how to make zucchini shoestring and ribbon fries

zucchini shoestring fries

zucchini shoestring fries

zucchini ribbon fries

The first time I ever tasted zucchini fries was at the fabulous Tortellino D’Oro in Jozi and fell instantly in love. This is what I said about the place before:

It’s an Italian deli and restaurant tucked away in the Oaklands Centre in Oaklands specialising in fresh home made and imported Italian pasta and other delectable goodies. Their chocolate torte is legendary and to this day and after a few attempts, I have not been able to emulate their moreish zucchini frites.’

Well its been about 8 years and now I have.

The recipe comes from Polpo and is super easy and super unhealthy. This is not something you should eat very often.

Its a little time consuming to cut the zucchini, but using a mandoline or vegetable peeler helps. If you have a julienne cutter this would be even better. You want the strips to be about 4mm in width and as long as the zucchini. I had quite a few zucchini so I just made a few into ribbons too which also worked out pretty well.

The rest is so straightforward you may be a little surprised at how easy they are to make.

Serve immediately with loads of salt and wash them down with your favorite drink.


zucchini shoestring and ribbon fries

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4 - 6 as a snack


  • 6 large zucchini, or 810 medium
  • 750ml – 1 litre vegetable oil
  • 400ml cold milk
  • 400g flour – seasoned with salt and pepper
  • salt


  1. Cut the zucchini into fries and or ribbons.
  2. Heat the oil in large pot so that its at least 1/4 full and bring it to 190 C.
  3. Gently dredge the zucchini in the milk and then toss them around the seasoned flour until well coated.
  4. Drop them in the hot oil in batches and fry for around 3 minutes and until they turn a golden brown.
  5. Lift out with a slotted spoon or mesh strainer and drain on kitchen paper and serve.

zucchini ribbon fries

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