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Zucchini Fritters with Bacon and Cheese

Simple pan fried zucchini fritters that are bursting with flavor thanks to the addition of cheese and bacon. These will be a hit all summer long.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time7 minutes
Course: Side Dishes, Vegetables
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, cheese, summer, zucchini
Servings: 8 two inch fritters
Calories: 116kcal
Author: Melissa Griffiths


  • 8 oz. zucchini two medium
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup grated cheese I prefer sharp cheddar
  • 5 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste optional
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper freshly cracked
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons oil for frying


  • Grate the zucchini with a box grater or food processor. Place into large bowl, add 1 teaspoon salt, wait 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, wrap zucchini in a cloth and squeeze dry with as much force as you can (you will get a lot of liquid over ½ cup) discard liquid as it will be too salty to use.
  • Return pressed zucchini to bowl add cheese, bacon, eggs, green onion, chili paste, and pepper and stir to combine. Add the flour and baking powder and stir to combine.
  • If the batter is too thick you can add water or milk or another egg; if too wet add more flour. It should be thick and should not flow when placed onto the frying pan.
  • Preheat a frying pan (cast iron is best) over medium heat, add ⅓ of the oil (1 tablespoon) and wait until it shimmers.
  • Place dollops of batter (about 2 tablespoons each) onto the fry pan widely spaced out, with the back of a spoon smooth out each dollop to about 2 inches (5 cm) wide, do not make the fritters too thick. You should get three or four fritters in the average-sized fry pan.
  • Fry for 3-4 minutes on the first side, flip, then fry the other side about 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Repeat for the remaining batter. Adding additional oil as needed.
  • Place cooked fritters into a 200 degree F. oven on a baking dish to keep warm as you cook the other fritters.
  • Serve hot with a little additional salt on top as needed.


Adapted from Smitten Kitchen


Serving: 1g | Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 367mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg