Crispy Oven Baked, Grain Free Zucchini Fries, Low Carb

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Grain Free Zucchini Fries are salty, crispy, crunchy and full of flavor.  If you avoid grains, you can now enjoy panko breaded food, like Zucchini Fries, which are naturally gluten free,  paleo and keto friendly using crushed pork rinds or Pork Panko.

These grain free zucchini fries are made with pork skins, crushed to resemble panko breadcrumbs. You can buy your favorite bag and crush them or you can save time (and money) using Pork Panko by Bacon’s Heir. (Amazon Affiliate)  They sent me a bag  to try but I am not being paid for this blog post and under no obligation to write about it.

After having crushed my own pork rinds, I find Pork Panko so much easier and you get a very ample amount in the bag that will take you through several recipes.

One of things I still like to do is add in freshly grated pecorino Romano, as I did with these grain chicken tenders made here. These are crunchy, and flavorful, especially if you are like me and have a “salt” tooth more than a “sweet” tooth.

Grain Free zucchini fries

It’s not totally necessary to use grated cheese, but I love the salt and the flavor, especially if you use Pecorino Romano,  which is a sheep’s cheese.

Pecorino Romano Brings Flavor to Grain Free Zucchini Fries

If you’re wondering what pecorino is, it  refers to any cheese made from sheep’s milk, but we refer here to the hard cheese that is typically grated upon a majority of Italy’s pasta.

Not all sheep’s cheese is alike. It can vary in softer, harder, saltier, but the common thread is that sheep’s cheese is fattier, richer than goat or cow’s milk as sheep’s milk has nearly twice the fat content.

Spicy and sharp with notes of straw, it has a salty tang that jumps all over the mouth, into the nose and even awakens the throat with just one bite, linger on the palate. That saltiness is what I like when using alternative flours like almond flour or breading with Pork Panko.

It’s the twin’s favorite cheese in the world. They eat it on pasta, cut also eat it by itself.

The Easy Process for Keto Friendly Oven Baked Zucchini Fries

The rest is straight forward. Just dip in egg, roll in a mixture of the panko and grated cheese. These are then baked in the oven, about 8 minutes per side. These are best eaten right away, but can be reheated in the oven.

Grain Free Zucchini Fries

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Oven Fried Zucchini Fries, Grain Free, Gluten Free

Oven Fried Grain Free Low Zucchini, Using Pork Skins or Pork Panko,
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Side Dish Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Author: Angela Roberts


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  • 4 zucchini or yellow squash see notes
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan or Pecorino Romano
  • 2 cups pork panko or crushed pork rinds Order Here
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • parchment paper or baking spray


  • Cut zucchini in sticks.
  • Season with salt.
  • Mix cheese and panko crumbs together.
  • Dip into egg mixture.
  • Dredge in panko mixture.
  • Place on baking pan that has been sprayed or lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F. for approximately 15 minutes, turning over halfway.
  • You may need to bake longer. You want the fries to be a golden brown.
  • Sprinkle with chopped parsley
  • Serve immediately.


This will depend on how large the zucchini is. I suggest using as small or slim as you can find. You may need to use more panko crumbs, depending on how many fries you are able to cut. You want to make sure you bread each side amply.

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  1. Angela! So good to see you’re still around! I’ve been cleaning up old links that are no longer working and bumped into a comment you placed ages ago. Figured I pay you a visit and really happy to see you’re still here. So many people have abandoned ship! Will come around again more often!

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