Crispy Zucchini Feta Fritters Recipe

by | Aug 12, 2019 | All, Appetizers, Side Dishes

Add some Greek flavor to your appetizer spread with this tasty recipe for crispy Zucchini Feta Fritters!

Zucchini Feta Fritters on a white board with a small bowl of hummus. Garnished with fresh oregano and lemon slices. Can you ever have enough zucchini recipes?

Zucchini is plentiful any time of year, which is one of the reasons I love this Zucchini Feta Fritters recipe. Itโ€™s an easy, veggie-packed, warm Greek appetizer that never fails to fuel a crowd.

How to make Zucchini Feta Fritters

With less than 10 ingredients (not including oil, salt and pepper), these fritters come together quickly. 

Whisk together your flour, salt, pepper, baking powder, dried oregano and fresh lemon zest. Stir in your wet ingredients next, including the eggs, zucchini and feta cheese. 

You can definitely make larger or smaller zucchini fritters depending on your needs, but I usually aim for about 1/4 cup of batter for each fritter. That size works for both an appetizer or side dish. 

The easiest way I’ve found to transfer equal portions of fritter batter from the bowl to the pan is to use a 1/4 cup baking scoop. It helps keep the fritters a nice even shape and works great for muffins and cupcakes, too. 

Three zucchini feta fritters on a white board. Garnished with coarse sea salt, hummus, fresh oregano and lemon slices.

Not a fan of frying foods? I hear ya. I’ve never been a big fryer myself, but these fritters only need a modest bit of oil to crisp up.

I usually start with a smaller amount of oil and then add new oil after each batch. Yes, I have to wait for the oil to come to temperature, but it saves me a bit of splatter in the long run. 

Tips for crispy zucchini fritters

There are three key steps to ensuring your fritters are nice and crispy: 

  1. Get as much water out of your zucchini as possible before adding to the batter. 
  2. Don’t crowd the pan when frying. 
  3. Keep your just fried fritters warm in the oven. 

Let’s look at these steps a bit more closely. 

1. How to get the moisture out of zucchini

Zucchini holds an amazing amount of fluid for its often demure size. Salting your shredded zucchini will draw out a ton of its moisture so the zucchini shreds don’t expel their moisture into whatever you are cooking (and you end up with a soggy mess). 

Start by placing your shredded zucchini in a fine mesh colander. Sprinkle with a few teaspoons of salt. Toss it around so the salt is evenly distributed and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. The salt draws the moisture out of the zucchini as it sits. 

After 30 minutes, get ready to use your muscles. I like to use my hands to squeeze out the moisture because I get more control over how much liquid is expelled.

You can also use a large wooden spoon and press the zucchini against the sides of the colander if you prefer. 

Just when you think you’re done, give the zucchini another solid squeeze or two. The drier the zucchini, the crispier the fritters will be. 

White board filled with zucchini feta fritters. Garnished with fresh hummus, oregano, lemon slices and coarse sea salt.

2. Don’t crowd the pan when frying zucchini

I know it’s tempting to try to be efficient and get as many zucchini fritters fried at one time as possible. But if you don’t leave enough space around your fritters in the pan, they will steam rather than fry. And the results will not be as crispy as you like. 

Plus overcrowding the pan decreases the temperature of the oil, another culprit of steamed rather than crispy fritters.

Always make sure your oil is hot enough before you add batter to the pan. A small drop of water in the pan should sizzle immediately if the oil is at a hot frying temperature. Not getting a sizzle? Be patient and wait for the oil to heat up. 

3. Keep your zucchini fritters crispy in the oven

Unless you own a commercial fryer, these fritters will be fried in batches. To ensure the just fried fritters stay crispy while you finish cooking the remaining fritters, I like to use a little oven trick. 

Place a cooling rack on a sheet pan in a low temperature oven. Place the cooked fritters on the rack. The warm air circulating around the fritters keeps them crisp until you finish frying the remaining fritters. 

This tip works well for pancakes and waffles, too! 

What do you serve with these Zucchini Feta Fritters?

Most of the time I serve these vegetarian fritters with garlicky hummus as we always have that on hand. You can also dunk these babies in tzatziki sauce for a different flavor twist.

I’ve also served these as a side dish to a grilled main course. You can even wedge them on a platter of salad greens for a tasty buffet option for a large group. 

Zucchini Feta Fritters on a white board with a small bowl of hummus. Garnished with fresh oregano, coarse sea salt and lemon slices. More savory zucchini recipes:

Grilled Zucchini with Parmesan

Grilled Zucchini Pizza Bites

Grilled Zucchini Greek Salad

Baking recipes with zucchini: 

Cranberry Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins 

Banana Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies

Check out all of our appetizer recipes here

 

Yield: 12-14 fritters

Zucchini Feta Fritters

Zucchini Feta Fritters

A batch of these crispy Zucchini Feta Fritters will be a huge hit at your next party. Serve them as a unique appetizer or on a bed of greens as a savory size dish.

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds zucchini
  • 3 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 4 large eggs, whisked
  • 8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • canola oil (or other neutral oil) for frying
  • salt for garnish

Instructions

  1. Coarsely shred zucchini using either a box grater or food processor. Place shredded zucchini in a fine mesh colander and sprinkle with 2 teaspoons salt. Stir gently to incorporate. Let set for 30 minutes and squeeze out as much excess liquid as possible from the zucchini. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place a cooling rack on a sheet pan and set aside.
  3. Whisk together your dry ingredients (flour, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, zest and oregano) in a large bowl. Gently stir in eggs, zucchini and feta until thoroughly incorporated.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Carefully scoop 1/4 cups of batter into oil and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden and firm. Transfer cooked fritters to the cooling rack on the sheet pan and place in warm oven. Repeat process with remaining fritter batter.
  5. Sprinkle cooked fritters with coarse salt and serve with hummus, if desired.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Robin Asbell.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

2

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 270Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 158mgSodium: 1635mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 14g
These Zucchini Feta Fritters are a tasty appetizer recipe for your next party! Serve them with hummus, tzatziki sauce or on a bed of mixed greens for a beautiful presentation! 

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14 Comments

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    Mmm. When I was in Greece last month, I literally had zucchini or tomato fritters every single day I was there. These are taking me back, they look SO good!!!

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      Oooh, I bet you’ll love the lemon in these, Nicole!

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    I love fritters, especially of the zucchini variety and come August, I’m sure I’ll have plenty of zucchini to spare! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    I love fritters, especially of the zucchini variety. Come August, I’m sure I’ll have plenty of zucchini to spare! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      I swear, that stuff multiplies overnight, Bri. Enjoy!

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    We planted zucchini, but still have a wait before they’re ready for harvest. No way I’m waiting that long… I’m making these little babies this week ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Yeah, I’m not a patient one, either. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you enjoy them!

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    Yum!! Would love to stick these in a pita sandwich in lieu of classic falafel. Looks so delicious!

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      Love your creative spin, Medha!

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    These fritters sound divine! The perfect Greek-inspired recipe- I’m sure these would be amazing with tzatziki too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Thanks, Jess!

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    I planted zucchini at the last minute. Some good size plants came my way. So I am on the outlook for zucchini recipes. Fritters are perfect!

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      Looks like you had zucchini on the mind, too, Renee!

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