Fried zucchini sticks for appetizer

Fried zucchini sticks for appetizer

By 21/07/2020

Are you entartaining over the summer or do you simply fancy something yummy to go with a glass of Prosecco?

I had these zucchini sticks at a restaurant recently and I absolutely loved them. They are super simple to make: just slice the zucchini really thinly, sprinkle with salt, coat them with flour and fry! They need to rest for 30 minutes to allow some of their water to be released.

Fried appetizers are very popular in Italy. You could also fry sage leaves or other herbs. They are delicious and of easy preparation.

This recipe serves 4.

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 10 minutes
  • Yield : 4



Wash the zucchini, trim both ends and slice them into thin sticks of about 3/4 mm or 0.1 /0.3 inch thick. Place them in a colander, sprinkle them with salt and cover them with something heavy (like a plate). Let them rest for 30 minutes so they will release some of their water. This will help during the frying process.

Rinse them under the tap to remove the extra salt and dry them well with a towel.

Zucchini chips

Zucchini chips

Coat them with flour until they are nice and dry and then fry them for 2 to 3 minutes in hot oil until they look nice and golden.

Place them on a sheet of kitchen towel to absorb the extra oil and serve them straight away.

Fried zucchini sticks for aperitive

They are fabulous on warm summer evenings with a glass of chilled white wine.

Fried zucchini sticks for aperitive


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19 Responses to Fried zucchini sticks for appetizer

  1. angiesrecipes

    Love them! They make a great snack…healthy, and very delicious!

  2. Gloria Roa Baker

    I love zucchini ALida this is a wonderful idea I have zucchini almost all year! baci

    • Alida

      The best thing in the garden right now!

  3. Chef Mimi

    These look wonderful! And I’ve started getting zucchini from my garden. In some years I’m overwhelmed with zucchini, although I love cooking with them, but I’ll try this recipe. A decadent appetizer!

    • Alida

      Definitely never goes out of fashion 🙂

  4. Alene

    We used to order these frequently at a wonderful Italian restaurant in McLean, Virginia. But now I don’t live there anymore and I have to be gluten free. Finely ground corn starch, tapioca starch, garbanzo bean flour? Not sure. I’ll have to do a little research. But they are a wonderful accompaniment to an aperitif. Thanks for reminding me!

    • Alida

      Hello Alene,

      You can use rice flour or gluten free flour. I haven’t tried corn starch but it will probably work as well.

  5. Ron

    Sounds perfect for a summer BBQ. I’ll have to give your fried zucchini sticks a try. Thanks for sharing…

    • Alida

      I can certainly recommend them. The next thing I will do is zucchini flowers. They are amazing too.

    • Alida

      Thanks Balvinder

  6. All That I'm Eating

    These look addictive Alida! I wouldn’t be able to stop eating them!

  7. Frank Fariello

    Wow, these sound addictive! I have a spare zucchini in my fridge. Just one so it’s not enough for a meal but it could make a nice appetizer…

  8. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    I like the little fried zucchini sticks like your much better than the thick wedges that some people prepare. Delicious!

    • Alida

      Whilst I was in Italy over the summer I made these zucchini many times. We had so many in the field this year.

  9. 2pots2cook

    Perfect summer treat for hot days over here ! Zucchinis are so modest yes so wonderful to prepare, savoury or sweet ways ! Grazie milla !

    • Alida

      You are right, they are so easy to prepare, I always keep some in my fridge!

  10. Gilly

    What a lovely idea! Thanks for the recipe.

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