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Italian zucchini fritters on parchment paper lined plate.
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5 from 3 votes

Italian Zucchini Fritters

Easy and delicious zucchini fritters with parsley and Pecorino Romano cheese batter.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian


  • 3 medium zucchini
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 2 cups canola oil


  • Grate 3 medium zucchini with a coarse setting (1/4" size hole) of cheese grater. Chop a 1/4 cup of fresh parsley.
  • Place shredded zucchini in a colander and sprinkle 1 Tbsp of kosher salt all over. After 15 minutes squeeze out as much water as possible from the shredded zucchini.
  • Beat 3 eggs in a large mixing bowl. To bowl, add the zucchini, 1/4 cup parsley, 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, 1/2 tsp black pepper and 3 Tbsp flour. Mix thoroughly to form batter.
  • Prepare a heavy pan for frying with canola oil. The oil should be about 3/4" high in the pan and hot enough to fry with (350-375).
  • When oil is ready to fry add 1 Tbsp of batter, being careful to not overcrowd the fritters in the pan. Work in batches, frying the fritters for 4 minutes per side until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel lined sheet pan. When finished sprinkle a touch of kosher salt and/or Pecorino Romano cheese on top. Enjoy!



  • Amount - Makes about 12-16 fritters.
  • Zucchini - Make sure to squeeze out water after salting, for less water and more zucchini flavor in the fritters.
  • Batter - To stiffen up the fritter batter just place it in the fridge for 15 minutes before frying.  
  • Frying - Make sure the fritters have ample space in the pan.  Work in batches to not crowd.
  • Frying Temp - 350-375 is the target temp to fry at.  Use a frying thermometer to check temp or check for light bubbles with a sprinkle of flour.  
  • Salt - The fritters have 1 Tbsp of kosher salt in them already, but fried food just takes salt so well while it's hot.  Add a nice sprinkle of salt or Pecorino Romano cheese on to the warm zucchini fritters for maximum flavor.
  • Flour - Though flour is recommended, half the amount of cornstarch can be used as a substitute.
  • Herbs - Mint or basil are both great substitutes.
  • Keeping warm - If doing multiple batches, place finished fritters in a low temp oven (170f) to keep warm while attending to subsequent batches.


Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.1g | Protein: 6.9g | Fat: 26.3g | Saturated Fat: 3.3g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 1120mg | Potassium: 368mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 2.3g | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 1mg