5-Ingredient Zucchini Fritters

from 195 votes

If you’re a fan of zucchini and have an abundance of it in your garden, you’ve got to try this recipe for Zucchini Fritters! They’re super easy to make and require only five simple ingredients. In just 25 minutes, you’ll have a hot, crispy, flavorful dish that can be served as an appetizer, side dish or snack.

A tall stack of zucchini fritters topped with sour cream and sliced scallions.

Step aside, zucchini noodles. There is a new fan favorite in my house for the best way to put the summer zucchini surplus to use, and it comes in the form of zucchini fritters. 

This simple veggie dish stars grated zucchini, sliced scallions, flour and eggs. Once the patties are formed and pan-fried to golden-brown perfection, they’re served hot with a dollop of refreshing sour cream or yogurt. 

Get ready to elevate your veggie side dish game, because these fritters are about to become a staple in your kitchen!

What Readers Are Saying

This recipe has been a reader favorite on Just a Taste since I originally published it way back in 2015! Here’s what readers have said about this recipe:

So. Good. Why have I not made these before?! Will definitely make again! Don’t forget that hit of salt right out of the pan. Yum yum!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ” -Teresa

Very easy and very good. Have made them many times! Delicious! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️” – Debbie

My first time making zucchini fritters and found your recipe fast, easy and delicious. Great way to get in our veggies.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️” – Diane

Why You’ll Love This Recipe, Too

  • Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside.
  • Made with just 5 ingredients.
  • They’ll be on your table in 25 minutes or less.
  • Perfect for using up all of your homegrown garden zucchini.
  • The easiest and tastiest way to eat your veggies!

Freeze Ahead for Convenience: Busy days ahead? Prepare a batch of these fritters and freeze them for a quick and delicious meal solution. Just reheat in your oven or in an air fryer to maintain their crispiness.

Zucchini Fritters Video Tutorial

Zucchini Fritters (Just 5 Ingredients!)

These hot, crispy zucchini fritters can be topped with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt, and even a fried egg to make ’em a meal. Don’t skip the squeezing st…

Making these healthy zucchini fritters is a total breeze! Watch Kelly to see her technique for frying them to crispy perfection. 

Ingredients

A large zucchini next to clear bowls containing an egg, olive oil, scallions and flour.
  • Zucchini: You’ll need 3 to 4 medium-sized zucchini for this recipe. Measure the shredded zucchini BEFORE you squeeze out any liquid. This ensures you get the accurate 4 cups needed for the perfect texture in your fritters.
  • Flour: I created this recipe using all-purpose flour, but I know many readers have had success in swapping in their favorite gluten-free alternatives, including almond flour and Cup4Cup
  • Eggs: This is what binds all of the ingredients together.
  • Scallions: Also known as green onions. Reserve a handful of sliced scallions for garnish. Sprinkle them on top of the cooked fritters just before serving to add a pop of freshness and color. If you don’t have green onions on hand, you could also try using finely chopped chives for a similar mild onion flavor or white onion for a more pronounced flavor.
  • Olive oil: This is for frying. Feel free to use your favorite oil to fry with, such as coconut oil or avocado oil, but keep in mind these will add a slightly different flavor profile.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

How to Make Zucchini Fritters

  1. Prepare the zucchini. Shred the zucchini using a box grater. Measure 4 cups and place in a colander set over a bowl. Sprinkle the zucchini lightly with salt and let it stand for 10 minutes. 
Shredded zucchini next to a box grater.
  1. Drain. Using your hands, squeeze out as much liquid from the zucchini as possible. Transfer the zucchini to a large bowl.
Zucchini in a mesh sieve over a glass bowl.
  1. Create batter. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl, plus a little salt and pepper, and stir until the mixture is combined. The mixture should be cohesive, with the flour evenly coating the zucchini.
  2. Heat the oil. In a skillet or frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. The key to crispy fritters is ensuring the oil is hot enough.
  3. Fry in batches. Once the oil is hot, scoop 3-tablespoon mounds of the zucchini mixture into the pan, pressing them lightly into rounds and spacing them at least 2 inches apart. Cook the zucchini fritters for 2 to 3 minutes, then flip them once and cook an additional 2 minutes until golden brown and cooked throughout.
Four crispy zucchini fritters in a large skillet.
  1. Drain excess oil. Once cooked, transfer the fritters to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil and immediately sprinkle them with salt. 
  2. Serve warm. Top with sour cream for the perfect appetizer, side dish or snack!

Frying Tip: The crispiness of the fritters depends on the hotness of the oil. Test if the oil is ready by dropping a small amount of batter into the oil; if it sizzles and bubbles around the edges, the oil is ready for frying.

Add-Ins

This easy zucchini fritters recipe leaves the door wide open for customizations. Here are a few ideas to try:

  • Crispy cooked bacon – first cook your bacon, reserve the grease, then fry your fritters in said bacon grease. You’re welcome.
  • Shredded cheese – sharp cheddar cheese or parmesan are my favorites!
  • Dried herbs – start with about 1 to 2 teaspoons of your favorite dried herbs, and adjust based on your personal liking. Remember, dried herbs are more concentrated than fresh, so a little goes a long way.

Recipe Tips

  • Before incorporating shredded zucchini into the batter, use your hands or a clean kitchen towel to squeeze out as much moisture as possible. This helps to ensure you end up with crispy fritters.
  • Fry the fritters in batches, giving each one enough space in the pan. Overcrowding can lead to uneven cooking and less crispy results.
  • Season the zucchini fritters immediately after they leave the skillet. A light sprinkle of salt at this stage elevates and intensifies the overall taste.
  • For the best experience, serve the zucchini fritters immediately after cooking.

