This baked breaded zucchini is a crispy, crunchy alternative to the traditional fried option. It tastes great, and it’s better for you.

I love breaded zucchini! I can actually remember my very first time eating the appetizer. It was many, (many) years ago, at a steak restaurant where I waitressed. One day during a break, my friend Donna and I shared an order from the menu. I had served it many times to customers, but that day was the first time I tried it. I was hooked!

My eating habits have changed quite a bit since then. I rarely eat fried foods, I definitely eat more than breaded veggies as a meal, and I’m much more mindful of how foods are prepared.  What hasn’t changed is my love for breaded zucchini. Crunchy, baked breaded zucchini to be exact.

My interns and I shared this recipe on my You Tube channel years ago, when we made our farm-to-table vegetable series. Today, I am sharing the recipe on my blog. It’s a perfect alternative to the fried varieties found on many restaurant menus.  Make it as an appetizer for your next gathering or serve it as a side-dish with your favorite protein.

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Baked, Breaded Zucchini

This baked breaded zucchini is a crispy, crunchy alternative to the traditional fried option. It tastes great, and it's better for you.
Author: Heather Mangieri, RDN


  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 tsp Ground dry Basil
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Bread Crumbs (Italian or plain)
  • 2 Medium Zucchinis
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil


  • Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F
  • Generously spray a large sheet pan (one large or two smaller pans) with cooking spray
  • Clean zucchini. Cut off both ends and discard. Cut each zucchini in half. Using a sharp knife or mandolin, slice the zucchini length wise, about ½” thick. You should get ~5 slices per zucchini per half, yielding ~20 slices of zucchini.) *Depending on the size of the zucchini and how thick you made each slice, you may end up with extra pieces; save the extras for another recipe
  • Beat egg, egg white, black pepper and basil together in a shallow bowl.
  • Combine bread crumbs with Parmesan Cheese in a bowl and mix well. Transfer to a plate.
  • Dip a piece of zucchini in the egg then coat in the bread crumbs. Transfer breaded zucchini onto the baking sheet in a single layer; repeat with all remaining slices.
  • Drizzle the olive oil evenly over the zucchini
  • Bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven and flip zucchini. Bake another 5-7 minutes until zucchini is crunchy and golden brown.
  • Garnish with parsley and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
  • Serve immediately with warm marinara sauce and a lemon wedge


  • Recipe makes:   4 Servings
  • Serving size: 5 Pieces
  • Nutrition Facts (per 5 piece serving): 140 calories, 14 grams’ carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 7 grams’ protein, 5 grams’ total fat, 1.5 grams’ saturated fat, 340 mg sodium, 8% daily calcium, 6% daily iron, 6% daily potassium
  • Meal Planning Serving Sizes: 1 CHO; 1 PRO; 1 FAT

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