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Zucchini Fritters

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Do you enjoy zucchini? If so, try my zucchini fritters. Grated zucchini, parmesan cheese, Panko breadcrumbs all pressed together in patties and pan fried. Give this crispy zucchini fritters recipe a try for a tasty side dish tonight.

A plate of zucchini fritters with a bowl of sauce on the side.

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Pair with a dollop of sour cream or even some homemade ranch dressing. Either way, this is the perfect way to use up the summer zucchini from the garden. These are similar to potato pancakes but with zucchini instead of potatoes. This recipe for zucchini fritters is a must make.

Make sure to try out my zucchini noodles, Italian sausage and zucchini galette, or even this Minestrone soup with zucchini.

  • Great for an abundance of zucchini
  • Crispy fritters
  • Easy recipe
  • Made with fresh zucchini
  • Great recipe for snacking or a side dish

Zucchini Fritter Ingredients

Cheese, eggs, zucchini, flour, garlic powder, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper on a marble countertop.
  • Grated Zucchini – This took me about 3 medium sized zucchini for this recipe.
  • Egg Whites – Now, I used egg whites, but you could also use whole eggs.
  • Seasoning – Garlic powder, salt, pepper, are what I used to flavor the zucchini.
  • Flour – So the flour is going to help these fritters stay in a patty form.
  • Parmesan Cheese – The parmesan adds a nice tangy component that compliments nicely.
  • Panko – If you don’t have panko, you can always use classic breadcrumbs.
  • Oil – You will want oil for frying. I recommend peanut, vegetable, or canola. Olive oil smokes when it gets too hot.

How To Make Zucchini Fritters

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

Collage of creating zucchini fritter mix.

Step One: Start by shredding your zucchini with a grater. I like to grate first and then place the shredded zucchini on a paper towel. Then I sprinkle with some salt to release the excess moisture. (Photo 1)

Step Two: In a small bowl, add your breadcrumbs and set it aside.

Step Three: Then, in another bowl, add the cheese and seasonings with the flour. Stir in the zucchini and the egg. Mix to combine. (Photos 2 & 3)

Step Four: Take some of the mixture and make a patty, then dip in the breadcrumbs. Place in a skillet over medium heat. (Photos 4 & 5)

Collage of creating a cooking zucchini fritters.

Step Five: Cook for a couple of minutes and then flip. You will want the zucchini fritters to be golden brown.

Step Six: Repeat until they are all done, and serve fresh and warm. (Photo 6)

Zucchini Fritters with a bowl of white sauce on the side sitting on plate.

How to Store

Refrigerate any of the fritters you don’t eat right away in an airtight container. These are best served fresh and warm. But you can refrigerate for 1-3 days. The texture will be softer but still delicious. You can heat up in the skillet for a crispy texture or warm in the microwave.

You can also freeze the fritters with zucchini. Just place in a freezer container and freeze for 3-4 months. Then thaw in the fridge the night before you reheat.

Tips from our Recipe Developer

  • Drizzle with lemon juice at the end for added flavor.
  • You need to press the bread crumbs on the fritters to ensure they stick.
  • I like to use a large skillet to fit more of the fritter patties. Then place on a paper towel-lined plate to help remove excess grease.
  • I used the large holes of a box grater to shred the zucchini mixture. It works great.
  • Mix in fresh herbs for elevated flour if you want.
  • Feel free to use a gluten purpose flour if you want to make these gluten free.
  • Dip in Greek yogurt if you don’t want sour cream.


Can I use huge zucchini for cooking?

Yes, you can use the huge zucchini. I just used medium size as that is what I had on hand. The larger the zucchini, the more excess liquid they can have. So make sure to allow the zucchini to sit for a few minutes to release liquid.

Does this recipe double well?

Yes, you can use as much zucchini an flour mixer as you want. Just place a single layer in a warm oven as you are batch cooking your fritters. This will keep them from becoming soggy fritters.

Zucchini fritter patties on a plate with ranch.

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Zucchini Fritters and white sauce on a plate.
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Zucchini Fritters

Author: Kim Schob
Course: Appetizer & Snacks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Yields 20 fritters
Zucchini fritters are so easy to make and great for excess zucchini. Grated zucchini, parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs and more pan fried. Try these out today for a great way to use up fresh zucchini.


  • 2 cups (248 g) Grated Zucchini approximately 3 medium-sized zucchini
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • ½ cup (62 ½ g) All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese Grated
  • 1 cup (108 g) Panko-style Breadcrumbs
  • 2 cups (448 g) Oil as needed


  • Place breadcrumbs in a shallow dish and set aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the grated zucchini and egg whites until zucchini is well-coated.
  • Stir in the garlic powder, salt, pepper, flour, and grated parmesan until completely combined.
  • Portion out the zucchini mixture in 2 Tablespoon increments and press into the breadcrumbs, coating each side completely.
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, add 3-4 zucchini fritters at a time and fry until golden, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Repeat with all of the zucchini mixture.


Grating – I used a large hole cheese grater for this recipe. 
Frying – You want the fritters to become golden brown, depending on the temperature cook time can vary. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 224kcal (11%) Carbohydrates: 5g (2%) Protein: 1g (2%) Fat: 23g (35%) Saturated Fat: 2g (13%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g Monounsaturated Fat: 14g Trans Fat: 0.1g Cholesterol: 0.4mg Sodium: 31mg (1%) Potassium: 12mg Fiber: 0.2g (1%) Sugar: 0.2g Vitamin A: 5IU Vitamin C: 0.002mg Vitamin D: 0.1µg (1%) Calcium: 10mg (1%) Iron: 0.3mg (2%)

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