Serving Suggestion: I love to serve these for breakfast or brunch topped with a fried egg and a drizzle of basil pesto.

What to Serve with Zucchini Fritters

These fritters-slash-pancakes (inspired by their culinary cousin, Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes) make any topping or dunkable sauce fair game, from roasted garlic aioli to tahini yogurt dip.

But no matter how you stack ’em, top ’em, slice ’em or serve ’em, one thing is certain: Just a taste isn’t enough when it comes to hot and crispy zucchini fritters.

Storage Tips

  • Refrigerate: Zucchini fritters really are best when served immediately after frying, but if you happen to have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. 
  • Freeze: After cooking, allow the fritters to cool completely. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe container or a resealable plastic bag, placing parchment paper between layers to prevent sticking. Frozen zucchini fritters can be stored for up to 3 months.
  • Reheat: When reheating, use your oven, air fryer or a hot skillet to bring back the crispiness.

Common Questions

Can I make the batter ahead of time and refrigerate?

I wouldn’t recommend doing that because the mixture may get overly starchy or soggy if you don’t cook the fritters right away.

What can I use as a substitute for the eggs?

Substitute with a flaxseed or chia seed egg. Mix 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed or chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water for each egg, let it sit for a few minutes until it thickens, and then use in place of regular eggs. Please note, I’ve never tried this replacement so I can’t say with certainty what the results will be.

Can I bake zucchini fritters instead of frying?

I don’t recommend making this recipe in the oven because the zucchini fritters won’t be as crispy. Instead, try my recipe for Baked Corn and Zucchini Fritters that can be baked in the oven or in an air fryer!

Two tall stacks of crispy zucchini fritters topped with a dollop of sour cream and sliced scallions.

Our Best Zucchini Recipes

And for all the serious fritter fans out there, don’t miss 5-Ingredient Butternut Squash Fritters, Easy Corn Fritters, and Quick and Crispy Vegetable Fritters.

Craving more? Subscribe to Just a Taste to get new recipes, meal plans and a newsletter delivered straight to your inbox! And stay in touch on Facebook, TikTok, Pinterest and Instagram for all of the latest updates.
Appetizer

5-Ingredient Zucchini Fritters

All you need is five ingredients and 15 minutes to make the ultimate crispy zucchini fritters!
Author: Kelly Senyei
4.85 from 195 votes
A tall stack of zucchini fritters topped with sour cream and sliced scallions.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 14 fritters

Ingredients 

  • 4 cups shredded zucchini
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup sliced scallions (green and white parts)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Sour cream, for serving (optional)

Instructions 

  • Place the shredded zucchini in a colander set over a bowl and sprinkle the zucchini lightly with salt. Allow the zucchini to stand for 10 minutes. Using your hands, squeeze out as much liquid from the zucchini as possible. Transfer the zucchini to a large bowl.
  • Add the flour, eggs, sliced scallions, ¼ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper to the bowl, stirring until the mixture is combined. Line a plate with paper towels.
  • Add the olive oil to large sauté pan set over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, scoop 3-tablespoon mounds of the zucchini mixture into the pan, pressing them lightly into rounds and spacing them at least 2 inches apart. Cook the zucchini fritters for 2 to 3 minutes, then flip them once and cook an additional 2 minutes until golden brown and cooked throughout. Transfer the zucchini fritters to the paper towel-lined plate and immediately sprinkle them with salt. Repeat the scooping and cooking process with the remaining zucchini mixture.
  • Serve the zucchini fritters topped with sour cream (optional) and sliced scallions.

Kelly’s Notes

  • Measure the shredded zucchini before you squeeze out any liquid.
  • Refrigerate: Zucchini fritters really are best when served immediately after frying, but if you happen to have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. 
  • Freeze: After cooking, allow the fritters to cool completely. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe container or a resealable plastic bag, placing parchment paper between layers to prevent sticking. Frozen zucchini fritters can be stored for up to 3 months.
  • Reheat: When reheating, use your oven, air fryer or a hot skillet to bring back the crispiness.
  • ★ Did you make this recipe? Don’t forget to give it a star rating below!

Nutrition

Serving: 1fritter, Calories: 55kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 12mg, Potassium: 114mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 129IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 1mg

Shoutout

Did you try this recipe?

Share it with the world! Mention @justataste or tag #justatasterecipes!

This post may contain affiliate links.

Recipe by Kelly Senyei of Just a Taste. Please do not reprint this recipe without my permission. If you'd like to feature this recipe on your site, please rewrite the method of preparation and link to this post as the original source.


Feeling social?

Share this recipe!

Categories

Related Recipes

Check out more crave-worthy favorites

Kelly Senyei holding a copy of The Secret Ingredient Cookbook

love the recipes on just a taste?

Check out my cookbook!

Order your copy of The Secret Ingredient Cookbook featuring 125 brand-new family-friendly recipes with surprisingly tasty twists!

This post may contain affiliate links.

4.85 from 195 votes (35 ratings without comment)

Join the Conversation

Rate and Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Hi, thanks for this recipe. I’ll be trying it out this week. Quick question for you – approximately (very approx!!) how many oz/lbs of zucchini to @ 1 cup of shredded. Do you have any idea? Just that I’m planning to make a larger quantity (probably the 3X size) and want to know approx how much zucchini to buy. Of course, if too much is bought, well, I’ll just make more fritters :-)!!

    1. Hi Dawn! You could definitely add mashed potatoes. You may also want to check out my Mashed Potato Pancakes recipe and just add some grated zucchini to that recipe! You can search for “mashed potato pancakes” in the search bar.

      1. 5 stars
        Very easy and quick to make, added a little garlic and about 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Topped them with sour cream yummm.

See More Comments