Zucchini Fritters

Here is a fast and easy snack or light lunch idea that uses up those pesky zucchini’s that we all buy and don’t know what to do with once we get them home from the store. At least, that’s what happened to me a few days ago. I went to the store, zucchinis were on sale, and I thought “I bet I could sneak these into a bunch of meals!”. Then, I forgot I bought them until I found them yesterday at the bottom of the vegetable drawer. Darn zucchinis. Always tempting us at the market and then going incognito at the bottom of the fridge not wanting to be used.

Well, I found them and I most definitely used them. And, the best part is they’re practically pure vegetable! My {almost 2 year old–eek!} daughter ate these up like they were french fries! These zucchini fritters are so delightfully delicious it’s weird to think that they {dare I say it?!} might even be a tiny bit good for you! Shocking, isn’t it!

Ok, ok I know you ‘fry’ these in butter but that doesn’t take away the bounteous vitamins and minerals in the zucchini. I figure that everything here or there could use a little butter from time to time. And, when you’re dealing with a vegetable in this application, you’ve gotta go with the butter. There. I said it.

On a bright, more positive note, I figured out the caloric content for this entire recipe! 330 calories my friends INCLUDING the 2 tablespoons of butter!! {Excluding toppings} That’s approximately 42 calories EACH! How’s that for awesome?! This explains why I ate 7 of the 8 fritters. Well….haha…..ok…. partly this and partly because they were light, oniony, slightly salty, soft, tender and viciously addictive. I repeat: viciously addictive. That darn butter & onion flavor gets me every time. Luckily, my ‘splurge’ was under 400 calories which doesn’t make it seem like a splurge at all. I may whip up a batch today, as a matter of fact! I still have a few zucchinis floating around my fridge! {Those darn zucchini sales at Safeway. They get me every time!}

I loved these, my daughter loved these and so did everyone else who snuck a taste before I ate them all. Only takes 15 minutes to make and a great way to get your veggies in! Happy frittering!

Zucchini Fritters
yield: 8 small fritters; 2 servings
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Ingredients:
1 medium zucchini
3 tablespoons grated onion
1 egg
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2-3 tablespoons butter, for frying
desired toppings: cheese, sour cream, onions, etc.

Directions:
Grate zucchini into large bowl {I use a medium grater}. Squeeze excess water out of zucchini {this should be about 1 cup}. Stir in onion, egg, flour, baking powder and salt until combined. Over medium to medium high heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter in large skillet. Drop batter by the tablespoonful into hot pan, flattening out to be 3-4 inches in diameter, 1/4-1/8 inch thick. Cook 1 minute until bottoms are deep brown and flip. Cook 30 more seconds, remove to plate and sprinkle with salt. Melt more butter into hot pan and repeat until no more batter remains. Serve fritters warm with desired toppings.

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10 Responses to “Zucchini Fritters”

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    cathyb.@brightbakes — January 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    and here I thought I was the only one who had the problem of letting my zucchini wither away in the crisper! Beautiful recipe…and with that kind of nutritional count i WILL be making it directly…
    love,
    cathy b.

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    Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles — January 19, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Oh, I just got some zucchini in this week’s CSA box – now I’m inspired! :)

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    Tracy — January 20, 2011 at 1:47 am

    These look incredible and I love how low in calories they are! Bookmarking these!

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    Katrina — January 20, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I love zucchini fritters! Great recipe.

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    Karen — January 21, 2011 at 4:15 am

    I am always looking for a good zucchini recipe for the end of summer garden time! I am way excited to try these. I bet I won’t be able to make enough!

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    Peggy — January 29, 2011 at 2:51 am

    I will definitely be making these the next time I see zucchini or any squash in the reduced for quick sale rack!! (and I’ve got freshly ground flour in the freezer just begging to be used!!!)

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    marla — February 7, 2011 at 10:11 pm
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    DORIS BLANKENSHIP — April 24, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I used the yellow squash instead of zucchini. My husband would not touch squash til I started making these, and we would just about fight for the last one. He stood over my shoulder while I was making them and would grab one as soon as it came out of the pan.

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    • Rose Rodier — August 4th, 2014 @ 1:38 pm

      These sound delicious. I love zucchini and my husband grows so many. This is another great recipe to try. Thanks

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    dianne koehler — August 24, 2014 at 3:37 am

    I am going to try to oven fry them instead. really reduces the calories and has worked well on other recipes

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