Baked zucchini fritters

Baked zucchini fritters

baked zucchini fritters macro

It is zucchini season over here and while I don’t grow my own food yet, I know that zucchini – once it takes – tends to give prolific harvest and so I always get avid gardeners asking for zucchini recipes. This baked zucchini fritters recipe is as if Greek zucchini fritters and hash browns had a baby. They are delicious and easy to make but instead of frying – as I tend to avoid frying myself – they are baked in the oven to crispy perfection.

These baked zucchini fritters only feature a handful of simple ingredients and aren’t hard to make at all, but like with most zucchini recipes there is a single pain point. Yes, you guessed it, it’s the squeezing, wringing dry or whatever else you want to call it. Zucchini is ridiculously watery and sneaky about it too – at least with a cucumber you can tell with its almost translucent flesh – so you really need to apply yourself to squeezing all of the excess moisture out of zucchini and potato mixture in this recipe if you want it to come out well.

You can wrap the mixture in a muslin cloth or a clean kitchen towel, twist the fabric above it and squeeze. Or you can go slowly and meticulously, handful by handful, and get rid of all of the water that way. If you use the second method, be sure to do it twice – there is no such thing as zucchini mixture that’s been overly squeezed…

Once your shredded vegetables are dry, combine them with the rest of ingredients, shape into fritters and bake till golden and crispy. Serve with your favourite dip – I went for this deliciously creamy basil (and I added a bit of dill too) dip – or seasoned yoghurt.

MORE ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS

baked zucchini fritters ingredients

ZUCCHINI: Grated zucchini or courgette (as it’s known in the UK) is what these baked zucchini fritters are all about. Be sure to grate it on a coarse setting and then to squeeze all of the excess moisture out well.

POTATO: Grated potato is used mainly for texture here. As opposed to zucchini, it’s a vegetable rich in starch so it helps these fritters to get nice and crispy.

LEMON ZEST: I zested a whole lemon to give these fritters a hint of citrusy flavour, I recommend using an unwaxed, well cleaned lemon for this application. If you haven’t got one, don’t worry, you can skip this ingredient.

SPRING ONIONS: Spring onions (or scallions) add a mild oniony flavour to these fritters. Chop them up finely and add directly to the mixture.

DILL: I flavoured these fritters with a generous handful of finely chopped dill as it goes beautifully well with both zucchini and potatoes. You can use dried herbs if you prefer, I would start off with a teaspoon and add more if desired.

CORNSTARCH: Starch is what helps these fritters keep together and help them crisp up. I used cornstarch (also known as cornflour in the UK), but you can also use potato starch.

OIL: These fritters are baked instead of fried so they really are a healthier option, but you will still need to brush them with a bit of oil to make them crisp up nicely in the oven. I used mild (cooking grade) olive oil, but any vegetable oil will work just as well.

baked zucchini fritters shredding veggies

Make these baked zucchini fritters in no time at all by grating your veggies in a food processor or you could also do it by hand if you don’t mind a bit of tedium. Go for a coarse grate for best results.

baked zucchini fritters salted

Salt grated zucchini and potatoes with generous amount of salt and leave them to stand. Salt will extract excess moisture out of the veggies and getting rid of it makes these crispier.

baked zucchini fritters squeezing

After 10-15 minutes, squeeze all of the excess water out. You can either place all of the veggies inside a clean muslin cloth and kitchen towel and wring them dry, or you could grab small handfuls of the mixture and squeeze them dry, be thorough – that’s the most important step of this recipe. Both vegetables, but especially zucchini, contain crazy amount of water. I squeezed almost a cup and a half out of the mixture.

baked zucchini fritters making

Pre-heat your oven to 220° C / 425° F and line a large baking tray with baking paper, then combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them together thoroughly.

baked zucchini fritters shaping

Shape the fritters using your hands. Divide the mixture into 12 equal size fritters (I used scales). Grab each portion of the mixture and squeeze it in the palm of your hand so that the mixture sticks together then gently shape it into a flat disc. Arrange shaped fritters on the prepared baking tray and brush with generous amount of oil on both sides.

baked zucchini fritters baked

Bake the fritters until crispy and golden, flipping them once at a half way point and moving them around the tray if your oven has clear hot spots.

baked zucchini fritters plate

baked zucchini fritters stacked

makes
12
PREP
20 min
COOKING
40 min
makes
12
PREPARATION
20 min
COOKING
40 min
INGREDIENTS
  • 450 g / 16 oz zucchini (2 medium)
  • 300 g / 10.5 oz potato (2 medium)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pepper
  • 3 small spring onions / scallions, finely sliced
  • 15 g / 0.5 oz dill
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 50 g / heaped 1/3 cup cornstarch or potato starch
  • olive oil or other vegetable oil
  • seasoned yoghurt or dip, to serve
METHOD
  1. Grate zucchini and potato coarsely. I used a food processor for speed, but you can grate them by hand if you prefer.
  2. Stir 1 tsp of salt through the mixture and set aside for 10-15 minutes, meanwhile move to the next step.
  3. Slice spring onions and dill really finely and pre-heat your oven to 220° C / 425° F and line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  4. After the time has passed, squeeze all of the excess liquid out of the mixture – you can do it by placing it in the middle of a clean muslin cloth or grabbing small handfuls and doing it by hand. Be very thorough – I extracted almost one and half cups of liquid.
  5. Place squeezed out vegetables in a mixing bowl, add spring onions, dill, zest of lemon, pepper and starch. Mix really well.
  6. Divide the mixture into 12 patties (about 40 g / 1.4 oz each) and squeeze each portion in the palm of your hand well so that it sticks together, then shape into a flat disc.
  7. Arrange shaped fritters on the baking tray, brushing them with a generous amount of oil on both sides.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden on both sides, flipping them once half way through and moving around if your oven has hotspots.
  9. Allow them to cool a little to crisp up. Serve warm with a side of your favourite dip – this basil dip, which I also added some dill to is what I made – or your favourite yoghurt (seasoned with salt, pepper, maybe a clove of garlic and a squeeze of lemon).
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NUTRITIONAL INFO
calories
49
2%
sugars
1 g
1%
fats
1 g
2%
saturates
0 g
1%
proteins
1 g
2%
carbs
9 g
3%
*per per fritter (without a dip)
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5.0
1 review, 3 comments
REVIEWS & QUESTIONS
Scott:
This is more effort than I can normally manage, but it's *so good*
10 out of 10, will make again
    Ania
    Ania:
    Aw thanks Scott, I am so happy to hear that you rated them so highly and that you plan to make them again. Thank you for taking the time to review, I really appreciate it. Ania
Deb:
Can these be cooked in an air fryer?
    Ania
    Ania:
    I don't own one so cannot be 100% sure by pretty sure it will work just as well, if not better. Ania
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