Oven-Fried Curried Masa Coated Zucchini Chips

Oven-Fried Curried Masa Coated Zucchini Chips

Just when you thought you’d tasted all the land of zucchini has to offer, curry moves into the neighborhood & things will never be the same!

Why did I add masa & curry to my zucchini… I just happened to have both on hand & “it seemed like a good idea at the time”. So a classic Mexican ingredient and a classic Asian ingredient were slammed together & it was as if they have been together for years. SO GOOD!


One of my favorite things to eat ever is mom’s fried okra, she slices is fairly thin, adds s & p, a touch of flour and my favorite part: corn meal. I love the extra crunch cornmeal provides – and the cornmeal flavor & ketchup for dipping…mmm, it doesn’t get better.

As I was slicing my zucchini, I started thinking about okra & it just so happened I bought something like 4 lbs of organic masa harina on a crazy sale thanks to a tip from my SIL Marcy. Then my mind bounced over to my cramped fridge and the half-used can of curry paste just begging to be finished off. And like magic a recipe idea popped into my head.


I just love what the addition of curry and masa does to this faux fried zucchini. I shared a delicious faux fried zucchini recipe last week – it is classic and perfect. But this time of year? Zucchini is growing like crazy & a few good recipes to rotate through meal plans is a blessing!


And, doesn’t the turmeric make this look SO pretty?? ((oh yes – I have more zucchini recipes coming soon — is it summer or what?))

Faux Fried Curried Masa Coated Zucchini Chips
Zucchini is the perfect veggie to handle the classic bold spice and heat from curry & the big crunch of masa -- YUM!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
715 calories
125 g
0 g
17 g
25 g
2 g
1033 g
579 g
27 g
0 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 715
Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 579mg
Total Carbohydrates 125g
Dietary Fiber 19g
Sugars 27g
Protein 25g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 4-5 medium zucchini, quartered and sliced (I used 2 yellow squash & 2 zucchini)
  2. 1/2 c panko
  3. 2/3 c masa harina
  4. 2-3 T curry paste (the more you use, the hotter is gets)
  5. 1-2 T tumeric
  6. 1-2 T canola oil
  7. scant s & p
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients until evenly coated.
  2. Place the zucchini on the baking sheet, spread out evenly. Give the zucchini a few firm taps by hand, to make sure the coating sticks to the zucchini.
  3. Spread the zucchini out in a single layer, place in the oven & bake for 25-30 minutes. Toss halfway through and return to oven,
  4. Serves 4-6.
  1. The curry paste I use is salted. Before you season, check to if your brand has salt listed as an ingredient ((make sure you don't over salt)).
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ps – here is the brand of curry paste I used. I picked it up at the Asian market.