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Zucchini Fritters Recipe

This healthy Crispy Zucchini Fritters recipe makes a delightful appetizer or side dish! Serve these gluten-free and vegetarian fritters with sour cream or your favorite homemade dipping sauce.

Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 187 kcal
London Brazil


  • 1 ½ lbs. zucchini grated
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½

    cup flour or GF 1-to-1
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 large egg whisked
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grate zucchini using a food processor with a grating attachment or with a boxed grater.

  3. Lay zucchini out in a flat layer and sprinkle with salt. Let sit for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Strain excess moisture from zucchini using a cheesecloth or a thin dish towel. You will end up with about 1 cup of grated zucchini and 1 cup of strained liquid.

  5. In a large bowl combine grated zucchini, flour, cheese, egg, garlic, and black pepper. Mix until well combined.
  6. Form 8 equally-sized balls that are each about 2-3 tablespoons each.
  7. In a large cast iron skillet over medium heat add 1 tablespoon oil and 4 balls. Smash zucchini balls with the back of a spatula and spread out to about 2 ½ - 3 inches in diameter and about ½-inch thick.*
  8. Sear zucchini fritters for 2-3 minutes per side or until browned. Remove from skillet. Repeat with remaining four zucchini balls.
  9. Place all zucchini fritters back into the skillet and bake in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes.
  10. Serve zucchini fritters with sour cream and enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

  • 2 zucchini fritters equals one serving.
  • If dairy-free, substitute with a dairy-free Parmesan cheese.
  • If you do not want to bake the zucchini fritters simply smash the zucchini balls until they are closer to ¼-inch thick. Sear for the recommended 2-3 minutes per side, or until browned.
  • These zucchini fritters do not do well when mixed together ahead of time and not cooked.  The zucchini will continue to lose its moisture and you will end up with a soggy mess.
  • To Store: Let the cooked zucchini fritters come to room temperature. Then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Nutrition Facts
Zucchini Fritters Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 187 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 607mg26%
Potassium 459mg13%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 450IU9%
Vitamin C 30.9mg37%
Calcium 120mg12%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.