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Italian zucchini fritters on parchment paper lined plate.

Italian Zucchini Fritters

Easy and delicious zucchini fritters with parsley and Pecorino Romano cheese batter.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Calories 288kcal
Author James


  • 3 medium zucchini
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • ¼ cup Pecorino Romano
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • 2 cups canola oil


  • Grate 3 medium zucchini with a coarse setting (¼" size hole) of cheese grater. Chop a ¼ 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, ¼ cup parsley, ¼ cup Pecorino Romano cheese, ½ 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 ¾" 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