Fresh and Quick Zucchini Fritters

Fresh and Quick Zucchini Fritters, Kiku Corner

Zucchini, zucchini, zucchini. When zucchinis arrive in the market, there always seems to be more than you know what to do with. How many zucchini cakes can you really make? Well, luckily this recipe creates the lightest, freshest tasting fritters! The garlic yogurt sauce is a must as it adds just the right amount of cream and tang. Though they are perfectly light for the sweltering summer months, these fritters make a deliciously hot and crispy side in the winter when a cold salad just isn’t appealing.



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Fresh and Quick Zucchini Fritters
Recipe type: Appetizer
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Makes 6 fritters
  • 1 pound (about 2 medium) zucchini
  • 1 tsp salt, plus extra to taste
  • 4 scallions, split lengthwise and sliced thin
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Canola oil for frying
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 small minced or crushed clove of garlic
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • Sprinkle of sumac for garnish
  1. Trim ends off zucchini and grate them on the large holes of a box grater over a large bowl.
  2. Wrap zucchini in a clean kitchen towel and place in a colander to drain for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Wring out the zucchini by pressing it against the holes of a colander to extract the water.
  4. Return zucchini shreds to bowl. Stir in scallions, egg and some freshly ground black pepper.
  5. In a tiny dish, stir together flour and baking powder, then stir the mixture into the zucchini batter. It should look like lightly coated zucchini- this is not a runny batter.
  6. In a large non-stick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high heat. Drop four small bunches of the zucchini mixture (about a quarter cup) onto the skillet. Do not overcrowd them.
  7. 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.
  8. Repeat process with remaining batter.
  9. For the sauce, stir together the yogurt, salt, and mayonnaise and adjust the flavors to your taste. Use a mortar and pestle to grind the garlic into a fine paste before adding it to the yogurt. Dollop on each fritter before serving and sprinkle with sumac.
  1. These fritters keep well, either in the fridge or frozen. When you need them, reheat them in your toaster oven until they’re hot and crisp again.

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Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen

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  1. Elaine says:

    This is a great little recipe and it was the Most Viewed last week and will be featured tomorrow!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 favorite Things on Thursday! Hope to see you tomorrow! Pinned!

  2. Ashley says:

    HEY! Thank you for linking to last week’s Tasty Tuesday linky party. I have pinned your recipes to Creative K Kid’s Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board. I hope that you’ll join us again this week with your new recipes.

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