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Gluten Free Zucchini Fritters

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If you’re looking for an easy recipe that combines zucchini with garlic, look no further. These Gluten Free Zucchini Fritters are a game-changer, bringing a burst of flavors to your table. This recipe is delicious and perfectly gluten-free.

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Is it zucchini season yet? Even if you don’t grow your own zucchini, there is something about the fresh flavor of eating foods in season. So bring on all the zucchini recipes because we are going to celebrate!

Today we have zucchini fritters that are gluten free. And this recipe card is one you are going to keep at the top of your go-to list.

It is so easy, so delicious, and so customizable! You can make it in 20 minutes. Everyone loves it. And you can throw in extra of your favorite seasonings or even sprinkle with parmesan cheese for a fun flavor twist.

But the best part is this can be made ahead of time and still taste amazing. You can make it the day before, crisp in the oven and it is delicious.

Or you can make it, freeze it, then cook it fresh 3 months later and it is still a perfect side dish! The next time you make these, make a double batch. They are the perfect way to use up excess zucchini.

All ingredients laid out on counter ready to make fritters

What Are Fritters?

Fritters are bites of food made by coating various items in batter and frying until golden brown. In this case, zucchini takes center stage, providing a fresh and vibrant base for the fritters. The addition of minced garlic adds to the flavor, making these fritters a unique and tasty treat.

What Ingredients Are in Gluten Free Zucchini Fritters?

  • Grated Zucchini: The star ingredient, shredded for a fresh and vibrant base.
  • Garlic: Adds flavor to the coating of the fritters.
  • Eggs: Binding agent to hold the fritters together.
  • Fine Yellow Cornmeal: The gluten-free coating to the fritters giving the crispy texture.
  • Salt and Black Pepper: Season to taste, enhancing the overall flavor profile.

Pro Tip: Straining the shredded zucchini through cheesecloth ensures the fritters maintain a perfect consistency by removing excess moisture.

Shredded zucchini

How to Make Zucchini Fritters?

  1. Shred zucchini and let sit with salt to help draw out excess liquid.
  2. Strain zucchini through cheese cloth or a thin clean kitchen towel to get rid of the excess water.
  3. Combine zucchini, minced garlic, eggs, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  4. Mix in cornmeal for a gluten-free, crispy texture.
  5. Shape and flatten the mixture in a skillet with olive oil over medium-high heat.
  6. Cook until golden brown, then flip, and cook the other side.
  7. Keep warm in the oven until ready to serve.

Pro Tip: Using a cast iron skillet will give you perfectly crispy zucchini fritters and ensure even cooking.

If you love zucchini try our grilled zucchini recipe, raw zucchini salad and stir fry zucchini and bell peppers.

drained zucchini in a bowl with garlic, eggs and pepper in a bowl

Why Are My Zucchini Fritters Soggy?

If your gluten-free zucchini fritters are soggy, that is probably because there is too much liquid in the zucchini. 

To avoid this, make sure you let the grated zucchini sit and then you strain it really well through a cheesecloth or multiple paper towels to get rid of as much moisture as possible. Too much water will give you soggy fritters every time.

zucchini mixed up with cornmeal added

Can You Make Gluten Free Zucchini Fritters Ahead of Time?

Yes, you can make skillet zucchini fritters ahead of time. There are 2 ways to do this. You can prepare the mixture ahead of time and cook the fritters when you are ready to serve. 

Or you can cook them, store them, and reheat them the next day on a parchment paper lined baking sheet in the oven to crisp them and serve them warm. This is a great recipe choice for gatherings and events.

zucchini fritter mixture in a bowl mixed up.

How to Store Skillet Zucchini Fritters:

Store leftover zucchini fritters in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat in the oven or air fryer for optimal crispiness.

Can You Freeze Gluten Free Zucchini Fritters?

Yes, you can freeze these zucchini fritters. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet, freeze until solid, then transfer to a freezer bag. Reheat from frozen in the oven for a quick and easy snack.

wooden spoon scooping zucchini batter out of bowl

What to Serve with Gluten Free Zucchini Fritters:

These gluten-free zucchini fritters pair well with many items. Serve them plain for a light snack, or with a dipping sauce like yogurt dill or marinara sauce.

They are also delicious next to pizza quesadilla, avocado chicken salad, marinated flank steak for tacos and chicken noodle soup.

If you’re looking for additional side dishes, try Tuna and Potato Salad, Guacamole Deviled Eggs, Farro Salad with Arugula and Popcorn Salad.

4 dollops of fritter batter in an oiled skillet

Are Gluten Free Zucchini Fritters Healthy?

Yes, this zucchini fritters recipe is healthy! Packed with fresh zucchini and minimal oil, these are a healthier alternative to traditional fried snacks.

Are Gluten Free Zucchini Fritters Keto?

While these healthy zucchini fritters are gluten-free, that doesn’t make them keto. Because we use cornmeal to make them crispy, that might take you out of range of carbs to stay within keto guidelines. However, if you track your macros, they can probably fit in moderation as a side dish.

4 zucchini patties in skillet

Are Gluten Free Zucchini Fritters Gluten-Free?

Yes, this zucchini fritter recipe is gluten-free. We use fine yellow cornmeal instead of traditional wheat flour to coat the zucchini cakes.

Pro Tip: Customize the recipe by adding your favorite fresh herbs or spices for an extra flavor boost. Sometimes we like them with a dollop of sour cream and green onions on top.

3 zucchini fritters stacked up on top of each other

Whether you have too much zucchini or just want a delicious recipe, these gluten free zucchini fritters are a great way to add more veggies prepared with simple ingredients to your table. Make a double batch and stick one in the freezer for an easy homemade side anytime you need it!

Yield: 8 Servings

Gluten Free Zucchini Fritters

3 zucchini fritters stacked up on top of each other

You will love the simple perfection of Gluten Free Zucchini Fritters! This easy-to-follow recipe combines zucchini with garlic and cornmeal.

Instructions

  1. Shred the zucchini in your food processor.
  2. Place shredded zucchini in a bowl, add salt and let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Mince garlic.
  4. Strain zucchini through cheesecloth getting as much moisture out as possible.
  5. Add strained zucchini, garlic, eggs, salt and pepper to taste to a large bowl and mix.
  6. Add cornmeal and mix to combine.
  7. Heat olive oil in a skillet (cast iron preferred) over medium heat.
  8. With two spoons working in tandem, add zucchini mixture to skillet, shaping and flattening as you go.
  9. Cook until golden brown at edges, around four minutes.
  10. Flip and cook on the other side.
  11. Keep warm on baking sheet in 200° oven until ready to serve.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 65Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 423mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

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Katerina Petrovska

Friday 22nd of March 2024

I tried making these Gluten-Free Zucchini Fritters, and they turned out wonderfully light and flavorful. Definitely a recipe to keep!

Sandra

Thursday 21st of March 2024

My kids enjoyed these! They're good appetizer or a quick snack! Glad I can make a big batch and freeze them!

Amanda

Thursday 21st of March 2024

These are such a tasty and healthy side dish! They go with so many meals!

Beth

Thursday 21st of March 2024

These are so good and so easy, which is always my favorite combo. I served them with sour cream, and they were amazing.

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