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Salt and Pepper Zucchini Chips

This is how you make salt and pepper zucchini chips 4 different ways!! Perfect vegetable side dish even your kids will love. Oven, deep fried and air fryer zucchini instructions make a crunchy outside with light seasoning. 

salt and pepper zucchini chips

Have you ever made salt and pepper zucchini chips at home?? They’re so great and easy to make!! If you love Carl’s Jr.’s fried zucchini, or are looking for a new vegetable side dish the kids will love, this is it. You only need 4 items to make tempura batter, and you’re ready! (originally published 2/16, affiliate links present)

  • There are two ways to do make batter, both are easy.

I’ve used boxed tempera batter at the store and it works quite well. BUT if you want to make your own there’s an easy tempera batter recipe below.

zucchini chips

Fried salt and pepper zucchini chips

  1. Zucchini
    1. sliced into dials, I prefer thick vs. thin slices but that is up to you
  2. Oil
    1. vegetable or olive oil but vegetable is cheaper

Then you’ll want to make this recipe for tempura batter using these ingredients

  1. Flour
  2. Water
  3. Egg whites
  4. Salt and pepper
    1. could sprinkle with salt and vinegar too

Here is another way to make it…with a spiralizer!!

tempura zucchini

Directions for these:

  1. Slice your zucchini so they are the thickness you desire, or use this spiraletti
    1. I like them a bit thicker when they’re done so mine look like this.
  2. Put on a paper towel to absorb the water so your batter sticks
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper on raw sliced zucchini pieces.
  4. Make the tempera batter as directed above.
  5. Put spiralized zucchini in the bowl with your batter.
  6. Submerge.
  7. Put a drop of just tempera batter into the hot oil to test if it’s hot enough. It will immediately fry if it is ready.
  8. Have a paper towel in a bowl ready for them once they are flipped over and fried on both sides to a light brown color.
  9. Add salt and pepper again to the top. 

Here is our air fryer zucchini chips recipe so you can try those too. This is what these look like. If you have this machine you can make healthier versions like air fryer spinach chips and kale chips too.

air fried zucchini 2

Baked zucchini chips

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees 
  2. Slice 2-3 zucchini into 1/2″ pieces and put them on paper towels so a lot of the water is absorbed
    1. this will help your coating to stick
  3. Put them in a bowl.
  4. Drizzle olive oil over all your pcs. and stir to coat
  5. Add enough Italian bread crumbs so all pieces are coated.
  6. Put coated zucchini chips on to a baking sheets with parchment paper
    1. keep in a single layer so they get as crispy as possible
  7. Sprinkle 3-4 tbsp. parmesan cheese on top of all pieces
  8. Bake until zucchini chips are tender and cheese is lightly browned. This will take approx. 15 minutes.
  9. Lightly sprinkle with vinegar for vinegar zucchini chips

Use gluten free Panko bread crumbs for a gluten free alternative to bread crumbs.

recipe for tempura batter

Below is the printable recipe for fried zucchini with tempera batter.

Salt and Pepper Zucchini Chips

Salt and pepper zucchini chips with tempura batter!! The perfect vegetable side dish that even your kids will love. Easy 3 ingredient tempera batter gives your zucchini a crunchy outside with just a light seasoning. One of our favorite snacks too. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer, chips, fried, zucchini
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 86kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Just mix water, flour, and egg whites together in a bowl. 
  • If you’d like a lighter coating add a touch more water. If you like a thicker batter when cooked then add a bit more flour. 
  • Heat up a pan full of oil and wait until it sizzles when you add a drop of batter.
  • Use a fork to dip veggies into batter and put into oil, flip when light brown and put on paper towel when done to absorb the oil.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper….and/or seasoned salt.
Nutrition Facts
Salt and Pepper Zucchini Chips
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 86
% Daily Value*
Sodium 21mg1%
Potassium 123mg4%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Vitamin C 5.9mg7%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
fried zucchini

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Tuesday 22nd of March 2016

Anything fried is usually tasty, though not good for health. Zucchini being a watery vegetable, it absorbs more oil when deep fried! So, vegetables like egg plant, green banana, ridge gourd, bell pepper, etc. are better.

And, Justin, such chips can also be prepared without egg white. Just prepare batter with four and water, dip the sliced vegetables that I mentioned above and either deep fry or shallow fry on a skillet.

Even spinach can be used. It will be crispier.


Thursday 23rd of July 2020

Um, egg plant absorbs oil more than zucchini does. Eggplant is like a sponge.

The Typical Mom

Monday 15th of February 2016

I used 3 zucchini for this, it was a bit more than we could eat at the time. Other times I have used batter for 1 onion and 1-2 smaller zucchini for a side dish!

The Typical Mom

Monday 15th of February 2016

OH thanks. ;)


Monday 15th of February 2016

How much zucchini did this recipe cover?

Jenni (@GingeredWhisk)

Monday 11th of January 2016

These look awesome! Your blog is so cute!

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