Whenever we wind up with a pile of zucchini from the store or the garden, it’s time for all things zucchini. And this baked Zucchini Fritters recipe is such an easy way to serve it up to the kids and the whole batch is ready in under 30 minutes.

healthy zucchini fritters recipe

Zucchini Fritters Recipe

I love to make savory Zucchini Fritters to share with the kids whenever we have too much zucchini. This idea is really great in the summer because it’s an easy way to use a lot of zucchini, but it also works at any time of the year.

And while zucchini fritters are usually made by pan-frying, which I don’t love because I feel like things inevitably fall apart when I try to flip the fritters—these are baked in a muffin pan in the oven. Which makes them both easier to make and less messy. Plus, you don’t have to stand by the stove cooking them all in subsequent batches.

The clean up is minimal and they are simpler all around.

Ingredients You Need

Here’s a look at the ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe so you know what to pick up at the market or store.

zucchini fritter recipe ingredients
  • Zucchini: I use classic green zucchini here, though you can also use yellow summer squash if that’s what you have.
  • Flour: This works with either whole wheat or gluten-free flour blend so you can pick the one that works best for your family.
  • Shredded cheese: I like mozzarella, cheddar, or a blend here.
  • Egg: This helps the fritters hold together.
  • Salt: You can omit this if you prefer, though I like it for a little extra flavor.
  • Cumin: I like to add cumin for extra flavor.

TIP: You can leave the cumin out, but it adds a nice extra note of flavor that pairs well with the other ingredients. If making these for a baby, you can omit the added salt.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the easy process involved in making healthy zucchini fritters. Scroll down to the end of the post for the full recipe.

how to make baked zucchini fritters step by step
  1. Grate your zucchini on a box grater. Squeeze very dry.
  2. Spread onto a clean kitchen towel and roll up to absorb the excess moisture. Unroll and measure. This will help ensure the fritters bake through nicely.
  3. Place the zucchini into a medium bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Stir together until all of the flour is absorbed.
  5. Portion into muffin cups.
  6. Bake until set and lightly golden brown. Serve warm!

TIP: You can make these ahead and simply warm slightly or serve at room temperature.

Italian Zucchini Fritters

We like these warm out of the oven with a little ketchup or salsa or marinara sauce, though they are also good at room temperature. They are satisfying, yet light, so they make for a wonderful late summer meal. And since they are so easy to pick up and hold, and have a soft interior, they are a perfect toddler food.

(The cheese doesn’t hurt either!)

TIP: You could add fresh basil or parsley to add more Italian flavor if you want!

Baked zucchini fritters recipe

Healthy Zucchini Fritters Recipe

Each zucchini fritter has some protein from the egg and cheese, calcium from the cheese, and a toddler-size serving of vegetables. They are a really fun way to change up how you prepare zucchini, especially when you have the giant baseball-bat sized ones to use up.

I love eating these myself for breakfast or lunch and they are a perfect toddler lunch idea to have on hand and quickly reheat.

Can I make these fritters egg-free?

Sure! Simply replace the egg with 2 tablespoons ricotta cheese and bake for an additional 2-4 minutes. Let cool in the pan. You will likely need to use your hands to mix the batter and it will seem dry at first, but keep mixing until it comes together. It will be fairly stiff and thick once it’s all incorporated.

(You don’t want it to be any wetter because they won’t cook through!)

How to Store

Store, once cooled, in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Warm for about 15-30 seconds before serving so they soften and taste super delish.

Best Tips for Success

  • Be sure to do the step of rolling up the shredded zucchini on a clean towel to absorb some of the water in the veggie. This ensures that the fritters will have a great texture and won’t be too moist.
  • Grease the pan well to help the fitters release easily.
  • If making these for a baby, you can omit the added salt.
  • Mix the batter well until all of the flour is totally absorbed. This may take 30-45 seconds. I use a fork and just keep stirring until it’s all mixed in.
  • Cut them into smaller pieces as needed if your toddler does better chewing smaller bites than taking bites off of larger pieces of food. They are very soft, so are a good option for finger foods for older babies too.
  • Double the recipe to make more!

