Raw Shoe-String Zucchini Fries
Sometimes simple snacks just hit the spot. These tasty little raw shoe-string zucchini fries fit the simple and satisfying bill! They are so crisp and delicious you won’t believe these are raw and made in a dehydrator.
Zucchini is inexpensive and plentiful especially during it’s growing season. We tend to take it for granted, or struggle to get rid of it if it is growing in our garden! As prolific and under-rated as it is, zucchini is actually very healthy! Zucchini is an excellent source of manganese and vitamin C. It’s antioxidant properties are great. It contains the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin which protect our eyes. It’s antioxidants are quite stable. It contains nutrients that help stabilize blood sugar, are anti-inflammatory, and fight cancer.
The nutrients are in the skin as well as the flesh so you want to eat both. And as always, if you are eating something with skin on, organic is the way to go. A great addition for dipping would be the Chipotle Mayo. You can find that recipe here: Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Mayo
For those of you who are going to ask, I am sure these can probably be made in the oven. But since this is a raw recipe, I have not tried them in the oven and can’t advise you as to cooking time or temp.
- 2 medium zucchini (these work best with small to medium zucchini)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil*
- pinch Himalayan salt and pepper
- Slice zucchini in to match stick size strips. See photo above.
- Toss with oil, salt and pepper.
- Dehydrate at 145 for 1 hour, (yes, it’s still raw**) reduce heat and dehydrate at 115 for 10 to 12 more hours or until dry.
*Go easy on the oil, a little goes a very long way in this recipe.
**It stays raw because the food temperature never goes over 115 in that first hour.
Rose wrote on August 26, 2018
These hit the spot! Crispy and delicious. Love your recipes! Thanks for sharing.
Mary Thomas wrote on September 24, 2014
I’m excited to try this dehydrated zucchini recipe; However, my dehydrator is 350 watt with an on/off switch (no heat settings). How would I go about dehydrating to make the Zucchini shoe-string fries?
Lisa wrote on August 9, 2013
Hi Susan, could you tell me if the texture is chewy or crispy?
Susan wrote on August 10, 2013
The texture is not what I would call crispy (like in deep fried foods) but shouldn’t be chewy, either.
connie wrote on January 1, 2013
May be a silly question… but if you don’t have a dehydrator can you use you oven?
Susan wrote on January 1, 2013
SInce this is a raw food site, these recipes are specifically formulated to be made in a dehydrator. I do not have instructions for using an oven. Please feel free to experiment on your own. You can read more on the FAQ page.
sbVeskerna wrote on July 6, 2012
I used my Paderno slicer to twirl some zucchini out and just now popped them into my dehydrator. Can’t wait! Thanks for all of the fantastic photos and recipes!
Wendy wrote on April 30, 2012
I’ve been looking for something tasty and crispy but raw. This looks like just the ticket. I’ll review them on my website after I’ve tried them. Revving the dehydrator up right this minute, lol.
Cathy wrote on April 19, 2012
You say “Dehydrate at 145 for 1 hour” and then say “It stays raw because the food temperature never goes over 115 in that first hour”…….that is a contradiction? Which is it?
Susan wrote on April 19, 2012
No, it is not a contradiction. The air temperature will be at 145 but in the beginning of dehydration, the food is just throwing off moisture and stays very cool so the FOOD will never go above 115 or the temperature that it needs to stay below to stay raw. Please see the FAQ.