Fried Zucchini Appetizers – A White Spot Zoo Sticks Copycat Recipe

by Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen

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Fried Zucchini Appetizers - A White Spot Zoo Sticks Copycat Recipe

Fried Zucchini Appetizers – A White Spot Zoo Sticks Copycat Recipe

I don’t care for zucchini. Therefore, I don’t make zucchini. Hubby loves zucchini. Do you see a situation here? If I want to be nice and make the hubby some zucchini appetizers I have to find a recipe for it. After doing some reading I learned that “Zoo sticks” are a long-time favorite appetizer at a Canadian restaurant chain called White Spot. I’m thinking this is the recipe I’ll try when I make them for him.

Serves 2

Equipment Needed

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  • deep fryer or large pot OR baking sheet
  • 3 shallow dishes

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  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 large zucchini, chopped into 1/4 inch sticks
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup regular bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup ranch dressing


Heat oil in deep fryer or pot on stove to 375 degrees Fahrenheit

Mix flour, salt and pepper and place in shallow dish. Beat eggs and milk in another shallow dish. Place bread crumbs in a third shallow dish.

Coat the zucchini sticks in each shallow dish starting with the flour mixture, then the eggs and finally the bread crumbs.

Mix the sour cream and ranch in a small dish and set aside. This will be the dip for your zucchini sticks.

Place in hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Remove sticks and place on paper towel for a couple minutes to drain oil.

Serve with dip and enjoy.

If you don’t want to deep fry, you can spray the sticks with oil and bake them at 350 F for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Adapted from:

What’s your favorite way to eat zucchini?

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patricia Marsden February 5, 2015 - 6:23 am

Sautéed with garlic and butter.

Jenn February 5, 2015 - 8:28 am

This looks awesome. My kids have just found a love for zucchini, I usually toss it in olive oil and garlic for them.

diane February 5, 2015 - 9:13 am

Fried is the one way my kids will actually eat zucchini. Those look absolutely delicious!

Jeannette February 5, 2015 - 10:40 am

I love zucchini but have never fried it. I think you may have just discovered a new favorite for me! Thanks!

Scott February 5, 2015 - 11:05 am

My kids will actually eat zucchini, but we’ve still never tried them this way. Will give the roasted version a shot!

Rosey February 5, 2015 - 11:36 am

Ah, and your husband will love you for it. 😉 I’m the zucchini eater here, but unless it’s in zucchini bread, I’m the ONLY zucchini eater in the house. Ah well, more for me, yes? 🙂 I think the recipe sounds great.

Leela February 5, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Those look delicious! I love zucchini parmigiana, stuffed zucchini and zucchini potato soup.

Joanne Seel August 12, 2016 - 7:27 pm

I love white spot zoo sticks and so happy to make this recipe as I have lots of zucchini in my garden. I make appetite zucchini, almond zucchini cake and zucchini quiche.

Evan September 17, 2016 - 7:33 am

Hi guys, I actually worked at a White Spot and let me tell you there’s an extra step you can take to elevate those zoo sticks to White Spot level. Let the cut sticks sweat in a box in the fridge with salt and pepper for about half an hour. The result leaves them even more tender! Thanks for sharing this awesome dish!


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