Hands down my favorite way to make zucchini! These Zucchini Fritters are quick and easy to make (10-15 minutes start to finish), and involve only a handful of simple ingredients. They also happen to be toddler friendly. My 14-month son James devours these. So do I!
I wouldn’t say that I’m a budget shopper, as there are some serious penny-pinching gurus who can make full meals for some crazy small amount like $2.
But, my grocery trips do revolve around what’s on sale. Sometimes I’ll go in with a list, but most of the time what I walk out the door with is totally dependent on what’s on sale.
Summer is almost here and the zucchini is cheap. My vegetable drawer the past couple weeks has been half full of zucchini, and lately I have been turning them into these fritters, which I have been eating again and again.
I love eating them as a mid-day snack or appetizer for dinner, but baby James happens to love these too, any time of day.
Healthy means different things to different people, but I consider this to be a relatively healthy way to prepare zucchini. The bulk of the fritter is shredded zucchini that’s been squeezed of its water, with a little bit of flour, bread crumbs, and egg to bind.
It’s then pan-fried in olive oil until crispy.
(And pssst, if you like these fritters, you might like these Crispy Quinoa Cakes, which are made in a very similar way).
I think the zucchini fritters are fantastic on their own, but sometimes if I have plain yogurt, I’ll dip it in for a little tanginess to go with it.
Yup, just plain yogurt, as is (but not greek yogurt). If you want to add a little fresh lemon juice, garlic, and herbs to it, it will be even better.
To get started, shred some fresh zucchini.
As far as how to shred the zucchini, I think the quickest and easiest way is to use a food processor with the shredding blade, if you have one.
However, this morning I made these fritters and my food processor was dirty, so I used one of these handheld cheese graters I have, and it really didn’t take long. Because zucchini is so water-heavy, it grates so easily!
Now it’s time to squeeze as much as moisture as we can out of the zucchini.
I like to do this by placing the zucchini into a kitchen towel (thinner towels are better):
Then squeezing the living daylights out of it (work those triceps, biceps, allllll the upper body muscles):
And you’ll be pretty amazed by how much moisture comes out.
Quick note: a lot of shredded zucchini recipes call for salting the zucchini and letting it “drain” for 10 minutes before squeezing, but honestly I have never found this to make a difference. Really. And I’ve never had any issues with the fritters being soggy. So if you prefer to salt and drain, go ahead, but I just skip it.
Place the squeezed zucchini in a bowl and add eggs, flour, Italian seasoned bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and baking powder:
You can blend the eggs first in the bowl, then mix it all together until the ingredients are well distributed:
Then I use a cookie scoop to portion mounds directly into a nonstick pan with some olive oil, then flatten with a turner:
Fry for about 4 minutes on the first side, and 3 minutes on the other, or until golden and crispy:
Serve the fritters with yogurt, if desired.
These Zucchini Fritters are quick and easy to make (10-15 minutes start to finish), and involve only a handful of simple ingredients. The fritters also happen to be dairy-free, and are toddler friendly!
- 1.5 lbs zucchini (2 large)
- 1/3 cup flour (all-purpose or whole wheat flour both work)
- 1/3 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- Olive oil, for frying, (1/2 cup maximum needed)
- Shred the zucchini. My preferred method, which I find to be the easiest and fastest for shredding zucchini, is to use the shredding blade of the food processor. You can also shred by using a box grater.
- Place the shredded zucchini into a thin kitchen towel and squeeze as much water out as you can.
- Place the squeezed zucchini into a bowl and add all the remaining ingredients except the olive oil. Lightly scramble the eggs in the bowl, then mix everything well until the mixture is moist and all ingredients are distributed.
- Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat, and add 3 tbsp of olive oil. Use a 3Tbsp cookie scoop to portion mounds directly into the pan, then gently press down with a turner to flatten.
- Fry the zucchini fritters for about 4 minutes on the first side, and 3 minutes on the other, or until golden brown on each side. Enjoy while hot!
Yield: one dozen fritters, Serving Size: 1 fritter
- Amount Per Serving:
- Calories: 107
- Total Fat: 8g
- Saturated Fat: 1g
- Cholesterol: 31mg
- Sodium: 166mg
- Carbohydrates: 7.1g
- Fiber: 1g
- Sugar: 1g
- Protein: 2.7g
- How to make sure the zucchini fritters are crispy: You want to use enough olive oil that the bottom of the pan is coated, and there is oil around each fritter. Otherwise the fritters won’t get crispy. I usually use between 6 and 8 tbsp total for frying, but use what’s needed.
- How to reheat zucchini fritters: Place on a sheet pan and reheat in a 375F oven for about 10-15 minutes, until warmed through.
- Can you freeze zucchini fritters? Yes! Place cooked and cooled zucchini fritters into a ziptop bag and freeze for 2 months. Thaw before reheating.
- How long to refrigerate zucchini fritters: I find these will keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
- How to serve zucchini fritters/what do dip zucchini fritters in: I like to eat these as is, but you can also add a little sprinkle of sea salt on top, or dip into plain yogurt. If you want to jazz up the yogurt a little bit, you can add minced garlic, fresh lemon juice, and herbs like dill or parsley, to taste.
- Don’t overcrowd the pan: If you have a really big nonstick pan (I just bought a huge one) and a decently powerful range, you might be able to fry these all in one batch. Just make sure there’s a little bit of room around each fritter so they can crisp properly. Make the number of batches according to the equipment you have.