Zucchini Fritters with Garlic Herb Yogurt Sauce

Perfectly golden brown, crispy, and light zucchini fritters. Hold onto this recipe!

Golden brown, crispy, and light zucchini fritters. Hold onto this recipe!

Golden brown, crispy, and light zucchini fritters. Hold onto this recipe!

Can I just say right here right now how much I love sharing dinner recipes with you? I’m blown away how much you’re loving this crazy simple chicken bake and my favorite way to eat salmon. So hopefully you’ll love these fritters just as much.

Zucchini is the wettest vegetable around. Close to it at least, right? Well, the moisture is great for baking zucchini bread and muffins. Not so great for fritters. Moisture strips these fritters of their crisp texture. They’ll be wet, gooey, and soft. So, the solution? Get as much moisture out of the zucchini as possible. Same with the potato as well– because we’re adding in a shredded sweet potato for flavor and substance. You’ll love it.

How much moisture you remove from the vegetables will make or break your fritters. Take the time to draw out as much moisture as you possibly can.

Use a large-hole box grater to shred your zucchini and potato. Place both in a strainer and press down with your hands to begin straining the water out. Next, wrap it all in a paper-towel lined bowl (or a clean dish towel) and just keep pressing. Let it sit for 45 minutes, then press again.

Golden brown, crispy, and light zucchini fritters. Hold onto this recipe!

More fritter ingredients: beaten eggs, herbs, cornmeal, and cornstarch. The last two might be a little odd to you, but trust me! The cornmeal adds a wonderful, almost unexpected, crunch. The cornstarch helps to thicken the mixture up while also soaking up some liquid. The two also keep my zucchini fritters gluten free.

Liquid will pool in the bottom of the bowl as you scoop the zucchini mixture. Make sure you use a fork when scooping up small piles to form the fritters. You don’t want that liquid in the skillet.

Golden brown, crispy, and light zucchini fritters. Hold onto this recipe!

Golden brown, crispy, and light zucchini fritters. Hold onto this recipe!

Another trick for keeping your fritters crisp? Pan-fry in a little olive oil until they are golden brown on both sides. You only need enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. That’s plenty.

Golden brown, crispy, and light zucchini fritters. Hold onto this recipe!

Golden brown, crispy, and light zucchini fritters. Hold onto this recipe!

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Zucchini Fritters with Garlic Herb Yogurt Sauce

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 fritters
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Perfectly golden brown, crispy, and light zucchini fritters.


Ingredients

Garlic Herb Yogurt Sauce

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek or regular yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 heaping teaspoon minced garlic
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Fritters

  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (2 small or 1 large zucchini)
  • 1 cup shredded sweet potato (1 small, peeled)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 heaping teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Make the yogurt sauce by whisking all of the yogurt sauce ingredients together except for the salt and pepper. Taste, then add salt/pepper to your taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Make the fritters: Place the shredded zucchini, sweet potato, and onion in a large strainer. Top with 1 teaspoon salt and mix it around with a large wooden spoon. Press down with your hands to begin draining some of the water from the vegetables. Let that sit in the sink for a few minutes. Meanwhile, line a large bowl with paper towels or a clean dish towel (easier to use a towel!). Place the vegetable mixture in the bowl and top with more paper towels or fold over the dish towel. Begin pressing down; you need to get out as much liquid as possible. Grab more paper towels or a new dish towel as needed. Note: you can also simply wring out the vegetables in the dish towel over the sink. Just keep wringing! Let the vegetables sit in the towels for 45 minutes, then press again. The goal is to remove as much moisture as possible. Otherwise, the fritters will be soggy. You will be amazed how much water you wring out!
  3. Whisk the eggs together in a large bowl. Once beaten, whisk in the garlic, parsley, mint, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Fold in the vegetables, then add the cornmeal and cornstarch until everything is combined.
  4. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, use a fork to scoop up around 2 Tablespoons of the zucchini mixture (I always eyeball the amount). There may be liquid pooling in the bottom of the bowl, so make sure you use a fork so the excess liquid isn’t in your fritter. Place the mixture onto the hot skillet and flatten with a spatula. Repeat with a few more, making sure not to overcrowd the skillet. Cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate until finished.
  5. Serve warm fritters with yogurt sauce.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: These fritters are best cooked and eaten right away. They make great leftovers stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Reheat by placing on a lined baking sheet under the broiler for a couple minutes. Freeze fritters for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat as directed before.
  2. Adapted from Bon Appétit magazine.

