Zucchini Fritters with Lemon Ricotta (with Gluten Free Option)

Fritters. It’s fun to say. And fritters are fun to eat. Fritters are pretty much anything mixed with an egg, herbs and flour, shaped into a patty and cooked in butter till crispy and golden. Zucchini is ideal for making fritters. I top these with a mixture of lemon zest and ricotta cheese, but of course the topping is totally optional.

Zucchini Fritters with Lemon Ricotta (with Gluten Free Option)


Zucchini Fritters are an excellent side dish because they go with just about any main course. As always, I recommend making extra and reheating for breakfast the next day…or two…or three!

The process of making a fritter is really simple. Just grate zucchini in a food processor. If you don’t have one, a box grater will do (affiliate links).

Zucchini Fritters with Lemon Ricotta (with Gluten Free Option)

Place zucchini in a colander and mix with sea salt, allow to sit for ten minutes. Then either press between paper towels or wring in a clean cloth till excess moisture is gone. Looking at this photo I realize I need a prettier colander…like this one. (affiliate link)

Zucchini Fritters with Lemon Ricotta (with Gluten Free Option)

Mix with eggs, herbs and flour, form into patties and fry in butter. I like a cast iron pan for this job. (affiliate link)

Zucchini Fritters with Lemon Ricotta (with Gluten Free Option)

You can serve as is, or top with a mixture of ricotta and lemon zest. I use a microplane (affiliate link) for this job. Always scrape just until the white is exposed and move to a new area. I love this job because the zest smells heavenly.

Zucchini Fritters with Lemon Ricotta (with Gluten Free Option)

When fritters are crispy and brown, top with ricotta and serve!

Zucchini Fritters with Lemon Ricotta (with Gluten Free Option)

The Recipe: Zucchini Fritters with Lemon  Ricotta

You will need: A food processor or box grater. A microplane and cast iron pan. I used this arrowroot powder (if you prefer not to use corn starch) and this gluten free flour if you want to avoid gluten. (affiliate links)

5 from 4 votes
Zucchini Fritters with Lemon Ricotta (Gluten Free Option)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
16 mins

An easy and healthy side dish. Always save extra for the next days breakfast. Just reheat in pan and serve with eggs!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy breakfast recipe, easy side dish recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
  • 3 large zucchini grated (about 5ish cups, doesn't have to be spot on)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour or gluten free flour
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder or cornstarch I prefer arrowroot for thickening but both work fine
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons chives chopped and divided
  • zest of one small lemon
  • 3 tablespoon butter or olive olive oil
Lemon Ricotta Topping (optional):
  • 1/2 cup whole fat ricotta
  • zest of one small lemon
  1. Grate zucchini place in colander. Sprinkle with sea salt and stir well. Place colander in sink and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Well zucchini sits, prepare other ingredients.
  3. Use a fork to combine cheese and lemon zest.
  4. After zucchini rests, place between paper towels and squeeze out excess moisture (or wring out in a clean dish towel) The more moisture you eliminate the crispier your fritter will be, so squeeze!
  5. Place zucchini in a large bowl.
  6. Add egg, your choice of flour, arrowroot or cornstarch, pepper, lemon zest and 3T chives (reserving one 1 T for garnish). Mix well.
  7. Take a third of a cup at a time and form into patties.
  8. Heat a pan on high heat. Add 1 T butter or olive, coat pan evenly . When butter is very hot add zucchini patties.
  9. Cook till golden brown (about 3-4 minutes) gently turn, you may need to lower heat now.
  10. Cook second side till golden brown. (turn down heat if pan get too hot by now)
  11. Work in batches, carefully wiping down pan between and adding more butter or oil for next batch.
  12. Top with lemon ricotta. Garnish with remaining chives. Serve



Zucchini Fritters with Lemon Ricotta (with Gluten Free Option)


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25 thoughts on “Zucchini Fritters with Lemon Ricotta (with Gluten Free Option)

  1. I’m always looking for new and fun ways to eat zucchini, and love this idea. These look delicious, especially with the cheese. 😉
    I’m looking forward to trying them out!

  2. 3 Medium zucchini… I only have one GINORMOUS one? How many grated cups, approximately, do I need for the recipe?

  3. These look great. My husband and I both love zucchini fritters and used to have them at our favourite breakfast spot until they removed them from the menu (the horror!!). We are totally having them for breakfast tomorrow with poached eggs.

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