Zucchini Ricotta Fritters

4.50 from 8 votes
1 hour 15 minutes
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Zucchini Ricotta Fritters are a delicious way to use zucchini and make a great appetizer, snack or vegetarian entree.  They’re super-crispy on the outside and creamy and luscious on the inside!

Photo of Zucchini Ricotta Fritters on parchment paper on light blue tray with lemon wedges.

Have you done everything you know how to do with all the summer zucchini yet?  If you’ve still got some left and are feeling “zucchini’d” out, you’re going to love these Zucchini Ricotta Fritters!

Zucchini Ricotta Fritters cook up super crispy on the outside yet keep their ricotta creaminess on the inside.  Best of all, they freeze well so you can have a quick, summer-inspired meal or snack when the snow flies!

Ready to make some Zucchini Ricotta Fritters?  Let’s get to it!

Photo of stacked Zucchini Ricotta Fritters with yogurt chive topping garnished with lemon slices.

How to make Zucchini Ricotta Fritters:

  • Start with about two pounds of fresh zucchini.

Photo of five fresh zucchini in white colander.

  • Shred the zucchini by hand with a box grater using the side with the largest holes.  You can also do this with a food processor.
  • Salt it well and place it over a plate, bowl or in the sink to drain.

Photo of shredded zucchini in white colander.

  • After about 30 minutes, squeeze it out giving it all you’ve got!  You want to remove as much water as possible so you don’t have soggy fritters.
  • Combine the drained and squeezed zucchini with the other ingredients:  Scallion, parsley, lemon zest, ricotta cheese, eggs and flour….

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  • Stir until all the ingredients are nicely incorporated.

Photo of Zucchini Ricotta Fritters ingredients blended together in glass bowl.

  • Then, fry ’em up!  I like to use a large ice cream scoop with a trigger to scoop the batter into the hot oil.  After placing a scoop into the hot oil, gently flatten them, being careful with the super-hot oil.

Pro Frying Tips:

  • Start by placing the first fritter near the handle of the pan, then add them to the hot oil in a clockwise manner.  This way, you will more easily remember which fritter you placed in the pan first.
  • When frying these Zucchini Ricotta 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 because they’re sitting in whatever oil the paper towels absorbed.

Ta-daa!!!!

Photo of fried fritters draining on wire cooling rack set on baking sheet.

So delicious!  Serve with Greek yogurt, lemon wedges and garnish with chopped fresh chives.

Photo of Zucchini Ricotta Fritters on light blue tray with yogurt garnished with chives and lemon.

Photo of Zucchini Ricotta Fritters on parchment paper-lined serving tray garnished with lemon.

Tips for freezing Zucchini Ricotta Fritters:

  • Thoroughly cool the fritters in the refrigerator.
  • Place on a parchment or wax paper-lined baking sheet (something nonstick) and place in the freezer for two hours to thoroughly freeze.
  • Remove from the freezer and place in a freezer zipper-top bag.  This will enable you to remove one, two or however many you need when you need them!
  • OR, simply place in a freezer-friendly container with parchment or wax paper between the layers.

Photo of two Zucchini Ricotta Fritters on white plate with yogurt on top garnished with fresh chives and lemon wedges.

Enjoy!

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Zucchini Ricotta Fritters

4.50 from 8 votes

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By: Carol | From A Chef's Kitchen
Zucchini Ricotta Fritters are a delicious way to use zucchini and make a great appetizer, snack or vegetarian entree.  They're super-crispy on the outside and creamy and luscious on the inside! 
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Vegetarian / Vegan Entrees
Cuisine Italian
Servings 16 Fritters
Calories 410 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds zucchini - 4-5 medium, coarsely shredded
  • 2 teaspoons salt - plus more if needed
  • 1 small bunch scallions - white and light green part, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup canola oil - or vegetable oil or as needed
  • Greek yogurt
  • Lemon wedges
  • Chopped fresh chives

Instructions
 

  • Place zucchini in a colander and toss with salt. Place in the sink or over a bowl and allow to drain for 30 minutes.
  • Gently squeeze all the excess moisture from the zucchini and place in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add scallions, parsley, garlic, lemon zest, black pepper and ricotta. Taste for seasoning. Add more salt if needed.
  • Add the eggs and flour and stir to combine until flour is no longer dry.
  • Place a cooling rack over a baking sheet.
  • Heat oil over medium-high heat until shimmering, being careful it does not smoke.
  • Working in batches, add the zucchini batter in 2-tablespoon mounds to the hot oil, carefully spreading them out to create 3-inch fritters.
  • Fry over medium-high heat until browned on both sides, approximately 3-minutes, flipping once.
  • Drain on the cooling rack and repeat with remaining batter.
  • Serve immediately with yogurt and lemon wedges. Sprinkle with chopped fresh chives.

Notes

TO FREEZE:
  • Thoroughly cool the fritters in the refrigerator.
  • Place on a parchment or wax paper-lined baking sheet (something nonstick) and place in the freezer for two hours to thoroughly freeze.
  • Remove from the freezer and place in a freezer zipper-top bag.  This will enable you to remove one, two or however many you need when you need them!
  • OR, simply place in a freezer-friendly container with parchment or wax paper between the layers.
TO REHEAT:  Reheat in the oven or toaster oven at 350 degrees.

Nutrition

Serving: 2fritters | Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 585mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g

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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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was so very amazing. I have made many zucchini fritters in my life and my family were not fans until THIS one! Thanks so very much. I only regret halving the recipe as even the littles inhaled them in an instant. Thank you , thank you! I subbed with oat flour and used garlic powder in place of the minced garlic.

  2. 5 stars
    My husband and I really enjoyed the zucchini ricotta fritters. We had them with chicken and they were wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

    1. Hi, Cecily, Thanks so much for your question. I haven’t done these in an air fryer but did some online checking and it appears you can. Looks like either 375 degrees or 400 degrees for 10 minutes or so. When I get around to making these in the air fryer, I’ll update the post. Thanks again!

  3. Can you use a gluten free flour instead of wheat flour? Perhaps almond?
    Would this affect freezing? Many thanks
    MJ

    1. Hi, Mary, Thanks so much for your question. A gluten-free blend would probably work the best with a little baking powder added. I haven’t tested these with gluten-free flour so if you do make them, please let me know how they work out. I think they should still freeze fine. Thanks so much!