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healthy zucchini fritters

Easy Zucchini Fritters Recipe

We bake these Zucchini Fritters since they are easier to cook and easier to clean up. If you have a lot of zucchini, you can double the recipe to make a full muffin tin's worth!
4.97 from 78 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine Italian
Course Dinner
Calories 63kcal
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded zucchini (squeezed very dry and packed into the cup to measure; about 3 small zucchini)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

Instructions

  • Spread the grated zucchini on a clean dish towel. Let sit while the oven preheats to 400 degrees F. Grease 6 cups of a muffin tin.
  • Roll up zucchini and press to remove all excess moisture.
  • Place the zucchini in a medium bowl the rest of the ingredients. Stir to combine.
  • Fill prepared muffin cups about half full, packing each one tightly. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until the edges and tops are lightly golden brown.
  • Let cool for 2 minutes and remove from cups. Serve warm with ketchup or salsa for dipping, if desired.

Notes

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. Warm for about 15 seconds in the microwave to serve.
  • Use shredded Gouda or mozzarella cheese instead of the cheddar.
  • Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a hint of spice.
  • Add snipped parsley and 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan for Italian flavor.
  • If making these for a baby, you can omit the added salt.
  • Egg-Free Zucchini Fritters: Omit the egg and add 2 tablespoons ricotta cheese. Bake for an additional 2-4 minutes and let cool fully in the pan. You will likely need to use your hands to mix the batter and it will seem dry at first, but keep mixing until it comes together. It will be fairly stiff and thick once it’s all incorporated. (You don’t want it to be any wetter because they won’t cook through!)

Nutrition

Serving: 1fritter, Calories: 63kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 34mg, Sodium: 245mg, Potassium: 97mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 147IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 57mg, Iron: 1mg
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This post was first published July 2018.

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    1. I haven’t tested them that way but I would guess that the egg holds them together. You can also use dairy free cheese.

  1. 5 stars
    Hi! I don’t really cook (or comment on things), but wanted to say I find your website so helpful!

    These fritters were easy to make and tasted delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    These were fun and delicious. My zucchini were so big I ended up having to triple the recipe, and then I had some myself. Question, by the time these got nicely golden brown, they were still quite moist in the inside. The kind of moist that makes me wonder if the egg cooked all the way through. Any recommendations? Thanks for a great recipe! Will make again

    1. You could do a little less of the mixture in each cup next time so they’re thinner. They are usually moist in the middle. but they shouldn’t be raw. Hope that helps!

  3. You don’t give measuring instructions for you receipes. I have a zucchini pancake recipe but would love a breakfast recipe. Does it have to be whole wheat flour? How much-needed for each ingredient?

  4. I’ve made these fritters three times. Two times they stuck horribly to my muffin tin even with heavily greasing them. The third time I made them I used silicone muffin liners and the consistency of the fritters came out a little weird. Any thoughts?! My toddler loves them but I can’t get them quite right. Love ALL your recipes!

  5. 5 stars
    Not quite what I think of as a fritter, but still tasty! It’s more like a quiche…
    We like ours with zucchini and corn (added an extra egg, extra cheese and extra flour – all eye-balled) and my 4yo ate hers dipped in ketchup.

  6. Can someone tell me what the texture of the inside should be? I made these today and the outside got brown and crispy but the inside is pretty soft and soggy. Is this how they are suppose to be?

    1. They’re meant to be soft in the middle, but they should not be wet. If they are wet, it’s possible the zucchini wasn’t dry enough.

  7. 5 stars
    Followed the recipe to a T and the batter was super duper dry. I added a 2nd egg and still only got 5 muffins/fritters. I baked them for 20 minutes which was perfect. I’d reduce the salt to 1/4 tsp next time because they were a little salty for my toddler. Otherwise they are really tasty and easy to make!

    1. Hi- yes, you can freeze them. You can thaw overnight in the fridge or directly in the microwave (about a minute), oven (375 for about 6 minutes), or airfryer (375 for about 4 minutes). You may want to pat them dry after they’re warm if they are moist.