Keywords: zucchini fritters

I don’t even know how I had leftovers, but I’m not complaining tonight! Definitely making another batch this week. Follow me on Instagram and tag #sallysbakingaddiction so I can see all the SBA recipes you make! ♥

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  1. It was fabulous!! My kids even ate it!

  2. I’ve made fritters for years with zucchini but my recipe calls for parmesan cheese. I never strain the zucchini but will have to give it a try.

    1. Hope you like these, Connie!

  3. Hi Sally, can you make these ahead and just heat it up when you want them? Thank you

    1. Yes, definitely! They make great leftovers stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Reheat by placing on a lined baking sheet under the broiler for a couple minutes. You can also freeze fritters for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat.

  4. What can I use instead of cornmeal? 🙂

    1. Whole wheat flour works nicely.

  5. Michelle Strydom says:

    Hi Sally, could I use almond flour or coconut flour as substitute for cornmeal or whole wheat flour? I’m looking to make the GF but cornmeal is not available in South Africa.
    I’ve made these before with all purpose flour and they are so delicious! Thanks for an amazing recipe 🙂

    1. Hi Michelle! I haven’t tried either, but I can’t see why it wouldn’t work.

  6. These look delicious but I’m allergic to corn, so I wouldn’t be able to use cornmeal or cornstarch. I usually just sub flour for cornstarch, but does anyone have suggestions for what I could use to substitute for the cornmeal?

  7. Yum! I’m not fond of mint though. What would you recommend for a replacement? Just love your recipes. Thank you for all of your hard work 🙂

    1. Hi Sue! Simply omit the mint or use another herb you enjoy!

  8. I think I’ll try seasoned breadcrumbs for the cornmeal, and fresh basil for the mint….

  9. Gail Ripp-Buck says:

    Can you use frozen shredded zucchini? I have some in the freezer?

    1. I recommend thawing and blotting it first.

  10. Hi am I reading incorrectly. It says baked on the front page but directions say fry in olive oil? Would love to bake if possible

    1. Hi! These are cooked in a skillet, not baked. Sorry for the confusion!

  11. I threw in a tablespoon of chia seeds and it sucked that wetness right out! Good source of protein and fiber too. Nice and crunchy, even when reheated. Plus it picks up the flavor nicely, as I subbed a shallot for the onion

  12. Nutritional info??

    1. I’m unsure of the nutritional info of this recipe, but there are many great online calculators like this one: https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp

  13. For the sauce, can I substitute sour cream for the yogurt?

    1. Definitely!

  14. Danielle C says:

    These are probably my favorite fritters ever! I’ve been making zucchini cakes (as my kids like to call them) for years, but most recipes use breadcrumbs and cheese, which tend to obscure the flavor of the veggies. I love the freshness the sweet potato and cornmeal bring to your version. I rarely have mint in the house and they’re still delicious without it. I usually have to double the recipe so there are leftovers for lunch!

  15. These fritters were incredible! I’ve been following your recipes for a long time now and I have yet to find one I don’t like. I made a garlic dipping sauce to go along with it and they came out perfect!

  16. I made this recepie with carrots instead of zuccini and it turn out amazing! Love it! For sure one to keep on my favorites. Regards from Brasil.

  17. I’m wondering if I could bake these instead of frying them. Has anyone tried this? Would I need to alter the ingredients in order to bake them?

    1. Hilari @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Debbie, you could certainly give it a try. We haven’t tested baking these instead of frying, but my thought is to keep all of the ingredients the same and bake at 375 degrees until crispy. If you try it this way, let us know how it goes!

  18. Can you omit the potato or do I need to change ratios?

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Andrea, Simply use 1 extra cup shredded zucchini instead of the sweet potato. Enjoy!

  19. A great way to squeeze out the moisture in zucchini is to use a cheese bag. If you don’t have a cheese bag you could make one, all it is is unbleached muslin; which is .99 a yard. Just sew two rectangles together invert and you have a bag no draw string needed, if your feeling adventurous you can add a drawstring and therefore have a proper cheese bag too. Then just pop zucchini into the bag twist the open end until it puts pressure on your zucchini And voila, strained zucchini without the mess and breakage of paper towels and using up all of your kitchen towels.

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