Zucchini Fritters

You can easily substitute the fresh herbs with 1/2 teaspoon or so of dried herbs such as Italian seasoning.

A variation that several commenters have mentioned is to add a bit of cumin and feta to the mixture. You can also separate the egg and whip up the egg white and fold back in for lighter and fluffier fritters.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Zucchini draining time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

For the zucchini:

  • 1 pound of zucchini (about 3 medium sized), coarsely grated
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

For the dipping sauce:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream (can substitute plain Greek yogurt)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced, about 1 teaspoon
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt

For the fritters:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 green onions, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (more to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil or canola oil

Special equipment:

Method

1 Salt and drain zucchini: Sprinkle grated zucchini with about 1 teaspoon of salt. Place in a sieve or colander over a bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes.

Press down with a wooden spoon to push out more of the water. Wrap it in paper towels and try to squeeze out more liquid.

Zucchini fritters recipe drain the zucchini

2 Make dipping sauce: Whisk together the sour cream, minced garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt into a medium bowl and set aside.

3 Make the fritter batter: Whisk the egg in a large bowl. Add the grated zucchini, flour, minced green onions, thyme, basil, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Mix to combine well.

Best zucchini fritter recipe make the batter

4 Fry the fritters: Heat the oil in a large skillet (we recommend a 10-inch cast iron skillet) over medium high heat until the oil is shimmery and hot. Test the oil by flicking a little flour into it. If the flour sizzles, it's ready.

Working in batches, drop heaping tablespoons of batter into the skillet. Flatten slightly with the back end of a spoon or spatula. Cook, turning once, until browned, 4-6 minutes on each side.

Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Sprinkle with salt. Repeat with remaining batter.

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5 Serve the fritters: Serve immediately with sour cream dipping sauce. Fritters can be kept warm by placing on a sheet pan in a warm oven, or reheated under a broiler for a minute or two.

Serve as an appetizer, or as a vegetable side. For extra fun, top with a poached or fried egg.