Zucchini Fritters

These crispy zucchini fritters are a great way to use up a summer surplus of zucchini. Serve them with your favorite sauce for a tasty side dish or snack!

Zucchini fritters

This zucchini fritters recipe is the perfect thing to make when you have a surplus of summer squash in the fridge. It calls for a full pound of zucchini, about 3 medium. But it’s so tasty that if you happen to have even more zucchini than that on hand (and at this time of year, you might), you probably won’t mind making it again and polishing off another batch of zucchini fritters the next day.

These zucchini fritters are crispy on the outside and light and tender in the middle. Lemon zest makes them nice and bright, while scallions, garlic, and dill give them a kick of savory flavor. We love them on their own, hot off the stove, but they’re even better with a creamy sauce to jazz them up. Serve them with tartar sauce, dill sauce, or a dollop of tzatziki for a delicious summer appetizer or side dish.

Zucchini fritters recipe ingredients

How to Make Zucchini Fritters

This zucchini fritters recipe is super simple to make! You can think of it in three main parts:

  1. Prep the zucchini.
  2. Make the batter.
  3. Form and fry the fritters.

But first, you’ll need these ingredients:

Ingredients

  • Lots of zucchini, of course! A mix of yellow squash and zucchini would work here too.
  • Eggs and all-purpose flour – They bind the fritters together.
  • Scallions and garlic – They give the fritters an oniony kick.
  • Fresh dill – It adds sour, savory flavor.
  • Lemon zest – For brightness.
  • Panko breadcrumbs – You’ll mix some into the fritter mixture to help it hold together. After you shape the fritters, you’ll coat them in more panko to create a crunchy exterior crust.
  • Avocado oil – For pan-frying the fritters. I prefer it to olive oil here because it has a higher smoke point.
  • And salt and pepper – To make all the flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Pile of shredded zucchini on parchment paper next to box grater and small bowls of flour and eggs

So, you have your ingredients handy. It’s time to cook!

Start by prepping the zucchini. First, shred it on the large holes of a box grater. Then, wrap it in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out as much liquid as you can. This step helps create the fritters’ light, crispy texture. If the zucchini is too moist, the fritters will be soggy.

Hand using wooden spoon to combine fritter ingredients in mixing bowl

Next, make the fritter batter. In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded and drained zucchini with the eggs, green onions, garlic, dill, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle in the flour, add 1 1/2 cups of the panko, and fold to combine.

Then, shape the fritters. Form the mixture into thin patties and coat them in the remaining panko.

Finally, cook. Pan-fry the fritters in a hot cast-iron skillet until they are crisp and golden brown. Transfer to a large plate or baking sheet lined with paper towels to soak up any excess oil.

Serve hot with your desired sauce. Enjoy!

Zucchini fritters in cast-iron skillet with spatula

Zucchini Fritters Recipe Tips

  • Squeeze that zucchini! For zucchini fritters that are crisp on the outside and light and tender in the middle, squeeze as much water as you can out of the shredded zucchini. If the zucchini is too wet, the fritters will be soggy.
  • Size matters. When you first shape the zucchini fritters, the zucchini mixture might seem loose, and it might feel like the fritters are going to fall apart. That’s totally normal! The key to helping them hold together is making them on the smaller side. Use a 1/4-cup measuring scoop to portion out the fritter mixture and flatten it into thin patties. The small, thin patties will become deliciously crisp (and totally cohesive) as they cook.
  • Preheat your pan. In this zucchini fritters recipe, I tell you to start heating your skillet before you shape the fritters. I wrote it this way on purpose! A hot skillet is essential for cooking crisp, well-browned fritters that easily release from the pan. Be sure to give your skillet plenty of time to heat up before you start to cook.

Stack of zucchini fritters with tartar sauce

What to Serve with Zucchini Fritters

These zucchini fritters are best served hot off the stove, while they’re still nice and crispy. Enjoy them on their own, with a pinch of salt and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, or pair them with a dipping sauce for an extra burst of flavor. Any of these dip or sauce recipes would be delicious:

Wondering what to serve with zucchini fritters? They’re a fantastic starter for a summer meal, and they’re a lovely side dish for any simply cooked protein. I also like to pair them with a hearty salad, like my panzanella, Greek salad, or chopped salad, for a light, fresh summer dinner.

