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A stack of five healthy zucchini fritters with a seventh one leaning against the stack

Zucchini Fritters

These easy Zucchini Fritters are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside and can be fried, air-fried or baked! They're a quick and easy munchie that even the pickiest eaters will adore. Gluten-free, keto, grain-free, dairy-free and vegetarian with paleo, Whole30 and vegan options.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword air fried zucchini, vegetarian fritters, zucchini pancakes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 68 kcal
Author Kelly

Ingredients

  • 3 medium zucchini grated and excess water squeezed out very well using a cheesecloth or thick paper towels
  • 1 large egg may sub with 1 flax egg for vegan – 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds + 2.5 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup superfine blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup grated vegan (or regular) Parmesan cheese we like Violife. Sub with nutritional yeast for paleo/Whole30
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 green onions finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley optional, for extra freshness and flavor
  • avocado oil or olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add egg and use a fork to beat. Add the grated and squeezed-out zucchini, almond flour, cheese, baking powder, salt, seasonings and green onions and parsley if using. Mix until combined.

  2. If batter seems too soggy, add a little bit more almond flour. If batter seems too dry, add a little bit of water.

  3. Heat 2 tablespoons avocado oil in a large cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium heat. Drop 1.5 tablespoon sized portions into the pan, then gently press the batter to flatten.

  4. Fry until golden brown on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side.

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

  6. Serve warm with a dollop of sour cream and top with chopped green onions or dill along with lemon wedges.

Air Fryer Method

  1. Spray air fryer basket with avocado oil spray or line with parchment paper cut to size to avoid sticking.

  2. Scoop 1.5 tablespoonfuls portions into the air fryer basket, an inch apart. Press to flatten zucchini cakes and lightly spray with oil.

  3. Close air fryer and cook at 385F for 11-12 minutes (or until desired crispness), flipping and spraying halfway through.

  4. Transfer to plate and repeat with remaining batter.

  5. Serve warm with a dollop of sour cream and top with chopped green onions or dill along with lemon wedges.

Oven Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

  2. Drop 1.5 tablespoon sized portions on baking sheet then gently press the batter to flatten. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, flip and bake for another 10 – 12 minutes.

  3. Remove from oven and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

  4. Serve warm with a dollop of sour cream and top with chopped green onions or dill along with lemon wedges.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • To Store & Reheat: Refrigerate cooled fritters in an airtight container for up to 3 days, adding a square of parchment paper between layers so they don't stick. Reheat on a parchment-lined baking sheet at 350°F until warmed through.
  • To Freeze: Place cooled fritters in a single layer on a baking sheet and flash-freeze for 20 minutes. Transfer to a large freezer bag or airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge (or reheat directly from frozen in a 300°F oven or a 315°F Air Fryer).
Nutrition Facts
Zucchini Fritters
Amount Per Serving (1 zucchini fritter)
Calories 68 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.