Cornmeal-Breaded Zucchini Fries

29 Jun

Let’s face it, we Americans love our french fries. Those fried pieces of starchy goodness are just what we need to eat alongside a sandwich or wrap, or even during a fun evening with friends to help fight off a wicked hangover. But what about the guilt? Now you can have your “fries” and eat them too. The use of zucchini makes this a much healthier option that you won’t feel guilty about later. Check out the health benefits of zucchini here. Enjoy!

Cornmeal-Breaded Zucchini Fries

Cornmeal-Breaded Zucchini Fries

1 medium zucchini (approximately 2 – 2-1/2″ in diameter)
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1-1/2 cups water
oil for the pan

Preheat oven to 350º F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet and set aside.

In a small wide bowl, mix together cornmeal, chili powder and garlic salt; Set aside.

Slice zucchini into sticks approximately 3/4-inch wide by 4-inches long. Dip each stick in water and shake off excess moisture. Dredge sticks in cornmeal mixture, ensuring that each is thoroughly coated. Place approximately 1-inch apart on prepared cookie sheet and spray with cooking oil. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.

8 Responses to “Cornmeal-Breaded Zucchini Fries”

  1. ndjmom June 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    Instead of dipping in water could you use milk/egg mixture? I’m making a list of zucchini recipes, we’re going to have a big crop and yours looks wonderful!

    • megmeister July 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

      Hi there! You can dip the zucchini in whatever you want, but of course the healthiest option would be water. =) And it’s less expensive!

    • Angela Nunez July 5, 2012 at 1:56 am #

      Silk makes a product very much like half and half. I used it along with a bit of lime juice (what was in my refrigerator at the time) to mimic buttermilk. It tasted really good and what was left over from dipping, I took what was left over from the dipping and made cornmeal cakes for breakfast the next morning.

  2. Angela Nunez July 2, 2012 at 2:49 am #

    We could not wait to try these, only to find out that we had no regular cornmeal! UGH! Have no fear, I had some Polenta on the shelf and used that. OMG! These are AMAZING! The chili powder that I used has some chipotle pepper in it and it gave it a slight smoky flavor.

    • megmeister July 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

      Woohoo! You are good at substitutions. Polenta + chipotle pepper sound awesome. So glad you liked the “fries”!

      • Angela Nunez July 5, 2012 at 2:01 am #

        Thanks Meg. Sometimes we all have to “Think on the fly”. Thinking that the next time I might try mashed potato flakes in place of the cornmeal. When I dipped the last ones, I used Silk Milk’s version of half and half with a squeeze of lime juice. Might try a small splash of rice vinegar on this one to keep the flavor a bit on the mild side and use some thyme in place of the chili powder. Hmmm. This substituting could get pretty interesting.

  3. Leonard Marks July 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    great post


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