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Have you ever made low carb crispy baked zucchini fries? If you haven’t… oh my gosh, you need to. They are a much healthier alternative when you’re craving French fries.
Why I Was Excited To Make Oven Baked Zucchini Fries
Maybe I’m a bit biased about how excited I am about these Parmesan zucchini fries, but I’m pretty sure it’s more than the fact that I’ve been missing “real food” over this past week. The reason for that is, my husband and I just got back from a wonderful beach retreat in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. It felt amazing to just relax! The food was quite good, but as is usually the case in a primarily buffet setting, it was extremely bland to account for varying palates.
Honestly, I have a hard time understanding how such bland food can be anyone’s idea of delicious, but they are probably staying on the safe side. Apparently “somewhat edible” for everyone is what they are going for, even if that means “boring” for most.
For the reason of food alone, I admit I was a bit excited to get back. Who knew one could miss even the basics so much? Seriously, it’s like they don’t even put salt and pepper on anything. Needless to say, sprinkling them on food after it’s done cooking is not even remotely the same. Not to mention other spices.
My spice rack was a nice, warm welcome back home.
The other thing I missed? Parmesan cheese! For some reason the only cheeses they had were bland and mushy. Who wants that? I knew I had to immediately incorporate a rich Parmesan into a new oven baked zucchini fries recipe.
Carbs in Zucchini Fries
I have to admit, I had another motive for making baked Parmesan zucchini fries. I was craving something that felt like junk food, but was still healthy.
Even though I post lots of recipes, my usual staples are actually very simple meat, veggies and eggs. Although I make exceptions when I’m somewhere special (like Paris!), on most vacations I order the same kind of thing. And since they usually can’t make things low carb, I don’t get to have things like fries.
So when we got home from our trip, I wanted to make some low carb French fries! Zucchini was a perfect way to do it.
A medium zucchini has only 6 grams total carbs, and 4 grams net carbs. That means it was pretty much effortless to make these zucchini fries low carb. All I had to do was use low carb breading, which was super easy to do by using Parmesan. The resulting recipe has 3 grams net carbs per serving.
Don’t worry, though. Even though these are low carb zucchini fries, they taste delicious! My whole family loved them, including my 11-month-old daughter.
Baked Parmesan Zucchini Has The Best Crispy Coating
As I mentioned in my last post, I know summer squash isn’t exactly in season right now. But, my local Costco still has a fresh batch, so I’m taking advantage while I can. For this recipe, I got the zucchini extra crispy by breading it in Parmesan cheese mixed with garlic powder and black pepper. It’s the best kind of coating I’ve tried so far!
I have to say, I’ve made healthy low carb zucchini fries with all kinds of breading, but this Parmesan one is my absolute favorite. The coating gets super crispy in the oven, which is fantastic. Who wouldn’t love crispy zucchini fries? Besides, the Parmesan cheese flavor is to die for.
If that wasn’t reason enough to make this zucchini fries recipe, I can’t go without mentioning how incredibly simple it is. You need just five ingredients! You might even have them on hand right now.
Dipping Sauce for Parmesan Zucchini Fries
My favorite dipping sauce for these low carb baked zucchini fries is organic marinara. Parmesan cheese and tomato sauce are such a classic combination. Can’t go wrong with that. I also think they are awesome with Dijon mustard, but maybe that’s just me. Any dipping sauce works, really.
Everything is better with dipping sauce!
That being said, these Parmesan zucchini fries are so good that the dipping sauce is totally optional. The cheese and garlic powder provide so much flavor that nothing else is needed. But if you like a creamier sauce, I think these go perfectly with my spicy appetizer dipping sauce, too.
How do you like your low carb zucchini fries? Plain or dipped in a sauce? Let me know!
And if you’re not sure how to make crispy baked zucchini fries, don’t worry. It’s so easy! Here, I’ll show you…
Zucchini Fries Recipe (Low Carb Parmesan Baked Zucchini Fries):
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