Zucchini Sticks

You are probably thinking I have a slight addiction to appetizers. January has been on overload in the snack food category here at The Black Peppercorn. But you will not see me complaining because little bite size goodies like these zucchini sticks are oh so tasty!

If you have never used panko bread crumbs, I highly encourage you to give them a try. They are Japanese bread crumbs. Actually the word panko is the Japanese word for bread crumbs. They are made without the crusts and are flakier than our North American version of bread crumbs.

Deep Fried Zucchini Sticks

These deep fried zucchini sticks are breaded with panko, parmesan cheese and oregano to create a flaky, crispy, Italian flavoured breading. Dip with ranch or marinara sauce.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer, Deep Fried, Tailgate, Zucchini
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Steve Cylka


  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs


  • Cut the ends off the zucchini. Cut in half and proceed to cut into sticks.
  • Set three bowls side by side. In the first bowl place the flour. In second, lightly beat the eggs. In the third bowl mix the panko, parmesan cheese, salt and oregano.
  • One at a time, dredge the zucchini sticks in the flour. Then dip them in the eggs. After that, place the zucchini sticks in the bread crumb mixture.
  • Slowly place the zucchini sticks in 375F oil. Deep fry for 2-3 minutes, turning them halfway through the cooking time. Have 5 or 6 zucchini sticks at a time in the hot oil.
  • Drain on a paper towel.
  • Serve with a dipping sauce like ranch dressing or marinara sauce.

zucchini sticks


About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. What a delicious sounding list of ingredients! I’ll bet these taste awesome!

  2. This is a terrific recipe for zucchini, but I can see using it for other vegetables like mushrooms. Yum!

  3. Where would we be without Panko! Certainly lacking in the appetizer area for sure. These sticks do look deliciously toasty and zucchini needs to be in the diet, so I am all for this. Yum!

  4. Hi Steve, I love to cook with panko when I fry anything. These look great.

  5. I’ve really been loving your appetizer series so don’t stop by any means. It’s always great to have a lot of fun hot appetizers for parties… and with the Super Bowl right around the corner we could all use them. These look wonderful!

  6. These look super crunchy and delicious! Your appetizer recipes are terrific!

  7. I have no problem with your addiction to appetizers – they’re my favorite part! These look amazing!

  8. Mmm, these look so crispy and delicious. What a treat.

  9. Steve, it’s been a great pleasure to check your blog and see all the wonderful finger food recipes you’ve posted these last few weeks. I guess you’re very ready for Superbowl… and the rest of us will be too, thanks to you! These “zucchini sticks” are just great!

  10. Ha! I just bought zucchini at the grocery store for this very thing. Can’t wait to try this!

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