Deep Fried Zucchini Sticks

There is something about deep-frying any food that makes it almost orgasmic and definitely forbidden…at least according to your bikini! The forbidden part at least. Well to that I say, “Faak that!”. We all need more – ummmm…Oh Yes moments!

Enter deep-fried zucchini sticks! Can I get a big Oh yes from everyone?! I used to live in a small town called Pembroke, Ontario. There was a small restaurant, I’m sure it’s gone now, that made the best zucchini sticks ever. They were fresh with a light batter. And the dip – oh the dip! It made the dish.

My Aunt Paulette and my Aunt Nicky have a similar story but from a restaurant here in Ottawa. They too say that the dip made the dish. A dip that they finally figured out how to make BUT always refused to share the recipe!! Grrrr!

Until now…


  • Vegetable or peanut oil for frying
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs ( I have used shake and bake for pork before and it turned out amazing)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese optional
  • 4 zucchini, quarter the zucchini lengthwise, then cut each quarter in half crosswise if the zucchini is long enough.
  1. In a paper bag, combine the flour, garlic salt, and pepper. Pour the eggs into a bowl and beat. In an other paper bag, combine the panko breadcrumbs and the Parmesan cheese.
  2. Line a baking sheet with paper towels.
  3. Drop 4 to 6 zucchini sticks into one paper bag with the flour mixture and shake to coat. Transfer to a metal colander and shake off the excess flour. Dip the zucchini into the beaten eggs, place into paper bag with the panko breadcrumb mixture and place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining  zucchini.
  4. The zucchini can stand at room temperature for up to 3 hours before frying.
  5. In a deep fryer pour in oil to a depth of 5 inches heat to 375 degrees F. Working in batches, fry the zucchini sticks until golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the zucchini sticks to paper towels to drain.
  6. This makes 32 zucchini sticks best served immediately. Serve with home-made secret dressing.
Aunt Paul says…
Now as far as my sister Nicole and I are concerned zucchini sticks are only as good as the dressing it’s served with. Only one restaurant in Ottawa ever made the right sauce/dressing. We would go there often to try to figure out what they put into it. Luckily we figured it out before the restaurant closed. I was left with trying to reproduce it with GREAT SUCCESS!!!! We have never given this recipe out before but we believe its time.
So with no delay here is the secret dressing/sauce;
  • 2 cups of sour cream
  • 1/2 tbsp.  of prepared horseradish
  • 1 tsp. dried mustard
  • 1 clove crushed garlic or more ( 2 or 3 )
  • 1 tsp. of lemon juice

Mix well and serve with zucchini sticks yummmmmmm!!!!!!!

Before serving squeeze a slice of lemon over the zucchini.
So now you have the secret sauce/dressing, go make your zucchini sticks.
Happy cooking!

8 thoughts on “Deep Fried Zucchini Sticks

  1. Orgasmic is right!
    We definitely all need more moments and less worrying about bikinis.
    Thanks for releasing the trade secret! I hadn’t thought about zucchini sticks in a long time and now I would eat them for breakfast! MMMMMM

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  2. Wow !!! You nailed it — I remember going to That reastaurant with mom a lot – we went over n over the ingredients for the sauce … it was the lemon juice for me that made it!!!!! Thank you — yummmm n ohhhhh yeahhhhh

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  3. Hi Lisa, today Uncle Greg and I will be making the egg rolls, Paulette's recipe. I will let you know how they turn out. As for the zucchini sticks, I really don't remember having the  recipe for the sauce, but then I'm old and I forget things. I just told Uncle Greg (also known as Uncle Fungus) we need to buy a deep-fryer. So today looks like a good day to do that. Thanks for all recipes you send and you're narration of how your days are going. Love hearing from you. Love always, Aunt Nikki XXXXXOOOOO

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