Recipe: Crispy oven baked courgette fries

Crispy oven baked courgette fries make a fantastic alternative to chips and are a great way to tempt the kids to eat more veg. Courgettes are sliced, coated with breadcrumbs and baked to perfection with crispy outsides and a soft middle.

Oven baked courgette fries | Fish Fingers for Tea

It took me two days and four trips to four different shops to buy the courgettes I needed for these. A combination of low stock and my sieve-like brain turned a simple item on my shopping list into a vegetable finding mission. I can’t be blamed for a shop running out of courgettes but I have to take some responsibility for heading into another purely for the elusive courgettes and coming out with a bagful of stuff but no courgettes.

They are more than worth it though.

I made these courgette fries for the first time on Sunday. I’ve made them four times since, twice on the Sunday alone. They are ridiculously tasty and more than a little addictive. They make a fantastic alternative to chips and it’s the first time Izzy has happily wolfed down a pile of courgettes.

They are also really easy to make – courgettes are sliced, coated in breadcrumbs and baked to perfection with crispy outsides and a soft middle. You can use a plain breadcrumb coating or throw in some parmesan and chilli flakes. Gary also has a version that uses a tempura batter which I’m interested in trying.

Crispy oven baked courgette fries | Fish Fingers for Tea

I’ve made them both with and without parmesan mixed into the breadcrumbs. I love the plainer version but the parmesan takes them to another level. The kind where you sneak a few more than your fair share onto your plate when you think no one is looking.

I sometimes struggle with ideas for different side dishes so I’m pleased to add these in to our regular rotation. We’ve had them alongside chicken wraps but they go down well just by the plateful dunked into a spicy sour cream dip or, if you’re Izzy, ketchup.

Looking for more courgette inspiration?

Jacqueline has a delicious sounding Courgette, Brie & Cumin Soup

Sally’s Courgette cluster bread is rather tempting

Helen has a tasty Courgette and Red Lentil Dal

Sarah breaks out the puff pastry for this Lemon courgette pesto tart

Dannii has a Low Carb Lasagne which uses courgettes instead of pasta

Nazima serves stuffed courgettes alongside baked cod

Urvashi works courgettes into canapés with these Herby Courgette Canapés

Jeanne shows us how to stuff and fry courgette flowers – something I’ve never done!

I’m intrigued by Kate’s Strawberry Custard Tarts with Courgette Pastry

Elizabeth’s Chocolate Courgette Cake is going straight on my to bake list.

Crispy oven baked courgette fries | Fish Fingers for Tea

Crispy oven baked courgette fries

Yield: serves 4

Crispy oven baked courgette fries make a fantastic alternative to chips and are a great way to tempt the kids to eat more veg! Courgettes are sliced, coated with breadcrumbs and baked to perfection with crispy outsides and a soft middle.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium courgettes
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 175g dried breadcrumbs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 heaped tablespoon grated parmesan (optional)
  • Chilli flakes (optional) – amount to your own taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200c and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  2. Take three shallow bowls: add the flour to one and mix in a generous pinch of salt, add the beaten eggs to another and in the third mix together the breadcrumbs, pepper and, if using, the parmesan and chilli flakes.
  3. Slice the courgettes in half lengthwise – no need to peel them – each half into strips and then each strip into thirds crosswise, you are aiming for chip shapes.
  4. In batches, toss the pieces of courgette in flour. Dip into the egg making sure they are coated and allow the excess to drip off. Toss in the breadcrumbs and then place on the prepared baking trays, leaving room between each one. Repeat the process until all of the courgette pieces have been coated in breadcrumbs.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, turn the fries and return to the oven for a further 5 minutes. Serve as a side dish or with a dip of your choice.
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  • http://feedingboys.co.uk Katie Bryson

    I’m glad I’m not the only one to head to the shops for a specific thing, only to return having totally forgotten it! These fries sound divine Sian – Parmesan is such a genius addition! Gorgeous photos too lady :)

    • http://fishfingersfortea.co.uk/ Fishfingers for tea

      Thanks Katie!

  • http://www.adventuresofalondonkiwi.blogspot.com/ adventuresofalondonkiwi

    These sound utterly mouthwatering, and just a touch of naughty – my favourite combination!

    • http://fishfingersfortea.co.uk/ Fishfingers for tea

      Thank you! A touch of naughty is always a good thing as far as I’m concerned!

  • http://www.mycustardpie.com/ MyCustardPie

    I’m on a mission to get my vegetarian daughter to regard courgettes as something other than the devils’ food. Living in the Middle East you can imagine that I don’t have to visit 4 shops to get them…. they are everywhere. Perhaps this recipe will be the one. Thanks for the shout out.

    • http://fishfingersfortea.co.uk/ Fishfingers for tea

      I hope she thinks they are at least acceptable! And you’re welcome, your bread looks seriously good.

  • Cakeyboi

    Courgette is such a versatile vegetable Sian. These look very tasty

    • http://fishfingersfortea.co.uk/ Fishfingers for tea

      Thank you!

  • Franglais Kitchen

    what a lovely recipe – I have always liked courgette fries but the deep fried ones are so oily I will be trying this out on my courgette harvest!! (we are growing them)

    • http://fishfingersfortea.co.uk/ Fishfingers for tea

      Thanks Nazima. Good luck with your harvest!

  • anna @ annamayeveryday

    How fabulous! I love the fried zucchini you get in Italian restaurants but these look like a great, much healthier (not deep fried) alternative, must try these!

    • http://fishfingersfortea.co.uk/ Fishfingers for tea

      Thanks Anna. These are much healthier and it’s not a major problem if you end up eating too many!

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    I love courgette fries. I have been enjoying avocado fries recently too.
    Thanks for including my lasagne recipe :)

    • http://fishfingersfortea.co.uk/ Fishfingers for tea

      Oooh, avocado fries are on my list!

  • Urvashi Roe

    Love these. The perfect snack. Thanks also for linking to my canapes :-)

    • http://fishfingersfortea.co.uk/ Fishfingers for tea

      You can happily eat away without worrying with these.

  • http://scrummylane.com/ Helen @ Scrummy Lane

    I tried something like these once, Sian, and they didn’t turn out so wonderfully. I think I must have done something wrong, so I’d like to give them a try again. Fried courgettes are a bit of a staple in Greece, which is where I really grew to love them. What was the dip you served them with?

    • http://fishfingersfortea.co.uk/ Fishfingers for tea

      I’d love to know what you think if you do. The dip in the photo is just a sour cream and chive but they’re delicious with a spicy dip – stir some chilli paste (I really recommend the brand Gran Luchito if you can get hold of it) through some sour cream, creme fraiche or Greek yoghurt.

  • Sarah Maison Cupcake

    Oh wow these sound incredible, I am definitely going to try these out. Thanks for the mention :-)

    • http://fishfingersfortea.co.uk/ Fishfingers for tea

      Thanks Sarah! And you’re welcome.

  • Fiver Feeds

    I usually don’t like to eat fries but I can eat oven baked one from time to time. Next time when I decide to eat them I will have this recipe in mind.

    • http://fishfingersfortea.co.uk/ Fishfingers for tea

      I hope you enjoy them!