Whenever we wind up with a pile of zucchini, from the store or the garden, it’s time for zucchini bread and zucchini fritters. But instead of fussing with hot oil (which is even trickier with a toddler underfoot), this Baked Zucchini Fritters recipe is made the easy way in a muffin tin!
Zucchini Fritters Recipe
We’ve been getting extra zucchini lately and to ensure that we’re not living on zucchini-enhanced baked goods (even though we do love zucchini muffins!), I’ve been making savory baked zucchini fritters with them. This idea is really popular in the summer because it’s an easy way to use a lot of zucchini and they taste delicious—but it’s usually done by pan frying, which I don’t love because I feel like things inevitably fall apart when I try to flip the fritters. And the idea of a pan of hot oil with toddlers in the house makes me nervous!
Baked Zucchini Fritters
To solve that problem, and to make this recipe idea way easier to make with little people underfoot, I came up with a method that uses a muffin tin. It’s so easy! You simply put the batter into the muffin tin, bake, and eat. The clean up is minimal and they are super healthy this way since you don’t need to use any oil.
Ingredients in Zucchini Fritters
You don’t need many ingredients to bake this zucchini fritters recipe. Simply reach for zucchini, flour (either whole wheat or gluten-free flour blend), shredded cheese, an egg, salt, and cumin. You could leave the cumin out, but it adds a nice extra note of flavor that pairs well with the other ingredients.
TIP: If making these for a baby, you can omit the added salt.
How to Make this Zucchini Fritter Recipe Step-by-Step
Here’s a look at the easy process involved in making healthy zucchini fritters.
- Grate a medium zucchini or two small ones.
- Spread onto a clean kitchen towel and roll up to absorb the excess moisture. Unroll and measure.
- Place the zucchini into a medium bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
- Stir together until all of the flour is absorbed.
- Portion into muffin cups.
- Bake until set and lightly golden brown. Serve warm!
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!) You could add fresh basil or parsley to add more Italian flavor if you want!
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!)
Tips for Making the Best Zucchini Fritters
- 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.
- Store, once cooled, in a airtight container for up to 3 days. Warm for about 15-30 seconds before serving so they soften and taste super delish.
- 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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If you have a lot of zucchini, you can double the recipe to make a full muffin tin‘s worth!
- 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.
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!)