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Saturday, June 19, 2021

How to Make Zucchini Fritters

Use extra zucchini from your garden to make delicious fried zucchini patties.  These are a yummy side dish or even a main dish in the summer, and it's easy to learn how to make zucchini fritters for you and your family.  It's a simple recipe, but I have some tips to help make this zucchini fritters recipe easy.

We are planting four zucchini plants this year, but I'm sure it will seem like 100.  Each plant can yield about 10 pounds of zucchini, so I'm going to need a lot of zucchini recipes.

A zucchini patties recipe is fairly new to me.  I started making them last year, and we really like them.  They are a bit easier to make than fried zucchini chips, so I make them for a quick side dish.

This is zucchini fritters recipe easy to make even on busy evenings.  You'll just need to shred the zucchini and let it sit.  Then come back and make the batter and fry it and serve.

A fried zucchini patties recipe is easy to customize too.  Once you get the hang of the texture of the batter, then you can change things up by adding different ingredients and 

Let's learn how to make zucchini fritters.  I have a basic recipe and some tips to help you get them perfect every time.

How to Make Zucchini Fritters

Fried zucchini fritters are an easy side dish for summer.  They are sometimes called fried zucchini patties or zucchini pancakes.  

You can actually use other vegetables, but I like using up shredded zucchini.

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Do You Peel Zucchini?

No, you don't have to peel zucchini to make a fried zucchini patties recipe.  In fact, the peel has a lot of vitamins and minerals in it.

If you miss a zucchini in the garden and find a huge one, then you might want to peel it.  The peel can get bitter and hard on older zucchini.  

But for a medium sized zucchini, leave the peel on.  Just wash it before peeling.

How Many Zucchini Makes 2 Cups Shredded?

I use 2 medium zucchini grated to make my zucchini patties recipe.  One medium zucchini has about 1 1 1/4 cups of shredded zucchini.  

Do You Have to Take the Seeds Out of Zucchini?

No, you can eat the seeds.  However, if your zucchini is very large, then you will want to remove the seeds.  They can get bitter when they get large.

What is the Best Way to Shred Zucchini?

I just use a box grater to shred zucchini.  You can also use a food processor to shred zucchini to make fried zucchini patties.

How Do You Get Water Out of Shredded Zucchini?

Zucchini is almost all water, and water is the enemy of fried zucchini fritters.  Your zucchini fritters recipe will be soggy unless you remove excess water.

Wash your zucchini and use a clean towel to dry it.  Then use a knife to trim off each end.  Grate the zucchini with a box grater or food processer.

Then use your hands to squeeze out excess water before making this fried zucchini patties recipe.  You can also put the shredded zucchini in a colander and use the back of a wooden spoon to press out water.

You can also use salt to draw out excess moisture.  This gets more water out, but it does take longer.  However, it will help your fried zucchini fritters get crisp.  

Shred the zucchini and add a teaspoon of salt.  Then toss the zucchini to coat.  Then let sit for 10 minutes and remove water by squeezing or pressing the zucchini.


Should I Salt Zucchini Before Cooking?

You don't have to salt zucchini before cooking but it does make your fried zucchini patties crispy.  I recommend taking the time to salt your shredded zucchini.

How Thick Should Fritters Be?

When you learn how to make zucchini fritters, aim to make them about 1/2 inch thick.  Try to make them uniform in size so they cook at the same rate.

How Do You Keep Fritters From Falling Apart?

This zucchini patties recipe can fall apart if there's not enough flour and egg to hold the shredded zucchini together.  It's important to use the egg in this fried zucchini patties recipe to hold it together.

However, if you want to use an egg substitute, you can use flax seed eggs or chickpea eggs.  Those two egg substitutes should hold the zucchini together.

Fried zucchini fritters can also fall apart if they stick to the pan.  It's important to use enough oil in the pan so they won't stick.

When you cook them, let one side fully cook and get browned before flipping.  Flipping them too often can cause them to fall apart.

I recommend using a fish spatula to flip your fried zucchini patties.  This can reduce breakage versus using a regular spatula.

How Do You Know When Fritters Are Done?

When you learn how to make zucchini fritters, it can be hard to tell when they are done.  The outside should be browned and crispy on both sides when they are done.

Why Are My Zucchini Fritters Soggy?

This fried zucchini patties recipe can get soggy if you don't remove excess water from the shredded zucchini.  I recommend removing as much water as you can, preferably with the salt method.  

The zucchini fritters recipe batter should be thick.  If it seems to thin, you can add more flour.  

Make sure the oil is hot before adding your fried zucchini patties to the oil.  Otherwise, the oil will soak into the vegetable fritters rather than cooking them.

When you're done frying your fried zucchini fritters, set them on a cooling rack on top of a pan or in a crisper pan so the oil can drain off.  

I don't recommend using paper towels because they trap the oil and hold it against the fritters.  

Do You Keep Fritters in the Fridge?

This fried zucchini patties recipe is best served right away because they will get soggy if they sit.  However, you can store leftovers in the fridge for 3 to 5 days.  

Can You Freeze Fritters?

Yes, you can let your fried zucchini patties cool after cooking and freeze them in a freezer bag for three months.  

How Do You Reheat Zucchini Pancakes?

To reheat fried zucchini fritters from the fridge, bake them at 350 degrees until warm and crispy.  

To reheat from frozen, bake them from frozen at 350 degrees until warm.  

What Do You Eat With Fritters?

This zucchini fritters recipe is delicious on its own, but you can serve it with ranch dressing, avocado ranch, or cilantro lime dressing.

Fried Zucchini Patties Ingredients 

To make this zucchini patties recipe, you will need:

  • Shredded zucchini
  • All purpose flour
  • Egg
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Peppers (optional)


Fried Zucchini Fritters Directions

Step #1

Grate 2 medium sized zucchini.  Add a teaspoon of salt and let sit for 10 minutes.  Then squeeze out excess water.

Step #2

Combine shredded zucchini, diced green pepper, flour, egg, and salt in a medium sized bowl.  Mix well.

Step #3

Add oil to a nonstick pan and heat over medium heat.  I like to use a pancake pan.  

Step #4

Form fritters so they are 1/2 inch chick.  Cook fried zucchini fritters until brown and crispy and then flip.  This should take about 45 seconds per side.  Flip and cook the other side.

Serve right away.  Now you know how to make a fried zucchini fritters recipe!  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

Fried Zucchini Fritters Recipe

Fried Zucchini Fritters Recipe

Cari @ Koti Beth
Prep time
20 Min
Cook time
10 Min
Total time
30 Min
How to make fried zucchini patties.


  • 2 zucchini (grated)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup olive for pan
  • 1 green pepper


  1. Grate 2 medium sized zucchini. Add a teaspoon of salt and let sit for 10 minutes. Then squeeze out excess water.
  2. Combine shredded zucchini, diced green pepper, flour, egg, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Mix well.
  3. Add oil to a nonstick pan and heat over medium heat.
  4. Form fritters so they are 1/2 inch chick. Cook fried zucchini fritters until brown and crispy and then flip. This should take about 45 seconds per side. Flip and cook the other side.

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