the next 2 months.
What is served on the side there? A dipping sauce?
Just some marinara sauce!
Looks fantastic!! I love any method that lets us enjoy the abundance of zucchini in the garden!! (plus this has cheese in it. Nuff said)
When I read your posts in the morning at my desk, I always become instantly hungry!
Those look so good! We didn’t fry zucchini much, but my grandmother fried zucchini flowers! Yum
How did you know that I had (3) zucchini sitting in my frig longing for inspiration? ;-)
Oooh, those look so good!
One of my very Italian friends used to make something like this all the time in college and it was INCREDIBLE!
This may convince my 12 year old to eat zucchini! I will have to see if it works. It looks delicious!
wow i’m drooling at these and it’s only 10am haha, they look so good!
These look so perfectly golden. I wish I had a couple to nosh on right now.
My grandmother (from Pittsburgh) makes fried zucchini all the time during the summer! It is sooo, sooo good!! Yours looks great, but even healthier!! :)
That looks amazing!!! Can’t wait to try!
i love all things fried and this recipe is no exception. the mix of parmesan with breadcrumbs is one that is seriously out-of-this-world. i made a similar thing once but with porkchops…HEAVENLY!
I have made those before except I baked them in oven instead of frying. They are probably better fried ;)
I LOVE fried zucchini, but you added cheese. Proof that perfect can be even perfecter.
these look PERFECT !! I hardly ever order these @ a restaurant for the sog potential… :)
I am so craving these right now… crunchy crunchy goodness…
Those look awesome girl….and i love it when i cook things that make me smell/remember my childhood or a certain time in my life in history!
These look awesome. I tried your parmesean artichoke squash things the other day–YUM!
Those look amazing! I can’t wait to try some. I think we have some overgrown Zucchini in my garden
I’m with some of the others, I’m so shocked to see so many veggies lately, look at you!! Your recipes for veggies are the type of veggies I can dig and get on board with. :)
I would love these especially since they are thin and crispy looking. YUM!
mmm…i love lightly breaded zucchini..such a perfect summer treat!
I’ve decided I’m coming over for dinner sometime. We can have bacon and some of this fried zucchini :)
ummmmm – o.m.g.!! I have a MASSIVE zucchini at home right now that this would be amazing for!!!
I am going to make these Friday. I have zucchini in my garden that is ready to pick. It will be interesting to see if my kids will eat these.
at first glance these look like the deep fried pickles from Hooters. I am sure these are so much better though, I adore zucchini
These look great! I have never had breaded zucchini before, but always wanted to try it.
Those look delicious! Perfectly browned
Oh, those look fantastic! And I have some zucchini in my fridge right NOW :) I make a chicken breast that is similar in nature and it always turns out great. Can’t wait to try it – sorry you didn’t get many and Mr. How Sweet ate them all! Guess it’s an excuse to make more? :)
yes yes yes. Reminds me of my fried eggplant love.
These look great, a favorite treat of mine:)
The zuchini looks tasty and easy. That’s what I look for in a recipe.
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These look amazing! I love fried zucchini, and these look simple, so I’ll have to try them ASAP!
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Thanks for such a great idea! I’m living in Mexico for the summer and having a hard time finding some of the ingredients I normally like to cook with, but I made a Mexican version of these with calabazas criollas, queso panela, cilantro, and some stale bolillos. It worked really well, especially when we dipped them in salsa picante. Mmmm. . .so full right now!