Zucchini Fritters

How did it get to be June already?  That’s just crazy talk.  It’s zucchini season (at least by me in CT) and I’m constantly looking for ways to cook with this versatile veggie.  My favorite way is to add them to a cake, like these amazingly delicious Zucchini Spice Bars.  Moi, prefers sweets?!  (Picture Miss Piggy instead of bad grammar for that please.)     😉  Today, I’m using them in a savory dish and they are amazing.

These zucchini fritters are pan fried and have a Mediterranean flare from all the wonderful herbs, feta cheese, and lemon flavors.

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Zucchini Fritters Recipe
(Makes 8 fritters)

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 large scallion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

  1. Grate the zucchini using the large holes of a grater.
  2. Place the shredded zucchini in between paper towels and gently press down to remove as much of the moisture as possible.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the shredded zucchini, salt, chopped dill, sliced scallions, minced garlic, lemon zest, pepper, chopped feta cheese, egg, and flour.  Mix together until well combined.  (Don’t you love when one step uses almost all the ingredients?)
  4. Form the zucchini mixture into 8 fritters.  I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup to portion them out and then flattened them with my fingers.
  5. In a medium skillet, heat about tablespoon of olive oil over Medium heat.  Cook the fritters until they are well browned (about 5 to 6 minutes per side).  (Cook about 3 fritters at a time.)
  6. Repeat the process, adding the remaining tablespoons of olive oil when needed.

Adapted from:  Michael Symon

 

Preparation Tip:  Remove as much moisture as possible from the shredded zucchini.  All that moisture left in the fritters would make them soggy and gross.  Blah, I don’t know about you, but I don’t care for soggy fritters.

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These are super simple to whip up and I’m really loving that part.  Who doesn’t like an easy recipe?

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Here’s the best part.  These fritters are not fried in tons of oil!  You can still achieve a crunchy fritter when you pan fry them with just a little bit of oil.  Of course they are not as crunchy as they would be if you had deep fried them, but they still have a wonderful crust.  Just think of all those calories you saved for dessert.     😉

These are best served right after you’ve made them because that’s when they are the crispiest.  However my husband and still enjoyed them reheated as leftovers.  And possibly because he’s a man, he also enjoyed them later on without reheating them at all.  I’m not going to recommend that but he didn’t seem to enjoy them any less.

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These fritters are the perfect way to let your zucchini shine.  The feta cheese, herbs, and lemony goodness all nicely compliment this summer veggie.

You often see zucchini fritters topped with a sauce.  Quite frankly, I think these are best enjoyed by themselves.  I tried them with a couple of sauces and they really didn’t enhance my experience, but of course to each their own.  My husband splashed a bit of Chipotle Tabasco on them, but he puts that on almost everything so you can’t go by him.

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For those of you imagining apple or corn fritters from the state fair, these will be a bit of a stretch of the word “fritter” for you.  They are more of a delicious veggie patty.

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Some people might call these zucchini “pancakes.”  I reserve that word for the real deal breakfast version.     😉

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What’s your favorite way to eat zucchini?

 

Rating:

4 Hats

 

Here are some other great vegetarian meals.

Black Bean Burgers

07Black Bean Burgers

Chickpea Cakes

10Chickpea Cakes

Eggplant and Asparagus Stacks

05Eggplant and Asparagus Napoleons

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Those look awesome! I love vegetable fritters, I’ll have to try this variation sometime. 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks!

  2. I love these. Zucchini is a huge favorite of ours and these are so great for summer!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much Matt!

  3. These look so crispy and delicious, Tina! I love that they’re pan-fried and not “fully” fried. 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      So glad you like. 🙂

  4. I LOVE zucchini fritters. I grow so much zucchini in my veggie garden in the summer, I’m constantly on the lookout for new ways to enjoy it and I’m thinking that these fritters are gonna be a fav! I love how you sprinkled feta cheese on top of them. Gotta try that! 😀 Pinned!

    1. Tina says:

      That’s so awesome that you have a veggie garden. Thank you so much for your lovely compliments. 🙂

  5. Did someone say dill and feta with zucchini?!?! I’m gonna sub in GF flour and then these will be mine!

    1. Tina says:

      Yup…dill and feta! 😉 I love it that you’re subbing in GF ingredients and catering these to exactly what you want. 🙂

  6. Ashley says:

    Between the feta and the herbs these fritters look awesome! I love zucchini! And I cannot believe it’s June either … it’s just crazy.

    1. Tina says:

      Dare I say that before we know it we’ll be baking cookies for Christmas?!

  7. I love zucchini & I love fritters. These look great.

    1. Tina says:

      Awesome! Thanks.

  8. marcie says:

    I love zucchini, and these fritters are a great way to enjoy them! Love the feta and herbs, too. 🙂 I can’t believe it’s June either — I feel like summer is going to fly by!

    1. Tina says:

      Why is it that the summers seem to fly by?!

  9. Anything that spells fritter – I’m in!

    1. Tina says:

      Same page!

  10. Zucchini is a new veggie for me! I never used to like it, but I’ve grown used to it and I’m always looking for different ways to prepare it! This looks like a tasty side dish, Tina. I do have some zucchinis in my refrigerator right now…

    1. Tina says:

      Timing is everything. 🙂

  11. Holy flippin Bajinka… #getinmybelly I love zucc fritters, they are delish. They are a constant ‘go to’ in my house and I always feel so proud of me when I eat them. Zucchini is a hard core green veg, the 10 year old me would be disgusted. Great recipe lovely one. x

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks Anna! 🙂

  12. Yea for zucchini season! I love zucchini! I can’t wait to make zucchini bread – and now I’m adding these fritters to my list!

    1. Tina says:

      Zucchini bread is next on my list!

  13. Mary Frances says:

    It is crazy talk! I cannot believe summer is officially here. Fritters are becoming so popular and I’m so excited to try different veggie fritters this summer! The Mediterranean twist on these sounds delicious, Tina!

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you! 🙂

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