Healthy Zucchini Fritters

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These Healthy Zucchini Fritters with Avocado Crema are a healthy remake of a childhood classic my mom used to make growing up. They’re packed with veggies, gluten-free, and paleo as well. Instead of processed ingredients, these fritters are made with whole food ingredients like almond flour and flax meal. They cook up with soft centers and crispy edges. Enjoy with the avocado crema, basil aioli, sour cream, or your favorite sauce.

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My mom used to make zucchini pancakes often in the summer for us growing up. They’re a great way to add some extra veggies to dinner and use up the abundance of zucchini in mid-summer. We used to eat them for dinner with savory toppings, and sometimes with homemade sausage too.

Somewhere along the line, I forgot about this simple recipe for a quick and easy dinner. But I came across it again and knew I had to remake it. From that time forward, these have been a new summertime favorite!

Replacing the all-purpose flour with almond flour turned out to be the best thing that’s happened to zucchini pancakes. They turned out so much crispier, that I re-named them zucchini fritters.

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I also added a small amount of flax meal to soak up the excess moisture you always get with zucchini, and it improved the overall texture. It often seems to be the case when you substitute in the name of ‘healthier’, the flavor and/or texture suffers, but this is not one of those times.

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Zucchini – this is the main ingredient and it’s a great way to add more veggies to any dinner because these fritters work well as a side dish or main dish. Zucchini varies in moisture, and because of this, the texture of your fritters may vary. Doing the salting step you’ll read about below, ensures the most even result each time.
  • Almond Flour – this helps all that zucchini come together and also adds a nice nutty flavor to those crispy edges.
  • Flax Meal – is your second ingredient to help keep all that zucchini from falling apart. It also adds a good dose of fiber to the mix as well.
  • Egg – this is essential in combination with the almond flour and flax meal to make a fritter that holds together.
  • Sea Salt and Pepper – the salt and pepper are of course for flavor, but the salt does double duty by extracting moisture from the zucchini.
  • Garlic – just a touch of minced garlic makes a world of difference in the addictive savory flavor of these fritters.

Make these Healthy Zucchini Fritters step by step

Grated Zucchini for Zucchini Fritters!

Step 1: First up you want to grate your zucchini with a box grater or food processor.

From here you have 2 options

  1. You can mix the freshly grated zucchini right into a batter. You will have a zucchini pancake texture with crispy fritter edges.
  2. Or you can place the grated zucchini into a colander. Place that colander in the sink and sprinkle with sea salt. Let the zucchini sit and the excess water drain out of it for 20 minutes. Then just firmly press the zucchini with your hands to remove any more excess water and proceed with the batter.

Tip: By removing the excess water, you ensure a much crispier fritter. However if you’re in a hurry, you can also make these as described above because a zucchini pancake texture is very good as well!

Batter for Gluten Free Zucchini Fritters!

Step 2: Add the grated zucchini to a bowl with the rest of the fritter ingredients.

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Step 3: Stir together until a thick batter forms.

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Step 4: Pan fry the zucchini fritters in cooking oil in a skillet leaving room in between so they brown well. Also it helps to keep these small so they’re easier to flip.

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Ways to serve these

  • As written we love these with the cherry tomatoes and Avocado Crema or the Basil Aioli as a vegetarian meal.
  • The fresh tomatoes are an optional topping, but I rather like them. And in the height of summer, there’s no better way to eat these, especially along with fresh herbs like chives and/or basil.
  • My mom used to serve these with sour cream which is tasty as well.
  • These are also delicious with pretty much any kind of meat off the grill. Andouille, Bratwurst, grilled chicken, steak, or pork chops are all good. It seems impossible to think of something that wouldn’t go with these fritters!

Tips & Tricks

  • I pan-fried mine in a cast iron skillet because you get the best crispy edges that way. It’s best to keep them small, about 4″ in diameter. These are on the delicate side, so it’s much easier to flip small fritters.
  • I have tried cooking these in my enameled cast iron. It’s a little more finicky, and you need to make sure the pan is properly hot first. The batter should sizzle when it goes in. Otherwise, you’ll find it sticks. This is true with regular cast iron too, but much less so, and overall I found it much easier to work with!
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Cooking these for a family

  • To speed things up, you can cook these in 2 cast iron pans. Then just serve them as fast as you can cook them!
  • Or you can cook all the fritters with 1 or 2 pans, and keep them warm in a 200ºF oven until you have all the batter cooked.
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Also, there are my 35 Healthy Zucchini Recipes and 5 Ways to use up large amounts of Zucchini.

