Fried Zucchini Chips

These fried zucchini chips from Food & Wine's Laura Rege are crispy and perfect alongside a glass of wine or a cocktail. Slideshow: More Zucchini Recipes 

Fried Zucchini Chips
Photo: Con Poulos
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins


  • 2 small zucchini, very thinly sliced on a mandoline

  • Kosher salt

  • Cold-pressed grapeseed oil, for frying

  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • Flaky sea salt

  • 2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar

  • 1/3 cup packed small basil leaves

  • 1/3 cup packed mint leaves


  1. Set a colander over a large bowl. Toss the zucchini with 1 tablespoon of kosher salt and transfer to the colander. Let stand for 1 hour. Using your hands, squeeze the zucchini, a small handful at a time, to remove any remaining liquid.

  2. Set a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet. Heat 1/4 inch of grapeseed oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet until shimmering. Fry the garlic over moderate heat until light golden, about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the garlic to the wire rack.

  3. Spread the flour in a shallow bowl. Working in batches, dredge the zucchini in the flour and shake off the excess. Fry over moderate heat until golden and crisp, turning once, 1 to 2 minutes per batch. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the zucchini to the wire rack with the garlic. Season with flaky sea salt and let cool. Drizzle the zucchini and garlic with the balsamic vinegar, transfer to a serving bowl, toss with the basil and mint and serve.

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