Zucchini Jalapeno Fritters with Cilantro Lime Sour Cream

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1 hour 15 minutes
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Whole Grain Zucchini Jalapeno Fritters are the traditional zucchini fritter reinvented with better-for-you whole-grain flour, some kick with fresh jalapeno and zippy Cilantro – Lime Sour Cream on the side!  Make it a meal with Creamy Taco Soup!

Photo of Whole Grain Zucchini Jalapeno Fritters on cast iron pan garnished with cilantro and lime wedges.

It was just one of those weeks!

Oh, nothing tragic–thankfully–but it was just one of those weeks where, through a series of mishaps, the universe was trying to tell me something.

One of the messages I got this week was to be more grateful.  It’s amazing how your outlook and attitude transform when you adopt gratitude as an attitude!  So, from the bottom of my heart, I am very grateful that you’re here, reading this and that you bothered to check out From A Chef’s Kitchen.

Thank you for reading, following, etc.  If you’re just stopping by for the first time–WELCOME!

Photo of a Whole Grain Zucchini Jalapeno Fritter cut in half on cast iron pan with spoonful of sour cream in the background.

Now, let’s be grateful for zucchini!

The inspiration behind this recipe:

To me, the summer zucchini glut is kind of fun.  It’s a culinary challenge to come up with a new killer zucchini recipe like these Whole Grain Zucchini Jalapeno Fritters!

Photo of freshly washed zucchini in white distressed colander.

Here is a new spin on the zucchini fritter made with whole-grain flour, kicked up with some fresh jalapeno and served with a zingy cilantro-lime sour cream on the side!

Because I had not used our spiralizer in a while, I thought I’d use it rather than shred the zucchini (which is generally what you would do for zucchini fritters).  Whether you spiralize or shred the zucchini is up to you; the result is going to be pretty much the same.

How to prep zucchini for Whole Grain Zucchini Jalapeno Fritters:

  • Zucchini contains a lot of water.  After spiralizing or shredding it, salt it and let it drain in a colander for at least 30 minutes.
  • Afterward, give it a good squeeze.  You’ll be amazed at how much water is released and how much it shrinks!

Pro frying tips:

  • When frying these zucchini jalapeno fritters (or things such as crab/fish cakes), always flip them AWAY from you to prevent from being splashed with hot oil!
  • Drain on a wire rack–not on paper towels.  Although the paper towels will absorb some of the oil, the fritters will get soggy.

Photo of zucchini fritters on cooling rack after being fried.

This cilantro and lime sour cream pairs perfectly with these fritters and whips up in about a minute with an immersion blender.

Close-up photo of sour cream in bowl with wooden spoon and fritters in the background.

That’s it!  Crispy, golden and…..zippy!  Mmmwaahhh!

Photo of fritters with a fork digging into one.

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Zucchini Jalapeno Fritters with Cilantro - Lime Sour Cream

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By: Carol | From A Chef's Kitchen
Whole Grain Zucchini Jalapeno Fritters are the traditional zucchini fritter reinvented with better-for-you whole-grain flour, some kick with fresh jalapeno and zippy Cilantro - Lime Sour Cream on the side!flour, some kick with fresh jalapeno and zippy cilantro sour cream on the side!

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Side Dishes - Vegetables
Cuisine Southwestern / Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 350 kcal

Ingredients
  

Fritters

  • 3 1/2 to 4 pounds zucchini - spiralized or shredded
  • 2 bunches scallions - white and light green part only, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper - to taste
  • 2 jalapeno peppers - seeded if desired, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic - minced
  • 3 large eggs - beaten
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • Canola oil - or vegetable oil, for frying (at least 1/2 cup)

Cilantro Lime Sour Cream

  • 1 cup sour cream - regular or light
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  • 1 large lime - juiced

Instructions
 

Fritters

  • Place spiralized or shredded zucchini and scallion in a colander. Toss with salt and let drain for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Squeeze excess moisture from the zucchini with your hands and transfer to a bowl. Season with black pepper as desired.
  • Add jalapeno, garlic, eggs and flour and mix well.
  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is shimmering, place scant 1/3-cup measures of the zucchini mixture into the hot oil. Press the mixture down to form an even, flat cake.
  • Fry 3-4 minutes on the first side, flip and fry 2-3 minutes on the other side. (Reduce heat to medium if fritters are browning too quickly.) Drain on a wire rack.
  • Repeat until all the zucchini mixture is cooked.

