Cheesy & Crunchy Tex-Mex Baked Zucchini Sticks
Cheesy & Crunchy Tex-Mex Baked Zucchini Sticks

I’d like to thank my husband Mike – AKA Mr Magpie-  for the inspiration for this recipe.

Mike doesn’t really like zucchini unless it’s baked into a sweet treat (uh, don’t we all?) and I had to really think outside the box for this recipe.

What could I make that would “hide” the zucchini for Mike yet not be entirely unhealthy, use some great spices and make up for the squishy texture that he doesn’t really like?

These Cheesy & Crunchy Tex-Mex Zucchini Sticks, that’s what.


I love that they aren’t too horrible for you, indeed the only fat comes from the cheese and you can most certainly use low-fat! I didn’t want to use oil, even olive oil, because I wanted them to be a little lighter than the usual baked zucchini that’s coated with oil.

The tex mex seasoning is not something that many people – if any- put on their zucchini. I’m hoping this recipe changes their minds!

It’s spicy, crispy, delicious, oil-free and cheesy! Now, while I did melt Havarti cheese over half of the zucchini sticks, I actually preferred the one without the cheese that you can see in the background of the photo! I can’t believe I’m saying that, but it’s true. There’s something wonderful about how crispy, salty and delicious the zucchini sticks are without melted cheese on top and since you mix in Parmesan in the coating anyways, you don’t really have to add it.

Then again..more cheese is usually not a bad thing.

Happy cooking everyone! Let’s use up our summertime squash!




You've never eaten zucchini like this one! No oils used, just Panko, spices and cheese to make the most delicious, lower-fat zucchini sticks you've ever had! #zucchini

5 from 1 vote
Cheesy & Crunchy Tex-Mex Zucchini Sticks
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
You've never eaten zucchini like this one! No oils used, just Panko, spices and cheese to make the most delicious, lower-fat zucchini sticks you've ever had!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: zucchini
Servings: 4
Calories: 137 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • 1 pieces medium to large zucchini cut lengthwise into eight
  • 4 tsp Tex Mex Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup shredded hard Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 cup Panko crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • Slices of Havarti cheese if wanted.
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine the seasoning, Parmesan cheese and crumbs completely, then pour onto a plate.
  3. Beat the egg and pour onto a large plate.
  4. Dip each zucchini stick into the egg, coating all sides, then dip into the Panko, coating all sides.
  5. Place zucchini sticks onto a baking sheet.
  6. Cook at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
  7. Pull out the zucchini, turn the oven to broil. Place the cheese on top of the sticks.
  8. Place the pan back into the oven and broil until the cheese has melted and is golden brown OR if making them plain, until the Panko crisps up and is slightly darker brown
  9. Serve garnished with cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy & Crunchy Tex-Mex Zucchini Sticks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 137 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 326mg 14%
Potassium 118mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 4.8%
Calcium 26%
Iron 15.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



Hey guys, I'm Karlynn! Welcome to The Kitchen Magpie, my website full of family friendly recipes, cocktails & homesteading tales of chickens & cows from the family farm! Make sure to check out my bestselling cookbook, Flapper Pie & a Blue Prairie Sky ,stay tuned for info on my second cookbook!


  1. The Kitchen Magpie Reply

    Aw Dottie thank you so much for this! I know there are tons of you that print and run and I Iove you all for it! These types of comments are what keep going and give me such joy, I treasure every single one! I love hearing from all of you!

  2. Dottie Bast Reply

    Hi Karlynn, I’ve been following your blog for awhile. It started because I was happy to find a food blog by someone that lives close by (as a crow flies) and I know I will be able to find all the recipe ingredients locally (Grande Prairie). Normally, I troll, print and run but this time I wanted let you know that I enjoy your blog and you have a fabulous sense of humor. I’ve tried several of your recipes and I haven’t had a bad experience yet. It started with my search for a easy buttercream frosting recipe (no one in my home will settle for anything less than your recipe now. 🙂

  3. Lee-Ann Jeffrey Reply

    Well, I am definitely going to be making them..we actually all love zucchini here – in any form1

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