I hope you enjoy these Healthy Zucchini Fritters! If you do get a chance to make this recipe, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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Healthy Zucchini Fritters

5 from 7 votes
Author: Kari Peters
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield: 2 for dinner – 4 as a side dish
Course: Dinner



  • 1 pound zucchini - ends cut off and grated, 1 large or 2 small
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt - plus more to taste if desired
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup fine almond flour
  • 2 tbsp golden flax meal - or regular ground flax meal
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic - minced
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil - or cooking oil, more or less may be needed.

Avocado Crema:

  • 1 ripe avocado - pitted and peeled
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk - from the can
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt - or to taste

Optional Toppings:

  • 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • Thinly sliced basil - or any other herb you love
  • Thinly sliced green onions - or chives


  • Place the grated zucchini in a colander, and place the colander into the sink. Or you can place something underneath it to catch the liquid.
  • Sprinkle the zucchini with the salt and let it sit for 20 minutes to shed the excess water. After 20 minutes, press the zucchini with your hands to remove any additional water.
  • Then mix all the ingredients for the fritters, except the avocado oil, in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  • Make the avocado crema by blending the avocado, coconut milk, lemon juice, and sea salt in a blender until smooth. Transfer the crema to a serving dish and set aside.
  • Prepare any of the optional fritter toppings and place them in serving dishes as well.
  • Preheat a cast iron pan over medium heat. I used a 9" pan, but you can use a bigger one if you have it.
  • Pour a small amount of avocado oil into your preheated pan, just enough to lightly coat the bottom.
  • Place small dollops of fritter batter into the pan – about 4" in diameter. Lightly flatten/spread them out if necessary. You will be able to cook 3 fritters at a time in a 9" skillet.
  • Cook for about 3-5 minutes, or until the fritters begin to set up and the bottom is golden brown. Turn the fritters over carefully, and cook another 3-5 minutes or until golden.
  • Repeat this process, adding oil when necessary until all the batter is gone.
  • Serve the fritters immediately as soon as they come out of the pan for the crispiest results.
  • It speeds up the cooking process to have 2 pans going on the stove, especially if you're making this for more than 2 people. Or you can keep the fritters warm in a 200ºF oven until they're all cooked before serving.
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This recipe can be easily multiplied to feed more, and it’s a great way to use up your extra zucchini.
The nutritional facts are calculated with the cherry tomatoes.
Category: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keywords: Almond Flour Zucchini Fritters, Gluten Free Zucchini Fritters, Recipe for Zucchini Fritters, Zucchini Fritters, Zucchini Fritters Recipe, Zucchini Fritters Recipes

nutrition facts

Calories: 524kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 1234mg | Potassium: 990mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 956IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 5mg
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36 thoughts on “Healthy Zucchini Fritters”

  1. 5 stars
    I LOVE zucchini fritters! These are so delicious and honestly we all just ended up standing around the skillet and eating them as they finished.

  2. 5 stars
    So good and seasonal. I imagine it is even better with the avocado crema (my avocado was not ready yet)… will do it again soon !
    Thank you for your wonderful and INSPIRING site !

    • Sorry but I don’t know what the Keto macros would be, but I think there should be some sort of online calculator that would help you out! I sure hope you enjoy these!

    • I’ve never tried freezing them, but zucchini usually doesn’t freeze well before cooking, it sheds all it’s water and the texture breaks down.

    • I would use quite a bit less because coconut flour absorbs a lot more liquid than almond flour. I’m not sure of an exact amount because I haven’t tried it myself, but I would start with 1-2 Tablespoons. After you stir the mixture together see how it looks, and maybe even cook up a trial fritter to see if you have enough flour before adding some more. If you can’t have almond products, another option would be to try cashew flour. I hope you enjoy the recipe, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!

    • You can substitute regular milk or almond milk for the coconut. I hope you enjoy the recipe, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!


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