Cilantro Lime Sour Cream

  • Combine all ingredients in a deep bowl or beaker. Using an immersion blender, process until smooth. Serve with fritters.

Notes

FREEZER-FRIENDLY!  Make as directed and freeze on a baking sheet. Then, place in a zipper-top freezer bag and remove fritters as needed. No need to thaw. Just place in the oven at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes to heat through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1fritter | Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 169mg | Sodium: 3625mg | Potassium: 1379mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1831IU | Vitamin C: 89mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 4mg

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you're using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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  1. Could someone explain how I email this recipe? There was no recipe attached to the email. I really want to do this!

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      Thanks again and please let me know how it worked out for you.

  2. I have never seen cilantro lime sour cream. Can one make it? These really look good and at some point would like to make them. I too would like to bake them in lieu of frying.

    1. Hi, Marya, Thanks for your question. Here’s some information on egg replacers: http://www.peta.org/living/food/egg-replacements/ I think the flaxseed one would work the best. I haven’t baked them but I think they’d be fine. If you’re comfortable with cooking spray and nonstick aluminum foil, I would use that to achieve a fried result. Line a baking sheet with nonstick aluminum foil, spray it with cooking spray then portion out your fritters on the aluminum foil and bake. I think 375 degrees would be good. Check them after 12-15 minutes, then flip and continue baking another 5-10. I’ve baked quinoa cakes successfully like this. Thanks so much for your question and hope you enjoy!

      1. Thanks for the egg replacement question and reply. I am vegan and I will also have to make the substitution. These sound really good!
        Nice tip to get a fried result in the oven…thanks, Carol!

  3. I might just try this recipe using Almond Flour. I am a diabetic and the carbs listed would be all I would be allowed to eat for a meal. A bit too high for a side dish for me. I have a question…about how many fritters did you use for a serving?

    1. Hi, Carrol! Two fritters is a good serving. Thanks so much and let me know how almond flour works. You may try baking them–just concerned that a nut flour could burn easily.

    1. I haven’t baked them but I think they’d be fine. If you’re comfortable with cooking spray and nonstick aluminum foil, I would use that to achieve a fried result. Line a baking sheet with nonstick aluminum foil, spray it with cooking spray then portion out your fritters on the aluminum foil and bake. I think 375 degrees would be good. Check them after 12-15 minutes, then flip and continue baking another 5-10. I’ve baked quinoa cakes successfully like this. Thanks so much for your question and hope you enjoy!

    1. Hi, Patrick, I have not. I would probably try a gluten-free all-purpose before a nut flour. I would think the nut flour would burn. If you try it, would you please report back and let me know how it worked? Thanks for your question!

    1. Thalia, Thank you so much for your kind words and your generosity! Besides your blog being beautiful, you are beautiful and gracious. Congratulations on being a finalist in the Saveur 2016 Blog Awards!

  4. Great recipe Carol. I know how you feel about there are days and then there are days!! I’ve signed up for you emails and for some reason, I’m not getting your posts. I see them on Yummly but I’m not getting them in my mailbox. Do you by any chance use Feedburner? This has happened to me before and I will sign up, it says I’m already signed on and then never get the updates. I’ve checked my Junk file and it’s not there. Hang in there and gratitude is contagious. I’m thankful for wonderful bloggers who are almost long distance friends. Sending sunshine!!

    1. Ugh. Hate internet bugs. Don’t know why that would be happening. I generally do a weekly recipe recap via MailChimp but may switch to an RSS feed. Thanks for letting me know! Feel the same way about you!

      1. Hi, Sheila, Thanks for your question. I have not tried an alternate flour. I would probably try a gluten-free all-purpose before a nut flour. I would think the nut flour would burn. You’d probably want to bake it instead of fry. If you try it, would you please report back and let me know how it worked? Thanks for your question!