  8. 5 stars
    These continue to be an absolute staple in our household, but I didn’t want to heat up my oven today. I was going to be in the kitchen anyway, so I gave them a shot in the waffle iron. Bingo! Five minutes in there makes them perfectly crispy on the outside but still soft inside, without having to have my oven on. They wind up being a little bigger than what I make in muffin tin (tripling the recipe gave me about 19-20 fritters where baking them I usually get 24-28 from three batches, but that’s because I like them thinner and crispier) but this is a fun way to do them still. Just wanted to share the idea!

  9. 5 stars
    Hi! I just wanted to express my gratitude towards you – I am 20 years old and decidedly do not have children, but I am loving your recipes. They help me stay healthy in a fun and easy way, living alone and all.
    I know I am not your target group, but I just wanted to say thanks for being a big part in overcoming (or rather staying out of) my old eating disorder – I always thought I’d fall back into old habits when living on my own, but with your help I am managing quite well 😀
    I hope you have a great day and week and stay happy and healthy!

  10. 5 stars
    My toddler is hit or miss with eggs, but mama LOVED these! Keeping these in the rotation as a healthy breakfast for me, and hoping she comes around too. Thanks for the tasty recipe!

  11. 5 stars
    My 12m was struggling with breakfast and this has been a huge hit. We switch it up and swap out zucchini with broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, etc and try different cheeses, and every day she’ll actually eat her breakfast finally!! Plus I love how easy it is!

    1. Of those options I’d use coconut flour, but it may not be the same consistency in the end since it absorbs moisture so differently than wheat or a gf flour blend

  12. These took me much longer than 10 minutes to prep and unfortunately my 14 month-old didn’t like them. Oh well!

  13. 5 stars
    These are fantastic and so easy. I make them regularly and often use a mix of zucchini and carrot. I will try other veggies too. Thank you for your amazing recipes.

    1. Yes, you can freeze them. You may just want to pat them dry after warming them through in the microwave or oven as they make release a little moisture.

  14. 5 stars
    Sooo yummy! I made these for my toddler, but we actually really like these as well even though we’re not zucchini fans. Love your recipes, so happy I found your site!

  15. 3 stars
    Usually your recipes work well for us but this one was too salty. The texture and other ingredients are great though so I will try again using half the salt

  16. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I didn’t know what to make for my one year old and this recipe is so simple and easy to make. I actually made one batch with carrots and one batch with steamed broccoli and both came out great (I used two eggs). My husband likes them too. Will be trying more of your recipes. Thank you!

  17. 5 stars
    My entire family loves these! One of our new favorite ways to use up the incredible amount of zucchini from our garden. If you own an air fryer they are excellent in the air fryer too. I cook mine at 360 degrees for 6-8 minutes per side. Just make sure to preheat the air fryer for 3-5 minutes and before you put the fritters down give your basket a quick spray (or use parchment paper) so they don’t stick and are easy to flip!

  18. We’ve been serving these zucchini fritters regularly for the past two or three years in our house. My son is now 5 and still loves them. Thank you!

  19. Was looking forward to making these. Do not even attempt it! Too crispy on the outside for a toddler and too soggy/watery inside. I tried baking longer at lower temp and doesn’t help. Horrible recipe, waste of my morning. P.s. I followed the recipe thoroughly and ensured all water is squeezed out from the zucchini.

    1. I am sorry to hear you had that experience. I’ve never had that happen but I do appreciate the feedback.

  20. 5 stars
    I just made this recipe for my 22 months old daughter. They taste so delicious and recipe adventure ocean easy. I baked them on a mini muffing silicone pan and they came out tiny and perfect size for a toddler. I’m so happy I found this recipe, thanks so much .

  21. Hi! I’ve made this recipe so many times and my 2 year old girl LOVES it! They freeze so well too. I was wondering if I can make it with carrots? Thanks for this awesome recipe!

    1. I’m so glad! I haven’t ever made them with carrots—I might let shredded carrots sit in hot water for 5 minutes, then drain, then use them in the recipe to ensure they’re soft enough. I did once make them with sweet potato and they were yummy!

