Pan-fried in olive oil, these Cheesy Zucchini Fritters are like eating a zucchini pancake! In this zucchini fritter recipe, combine lots of shredded cheddar cheese, grated zucchini, an egg, and bread crumbs and you've got a delicious kid-friendly healthy(ish) snack in 15 minutes! Eat them plain, like a burger in a bun, or dipped in your favorite sauce.
Whether you call them zucchini fritters, zucchini pancakes or zucchini patties, this golden-brown, pan-fried combination of cheddar and grated zucchini is absolutely delicious!
Your kids (and you!) will gobble these babies up before anyone can say, but I don't wanna eat my vegetables! Oh they probably don't, but they will! They won't even know these cheesy zucchini fritters are made with any zucchini at all! An obvious win when trying to sneak in those green veggies (or any veggies for that matter) in our very picky kids' diets and ever-changing likes and dislikes.
Cheesy zucchini fritters are awesome for kids and babies because they are soft and easy to chew. Zucchini is not a strong tasting vegetable, so they should not be deterred from the texture or any overpowering vegetable taste.
These cheesy zucchini fritters were inspired by 2 things: the gorgeously ripe fresh zucchini at the farmers market and how much my picky kiddos love these broccoli cheddar fritters.
Broccoli is our vegetable of choice, and we definitely eat it about 3 or 4 times a week. In an effort to vary up our healthy and fresh vegetable choices, we've been eating more zucchini. More zucchini in the past 3 weeks than I have had in the past year.
And that's okay!
This nutritious vegetable is full of vitamin C and vitamin B. It's a great source of manganese and potassium, too.
1 cup of zucchini will give you almost 2 grams of protein, 1 gram of fiber and virtually no fat. Plus 1 cup serving is only 21 calories!
Now of course we need to go taking all that zucchini wholesomeness and fatten it up a bit with some cheese!
And instead of our usual broccoli cheddar fritters, we will be snacking on these zucchini fritters all week and adding the zucchini fritter recipe to our kid-friendly snack list!
To make this zucchini fritter recipe you need 6 simple ingredients:
- fresh and finely grated zucchini
- shredded cheddar cheese
- panko breadcrumbs (regular breadcrumbs will work too)
- salt + pepper
- a little olive oil for the pan
If you don't have panko, that's totally fine! Regular breadcrumbs will work too. Salt and pepper are not entirely necessary, so if you are watching how much salt you consume, feel free to use less than the recipe calls for or none at all.
🔪 Step-By-Step Directions
To make cheesy zucchini fritters, follow these steps:
- Finely grate the zucchini.
- Combine the zucchini, cheddar cheese, breadcrumbs, egg, salt, and pepper and mix well.
- Heat a griddle (or other nonstick pan) and grease with olive oil.
- Scoop a soup ladle amount of batter and fry on each side for 2-3 minutes, until the fritter is golden-brown. Flip and cook another 2-3 minutes.
The zucchini fritters will be firm on the outside, yet soft on the inside, when they are finished.
Make sure not to stack hot patties on top of one another while they cool. Because they are hot and full of cheese, they will stick to another if you do this. The best thing to do is transfer them to a plate or wire rack when done.
That's all there is to it!
Cheesy Zucchini Fritters
- 1 ½ cups grated zucchini
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp pepper
- 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- Mix all ingredients.
- Heat a griddle or nonstick pan and coat with olive oil.
- Using a soup ladle, transfer batter in small quantities to the hot griddle. Press down on the batter gently with a spatula and cook 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
- Serve warm as a snack or mini veggie burger.
We love eating cheesy zucchini fritters warmed up, but plain. They are also delicious eaten like a veggie burger on a mini sweet roll. Or dip them in ketchup, ranch, or your other favorite dipping sauces.
Fritters keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. They can be frozen for up to 6 months. After defrosting, press between a paper towel to absorb extra water before heating.
Did you love these cheesy zucchini fritters? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you.