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HOW TO MAKE CRISPY FRIED ZUCCHINI RIBBONS

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Summertime! Zucchini and yellow squash are in full abundance at your local markets, farmer’s markets and gardens. Are you searching for a new way to enjoy these gifts from mother earth? Make these Crispy Fried Zucchini Ribbons. It’s a guarantee that the entire platter will disappear within minutes! If you are vegetarian, this zucchini recipe is definitely one to put on rotation.

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a grey platter of crispy fried zucchini ribbons with a wooden bowl of marinara and a wooden bowl of ranch in the background

IS ZUCCHINI KETO FRIENDLY?

YES, zucchini is keto friendly. Actually, it’s one of the best vegetables to eat if you are following a keto diet. In fact, you have probably seen a number of keto recipes substituting regular pasta with zucchini noodles, or zoodles. However, if you wanted this recipe for Crispy Fried Zucchini Ribbons to be keto, you must replace the all-purpose flour with a keto approved flour alternative:

  • almond flour
  • King Arthur keto wheat flour
  • coconut flour

HOW TO CUT ZUCCHINI OR YELLOW SQUASH INTO RIBBONS

The goal here is to achieve a puffy platter of Crispy Fried Zucchini Ribbons, like the photo above. So, I have found that in order to achieve a super thin zucchini ribbon, use a vegetable peeler. For an even more beautiful platter, use both zucchini and yellow squash.

Trim off the ends. There is no need to peel the skin. Hold the zucchini or yellow squash in one hand. Lengthwise, cut the zucchini by applying pressure on the vegetable peeler, using a forward slicing motion.

a bowl of zucchini ribbons in flour

Here are a few alternatives to using a vegetable peeler (note these may not cut the squash as thin as you would like):

  • box grater (using the slicing feature)
  • mandoline
  • sharp kitchen knife

If you want to achieve a julienne cut, which would also be fun using this recipe, or when making my Fritto Misto, use a julienne vegetable peeler. Check out this Trio Peeler Set! These fun and crispy vegetable straws would be a great topping for almost any dish.

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST CRISPY FRIED ZUCCHINI RIBBONS

Actually, it’s quite simple to achieve super Crispy Fried Zucchini Ribbons. My guess, you already have all of the ingredients in your pantry. Think light and crispy. No need for the heaviness that comes from a breadcrumb and egg mixture. A light seasoned flour mixture is all you need.

flour coated raw zucchini ribbons in a bowl

Season the flour to your liking. I simply used kosher salt, black pepper and garlic powder. Add paprika, cayenne for a little heat, and/or your favorite seasoning. The moisture content of the zucchini helps in allowing the flour to adhere.

Adding a bit of rice flour or cornstarch to the flour will make these Crispy Fried Zucchini Ribbons, even crispier!

To amp up the flavor just a bit, once the zucchini is plated, sprinkle on a bit of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

OIL

Choose an oil with a high smoke point. Canola oil is typically, my go to. A few alternatives include:

  • sunflower oil
  • coconut oil
  • grapeseed oil
  • soybean oil
  • vegetable oil
  • peanut oil

Be sure the temperature of the oil is between 350° to 375°. The thin strips of zucchini and/or yellow squash will only take a few minutes to brown in a deep fry. Speaking of which, I use this deep cast iron pot from Lodge for all of my deep frying needs. It’s so worth the investment.

Although, not recommended using this preparation, an alternative to deep frying would be to make air-fryer zucchini, or baked zucchini. A panko or Parmesan coating would work best for either alternatives.

DIPPING SAUCE FOR FRIED ZUCCHINI

Believe me, these crispy beauties are incredible on their own. However, if you are like my Hubby, you love what he calls, “dippage.” Here is a list of some greats sauces to pair with fried zucchini, and/or fried yellow squash:

  • marinara
  • ranch
  • Sriracha mayo
  • garlic aioli
  • creamy horseradish
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a grey platter of crispy fried zucchini ribbons with a wooden bowl of marinara and a wooden bowl of ranch in the background

HOW TO MAKE CRISPY FRIED ZUCCHINI RIBBONS


  • Author:Charlotte Fashion Plate
  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:15 minutes
  • Total Time:25 minutes
  • Yield:6 servings 1x

Description

Take advantage of the abundance of zucchini and yellow squash anytime of the year with this recipe for Crispy Fried Zucchini Ribbons. The ribbons are super light, and so incredibly crispy. Prepare with ingredients you have in your pantry. Enjoy alone, or with your favorite dipping sauce.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 large, or 3 small zucchini
  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 1/2 C rice flour or cornstarch
  • 2 tsp kosher salt, plus
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • oil for frying
  • 1 TBLS Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Instructions

  1. Heat oil to 350° to 375°.
  2. Cut the ends off of the zucchini.
  3. Peel lengthwise using a vegetable peeler to create thin ribbons.
  4. In a wide bowl, combine the flour, rice flour, kosher salt, black pepper and garlic powder.
  5. Toss in the zucchini ribbons.
  6. Coat each strip in the flour mixture.
  7. Once the oil comes to temperature, deep fry in batches.
  8. Brown.
  9. Remove using a large slotted spoon or spider.
  10. Place the zucchini ribbons onto paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  11. Salt immediately.
  12. Plate. Sprinkle on the Parmesan cheese.
  13. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce(s).
  14. ENJOY

Notes

SEE POST FOR TIPS!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:8 ribbons

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