      1. Hi! Just an update. I made them with carrots yesterday and they were perfect!! I shredded the carrots on the super fine side of the grater. A little less than a cup. I added garlic powder, onion powder, and some oregano. They came out a bit more dense than the zucchini ones but my daughter absolutely loved them! I’m so happy. Thanks again!

  22. 5 stars
    Made these for my 21 month old daughter and they were a hit!! We served them with ketchup and she loved to dip them. Super easy to make and love that they are baked and not fried! I even snuck one for lunch myself 🙂 thanks for this great recipe!

  23. I tried to give this recipe a negative review and it was deleted. I’m glad others like your recipe, but you shouldn’t have a comment section if you are only choosing to publish the 5 star reviews. Very dishonest. Accept that people have different tastes and would like to read everyone’s honest reviews.

    1. I didn’t delete it, I was sleeping and hadn’t had a chance to approve the comment. Thanks for your feedback. I have not have that experience with these, but it’s possible the zucchini was too wet. I am sorry you had that happen though.

  24. Thumbs down! Baked them for 22 minutes and soggy in the middle. Ended up baking them for a total of 1 hr 10min and they never lost the wet eggy texture on the inside. I can’t speak to the flavour because I wasn’t about to put uncooked egg mixture in my mouth.

  25. 5 stars
    These are incredibly easy to make and such a huge hit with my 14mo!! She loves them with marinara sauce. I love that they are made in muffin tins instead of having to cook each one in the skillet. I wish I had tripled the recipe.

    1. Yes, freeze in a zip top freezer bag with as much air removed as possible. Thaw overnight in the fridge or warm directly in the microwave. You may need to pat dry with a paper towel once they are warmed.

  26. Hi my daughter has an egg and milk allergy, I’ve got the egg part sorted with chia egg but what can I substitute for the cheese? Thanks 🙂

  27. 5 stars
    This is a weekly staple for us! My daughter is 15 months and gets straight up FRANTIC over these. She eats at least two in a sitting for breakfast 3 or 4 days a week, and between this, a strawberry oatmeal blender muffin, and a side of fruit, we’ve got 2.5 servings of fruits and veggies done before 9am. Thank you so much for such an easy, nutritious way to keep my kid fed and healthy!

      1. 5 stars
        Well, after destroying these all summer, we’re exiting zucchini season. Like a fool I didn’t buy extra zucchini to freeze, and it can be hit or miss to get good zucchini out of season where I am. Do you think this recipe could work with any other winter-season or frozen veggies? Squash or broccoli or cauliflower or anything like that? I’ve adored having a healthy and super-easy breakfast on hand for my daughter (two fritters in the toaster, plus one of your fresh apple pancakes and some fruit and we’re ready to eat!) and she loves these, but I’m not well-versed enough in veggie chemistry to know what would work best when baked like this and would love your direction!

      2. I think the might work well with shredded butternut squash or sweet potato. I have a bunch of sweet potato and will try it out today and will report back in a few hours! (I think it would likely also work fine with finely chopped broccoli—just the top part, not the stems to make sure it’s soft).

      3. Okay, I tried it with sweet potato, which would be similar to butternut squash. I peeled it, shredded it, and used 2 eggs. It browned more than the zucchini, so either watch the time or lower the oven temp to 375. I hope they work for you!

      4. 5 stars
        For whatever it’s worth: I gave these a whirl with butternut squash I grated on a box grater. Forgot to add the extra egg, and used Italian blend cheese because it was left over from dinner the other night.. I took your advice and lowered the oven temp to 375, which required an extra 5 minutes of baking time (so 25 minutes total in my oven, but I also got 10 fritters out of it so might be more if they’re thicker — baby girl just likes them crispier). I left out the cumin and added a teeny drizzle of olive oil + a sprinkle of rosemary on top, just because I like that flavor combo with squash. And HOO BOY they turned out perfect! Crispy on the outside, creamy inside, and baby girl demanded extra at breakfast this morning. Thank you again!!!

