Gluten-Free Crispy Zucchini Fries

Lightly coated with Gluten-Free panko (or breadcrumbs) and Parmesan (dairy-free option too!), these Gluten-Free Zucchini Fries are crispy outside, tender inside and addictively delicious! Simple recipe yields crispy fries whether you bake them, fry them or use an air fryer. A perfect gluten-free side dish, appetizer or fun snack.

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Gluten-Free Crispy Zucchini Fries

Easy Recipe for the tastiest and crispiest Gluten-Free Zucchini Fries!

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New! We added air fryer instructions to the recipe!

We recently purchased an air fryer (Amazon affiliate link), and have been trying different recipes with it.  We LOVED how crispy the zucchini fries turned out! And with much less oil!

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These Gluten-Free Crispy Zucchini Fries are a must try!

Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, flavorful and easy to make, they are a favorite gluten-free side dish or fun snack or appetizer of my entire family!

And we love these fries all year round!

They are particularly tasty in the Summer and Fall when zucchini are their freshest, but they are super fresh-tasting and delicious any time of year!

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Why Zucchini Fries?

We love allll kinds of fries in our house..

And I’m not going to lie, with two teen boys we make and eat A LOT of potato fries (cut them in 1/2 inch strips, toss in oil, sprinkle with salt, bake at 400 degrees for 30 minute and they are amazing every time!)

But we also like to switch it up!

Zucchini Fries are a healthy and delicious alternative to the classic potato fry and a great way to get in those veggies!

And while I love zucchini served up any way, the rest of my crew prefers their zucchini to be hidden (hello Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins or Zucchini Bread!) or as zucchini FRIES!

They love how crispy they are and they love dipping them in different sauces or eating them straight off the tray!

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How to make Gluten-Free Crispy Zucchini Fries

There is cooking video to this page so you could see just how quick and easy it is to make these gluten-free Crispy Zucchini Fries.

If you’re new to this website, at the bottom of every recipe page is a printable recipe with exact measurements and directions.

All you need is 4 ingredients!



gluten-free panko breadcrumbs (we love Aleia’s brand- amazon affiliate link)

Parmesan cheese or dairy free Parmesan (I’ve added a dairy-free, nut-free Parmesan recipe from my friend Corey of The Vegan Six that works beautifully below)

plus some salt.

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And, they are easy to make!

First mix the “breading”

The “breading” is a mix the parmesan cheese, gluten-free panko or plain breadcrumbs and salt .

I like to mix this simple combo with a fork but anything will do.

And the flavor from the parmesan is subtle but amazing!

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If you are dairy free, I highly recommend trying this dairy-free, nut-free parmesan from my friend Corey  @thevegansix.

It’s just 3 ingredients –roasted salted pepitas, nutritional yeast and garlic powder.

Vegan dairy-free nut-free parmesan

The rest is equally simple..

Once you have your breading made, whisk the egg together, and slice the zucchini into 3 inch strips.

Then you set up an work station or assembly line and

  1. Dip the zucchini strips in egg, let the extra drip off
  2. Then dip in the breading
  3. and set aside on a baking sheet (if baking) or plate (if frying)

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That’s it!

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And they can be baked (see photo directly below) or fried (I fried them in this main photo in my Cuisanart Compact Deep Fryer – amazon affiliate link), or made in an air fryer!

Either way, these Zucchini Fries always crispy and delish!


We tend to serve them as we did here with a marinara sauce.

You can use any marinara but I like to whip up a quick one with just olive oil, dried minced garlic, salt and Pomi Finely Chopped Tomatoes.

We let it simmer for 20 minutes while the zucchini fries bake.

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Alternatively, they also pair well with a Sriracha mayo or dipping sauce or a ranch dressing (here’s the link to our favorite vegan ranch dressing ).

Hope you love them as much as we do!

