These Keto Zucchini Fritters are not only incredibly easy to make but are also the perfect crowd-pleasing treat, suitable for everyone in the family. Transform fresh zucchini into delightful zucchini patties that are simply irresistible when served warm with a dollop of sour cream. A perfect zucchini fritters recipe to bring some summer flavor to your meal prep or as a low-carb snack option.
With the spotlight on zucchini, these patties are one of my favorite dishes and a summer staple in my home. I’ve been preparing this zucchini fritters recipe for years, slightly modifying it from my classic pre-keto recipe by substituting flour with a mix of coconut flour and xanthan gum.
Just like my favorite broccoli fritters, and spinach fritters, these zucchini fritters can be prepared either by pan-frying or baking them in the oven. The result is always cheesy, delicious, gluten-free zucchini patties – a tasty way to up your veggie intake.
What Are Zucchini Fritters?
Zucchini fritters are a popular dish made with grated zucchini as the main ingredient. The zucchini is usually mixed with other ingredients such as eggs, flour or breadcrumbs, herbs, then fried until crispy. They can be enjoyed as a side dish, appetizer, or light meal. Zucchini fritters are versatile dishes that can be customized to suit personal preferences.
These fritters are loved for their crispy exterior and tender interior, as the grated zucchini adds moisture and a mild, slightly sweet flavor to the fritters.
Why You’ll Love This Zucchini Fritters Recipe
- Meal prep: Prepare these fritters in advance, allowing you to save time and enjoy them whenever you desire.
- Versatile: These fritters are incredibly versatile, perfect as an appetizer, snack, or even a quick and satisfying lunch option.
- Quick and easy: Ready in just 30 minutes, these fritters are a breeze to whip up, making them a convenient choice for busy days.
- Low-carb: Each serving contains only 2g net carbs, making them an ideal choice for those following a low-carb or keto lifestyle.
- Customizable: Add your favorite seasonings or spices to the zucchini fritters.
Ingredients for Low Carb Zucchini Fritters
I promise you’ll love these even if you’re not a zucchini fan. What’s not to love about cheesy vegetable patties? This is a great way to use up all that zucchini in your fridge.
- Zucchini – Choose fresh, firm zucchini without any signs of decay. It’s the star ingredient in this recipe.
- Coconut flour – This low-carb substitute for wheat flour adds a subtle nutty flavor while keeping the carb count low.
- Parmesan – Opt for freshly shredded parmesan to enjoy an intense and delightful flavor that adds richness to the fritters.
- Baking powder – Essential for achieving a lighter and fluffier texture in the fritters.
- Garlic – Use fresh minced garlic to infuse the fritters with a delicious and aromatic taste.
- Egg – One large egg acts as a binding agent, helping to hold the ingredients together and provide structure to the fritters.
- Xanthan gum – helps all the ingredients stick together.
- Salt and pepper – Season to taste, enhancing all the flavors in the zucchini fritters.
- Olive Oil: Feel free to use olive oil or any other vegetable oil you prefer for frying the fritters.
How to Make Keto Zucchini Fritters?
At the bottom of this post, in the recipe card, you will find detailed printable instructions.
Here’s the key: if you desire zucchini fritters with crispy exteriors and moist (not soggy) interiors, you must drain the zucchini thoroughly.
Start by grating the zucchini, then add salt and set it aside for 10 minutes. To remove excess liquid, firmly squeeze handfuls of the zucchini using a clean dish towel or cheesecloth.
In a large bowl, combine the drained zucchini, coconut flour, Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, and egg. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir well until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
TIP: Feel free to use any cheese you have on hand, such as low-moisture mozzarella, provolone, or cheddar. I personally love a combination of cheeses. Parmesan is my usual choice because it adds abundant flavor and enhances the crispiness of the zucchini fritters.
To cook the zucchini fritters, heat olive oil or refined coconut oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
Scoop approximately ¼ cup of batter for each fritter and place it in the skillet. Use a spatula to flatten the tops of the fritters gently.
Cook the fritters for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they turn a golden brown color. Adjust the temperature as necessary to achieve the desired level of crispiness.
Can I Bake These Zucchini Patties?
If you prefer to make baked keto zucchini fritters, preheat the oven to 400F/ 200C and line a baking pan with parchment paper. Arrange zucchini patties on the baking sheet and bake for about 35 minutes, flipping halfway. Bake until the patties have a golden brown color.
You can brush them with oil to get extra crispy patties.
How to Serve Zucchini Fritters?
If you’re wondering how you can serve zucchini fritters, I have a few ideas you will definitely love.
- Side dish: Serve zucchini fritters as a delightful side dish, pairing them with a dollop of creamy sour cream or a drizzle of tangy avocado ranch dressing.
- Low-carb sandwich alternative: Swap out traditional bread and use zucchini fritters as a creative and low-carb substitute. Pile your favorite sandwich fillings between two fritters, creating a satisfying sandwich.
- Keto pizza: Transform zucchini fritters into keto pizzas by topping them with pizza sauce, pepperoni, and a generous sprinkle of cheese. Pop them under the broiler until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Burger Bun: Swap out regular burger buns and embrace the low-carb goodness by using zucchini fritters as a bun alternative. Place your favorite burger patty between two fritters and add your desired toppings.
How to Store Leftover Zucchini Patties?
You can keep leftover zucchini patties in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
It’s a freezer-friendly recipe too! Wrap the patties individually before freezing—store for up to 3 months. Thaw them in the fridge overnight or heat them in the oven when ready to eat.
Other Low Carb Zucchini Recipes You Might Love
Zucchini has a special place in my heart, and I just can’t get enough of it! That’s why I’ve put together an exciting list filled with more than 30 keto zucchini recipes just for you. Here are some of my top favorites:
- The Easiest Keto Zucchini Bread – 3g Net Carbs
- Crispy Parmesan Baked Zucchini Fries
- The best Zucchini Lasagna – Keto & Low-Carb Recipe
- Alfredo Creamy Zucchini Noodles – Easy & Low Carb
- Zucchini Cheddar Cheese Savory Keto Muffins
Healthy Low Carb Keto Zucchini Fritters
- Grate the zucchini on the large holes of a box grater or using a food processor. Place the grated zucchini, in a colander over the sink. Gently stir in 1 tsp salt and toss to combine; let sit for 10 minutes.
- Squeeze handfuls of zucchini using a clean dish towel or cheesecloth to drain as much liquid as possible.
- In a large bowl, add zucchini, coconut flour, Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, and egg. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir well to combine.
- Heat olive oil or refined coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Scoop ¼ cup of batter for each fritter, flattening out the tops with a spatula.
- Cook on each side for about 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Adjust the temperature if needed.
- Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- If your dough seems too wet feel free to add more coconut flour to absorb all that moisture and make the zucchini patties super crispy and tasty.
How do we calculate the nutrition info?
These nutrition facts listed are determined using nutrition information from the USDA Food Database. Our nutrition facts are accurate, but if you are using different products, please make your calculations. Net carb count is calculated by subtracting both fiber and sugar alcohols because they don’t raise blood sugar.