  28. Hi! Thank you for such a yummy and easy recipe! My toddler is a fussy eater and he loves these.
    I’m a pretty amateur cook . When I make these, they always get stuck to the muffin pan. Am I not greasing it enough? Any tips would be appreciated so that I don’t leave half the fritter on the muffin pan!
    Thanks again.

    1. For the muffin tin, I would make sure your muffin tin is nonstick and then coat it will with nonstick spray. I use classic Pam. Let them cool for a few minutes once they come out of the pan, then use a knife to help detach them from the pan as needed going slowly and gently. Some pans make this easier than others. I’m glad your kiddo likes them!

  29. 5 stars
    My toddler and I love these. We’ve found that dropping the cumin to 1/4 tsp and adding 1/4 tsp of garlic powder is the perfect mix for us. Thanks for a great recipe.

  30. Can the cheese be omitted as my one year old Daughter gets little red bumps around her mouth when eating cheese ?

    1. You could try omitting the cheese and adding another egg or two to make up the volume. Let me know if you try that!

  31. How would we do this using frozen spiralized zucchini noodles? Once we thaw the zucchini noodles could we just chop them up?

    1. I supposed you could try that, chopping them up pretty finely and squeezing out any liquid. I haven’t tried using them so I can’t say for sure how they would work.

  32. These were quite tasty! My two-year-old needed to be promoted to try one, but he ended up eating a whole fritter! I made a double batch, and I’m grateful for the leftovers for lunch for my toddler tomorrow. My husband and I liked them too, and we ate them with salsa. We served the fritters with some buttered pasta, and it was a delicious meal.

    A previous commenter mentioned that it was difficult getting everything to combine and be moist. It took quite a few strokes to combine everything well, but I didn’t find it was an issue for it to be moist enough to spoon into the muffin tins. Thank you for a winning, healthy recipe!

    1. I’m so glad! And yes, you do need to stir a bit to get the batter together, but I’m glad they worked out well!

  33. I’m sorry to hear that. Every time I’ve made them, they batter is thick enough to hold together when it’s mixed very well (it’s not runny like muffin batter). If you still have it, adding another egg would be the solution. But regardless, I am sorry that this recipe gave you trouble.

  34. 4 stars
    These are good! I prepped everything the night before and put them in the pan/baked in the morning. I followed the recipe exactly; next time I’ll either double the batch or use half the salt and cumin. I like how versatile they are, too. Can’t wait to try with mozzarella and parmesan cheese!

    1. Made them! But they were kinda chewy rather than bready (if this makes sense?). Kinda like rice cake chewy. Did I do something wrong?

  35. Can we skip the salt or will it impact it too much? What ist he reason for salt in the recipe? My bub is under 1 so I’m really watching sodium intake.

  36. 5 stars
    Hi! We like this recipe a lot, but our toddler is not a zucchini fan. Do you know which vegetable can replace the zucchini? Thank you!

    1. I haven’t tried it but yellow squash will work and shredded sweet potato or carrot might too!

    1. They will be soft, but shouldn’t be mushy. Maybe the zucchini wasn’t totally dry or they needed a few more minutes in the oven?

  37. 5 stars
    These turned out great and are super quick and easy to make! I made mini muffin sized fritters… they took about 10 mins to bake. I also switched out the cumin for Italian seasoning and cut the salt in half because my 7 month old will be eating them as well. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. I haven’t tried freezing them but I don’t see a reason why you couldn’t! I’d let them cool completely and store in a zip top freezer bag with as much air removed as possible. Let thaw and then heat in 15 second increments in the microwave until warm.

  38. Hi AMY PALANJIAN,
    Thanks for the giving this yummy recipe. I am always trying to make something new recipe for my kids. Your method is also original to me. I will try it to make at my home. Hope, so my kids also love this. I want to more recipe from you. Hope so you will give it to me.

  39. Hi AMY PALANJIAN,
    Thanks for the giving this yummy recipe. I am always trying to make something new recipe for my kids. Your method is also original to me. I will try it to make at my home. Hope, so my kids also love this. I want to more recipe from you.