Spicy Zucchini “Fries”

Just a quickie today.  While you are reading this, we are at the NY State Fair with Ellyn, Jason and the short people.  I am probably eating a deep fried oreo or a cinnamon roll bigger than Riley’s head.  Yum.  I promise to bring back some photos of stuff like the famous yearly butter sculpture and freaky looking chickens with poofy hairdos.   Do I know how to treat you right or what?

This is a fast and simple dish and it is almost silly to call it a recipe.  I can’t think of another name for it though, so recipe it is.  You may be looking for something a little different to do with all of those zukes your garden is churning out and this fills the bill.  I often whip up a bowl of these for my lunch.  I apologize in advance for the missing photos of the squash actually cooking – the light was awful and they came out looking like I was work in the bottom of  coal mine.  Not good.  You will have to rely on my vast powers of description I guess.

First – get a zucchini or two.  Cut it [them] into spears like this and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a saute pan, and careful lay the squash in a single layer in the pan.1You want to get some nice color on each surface of the squash, but you don’t want it to get burned, so keep an eye on it while you get your spicy stuff ready. This little bowl has about 1/4 teaspoon each of salt, granulated garlic, onion powder, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, and dried oregano. You can put whatever you like in yours of course.2As soon the squash is nicely browned on all sides. drain briefly on paper towels, and sprinkle with the spice mixture and toss to coat. Serve immediately.3Now which way to those oreos?

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10 Responses to Spicy Zucchini “Fries”

  1. charlane says:


    hope you had a great time

  2. Janis says:

    I’d like to dip some of the those in some ranch dressing! Yum! Hope you had a good time today.

  3. Sandie says:

    Looking forward to the photos from the state fair: Chickens with big hair & deep fried Oreos? I want to see!

  4. Debbie Jean says:

    I have never had a deep fried oreo. Oh my sounds good. Hope that you are having a good time.

  5. Jessica says:

    yumm.. These look delicious!! I love anything spicy!

    PS. About the friend oreos, you’re not missing that much! They’re different so worth trying, but they didn’t blow me away.

  6. Niki says:

    i love to saute zucchini spears and eat them w/ some fish or chicken for dinner. I ussually do that same thing as you, but instead of the mix you toss them in after, I use fresh ground pepper, raw chili sugar (a mix of chili powder and raw sugar I make and keep on hand), a wee bit of salt and grated Parmesan cheese. It is sooooo yummy. Hmmm… I think I know what I’m having w/ my dinner tonight!

  7. Chuck says:

    I have so many zucchini in the garden right now I don’t know what to do with them all. So, this makes me happy to try any recipe that has zucchini in it! Love it!

  8. naomi says:

    Fantastic! We make something like this with winter squash, but I never thought of using zucchini (courgette to me). Yum!

  9. Ramya Kiran says:

    Oh my god!! I love those. Will be trying i soon.

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