Tall stack of 5-ingredient zucchini fritters topped with sour cream and 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. Best of all, you only need five ingredients and 25 minutes to go from everyday veggie to all-star appetizer, side dish or snack.

5-Ingredient Zucchini Fritters Recipe

The setup is simple: Grated zucchini joins forces with sliced scallions, flour and eggs. Patties are formed and pan-fried then served hot alongside a refreshing dollop of sour cream.

5-Ingredient Zucchini Fritters Recipe

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.

5-Ingredient Zucchini Fritters Recipe

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.

5-Ingredient Zucchini Fritters Recipe

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5-Ingredient Zucchini Fritters

All you need is five ingredients and 15 minutes to make the ultimate crispy zucchini fritters!
4.84 from 59 votes
Tall stack of 5-ingredient zucchini fritters topped with sour cream and scallions
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 14 fritters


  • 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)


  • 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.
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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

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  1. I followed the recipe to a “t” but got soggy, mushy patties instead of crispy fritters. The taste is great but the texture is unappealing. Did I need to squeeze more liquid from the shredded zucchini, or should I have let the zucchini drain longer than 10 minutes? Is there a way I can salvage these? Add panko crumbs? Recoat in beaten egg and dip in flour and try to crisp on high? Stick under the broiler oven for two minutes? Suggestions are needed and welcomed.

    1. Hi Kathy! The crispiness is a result of the hotness of the oil so, you want to make sure the oil is hot enough before adding the fritter mixture. I hope that helps for the next time. :)

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe, Kelly! I don’t use cream cheese or sour cream in anything, so this recipe is fantastic! Easy to follow and make. The results speak for themselves! DELICIOUS!

  3. 5 stars
    These were so good! The tip about salting the zucchini first helped with the water retention of the zucchini and the texture of these was perfect. I did not have any green onion, so I finely chopped a few green leaves from my leeks in the garden and it worked perfectly.

  4. 5 stars
    These were very good. Crispy on the outside. Flavorful on the inside. You could make bigger patties, put cheese on top and make a great very burger from this recipe. Will make these again!

  5. 4 stars
    I made this recipe but I only used some zucchini, and added onions, shredded carrots and corn. I didn’t do the colander thing, but did everything else. I made a sweet spicy sauce with mayo, siracha, and may ploy chili sauce and topped with chopped scallions. It was pretty good but medium high heat is key to cook longer and thoroughly, don’t get inpatient and try to sear them on med high or they will be slightly raw in the middle. Fritters are so versatile and this ratio with flour and egg and veggie is a good mix. Thank you.

  6. 5 stars
    I had five large zucchini. I made zucchini bread and was wondering what to do with the rest. Then I came across this recipe. I did add a bit of garlic and some salt and pepper. They were absolutely delicious

  7. 4 stars
    Very easy and tasty. I’d add some herbs next time. Nice that it only had five ingredients!!!

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