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May 31, 2018

by Alyssa

5-Ingredient Healthy Zucchini Fritters

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Look for a quick appetizer or side? These Healthy Zucchini Fritters use just 5 ingredients and are ready in about 20 minutes. They're also naturally gluten-free and high in protein!

how to make healthy zucchini fritters

Ever been in the scenario where you have people coming over for dinner that night and have zero clue what you're making? Yea, me too.

It's stressful, it's exhausting and it kind of makes the whole idea of hosting not too appealing.

Since I've been in the same exact boat, I wanted to give you a super quick appetizer that I know your guests will love! These healthy zucchini fritters use just 5 ingredients, are a cinch to whip up and they taste delicious! (they're also a great way to use up all that summer zucchini!)

how to make healthy zucchini fritters with 5 ingredients

How to make Healthy Zucchini Fritters

Let's start with our zucchini. We're using shredded zucchini in this recipe and since zucchini is 95% water, it's important that we drain it of the liquid. The easiest way I have found to do this is to grate the zucchini, transfer it to a clean dish towel and then squeeze out the water. From there, your zucchini should be nice and dry, perfect for these fritters!

Then we essentially just add everything to a bowl, stir it together and then sear them up!

how to make healthy zucchini fritters with 5 ingredients

Ways to Serve Your Fritters

Of course, plating them up and letting people dig in is totally cool, but if you're trying to class things up a bit, here's what I recommend:

  • Layer on hummus and microgreens
  • Make a quick tahini dressing
  • Top with a dollop of coconut (or greek) yogurt
  • Dip in spicy ketchup (sounds weird, but it's GOOD)

healthy zucchini fritters made with quinoa flour

Also, these can be saved for later and reheated!

I like to actually reheat mine in the toaster oven and use them as a “toast”. Rather than toasting up some bread, I'll toast a few of these healthy zucchini fritters, top them with my favorite sandwich toppings and make eat them like an open-faced sammie.

So simple, a great way to sneak some in some extra veggies and seriously delicious!

how to make healthy & gluten-free zucchini fritters

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Healthy Zucchini Fritters

These healthy zucchini fritters are a quick and easy recipe, perfect for summer! Ready in about 20 minutes, using just 5 ingredients, they make for a great appetizer or snack!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 fritters
Calories 37kcal
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  • Add the zucchini to a clean dish towel. Squeeze out all the water and transfer it to a bowl.
  • To the bowl, add the flour, scallions, eggs, salt and pepper. Stir the mixture together with a spatula or wooden spoon until combined.
  • Add 2 - 3 tablespoons of coconut oil into a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, form small patties out of the zucchini mixture in your hands.
  • Cook the fritters until golden brown, about 2 - 3 minutes, then flip cook an additional 2 minutes. Transfer the fritters to a cooling rack.
  • Repeat this process with the remaining mixture.
  • Serve slightly warm as is or with your favorite sauce!



Calories: 37kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 117mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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  1. Looks like a great recipe but probably shouldn’t be under the “vegan snacks” page/edit when it requires 3 eggs!!

  2. hi with all the information about coconut oil and how bad it is for you … what are your thoughts and not using oil

    • I’m fine using coconut oil. I think there will always be articles that discredit different foods by “experts” and it’s our job to just make personal choices based on what we know.

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  5. How about using serialized Broccoli stems? The store here leaves long thick stems on the fresh Broccoli and discarding them is against my thrifty soul. I usually just add to the flower heads, steam and add seasoning for a side.

  6. Interesting recipe. I too would like to know if other flours can be subbed for the quinoa, like even rice flour?

  7. These look great! Love that they can reheat too. I’m always looking for sneaky ways to add in more veggies!

    • I haven’t tested with almond flour! I think it would work better with a grain-based flour, but it’s definitely worth a shot 🙂

    • These turned out AMAZING! I made them yesterday, using flax eggs (with a 1:2.5 ratio) and they were perfect, the texture was spot on and flavor was incredible. I made a few of them as fritters and the rest i poured into a 9×13 baking dish (I doubled the recipe). SO good! My entire family loved them. Thank you for sharing! I baked it at 375 for around an hour. I should note, I also used chickpea flour, since I’m allergic to quinoa.

    • I haven’t tested them that way yet!! So I’m not totally sure. You might need to tweak the ingredients a little and perhaps let it sit for a while longer.

  8. Hi! Typo for sweet potato in ingredients, but great idea!! These are so up my alley and a great partner for my tahini addiction!
    I love your recipes! Channeling my thoughts, cravings, curiosity.

  9. Hello. I’m curious about the zucchini fritters. You stated sweet potatoes in the instructions but not in the ingredients. How much is required for the recipe?


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