Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Fried Zucchini with Homemade Ranch Dip

Since I've been a kid, one of my favorite foods was fried zucchini.  If my family went out to dinner, I would always check to see if it was on the menu.  My parents never made it at home, so my only time to ever eat it was if I went out.  

As I got older I started making it myself and it is still one of my favorite foods!  A few years ago I grew my own zucchini and the first thing I made was fried zucchini. 

These fried zucchini are crispy and so flavorful.  They make a great side dish to burgers, chicken and fish or just eaten as a snack.

Fried Zucchini

  • 2 large zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch rounds                         
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1  cup panko bread crumbs or Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • oil for frying

  1. Measure flour onto plate.
  2. In a shallow bowl pour in buttermilk.
  3. Combine panko, onion and garlic powders, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper on a second plate.
  4. Dredge the zucchini in the flour, followed by the buttermilk and finally in the seasoned panko mixture.
  5. Place breaded zucchini slices in the hot oil and fry until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. 
  6. Drain on a paper towel  and season with salt and pepper. 

Ranch Dip


  • 1 clove grated Garlic 
  • 1/4 cup Italian Flat-leaf Parsley (chopped)
  • 1 cup  Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/4 Buttermilk 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Dill
  • Cayenne Pepper to taste
  • Tabasco To Taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
In a bowl combine all ingredients and chill in fridge.


  1. Carl’s Jr. wishes their zucchini tastes as good as yours!

  2. We have always had fried zucchini, but never thought to dip it in ranch. Thanks for the recipe, I am trying it later on today!

    1. I love it dipped in ranch. I'm starting to think ranch is a Cali thing.