Storage

We tend to devour these zucchini fritters on the day they’re made, but on the rare occasion that we have leftovers, they keep well for up to 2 days in an airtight container in the fridge. To reheat them, warm them in a toaster oven or air fryer until crisp, or quickly re-crisp them in a hot skillet on the stove.

Serving suggestion: I love to use leftover fritters in a sandwich. After I reheat them, I stuff them into a pita with fresh herbs and a swoosh of romesco sauce (or any of the sauces listed above). It’s such a yummy lunch!

Zucchini fritters recipe

More Favorite Zucchini Recipes

If you love these easy zucchini fritters, try one of these summer zucchini recipes next:

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Zucchini Fritters

rate this recipe:
5 from 23 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves 4
These crispy zucchini fritters are an easy, delicious summer appetizer or side dish. Serve them with tzatziki, tartar sauce, or creamy dill sauce to take them over the top!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound zucchini, about 3 medium
  • 2 large eggs
  • cups chopped scallions, about 1 bunch
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • cups panko breadcrumbs, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Avocado oil, for the pan
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Tartar Sauce or Creamy Dill Sauce, for serving

Instructions

  • Grate the zucchini on the large holes of a box grater. Place on a kitchen towel and squeeze out excess moisture.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the grated zucchini, scallions, garlic, dill, lemon zest, salt, and several grinds of pepper. Add 1½ cups of the panko, sprinkle in the flour, and fold to combine. Place the remaining ¾ cup panko in a shallow dish and set aside.
  • Preheat a cast-iron skillet to medium heat. Use a ¼-cup measuring cup to form the zucchini mixture into 14 to 16 thin patties. Place each into the reserved panko and coat well. The mixture might seem loose at this point, but the patties will firm up as they cook. Coat the skillet generously with oil. Cook the patties for 2 to 3 minutes on the first side, flip, and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes, or until well browned, working in batches as necessary. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate or baking sheet to drain. Season to taste and serve with the sauce.

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  1. Daniela O
    04.02.2024

    5 stars
    These came out perfect! 6 months pregnant and they hit the spot. Even the baby is doing a little dance.

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      04.05.2024

      Hi Daniela, aww so glad you enjoyed the fritters!

  2. Iris
    10.08.2023

    5 stars
    This was so dang tasty!

    I was concerned (with my luck) the fritters would fall apart as I was frying them because the mixture just looks so moist, but A.) after grating the zucchini in my food processor, I really SQUEEZED out the excess moisture from the shreds and B.) I PRESSED the patties into tight pucks as I coated the outsides with panko. They held up wonderfully even as a dipped+handheld food.

    Fantastic recipe—and I don’t even care much for zucchini so that’s saying heaps lol

    p.s. these are delicious on their own but that accompanying dill sauce is a must.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.09.2023

      Hi Iris, I’m so glad you loved them!

  3. Kimberly
    10.01.2023

    5 stars
    Made these and they are so good. Could you send me the nutritional information.

    Thank you

  4. Abbey
    09.10.2023

    5 stars
    These were amazing! Made the tzatziki too! Is their nutritional information available?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.11.2023

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them! I’m sorry, we don’t calculate nutrition facts.

  5. Amy
    08.15.2023

    5 stars
    Amazing!!! The whole family loved them, even my 9 and 7 year old! Will be making them again soon.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      08.16.2023

      I’m so happy to hear that!

  6. Tammy
    08.03.2023

    5 stars
    Made these zucchini fritters and they were delish. I topped with the creamy dill sauce, it was perfect. Fam loved them, it’s a keeper!

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      08.04.2023

      Hi Tammy, I’m so glad they were a hit!

  7. Emelie
    08.03.2023

    Hi! I’m wondering if you’ve ever frozen these? I’m doing an Atlantic Ocean crossing and looking for creative ways to freeze good veggie dishes to have to cook later in the journey. I wonder if freezing these before they’ve been cooked would be feasible and enjoyable once cooked. Any recommendations appreciated!

