Zucchini Tots

Zucchini Tots

Any other parents out there who have to hide vegetables to get your kids to eat them? I know I can’t be the only mom who does this. And I’m pretty sure my parents did it to me, too. 

My boys take after their momma and I take after mine. None of us really like many vegetables. But, I do try. I will put quite a few vegetables in my chicken fried rice, and make smoothies with fruit and vegetables, and I’ve been eating salad a lot lately. I know it’s not perfect, but it’s a start.

Tyler and Ryan are a bit better at eating vegetables than I am. Their only problem is once they’ve decided they aren’t going to like something, they won’t change their minds. Especially Tyler. 

Zucchini Tots

But what kid doesn’t like tater tots? I remember chowing down on the school lunch tater tots when I was a kid. 

Well, traditional tater tots are made with shredded potatoes. Even though potatoes are one of my favorite foods, I wanted something healthier to try for the boys. We also had a zucchini in the refrigerator that wasn’t going to be used for anything, so I decided to make some zucchini tots. 

It was also a great chance for me to use the shredder attachment for my stand mixer. I got it years ago but rarely use it (honestly, I forget about it most of the time!). The attachment shredded the zucchini with ease. If you don’t have a stand mixer or the piece for it, you can use a regular box shredder, too. 

Step by Step

Preheat the oven to 400F. If you are using a baking stone, leave it in the oven to preheat. If you are using a baking sheet, line it with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. 

Shred the zucchini then drain it of as much liquid as possible. I started by pouring it into a mesh strainer over a bowl and used my hands to press it into the mesh. 

Zucchini Tots
Zucchini Tots

That got a majority of the liquid out, but not enough. So, I placed the zucchini shreds on a piece of cheesecloth and folded it up around it and used that to squeeze the remaining moisture. 

Zucchini Tots

Place the zucchini in a large mixing bowl and add the eggs, panko, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cheese. We used sharp cheddar cheese because we all like that and it was what we had. You could also try them with white cheddar or mozzarella for a slightly different flavor. 

Zucchini Tots
Zucchini Tots

Stir all of the ingredients together until they are well combined. 

Zucchini Tots
Zucchini Tots

Scoop out the zucchini mixture by the tablespoon and place them on your prepared baking sheet. 

Zucchini Tots

Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown. 

Zucchini Tots

Serve warm with marinara sauce for dipping and enjoy!

Zucchini Tots
Zucchini Tots
Zucchini Tots

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Zucchini Tots
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4.67 from 3 votes

Zucchini Tots

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Keyword: cheese, zucchini
Servings: 24 pieces


  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup panko
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • marinara sauce to dip


  • Preheat the oven to 400F
  • Prepare a baking sheet by leaving a stone in the oven or lining a sheet with parchment paper
  • Shred the zucchini
  • Place in a mesh strainer or use a cheesecloth to squeeze out as much liquid as possible
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the marinara
  • Scoop by the tablespoon and place on the prepared baking dish
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the tots are golden brown
  • Serve warm with marinara sauce to dip
Zucchini Tots

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13 thoughts on “Zucchini Tots

  1. I’ve never heard of tots before but they look yummy! I’ve been very lucky in that my daughter has always loved veg so I’ve never had to hide it like so many of my friends did!

  2. I love seeing your kids helpin the kitchen! My kids are much more likely to eat something they have a hand in preparing. I’m definitely going to try these. I’m lucky that (so far) my kids eat their vegetables, but it’s always great to change up what I serve.

  3. THESE ARE SO CLEVER!!! My girls will eat zucchini many other ways, but for some reason as soon as I shred/spiralize it, they refuse to touch it (except in bread/muffins). Will have to try this on them sometime!

  4. These is such a great idea! I don’t have kids yet but I know how to trick them into eating vegetables haha! I hope I won’t have too though! These look so yummy I’m a cheese lover

  5. I love zucchini – so these would be so awesome. I need to give these a try and sneak some veggies in on my kiddos.

  6. These tots sound delicious! Luckily I don’t have to hide zucchini from my children, these are one of their favourite vegetables. But I will try your recipe with other vegetables and see what happens!

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