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Easy Zucchini Fritters

You are going to adore these easy recipe for fritters packed with fresh zucchini. These are both delicious and healthy and make an ideal light lunch or dinner.

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These easy zucchini fritters are a great way to use fresh zucchini, especially in the summer when there is an abundance of them on the markets. Or even better, if you pick them directly from your garden.

Zucchini are quite affordable vegetable as well as healthy and nutritious, which makes them a great ingredient in the summer dishes. Fresh zucchini can be used in every meal, from appetizer, main or even dessert.

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Our recipe will show you how to make amazingly delicious and light fritters you can enjoy as separate meal or a great side-dish. If you love zucchini in your meals, we suggest you to try our recipes for quick fried zucchini balls or sweet corn zucchini flatbread pizza.

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How to make easy zucchini fritters

This recipe calls for a few simple ingredients including FRESH ZUCCHINI which are the star of the recipe.

You will also need an EGG, some FLOUR, MASCARPONE CHEESE (you can skip this if you don't have), chopped FRESH PARSLEY, BAKING POWDER, SALT and BLACK PEPPER for seasoning.

TIPS FOR CHOOSING ZUCCHINI

When purchasing zucchini, choose ones that are firm and heavy with a bright, glossy skin. Also choose smaller zucchini which offer more flavour than the larger one. To keep zucchini fresh at home don't wash them until you are ready to use them. Keep them in the fridge and they will last for at least a week.

How to prepare zucchini

Start with grating zucchini using large-holes on the box grater. Once grated, place them in a colander, sprinkle zucchini with some salt and leave aside for 10 minutes. Now, squeeze out as much water as possible from zucchini to avoid making fritters soggy. You can do this with your hands or using a clean cloth.



Making the batter for fritters

Once you have zucchini ready, whisk an egg in a large bowl using a balloon whisk, then add mascarpone and flour and whisk until you get a thick batter. We add small amount of baking powder to ensure light and fluffy texture of fritters.

Now add grated zucchini and chopped parsley and stir with a fork. In the end season with salt and pepper. 



How to fry zucchini fritters

For frying fritters heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil (use 1 tablespoon for each batch) on a skillet or non-stick frying pan.

Spoon a tablespoon of batter onto the skillet for each fritter and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until the fritters are golden brown. Transfer
fritters to a plate lined with kitchen paper. Fry 2-3 fritters in a batch, depending on the size of skillet.

Make sure to check and adjust heat between batches if necessary to avoid burning the fritters. Your easy zucchini fritters are ready to serve!

YOU HAVE SOME LEFTOVER FRITTERS? Keep them in athe fridge for up to 1 week. Reheat by placing on lined baking sheet in the oven. 

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Easy Zucchini Fritters

MAKES: 8 fritters
COOKS IN: 30 minutes
LEVEL: Easy

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 medium zucchini (around 400g)
  • 1 egg
  • 40g (1/3 cup) plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • salt & pepper, for seasoning
  • olive oil, for frying

METHOD

  1. Grate zucchini on a large holes of box grater and sprinkle with some salt. Leave for 10-15 minutes then drain with your hands or using a clean cloth. Leave aside.

  2. Whisk an egg then add flour, baking powder and mascarpone. Season with salt and pepper and whisk again until combined. You will get a thick batter.

  3. Add grated zucchini and stir until combined.

  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil on non-stick skillet or frying pan. Place heaped tablespoons of the mixture onto pan and fry for 2-3 minutes or until fritters are golden brown and puffed a bit. Flip on the other side and fry for another 1-2 minutes. Remove to a serving plate.



We recommend using the measurement in grams & ml (instead of cups & spoons) for more accuracy and better results.