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Zucchini Parmesan Crisps

These Zucchini Parmesan Crisps are a savory and healthy recipe that perfectly combines the natural goodness of zucchini with the richness of Parmesan cheese. Enjoy these flavorful crisps as a crunchy addition to salads and soups or a satisfying anytime snack!

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We love these Parmesan Zucchini Crisps as a substitute for potato chips when we are craving something with crunch. Other zucchini recipes we love include these delicious Zucchini noodles with chicken, these Mini Zucchini Pizzas, and these Roasted Zucchini Tuna Melts. Yum!

Why YOU will love this recipe

  • Compared to traditional potato chips or deep-fried snacks, these crisps are a healthier alternative.
  • This recipe is relatively simple and requires minimal preparation. It’s a quick and tasty way to use up excess zucchini during the peak harvest season.
  • No flour, eggs, bread crumbs, or panko mixture is necessary – you only need two whole food ingredients for these yummy chips.
  • These crisps are naturally low-carb, keto, and gluten-free. Bonus!
Zucchini chips on a plate.

Ingredients

  • zucchini – this will be shredded. Unlike the typical thick zucchini rounds or zucchini slices, these crisps are super thin and crunchy.
  • parmesan cheese – this recipe requires the REAL stuff. Don’t use the fake cheese product in a canister as it won’t melt and crisp up the same as the authentic cheese.
A board with a chunk of parmesan and a small zucchini on it.

Equipment

Instructions

Scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom for the FULL recipe details.

Step 1

First, start by preheating the oven to 375 and lining the baking sheet with parchment paper.

Then, get started on prepping the zucchini.

Zucchini has a lot of moisture in it and it needs to be pressed out. Lay a couple of layers of paper towels, or a clean kitchen towel on a cutting board and place the shredded zucchini on top of it, and press down firmly with your hands to squeeze out the liquid.

A bowl of shredded zucchini.

Step 2

Next, finely shred the parmesan cheese using the medium holes on a box grater.

Step 3

Then, in a large mixing bowl, combine the ingredients with your fingers, tossing them together.

Step 4

Next, transfer heaping tablespoons of the mixture to the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Repeat until all of the cheese and zucchini mixture is gone.

A baking sheet with parmesan zucchini chips about to be baked.

Step 5

Place the baking sheet into the oven for about ten minutes. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn! They don’t need much cooking time.

Watch for the crispy browned edges.

Let them cool for 5 minutes in the pan to finish crisping up. Waiting is the hardest part of this recipe!

A hand holding a Zucchini Parmesan Crisp.

Expert tip

Be sure to leave a bit of space between the zucchini and cheese piles on the baking sheet – don’t crowd them.

Leaving a little bit of room between them allows the heat to circulate better which will give you a nice crispy end product.

A baking sheet with parmesan zucchini chips about to be baked.

Recipe variations

  • Consider adding seasonings like garlic powder or onion powder to lend a bold taste.
  • Sprinkle in a bit of lemon zest to the mixture. The citrusy tang will brighten up the flavor and add a refreshing element to the crisps.
  • Add a kick of heat by sprinkling in some chili powder, cayenne pepper, or crushed red pepper flakes into the mixture before baking.

Serving suggestions

A hand holding a vegetable chip.

FAQS 

When is zucchini in season?

Zucchini is typically available from May through September.

Are these parmesan zucchini crisps suitable for kids?

Absolutely! They are a kid-friendly snack option that allows children to enjoy a tasty and nutritious treat while getting some vegetables into their diet.

Storage and reheating tips

  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 days. Any longer and they start to lose that crunchy, crisp texture.
  • Also, avoid refrigeration as that could also make them soft.
  • To reheat – place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and heat at 375 for 2-3 minutes.
A hand holding a Zucchini Parmesan Crisp.

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**This recipe was originally posted on November 29, 2013, updated on July 08, 2020, updated again on April 29, 2022,  and again on August 4, 2023, with recipe notes, writing, and new photos.**

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A hand holding a zucchini parmesan crisp.

Zucchini Parmesan Crisps

Sharon Rhodes
These Zucchini Parmesan Crisps are a savory and healthy recipe that perfectly combines the natural goodness of zucchini with the richness of Parmesan cheese. Enjoy these flavorful crisps as a crunchy addition to salads and soups or a satisfying anytime snack!
4.71 from 51 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 67 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese use the real stuff!
  • ½ cup shredded zucchini

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Press the liquid from the shredded zucchini by laying down a few pieces of paper towel on a cutting board and placing the shredded zucchini on top of it. Cover with another few pieces of paper towel and press down with your hands to squeeze out the moisture. You could also use clean kitchen towels for this!
  • Transfer the squeezed dry zucchini to a medium mixing bowl and add the shredded parmesan. Combine the well by mixing with your fingers.
  • Spoon heaping tablespoons of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. There should be enough for five rows of three.
  • Gently even out the piles until they are flat.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the chips are sizzling, the cheese has almost all but melted and the edges are starting to brown. Be careful not to burn them.
  • Allow the chips to rest on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes.

Video

Notes

Storage tips

Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 days. Any longer and they start to lose that crunchy, crisp texture.
Also, avoid refrigeration as that could also make them soft.
To reheat – place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and heat at 375 for 2-3 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 4Calories: 67kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 6gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 268mgPotassium: 42mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 151IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 197mgIron: 1mg
Keyword zucchini chips, zucchini parmesan crisps
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41 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Cute, crunchy and tasty snack. So much fun for kids while cooking and eating these chips. Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    This was crispy so flavorful and very addicting will make them again it’s a great recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    These were amazing! So easy to make and delicious. We sprinkled ours with a little chilli powder and decorated our salad with them – delicious and impressive looking! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    i haven’t heard of PARMESAN ZUCCHINI CHIPS ever before but it looks quite delicious and tasty..will love to check this out,…Thanks for sharing the recipe…

  5. We have a bunch of zucchini growing in our garden and I didn’t know what i was going to do with them! Now I know!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. My goodness I loveeee anything crunchy and these look perfect for me! Especially to spruce up my salads or have as a nice side dish! Thanks so much because I’ve never heard of this yummy concoction before!

  7. 5 stars
    I have already wanted to try Zucchini chips. I am probably going to try this recipe out sometime this month. I know it’s going to taste amazing.

  8. 5 stars
    My kids would love these, zucchini and all! I am fortunate to have kids that love their veggies. These would also make a great garnish!

    1. I’m always happy to hear about kids enjoying veggies. They probably love them because they see you eat them! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks, Marie!!

  9. 5 stars
    Wow! This will be a crowd favorite in no time. The texture and color is totally awesome. This definitely looks yummy and delicious plus the added crispiness is what makes this a good snack.

    1. Hey, thanks so much for the comment! I appreciate the positivity and am so happy you liked the recipe. I love the parm and zucchini combo. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. These are so pretty and adding the zucchini is genius! I cannot wait to give them a try! Pinning now to make some this week! Thank you!

    1. Ooooh … I’m a genius! I will be passing that along to the the members of my household the next time I can’t find my keys ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope you love them.

  11. Oh boy, I have a mild addiction to fried cheese (same idea, only you put the grated cheese into a warmed frying pan and let them get crispy)-but these would be super-delish too! Baking them is clever, but adding veggies? Even more clever! Kudos! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. What an absolutely brilliant idea! I’ve made parmesan crisps before but never thought to add zucchini – a fantastic way of sneaking more veggies in for the kiddo!

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