Cooking for One: Fried Zucchini Straws

Welcome to Cooking For One Recipes!  This series is designed for those of us who don’t need recipes for big meals- just enough for one person to eat without a ton of leftovers.  Or, if you are feeding a large family, you can certainly alter the recipes to whatever amount of people you need!

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Fried Zucchini Straws (2-3 servings depending on how thin you cut zucchini)


ingredients for straws

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 medium zucchini (about 1 lb.), cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese-optional


  1.  Combine 1 cup flour, next 2 ingredients, and 1 tsp. salt in a shallow dish. In a second dish whisk together eggs and 3 Tbsp. water.
  2. Combine breadcrumbs, 2 Tbsp. flour, oregano, pepper, and remaining 2 tsp. salt in a third shallow dish.

ready for dipping3. Dredge zucchini, in batches, in flour mixture; dip in egg mixture, and dredge in breadcrumb mixture. Be sure that zucchini is completely covered.

4. Pour oil to depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven; heat over medium heat to 325°. Fry zucchini, in batches, 1 to 2 minutes and then flip and fry for another minute or until golden.

IMG_11275. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Jana’s note: If you do not sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on use a spicy ranch for a dip. If you do use the Parmesan cheese I recommend using a marinara sauce for dipping.

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