Zucchini Fritters

Hands down my favorite way to make zucchini! These Zucchini Fritters take less than 15 minutes to make and involve only a handful of simple ingredients. My toddler loves these as much as I do!

How to Make Zucchini Fritters - Toddler friendly

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.

Healthy Zucchini Fritters Recipe

 

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.

Zucchini Fritters - Shredded in the food processor

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):

How to squeeze zucchini of excess water for zucchini fritters

Then squeezing the living daylights out of it (work those triceps, biceps, allllll the upper body muscles):

How to Avoid Soggy Zucchini Fritters - Squeeze with towel

And you’ll be pretty amazed by how much moisture comes out.

Squeeze shredded zucchini well with a towel to remove moisture and prevent soggy fritters

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:

Easy Zucchini Fritters - Toddler friendly

You can blend the eggs first in the bowl, then mix it all together until the ingredients are well distributed:

Dairy Free Zucchini Fritters Recipe

Then I use a cookie scoop to portion mounds directly into a nonstick pan with some olive oil, then flatten with a turner:

Quick and Easy Zucchini Fritters

Fry for about 4 minutes on the first side, and 3 minutes on the other, or until golden and crispy:

How to make Zucchini Fritters Crispy - Pan Fried in Olive Oil

Serve the fritters with yogurt, if desired.

Zucchini Fritters dipped in plain yogurt

Also check out my Ultimate Guide to Zucchini! It covers how to store zucchini, how to pick a good one at the grocery, and 60+ recipe ideas using zucchini.

The full zucchini fritter recipe is below, and here are some tips and tricks too:

  • 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.

Zucchini Fritters

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!

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Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Place the shredded zucchini into a thin kitchen towel and squeeze as much water out as you can.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

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Recipe Notes

 

Nutrition Information Serves 6, yields 12 fritters     adjust servings
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/12th of total
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 283kcal Calories from fat 215
% Daily Value
Total Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 301mg13%
Carbohydrate 13g4%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 5g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories2000
Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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