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Gluten-Free Crispy Zucchini Fries

Lightly coated with Gluten-Free panko (or breadcrumbs) and Parmesan (dairy-free option too!), these Gluten-Free Zucchini Fries are crispy outside, tender inside and addictively delicious! Easy recipe yields crispy fries whether you bake them, fry them or use an air fryer. Updated with Dairy-Free, Nut-Free Parmesan from my friend Corey. Updated June 2023 to include air fryer directions.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack, Veggies
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Optional, Vegetarian
Keyword: gluten-free side dish, easy gluten-free side dish, gluten-free zucchini fries, baked zucchini fries, easy crispy baked zucchini fries, easy gluten-free recipe, air fryer zucchini fries, gluten-free appetizer
Servings: 3 -4 servings
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family


  • 3 Zucchini cut into ¼ - ½ in thick sticks, about 3 inches in length (This time the zucchini were not too large so I cut the whole zucchini in half width-wise, then again lengthwise, then cut each quarter into 4 strips, so each zucchini yielded 16 fries)
  • 2-3 large Eggs (depending on how big the zucchini are) Start with 2, you can always add more as needed
  • ¾ cup Gluten-free Panko or breadcrumbs we like Aleia's GF Amazon Affiliate link
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese or dairy-free Parmesan**
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste

**Dairy-Free, Nut-Free Parm, recipe from The Vegan Six

  • cups roasted salted pepitas
  • 2 heaping tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Blend on high in a small blender or food processor. Store in the refrigerator.

Quick Marinara Dipping Sauce

  • 2- 2½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • ¼ -½ teaspoon salt if using Pomi Marinara Sauce, I skip the salt
  • 1 26 oz container Pomi Finely Chopped Tomatoes or Marinara Sauce


If baking, preheat oven to 425 degrees F. If frying, preheat fryer to 350 degrees F. And if using an air fryer, preheat to 400 degrees F.

    Lightly bread the zucchini

    • Set up an assembly line with 2 bowls. In one bowl, whisk eggs. In the other bowl mix bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and salt.
    • Dip zucchini in egg letting excess drip off. Then dip in panko/ cheese mixture to coat and set aside on baking sheet, leaving some space between each breaded zucchini for maximum crispness when baking. Repeat until zucchini are all breaded.

    If Baking

    • Bake at 425° for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown
    • If zucchini are cut thick or not tender enough in center, cover baking sheet lightly with foil, return to oven and bake an additional 5-10 minutes.
    • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

    If Frying

    • Preheat Fryer to 350 degrees.
    • In batches, lay breaded zucchini strips in the fry basket and bake for 4-5 minutes (depending on the thickness of the zucchini)

    If using an Air Fryer

    • Preheat Air Fryer to 400 degrees F.
    • Working in batches, spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil of choice (we used avocado oil), place breaded zucchini in the basket and lightly spray with cooking oil again (this will give them that crispy golden look), and air fry for 10 minutes.

    Quick Marinara Dipping Sauce

    • In a medium sauce pan, heat olive oil until shimmering, not burning.
    • Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds to a minute until fragrant and browning.
    • Carefully add tomatoes (they may splatter if you add too quickly!). Season with salt and let simmer for 20 minutes or more.
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    13 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Crispy Zucchini Fries

    1. So excited to make these I will let you know how they turn out in my air fryer. I just wanted to thank you for these recipes. I am always struggling to find a good gluten free flour sometimes they don’t work. I have tried to make cinnamon buns 3 times and they never rise.

      1. Thank you so much Sabrina! First, please let me know how they turn out in an air fryer– I don’t own one and so many people have been asking about this recipe and an air fryer! So, Thank you!! And I’m so happy you’re enjoying our recipes! A great gluten-free flour is challenging to find but we have been really happy with GF Jules for years (full disclosure, I am an affiliate for her flour BUT it has allowed us to make all our favorite recipes so we truly LOVE it!)

    2. Just made these by baking them. We used Aleia’s, but ran out and use Ian’s as well. Worked just as great. Used to eat these all the time at a local restaurant and was soooo nice to have them again. Super easy and quick as well.

    3. I made these fries last night for my family and we loved them. My favorite part is they were super easy to make with ingredients that were already in my pantry. The fries came out so crispy and delicious, and were perfect with a store-bought marinara sauce! Thank you for this recipe – it’s definitely one I will make again!

    4. 5 stars
      This recipe is amazing! I love courgettes and have cooked them in many different ways, but this is our favourite! They stay whole, and are nice and crispy!!

    5. 5 stars
      Is it possible to make these without cheese? I’m not a fan of cheese, not even the “fake ones” thank you in advance!! I can’t wait to make these.

    5 from 5 votes (2 ratings without comment)

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