Vegetable fritters make a great side dish or snack for kids and adults to try to sneak in some vegetables for everyone.Jump to Recipe
I’ll be the first to admit, I have a hard time eating my veggies. As such, it’s hard to force my boys to eat them since I don’t either. That’s where I rely on recipes like these vegetable fritters.
They are a tasty way to sneak in a lot of vegetables and I can even trick myself into eating these! I made them with zucchini and carrots. But you could add in any other similar vegetables.
The first attempt went well, but after practice, I was able to make them even better the second time. I don’t fry very many foods, so I wasn’t sure what I was doing when frying these.
Since then, between making vegetable fritters and other recipes, I’ve learned a few things. You have to make sure there is enough oil in the pan and it’s hot before adding the food. I try to be stingy because I don’t like
Step by Step
When making almost any recipe with zucchini in it, you’ll need to make sure to get most of the moisture out of the vegetable slices first. I used a mandolin slicer to shred the zucchini, but you can also use a box grater. Then put it in a mesh strainer and sprinkle a bit of salt and mix it into the zucchini and let it sit for about 10 minutes to drain.
Meanwhile, use the same shredder to shred the carrots and mix those in a large mixing bowl with the garlic, flour, eggs, and scallions. Squeeze as much liquid out of the zucchini as possible and add that to the bowl then stir it all together. Mix in some salt and pepper, to taste.
In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Meanwhile, scoop about 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture and form it into patties and place that on a plate. Continue until you use all of the mixture. NOTE: If they are falling apart, add a bit more flour to the
Place the patties in the hot oil. Cook for about 2-3 minutes. Carefully flip the patties and cook for another 2-3 minutes, until they are brown on both sides.
Remove from the pan and place on a plate with a napkin or cloth to absorb some of the oil. Continue with all of the patties until they are done. Serve immediately with sour cream to dip in if desired.
Originally Published On: September 1, 2018
Last Updated On: January 13, 2020
- 2 large zucchini (shredded)
- 2 cups carrots (shredded)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 1/2 cup green onion (chopped)
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Sour cream
- Place the shredded zucchini in a colander and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt
- Let sit for at least 10 minutes
- Squeeze zucchini to release as much liquid as possible
- In a large bowl, combine zucchini, carrots, garlic, flour, eggs, and green onion
- Add in remaining 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
- Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat.
- Meanwhile, scoop about 2-3 tablespoons of vegetable mixture and form into patties and place on a plate
- NOTE: If the patties don't hold together add a bit more flour to the mixture
- Continue with the rest of the mixture until all patties are formed
- Place patties in oil and cook for about 2-3 minutes or until browned
- Flip and cook another 2-3 minutes or until browned
- Continue until all patties have been fried
- Once finished, transfer to a cooling rack to let the excess oil drip off
- Serve immediately with sour cream to dip
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.
42 thoughts on “Vegetable Fritters: A Sneaky Way to Eat Your Vegetables”
thank you for this. I will make this for my son’s lunch box. 😀
These would be great for a lunch box!
I love recipes that incorporate veggies like this! My toddler will eat almost any veggie in any form, but my husband is super picky!
Oh man, you’re lucky your toddler will eat them! My boys have never been great about eating veggies.
Yum, this looks really delicious. This is definitely something I can make for the boys and I! I can trick the boys into eating vegetables in this fried fritter LOL. They wont know what hit them!
Hah, that’s exactly what I do! My boys are getting old enough that they are starting to recognize the carrots in them, but they like carrots so I just don’t tell them what the rest is!
Wow! this looks great and mouth-watering. I love trying new recipes and would love to try this one. I am not a good cook but i keep trying.
The best way to get better at cooking is to practice! I didn’t cook much until I was forced to when living on my own.
These look so good! I really want to try making these now. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to make something different.
They are a great snack, especially when you need to get some more veggies in for the day.
Yum, this looks so good. I love the combination of zucchini and carrots. I have made these before with corn, carrot, capsicum and sweet potato – that was also very yummy!
Hmm… I’ve never tried with those before. Maybe next time I will switch up the veggies in mine, too!
I love this recipe! Vegetable and especially zucchini fitters are my favorite. Here in Greece during summer we serve them with tzatziki, this combination is amazing, so so tasty and fresh!
Oh, I’ll have to tell my husband that idea! He doesn’t like sour cream but always wants something to dip them in and he loves tzatziki.
Most of the kids they don’t like vegetables. instead you need to tell them that the vegetables are healthy. This recipe looks perfect for dinner Looks yummy!!
Even when I tell my boys they are healthy, they don’t want the vegetables. But, I can get them to eat a few in something like this that makes them more fun.
These look like they would be so delicious. Vegetables are hard to get into our diet around here so I need to give these a try.
I have such a hard time getting vegetables in at my house, too. I tend to focus so much on the main meal I forget about sides, including vegetables.
These fritters look absolutely delicious! We eat lots of veg so are always looking for different ways of preparing them… will certainly try these out!
It’s a great way to make the veggies fun, since you get to eat them with your hands and dip in something. I can almost forget I’m eating vegetables!!
Oh thiswould be great for Liam! Sometimes he will eat veggies and sometimes I have to hide them!
The only veggie my boys will eat on its own is carrots. I have to hide everything else!
I’ve done something similar before but without frying them in oil. I think I would rather do this way than the way I did, as it was really hard to keep them together. These look delicious!
These sometimes start to fall apart on me just a bit as I am preparing them, but once they are fried they hold together really well.
I have never tried making vegetable fritters before. And I don’t remember eating any like these too. This is a new recipe for me and I must give it a try.
They are a fun way to get some vegetables in your diet. It’s not perfect, but we like them 🙂
These sound fantastic. I love finding clever ways to hide veggies from my kids. Definitely giving this one a shot!
Me, too! Although I also have to hide them from myself if I want to eat them 🙂
Ooo now these are right up my street. Ideal as a starter or to serve with a simple salad xx
Definitely! We’ve made them mostly as a snack, especially for after school. But finger foods are a great appetizer option, too.
Yummy! I’ll definitely make one for my niece. She doesn’t like eating vegetables. I think this would be a good one to try.
Kids also love when you have something to dip it in, so make sure to give her that, too! She may end up eating veggies without even knowing it!
Onion and veg fritters are favorite teatime snacks 😍 So happy to see that you love these too! Haha 😀 Now, I am hungry!
I hadn’t thought about it (because we don’t do teatime here) but they would be a great snack. I guess it’s probably similar to my boys having these as a snack after school.
This is such a great recipe. I can use it as an appetizer when my friends come and the kids could enjoy their veggies that way as well.
I’ve made it once before with friends and both adults and kids enjoy it as a way to get those veggies in.
My daughter is the queen of picky eaters! I may have to try these and see if she will eat veggies this way! So yum!
My boys can be picky sometimes, too, so I am always looking for ways to sneak the veggies in. I hope this works for her!
I love these because they are easy to make, popular with kids and healthy too. My kids loved them when they were younger and we tried all sorts of veggie combos.
It’s definitely a great way to get more veggies into the kids. I’d like to try with other veggies at some point, too. But right now, my kids eat these so I don’t want to change it too much!
Transfer the cooked fritters to a plate lined with kitchen roll, in order to soak up any excess oil. Serve at once with a side salad or mash and vegetables.
Transferring to a plate works, too! I use my wire rack, but both do the same thing. We’ve only had them as a snack, but those would be great sides to go along with these. Thanks for stopping by!