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Grilled Parmesan Garlic Zucchini and Panko Encrusted Fried Zucchini

by Laura

Today I decided to to share two recipes. One is so easy, it may not even really count as a recipe. Both of these are recipes I absolutely love. They are both two great ways to eat zucchini. Either dish I could eat as a meal alone, I love them that much. The first one is the really easy one that I came up with. All you need to make it is a grill, a zucchini, and the Parmesan Garlic Marinade I talked about yesterday from Saucy Mama. I’m telling you that marinade is my favorite! This recipe is so simple but so delicious! To find out more about Saucy Mama you can go to www.saucymamacafe.com. If you can’t get the Saucy Mama Garlic Parmesan Marinade, you can use a basic Italian dressing as a substitute.

Next is a recipe I found at a site called Tortatebukura’s Blog. The recipe says that it was adapted from Neely’s recipe at the Food Network. Now if you don’t have panko bread crumbs you could use regular, but I would highly recommend the panko bread crumbs. Regular bread crumbs have a very fine texture and are made from the crust and center of the bread. Panko bread crumbs are coarse (larger) in texture and are only made from the white part of the bread, no crust here. The coarse texture and using only the white portion produces a fluffier crumb. A lot of prepared foods in your frozen food section of you grocery store are made with panko. Both kinds of breaded frozen shrimp I buy from the store are made with panko. You can find it at most grocery stores now. I got the Kikkoman brand from my local Smith’s (Kroger in other parts of the country). You can serve you fried zucchini with ranch dressing or marinara/spaghetti sauce. I personally prefer the marinara/spaghetti sauce.

Sorry I almost forgot the winners of the Greek yogurt! Please send you mailing info to [email protected]

The winner of the 16 oz Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt is
gina said Yum – we love Greek yogurt – especially the honey flavor

The winners of two 5.3 oz cups of Oikos Organic Yogurt are:
Cindi said I love to use Greek yogurt…when I can find it. My grocery stores don’t always have it.
Heidi said I have never tried Greek yogurt but have wanted to for some time. This recipe looks so good!



Grilled Parmesan Garlic Zucchini

2 medium sized zucchini
1/4 cup Saucy Mama Parmesan Garlic Marinade
Parmesan cheese

Wash zucchini. Then cut in half lengthwise and crosswise. Marinade zucchini in Saucy Mama Parmesan Garlic Marinade for 2 hours. You can do it for less if desired, but the longer the better. Grill on outdoor grill approximately 5 minutes on each side until browned. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

Panko Encrusted Fried Zucchini

Vegetable oil, for frying (I used canola)
2 to 3 large zucchini or 3 to 4 smallish zucchini, cut into 1/4 to 1/2-inch rounds
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup water
Parmesan cheese
ranch dressing or marinara/spaghetti sauce

Measure flour into a pie plate. In another pie plate combine panko and salt and pepper, to taste. In a third plate add eggs and water. Dredge the zucchini in the flour, followed by the egg wash and finally in the panko. Press crumbs into the zucchini rounds.

Working in batches, place the breaded zucchini slices in the hot oil and fry until golden brown (I just did this in a large frying pan) , 3 to 4 minutes. Drain on a paper towel lined sheet tray and immediately season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with Parmesan if you like. The serve with ranch dressing or marinara/spaghetti sauce.

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26 comments

The Ninja Baker August 22, 2012 - 3:50 am

The light panko crunch and the zesty Parmesan sound like a terrific combo and compliment to the versatile zuke.
Thanks for the brilliant recipe, Laura!
P.s. With the sales of your bestselling cookbooks you’re sure to have a garden again in no time at all =)

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The Ninja Baker August 22, 2012 - 3:50 am

The light panko crunch and the zesty Parmesan sound like a terrific combo and compliment to the versatile zuke.
Thanks for the brilliant recipe, Laura!
P.s. With the sales of your bestselling cookbooks you’re sure to have a garden again in no time at all =)

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Liz Newey August 17, 2012 - 10:22 am

This looks so good! I tried making this once and it didn’t turn out so well, I’m definitely going to try out your recipe. I love these, they are so good.

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Liz Newey August 17, 2012 - 10:22 am

This looks so good! I tried making this once and it didn’t turn out so well, I’m definitely going to try out your recipe. I love these, they are so good.

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A Busy Nest August 6, 2010 - 8:36 am

The panko encrusted fried zucchini look just wonderful! Yum!

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A Busy Nest August 6, 2010 - 8:36 am

The panko encrusted fried zucchini look just wonderful! Yum!

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Tracey August 3, 2010 - 3:25 pm

Can you update the link for the Parmesan Garlic Marinade?

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Tracey August 3, 2010 - 3:25 pm

Can you update the link for the Parmesan Garlic Marinade?

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Velva August 24, 2009 - 5:55 am

This is a great recipe! What a great way to use zucchini this summer.

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Velva August 24, 2009 - 5:55 am

This is a great recipe! What a great way to use zucchini this summer.

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GarlicBOSS August 24, 2009 - 12:23 am

Who doesn't like panko crumbs?

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GarlicBOSS August 24, 2009 - 12:23 am

Who doesn't like panko crumbs?

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Angie's Recipes August 23, 2009 - 10:50 pm

I love to use panko as a coating too. It's more crisp and delicious.

The picture is beautiful.
Angie's Recipes

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Angie's Recipes August 23, 2009 - 10:50 pm

I love to use panko as a coating too. It's more crisp and delicious.

The picture is beautiful.
Angie's Recipes

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Julie August 23, 2009 - 10:06 pm

Mmm…I just happen to have some extra panko sitting around, too 🙂

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Julie August 23, 2009 - 10:06 pm

Mmm…I just happen to have some extra panko sitting around, too 🙂

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dragonflypie August 23, 2009 - 8:04 pm

That fried zucchini is making my mouth water. Seriously.

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dragonflypie August 23, 2009 - 8:04 pm

That fried zucchini is making my mouth water. Seriously.

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Deborah and Blake August 22, 2009 - 9:40 pm

Love it! My favorite is grilled zucchini & yellow squash…can't beat it!

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Deborah and Blake August 22, 2009 - 9:40 pm

Love it! My favorite is grilled zucchini & yellow squash…can't beat it!

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tortatebukura August 22, 2009 - 10:35 am

Hi Laura. Thanks for trying out my recipe. I hope you enjoyed them as much as we did.

Betsy

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tortatebukura August 22, 2009 - 10:35 am

Hi Laura. Thanks for trying out my recipe. I hope you enjoyed them as much as we did.

Betsy

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ButterYum August 22, 2009 - 9:43 am

They both sound wonderful! Lovely photos!

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ButterYum August 22, 2009 - 9:43 am

They both sound wonderful! Lovely photos!

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Krystal August 22, 2009 - 7:47 am

I love that! so easy. I used regular italian flavor breadcrumbs when I last made fried zucchini, but I like the look of the panko ones!

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Krystal August 22, 2009 - 7:47 am

I love that! so easy. I used regular italian flavor breadcrumbs when I last made fried zucchini, but I like the look of the panko ones!

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