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      08.04.2023

      Hi Emelie, we haven’t tested freezing these, but they might freeze nicely after they’re cooked. I’d let them thaw in the fridge and then reheat them in a skillet to crisp them up.

  8. Cherri Blair-Drayton
    07.28.2023

    5 stars
    I have never made zucchini fritters. I had three zucchini’s and decided to make this recipe as a main and topped the fritters with fresh tomato bruschetta. For sides I made horseradish potatoes with olive oil and fresh herbs, fresh green beans and tomato slices. The fritters were absolutely delicious and easy to make. I love your recipes and cookbooks and find them quite helpful. My family loved the fritters:)!

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      07.28.2023

      Hi Cherri, thanks so much for your comment! I’m so glad you love the books and recipes. This sounds like a delicious meal!

  9. LoriO
    07.24.2023

    5 stars
    This is the best zucchini fritter recipe I’ve tried in years. The fritters are crispy and very flavorful. Other recipes that I’ve tried made a sloppy wet mess even after cooking. I highly recommend that you try this one. I cooked them in two different ways, air fryer and on the stove. the air fryer ones came out the best. The stove top fritters tasted a bit too much like the oil I fried them in even after placing the fritters on a paper towel.

    • Eman
      08.23.2023

      Hi, could you share the temperature you air fried them at, and for how long?
      thanks!

  10. Bob Erickson
    07.22.2023

    5 stars
    Made these for dinner last night. Best thing that ever happened to zucchini! The lemon zest and dill weed were beautiful additions. Served them with lemon wedges, tarter sauce and sliced tomatoes from the garden. Simple, delicious, and definitely a keeper.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.24.2023

      I’m so glad you loved them!

  11. Judy Truex Reed
    07.22.2023

    Absolutely delicious

  12. Kate
    07.22.2023

    Is there nutrition info. Not seeing it on any of your recipes.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.24.2023

      I’m sorry, we don’t post nutrition facts but you can plug the ingredients into a site like my fitness pal.

  13. LT
    06.15.2023

    I forgot the scallions and they are still delicious. Will remember the scallions next time and try air frying. Really nice recipe. Thank you

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      06.19.2023

      I’m so glad you loved them!

  14. ESPark
    09.04.2022

    5 stars
    I think this is the best recipe for zucchini fritters that I’ve tried. However I found the amount of breadcrumbs a little overwhelming. Even though I use crumbs from my own whole-grain bread. The other night I didn’t have enough breadcrumbs, but I had some leftover brown rice. It was a great substitute. Used about a cup. Als,o, started run out of breadcrumbs for costing. Added a little flour and cornmeal!. Was a nice substitute. Thank you for this recipe. Love your Everyday Cookbook.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.06.2022

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe and have been loving the book!

  15. Maggie
    08.07.2022

    I wonder if this recipe would work in an air fryer.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      08.10.2022

      Hi Maggie, I haven’t tried, but I really want to – I think they’ll work but I’m not exactly sure of the timing.

  16. Elizabeth Sherrin
    07.16.2022

    Can these be put stored in the freezer for later?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.16.2022

      yes, but they won’t be as crispy as right off the stove – I would reheat them in the oven (or better yet) the air fryer.

  17. Sarah
    07.13.2022

    Is there any way to substitute the egg in these?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.16.2022

      Hi Sarah, I haven’t tried, but I think JustEgg would work well here to bind them (I wouldn’t try something like a flax egg this time)

  18. Jeanette
    07.12.2022

    I am drooling over your Zucchini Fritters but can’t have panko or wheat flour. Could you please offer a substitute for both. Thank you very much.
    Blessings,
    Jeanette

    • Kathy
      07.12.2022

      Crushed Rice Krispies (or GF Rice Krispies) might be a good substitute for panko.

    • Linda
      07.13.2022

      Cornstarch is a good sub for the flour or GF flour. You can also use GF Panko. My girlfriend can’t have gluten so I’ve learned how to adapt. Zucchini fritters are one of my favorite appetizers!

      • Jeanine Donofrio
        07.16.2022

        that’s helpful, thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.16.2022

      Hi Jeanette, I think GF flour and GF panko (Ian’s brand makes it) would work here (but I haven’t tried it).

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