This parmesan zucchini is crusted in crispy breadcrumbs and cheese, then baked to golden brown perfection. An easy side dish or appetizer option!

Love fried zucchini sticks? This baked version has less calories but still has tons of flavor.

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Parmesan zucchini sticks roasted to golden brown and served with marinara sauce for dipping.

When I see fried zucchini on a restaurant menu, I absolutely cannot resist. Give me a side of ranch or marinara and I’m in appetizer heaven. This parmesan zucchini is made in the oven instead of the fryer, but still has that same crispy, savory flavor of the deep fried favorite.

How to make parmesan zucchini

For this recipe, you’ll need zucchini, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, olive oil and Italian seasoning. You can find Italian seasoning in the herbs and spices aisle, it’s typically a blend of garlic powder, oregano, basil and salt. Alternatively, you can use Italian seasoned breadcrumbs.

The zucchini is cut into spears and coated in olive oil, parmesan and the breadcrumbs. Be sure to also add some salt and pepper!

Zucchini with breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and olive oil.

These parmesan zucchini sticks go onto a sheet pan and then into a hot oven for a quick bake. You do NOT want to overbake your zucchini or it will get mushy and be hard to pick up.

Zucchini sticks coated in parmesan and breadcrumbs.

What are the benefits of eating zucchini?

Zucchini is full of nutrients like antioxidants, Vitamin C, potassium and Vitamin B. It’s low in calories and carbs and is even thought to aid in digestion. I also love that it’s readily available year round and is inexpensive.

After your zucchini comes out of the oven, serve it immediately, either as a side dish or an appetizer. I like to serve a side of marinara for dipping, but that’s optional.

A plate of baked parmesan zucchini spears.

My kids devour this parmesan zucchini, it’s a really great way to get the family to eat their veggies! No one can resist that crispy crust.

Zucchini sticks coated in parmesan, herbs and breadcrumbs.

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Parmesan Zucchini

AuthorSara Welch
Parmesan zucchini sticks roasted to golden brown and served with marinara sauce for dipping.
This parmesan zucchini is crusted in crispy breadcrumbs and cheese, then baked to golden brown perfection. An easy side dish or appetizer option!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Serves 4


  • 1 lb zucchini quartered and cut into sticks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cooking spray


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Coat a sheet pan with cooking spray.
  • Place the zucchini in a bowl. Add the olive oil and toss to coat. 
  • Add the breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese and toss until zucchini is coated.
  • Arrange the zucchini spears in a single layer on the sheet pan.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes or until browned and zucchini is tender. Serve immediately with marinara sauce if desired.


  1. Italian seasoned breadcrumbs may be substituted instead of using the combination of plan breadcrumbs with dried Italian seasoning.


Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 235mg | Potassium: 332mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 20.3mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This is a winner for us! I made these, along with one of your chicken marinade recipes, for a family who needed a little help. It was a hit! We loved it also! Thanks so much.

  2. 5 stars
    I love this ❤️ the only change I made was to put half the seasoned breadcrumbs and grated cheese in a sifter which yield lower carbs.

  3. When I was younger a restaurant near us made something like this! It was my favorite and I have missed it ever since the restaurant closed. Making this for sure!

  4. 5 stars
    This is my kind of side dish or appetizer, it’s healthy and easy to make. I love that you baked it instead of frying it, I’m sure it tastes amazing with the parmesan and the Italian seasoning.

  5. 5 stars
    I sure love the combination of the parmesan and the zucchini. It’s also healthier than using potatoes. I appreciate that is baked and not fried!

  6. You made zucchini so much appealing. My kids aren’t very fond of zucchini but I think they will like this.

  7. Oh, everything is making this post so yummy. From the food presentation to photography! I dont doubt the food itself is yummy!!

  8. This is one of my fave dishes ever and I haven’t made it in a long time. I totally need to try your recipe this weekend.

  9. This looks so divine! I could imagine these two ingredients together make the perfect treat. Looking forward to giving this a try.

  10. 5 stars
    This is a great appetizer recipe. It would also be a healthy snacking option for our movie or game nights with the kids! I just love the golden, delicious crust on them.

  11. I make zucchini like this sometimes. It’s been a while so thanks for the reminder. My family loves it!

  12. This looks so good and so easy to make at home. I love zucchini. My husband is not much a fan, but maybe its because he hasn’t had it prepared the right way.

  13. I was all set to take a hard pass on this one based on the title. Then I saw the picture and now I’m sold.

  14. Now that is a snack that I could easily eat all the time! I am trying to eat healthier but my downfall is fries. Something like this would help with that craving.

  15. 5 stars
    Sounds like a lovely side dish or snack especially when you want to snack on something that’s healthier than usual. The parmesan adds a lovely flavor to the zucchini! I would love to make this at home!

  16. 5 stars
    I need to try these soon. They’d make a perfect side dish. I’ m a huge fan of parmesan. I’m sure most of the members of my family would eat them.

  17. We always have tons of zucchini from the garden so I am always searching for new ways to use it up. This sounds perfect for a side dish or appetizer like you said.

  18. I love how simple this is to make! My friend loves zucchini, I am certain she would love to try this recipe.