Zucchini Fritters Recipe

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These zucchini fritters are definitely not your traditional zucchini fritter. They are lighter (both in calories and in fat), but still really fill you up and keep you going until lunch.

This recipe is a simple twist I did on my protein pancake recipe.

A stack of zucchini fritters sit on a wooden plate. There is an oil bottle and salt and pepper shaker sitting behind the plate. Fresh herbs top the fritters.

While I love protein pancakes (I eat them nearly every morning now), sometimes a little variety is in order to keep things interesting. If there’s one thing I can’t stand in life, it’s being bored. Drives me nuts. And when boredom applies to the food I’m eating, I know I’m in for a downfall pretty quickly. So I rely on variety to keep me on track.

I think I’ll be trying more variations on this recipe in the future. I just love my protein pancakes. Nothing starts my day better!


Fritters are typically a fried pastry that can be made sweet or savory using sugar and fruit or meats and vegetables. But a zucchini fritter is something a little different (although you can certainly add zucchini to a regular fritter). Zucchini fritters are basically savory pancakes. They are slightly thick, often egg-based, and filled with grated zucchini. They are delicious with hummus or guacamole.


It’s critical to squeeze as much water from the zucchini as possible. A mesh bag or cheesecloth usually works best. Wring out as much of the water as possible before adding it to your recipe. Zucchini has a ton of water in it that you don’t want in your fritter. If you don’t have a mesh bag or cheesecloth, you can put the grated zucchini into a fine-meshed sieve and press the zucchini with your hands to let the water fall out of the bottom into the sink or a bowl.


Absolutely!! Zucchini fritters freeze really well for up to 3 or 4 months. I recommend putting a small piece of parchment between each fritter before freezing, but even that isn’t truly necessary. To thaw, let them sit in the fridge overnight. To crisp them up again, simply warm them in a skillet with a very small amount of oil just to keep things from burning.



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A stack of zucchini fritters sit on a wooden plate. There is an oil bottle and salt and pepper shaker sitting behind the plate. Fresh herbs top the fritters.

Zucchini Fritters Recipe

A delicious breakfast or dinner with plenty of protein and veg!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 fritters
Calories: 164kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • Skillet


  • 6 large eggs
  • ½ cup raw quick oats
  • 1 smal zucchini (grated)
  • oil as needed for cooking


  • Combine the eggs, oats and zucchini in a mixing bowl and mix until well combines.
  • Spray or coat a non-stick pan with a light layer of oil and ladle the pancake mix onto the pan as you would a regular pancake.
  • Note: Watch the heat on these. You may need to keep it closer to medium and allow these to cook longer. You want the eggs to cook completely without letting the pancake burn. Adjust accordingly.
  • Remove pancakes from the pan when cooked through and top with a bit of hummus (guacamole is a nice topping as well!).


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Data does not include oil used for cooking.


Serving: 1fritter | Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 316mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 518IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mg

From the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 9/8/11.

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  1. Do you beat the egg whites first? I used egg whites out of the carton and I when ladled them into the pan the egg whites just ran to the edge of the pan and I couldn’t really make a fritter. Perhaps I shouldn’t have used the carton egg whites?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lisa – Ya, you want to use real eggs, not the stuff from the carton. The only thing they are good for is scrambling.

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