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zucchini fritters

Theres nothing like crispy fried zucchini in pancake form. I have had my eye on this recipe for a while, and then it came time when there were zucchini in my fridge just waiting to be used. These took about 30 minutes to make and less than 5 minutes to eat. These fritters are great as either an appetizer or snack.

zucchini fritters with dipping sauce

What you need: Makes about 10 (2 1/2 inch) fritters

  • 1 pound (about 2 medium) zucchini

  • 1 teaspoon coarse or Kosher salt, plus extra to taste

  • 2 scallions, split lengthwise and sliced thin

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • Olive or another oil of your choice, for frying


  • 1 cup sour cream or plain, full-fat yogurt

  • 1 to 2 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest

  • Pinches of salt

  • 1 small minced or crushed clove of garlic

What to do:

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Have a baking sheet ready.*

2. Trim ends off zucchini and grate them either on the large holes of a box grater or, if you have one, using the shredding blade of a food processor.

shredded zucchini before draining

3. In a large bowl, toss zucchini with 1 teaspoon coarse salt and set aside for 10 minutes. Wring out the zucchini in one of the following ways: pressing it against the holes of a colander with a wooden spoon to extract the water, squeezing out small handfuls at a time, or wrapping it up in a clean dishtowel or piece of cheese cloth and wringing away. Do not skip this step because a lot of liquid will come out.

4. Return deflated mass of zucchini shreds to bowl. Taste and if you think it could benefit from more salt (most rinses down the drain), add a little bit more; we found 1/4 teaspoon more just right. Stir in scallions, egg and some freshly ground black pepper. In a tiny dish, stir together flour and baking powder, then stir the mixture into the zucchini batter.

what you need: zucchini, flour, egg, onion, salt/pepper
adding everything to zucchini
the batter

5. In a large heavy skillet — cast iron is dreamy here — heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Drop small bunches of the zucchini mixture onto the skillet only a few at a time so they don’t become crowded and lightly nudge them flatter with the back of your spatula. Cook the fritters over moderately high heat until the edges underneath are golden, about 3 to 4 minutes. If you find this happening too quickly, reduce the heat to medium. Flip the fritters and fry them on the other side until browned underneath again, about 2 to 3 minutes more. Drain briefly on paper towels then transfer to baking sheet and then into the warm oven until needed. Repeat process, keeping the pan well-oiled, with remaining batter. I like to make sure that the fritters have at least 10 minutes in the oven to finish setting and getting extra crisp.

frying the fritters

6. For the topping, if using, stir together the sour cream, lemon juice, zest, salt and garlic and adjust the flavors to your taste. Dollop on each fritter before serving. These fritters are also delicious with a poached or fried egg on top, trust me.

* I skipped this step, partly because I read over it, but my fritters still came out well without being put in the oven

Recipe from: Smitten Kitchen

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