So cruising facebook came across a picture of fried zucchini and it stated that it was for Paleo diet. Now I am not sure what is allowed on the Paleo diet and what is not as I have never read up on it, or tried it, however the picture looked amazing and who doesn’t love fried zucchini? Well, I sure do, so wanted to give it a try and see if it was as good as it looked. The recipe called for the use of coconut products, like flour and cream and oil, so to the market I went. I have the oil, but flour and cream I do not, plus I needed some fresh zucchini.
The recipe went something like this:
- zucchini sliced
- coconut flour
- cayenne pepper
- coconut oil
- coconut cream- cold out of refrigerator
Slice zucchini, not too thin. Mix coconut flour, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, fresh dill. Beat eggs in a separate dish. Put coconut oil into frying pan and heat on medium heat. Dip zucchini slices into flour mixture, then into eggs. Place into coconut oil, allowing to brown on one side, then flip to other side until golden brown.
In separate bowl, put the top of the coconut cream only, the heaviest part just from top that separates after it has been in refrigerator, mix juice from fresh lemon and fresh dill for dipping sauce.
Now I found this to be pretty easy, however here are some tips of the way I prepared it and some changes that I would do to this recipe if doing again.
The flour mixture I placed into a zip lock bag. I also used just egg whites and also place the beaten egg whites into a separate zip lock bag. This recipe called for putting it in the flour mixture first, then egg mixture. If doing again, I would flip that. Place zucchini into beaten eggs, drain in cylinder, place then into flour mixture, shake till completely covered, then pour into a dry cylinder again to remove excess flour. Place floured zucchini into hot coconut oil, deep enough so that the zucchini floats. Remove once golden on both sides and place on a plate covered with a paper towl to drain excess oil. Let cool before trying to put into mouth. lol Seems obvious, however you would be surprised at how quickly you will want to try one out. I would also salt and pepper and grate fresh dill on zucchini after cooking as well to add extra flavor. This was delicious to eat without any sauce.
The dipping sauce, I was not impressed with. Although it sounded extremely delicious and I am hooked on dill lately, the cream was still not thick enough so didn’t stick well to fried zucchini and after squeezing a lemon into it, obviously it curdled some. Stating before that I am not sure what is allowed on Paleo diet, I would most likely use plain greek yogurt to make my sauce and switch to juice of a lime instead, or even mix up some fresh tomatoes into a blender, along with the dill and lime and some extra cayenne pepper. Now doesn’t that sound yummy.
I plan on doing this recipe again, with a few changes. Wanting to do a fry vs. baked version and experiment with almond flour and olive oil instead of coconut products. Check back again to see how that turns out, but until then give this a try and let me know how yours turned out.