Fluffy Italian Zucchini Fritters (Pancakes)

Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 1 Hr 30 Mins Cook Time: 20 Mins Total Time: 1 Hr 50 Mins

Easy Zucchini Fritters

Thanks to my Mom for passing down this recipe for Zucchini Fritters. A delicious side dish made of wholesome ingredients, like fresh zucchini, parmesan cheese, parsley and eggs.

Trust me that once you try this recipe for Zucchini Fritters, you will be able to use up all those zucchini from your garden and make this recipe all of the time!

Your whole family will loves these including your kids!

Tips and Tricks to Making Fluffy Italian Zucchini Fritters

Picking the Right Zucchini

For this recipe for Fluffy Italian Zucchini Fritters, you need to use fresh zucchini.  Don’t use frozen zucchini. Don’t use leftover zucchini that you have already cooked and are lying in the fridge.  Fresh, remember!

Preparing the Zucchini for these Fritters

Grated Zucchini in a Collander

This step is so important, don’t skip this step.  Using a grater, shred the zucchini and place them in a strainer and then place the strainer in a bowl.  Add salt and mix the zucchini.  Allow the zucchini to sweat and squeeze.  Let rest for 2 hours and return and squeeze the remaining moisture out of the zucchini. You’ll find that some of the moisture will have already drained into the bowl before you start squeezing.

Where to Find Parmesan Cheese

I know that this might seem like a stupid section, but it’s not written in vein.  I know a lot of people who buy their pasta cheeses in the grocery isles. Please don’t buy that brand or some no name parmesan cheese in a plastic jar in the pantry isle.  Go to the Cheese and Deli counter to get “real” freshly grated parmesan or reggiano cheese.  There is nothing more delicious than fresh grated cheese without extra unnecessary ingredients. Once you try fresh, you will never go back.

Planing Ahead and a Trick for this Treat

These fritters aren’t something you can whip up in 30 minutes. Although there is a trick if you are in a hurry. If you want to make them properly you need to let them sweat for at least 2 hours to ensure that all the moisture has been squeezed out of them once grated. But, if you are in a hurry, here is a trick.  Grate your zucchini, salt them and then get in their with your hands and start squeezing the living daylights out of them squeezing the moisture out.  Toss and keep squeezing. Do this over and over again until there isn’t anymore moisture left.

Frying Your Zucchini Fritters

You don’t need to use a deep fryer for this step.  Just fill a frying pan with about half and inch vegetable oil. That much oil should be enough for you to spoon the zucchini patties into the oil and fry on one side.  Once brown, flip and brown on the other side.  The zucchini will turn a light brown on the outer edge and rise a little.

When they are cooked, you will want to place them in a plate lined with paper towels to soak up the oil.  Let them cool completely, before taking a bite out of one of them.

You can use any type of paper towel, like this one here.

These fritters will store very well.  Just place them in an airtight container and in the fridge for a maximum of 4 days.  They also freeze well.  When you want to eat the fritters, thaw them out in the fridge for 24 hours and then warm them up.

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Italian Zucchini Fritters


Recipe Details for these Fluffy Italian Zucchini Fritters



0/4 Instructions
  • Shred the zucchini using a grater and place in a strainer and place the strainer in a bowl. Season with salt and mix. Place small plate on top of the shredded zucchini and press down to squeeze excess water. Make sure that the strainer is sitting on top of a bowl to catch water.
  • Occasionally return to squeeze water out of the zucchini. Set aside for a couple of hours. If you don't have time to spare, just squeeze the life out of the zucchini until they reduce in volume by about half of what you had originally.
  • Once the zucchini has drained of excess water, transfer to a dry bowl and add garlic, egg, cheese and parsley.
  • Place oil in a medium frypan and once heated to about 180°F degrees. Place mixture in frypan using a spoon and your finger to push the fritter into the oil. Pat the fritter with your spoon to flatten as it begins to fry. Once you see the edges of the fritter get white, you can flip it to cook the other side. Repeat until you have finished with the dough mixture.


Makes about 30, 2 inch fritters. Thanks Mom for your recipe!


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