5-Ingredient Zucchini Fritters

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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

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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!
Author: Kelly Senyei
4.85 from 129 votes
Tall stack of 5-ingredient zucchini fritters topped with sour cream and scallions
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
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. 5 stars
    Added a quarter cup of shaved Parmesan, was delish. For GF, use almond meal or flour to replace flour.

  2. 5 stars
    I made these zucchini today but didn’t add salt or oil & used my Air Fryer. Also added garlic & MrsDash herb & garlic spice❤️

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

  3. 5 stars
    I used half zucchini $ half carrot and used brown onion instead, since that’s all I had. I also added a sprinkle of tasty cheese. Very tasty, will definitely make again!

      1. 5 stars
        These are really great! I did add 1/3 of a cup of chopped red peppers to the recipe and made no other changes. I’m wondering if it could be made with almond flour or rice flour for our gluten-free friends…..

    1. 5 stars
      Yum. My husband and I devoured them and could have eaten more.
      I made a single batch but this time making x3 as we have visitors.
      Thinking of adding cheese and Bacon, although delicious without, just want to change things up a bit

      1. Cheese and bacon would be delicious, Bonnie! I’m thrilled you’ve been enjoying the recipe!

  4. Hello,
    I have just made a dish called cousa, hollowing out the zuchinni , can I use this to make
    your fritters. Cheers Diane

      1. 5 stars
        I made this tonight but added a carrot as I did have enough zucchini.
        Delicious, definitely will make again. I served mine with sweet mustard sauce, my hubby had greek yoghurt.

    1. Hi Margaret – That should work! I’d cook and cool them then wrap them securely in plastic wrap to freeze. Then re-warm them in the oven so they’ll be crispy.

  5. 5 stars
    So easy, and delish. I’ve tried quite a few zucchini fitter recipes over the oast year or so, just to be disappointed time after time. This one is perfect. Just goes to show: stick with simple. Thank you!!

  6. 5 stars
    I’ve been using this recipe for over a year now, when I was trying to find a way to use up zucchini that didn’t involve sugar and chocolate. I am happy to say that my family loves them! Even my kids who are skeptical of zucchini outside of bread, so I consider that a win! I’ve made them exactly per directions, and also using oat flour for a family member who is gluten intolerant, and they tasted great both ways. Our family favorite though is with bacon grease rather than olive oil…not quite as healthy, but super delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

    1. I 1000% approve of frying the fritters in bacon grease, Lindsey! I’m so thrilled your family has been enjoying the recipe!

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