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Italian Zucchini Fritters

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Italian Zucchini Fritters are the perfect side dish to any Italian meal, especially when zucchini are plentiful. Combine shredded zucchini with onion, eggs, flour, parmesan cheese, and seasonings – and lightly fry them up in a grill pan!

A small plate of stacked zucchini fritters.

Zucchini Fritters

I’ll admit. I’ve been on a bit of a zucchini craze lately. This is a perfect time to cook with this veggie because gardens (AND grocery stores) are overflowing with them.

This is what I’ve been cooking up with zucchini squash as of late.

When I bake with zucchini, I don’t squeeze the liquid out because it helps to make breads and muffins moist. When I cook with zucchini (like my Grilled Zucchini Turkey Burgers and THIS recipe), I try to get as much moisture out as possible so that the patties don’t fall apart.

Side view of a plate of Italian zucchini fritters with a small bowl of sauce.

Why This Recipe Works:

  • SIMPLE – Just five ingredients plus seasonings and a bit of oil is necessary for this simple recipe. These cook up super fast too!
  • LOW CALORIE – The majority of these fritters are just plain zucchini which makes these healthy and low calorie. Gotta get those greens in!
  • FULL OF FLAVOR – While zucchini alone is pretty bland, the additions of parmesan cheese and tasty seasonings really makes these pop in flavor!
A plate of zucchini fritters with one fritter in a bowl of pizza sauce.

How to prep zucchini for fritters:

  1. Grate the zucchini (including skins) using a box grater.
  2. Place in a bowl and add a couple teaspoons of salt – stir to combine.
  3. Set aside for about 15 minutes. This draws out the liquid.
  4. Take a clean dish towel and scoop the shredded zucchini inside. Squeeze over the sink, until you can’t get any more liquid out. You will be surprised at how much liquid comes out!

How to make Italian Zucchini Fritters:

Step 1
Prep zucchini. See above!

Step 2
Add ingredients to a mixing bowl. Add the dried zucchini to a mixing bowl, and then add the onion, eggs, flour, parmesan cheese, and seasonings (garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and black pepper). Stir well to combine.

Step 3
Form patties. Use your hands to roughly form patties. They will be wet to the touch, but that’s ok. They’ll still make nice fritters!

Step 4
Cook the zucchini fritters. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add some avocado oil (or olive oil) and then add about four patties at a time to the skillet. Use a spatula to flatten and then flip to cook on both sides. Repeat with remaining fritters.

Pro-Tip: Make sure you really flatten these when cooking, using a spatula to press multiple times.

Step 5
Serve. Serve the Italian Zucchini Fritters with some pizza sauce, marinara sauce, or another dipping sauce of your choice. We enjoy my pizza sauce from scratch with this recipe.

Overhead view of a plate of zucchini fritters and sauce.

Is zucchini healthy?

Zucchini is packed with important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It’s high in fiber and has a low calorie count. Fiber is important for proper digestion and may limit the chance of suffering from a variety of GI issues.

What are zoodles?

Zucchini is often used as a substitute for pasta noodles. You can use a device called a “spiralizer” to make these noodles and it’s fairly easy to do.

What is the water content of zucchini?

Zucchini contains about 95% water which is why it’s so important to squeeze it out of these fritters. You want the zucchini fritters to stick together in patties so use plenty of elbow grease to get the water squeezed out before you add the remaining ingredients.

My hand dipping an Italian zucchini fritter in a bowl of sauce.

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xoxo ~Sue

A small plate of Italian zucchini fritters.

Italian Zucchini Fritters

Italian Zucchini Fritters are the perfect side dish to any Italian meal, especially when zucchini are plentiful. Combine shredded zucchini with onion, eggs, flour, parmesan cheese, and seasonings – and lightly fry them up in a grill pan.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 fritters
Calories: 55kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchini squash – grated
  • 2-3 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion – grated
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • freshly ground black pepper – to taste
  • olive oil or avocado oil – to saute
  • pizza sauce from scratch – for dipping

Instructions

  • Cut the ends off the zucchini squash, and grate. Sprinkle salt on top, stir to combine, and set aside for 15 minutes. This will allow the liquid to be released.
  • Using a double layer of paper towel (or a clean dish towel), squeeze as much liquid out into the sink as possible. Remove zucchini into large bowl.
  • Grate onion and add it to bowl. Add bread crumbs, eggs, and parmesan cheese.
  • Mix well, and pat into small patties.
  • Preheat grill pan to medium high heat. Add canola oil to coat the pan, and cook fritters in batches.
  • Cook fritters for several minutes on each side, until done to your desired crunchiness.
  • Serve with a spoonful of pasta sauce, and another sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Notes

Zucchini contains about 95% water which is why it’s so important to squeeze it out of these fritters. You want the zucchini fritters to stick together in patties so use plenty of elbow grease to get the water squeezed out before you add the remaining ingredients.
Pro-Tip: Make sure you really flatten these when cooking, using a spatula to press multiple times.

Nutrition

Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 450mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 199IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 Comments

  1. What another tasty and easy zucchini recipe! The pasta sauce is a nice touch, but the fritters are just as yummy without it!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I agree, Katelynn! Thanks so much for your sweet comments! 🙂

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