Zucchini Fritters Recipe
Zucchini fritters turn your favorite vegetable into crisp, golden patties. Take one bite of these surprisingly low-carb fritters, and I guarantee you’ll be going back for seconds. Especially when topped with the creamy garlic chive yogurt sauce.
You can chop it, puree it, zoodle it and of course shred it. And with such a mild flavor, it really lets the other ingredients shine. Which is perfect for when I’m craving something cheesy and garlicky – like these zucchini fritters.
Best of all? The crispiness makes it taste like a guilty pleasure, like my baked zucchini fries. But it’s a healthy, low-carb meal that’s filled with good-for-you ingredients.
ZUCCHINI FRITTER INGREDIENTS
These zucchini fritters are a marriage made in vegetable herb heaven. Here’s what you’ll need.
- Zucchini: forms the bulk of the patties, and it’s a great way to sneak more veggies into your everyday meals.
- Shallots: adds a mild and delicate onion flavor with a hint of garlic.
- Eggs: 2 lightly beaten eggs are need to help bind the flour.
- Almond Flour: I’m using almond flour, but coconut flour works as well. See my notes below.
- Goat Cheese: adds lovely cheesy creaminess, but you could add parmesan cheese or leave the cheese off entirely for a dairy-free version.
- Salt and Pepper: for that perfectly seasoned flavor.
HOW TO MAKE PERFECTLY CRISP ZUCCHINI FRITTERS
You can make these fritters thin and crispy, or thick and chunky. It’s up to you!
1) Prep the zucchini. Grate the zucchini, add it to a bowl, and sprinkle it with salt. The salt will help to extract moisture from the zucchini. After 20 minutes, squeeze out the liquid using a cheesecloth or nut milk bag and return it to the bowl.
2) Make the batter. Give the zucchini a good mix with the sliced shallots, eggs, almond flour, goat cheese, salt and pepper.
3) Time to fry. Add a few tablespoons of olive oil to a pan, then carefully dollop mounds of the batter and gently flatten. Let them cook on each side for 3-4 minutes, or until they’re beautifully golden brown.
4) Rest on paper towel. While they’re resting, you can make the garlic chive yogurt sauce.
CAN YOU BAKE THEM?
You sure can. They don’t come out quite as crispy, but you can bake them at 400F for 12-15 minutes on each side. Just spray or brush a light coating of oil on the sheet pan and on top of the fritters.
GARLIC CHIVE YOGURT SAUCE
But this garlic chive yogurt sauce might be my favorite pairing. It’s simple with just the right amount of aromatics.
- Yogurt: I like a thick Greek yogurt, but any dairy or non-dairy yogurt works.
- Garlic & Chives: A simple combination of herbs for the perfect punch of flavor.
- Salt & Pepper: Season to your liking.
Just whisk these all together and voila! Your fritters will be perfectly cooled by now, so dollop on top or use it as a dip.
A FEW COOKING TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND
- Don’t skip the flour. Even though you’ve drained your zucchini, you still need a binder along with the egg. And if your batter is too soft, just add a little more flour.
- Add a good amount of oil. If you want extra crispy, beautifully golden, and delicious fritters make sure the oil lightly coats the bottom of the pan.
- Let the pan warm up. Before dolloping your batter into the pan, make sure it’s properly heated with the oil. You’ll know it’s ready if your fritter sizzles when it touches the pan.
- Don’t overcrowd. Evenly space out your fritters so that the pan temperature doesn’t drop. I make this recipe in two batches in the pan.
WAYS TO SERVE FRITTERS
For me, I simply enjoy these on their own. But you can also treat these fritters as an accompaniment to any meal.
- Serve as an appetizer. If you’re cooking up a much larger dinner, zucchini fritters will be a great way to get everyone’s taste buds warmed up.
- Serve as a side dish. For a more hefty meal, this pairs great with a piece of pan-seared salmon or poached chicken.
- Add a salad. To add a refreshing bite, a simple kale salad, Israeli salad, or cucumber salad will help round out the flavors.