One of the many joys of friendship is sharing good food and good recipes. None of that has to stop when one goes gluten free. I share my gluten-free food with both gluten-free and non-gluten-free friends all the time and share my recipes here on gfe and directly with friends. My dear friend Jennifer Smith is also a “sharer” of both. She shared her Zucchini Potato Pancakes on Facebook a while back. I made them as soon as I could and asked Jennifer if I could share the recipe with you all. She graciously said, “Yes!” I’ve always called such creations “fritters,” so I’ve re-christened these gluten-free Zucchini Fritters. Plus, I made a few changes to her recipe.
The term fritters has much more appeal to me, but if the crew at your house really likes pancakes and you want to get some more veggies in them, sticking with the name Zucchini Potato Pancakes just might be the ticket! Or maybe just Potato Pancakes, if you have folks who “fear” zucchini in your family.
Jennifer made this recipe using gluten-free flour mix, which works fine and is certainly one way you can make these fritters—especially if that is the flour you have on hand. However I decided to use coconut flour to make mine grain free and paleo Zucchini Fritters.
Jennifer used a specific Himalayan sea salt because she’s a self-confessed salt snob. Hehe. (That kind of snob I can deal with!) However I went with my basic “go to” brand of sea salt. (It offers so many health benefits!) I also added some Old Bay Lemon & Herb Seasoning for a bit of zest and brightness.
We really liked the resulting fritters when made with this flavor of Old Bay seasoning, but I am sure that any similar seasoning will work in this recipe. Or you can just leave out the seasoning and go a bit heavier on the sea salt. Jennifer sprinkles her special sea salt on her fritters right after she fries them.
These gluten-free Zucchini Fritters make a great side dish, but I also like them by themselves for a vegetarian entrée.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. Be sure to check out Jennifer’s Best Ever Salmon Cakes recipe, too. It’s another favorite of mine.
Gluten-Free Zucchini Fritters Recipe
Gluten-Free Zucchini Fritters
These gluten-free Zucchini Fritters are so light and lovely that even your kids will go back for seconds! Great as a side dish or a vegetarian main dish.
- 2 zucchini, average size, grated
- 1 potato, peeled and grated
- half of a yellow onion, grated
- 2 eggs, well beaten
- 1/3 cup coconut flour, sifted (or gluten-free flour mix)
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp Old Bay Lemon & Herb Seasoning (or similar seasoning mix; optional, but preferred)
- Oil of choice for cooking (I use olive oil or coconut oil)
- Add oil to deep skillet and heat over medium to medium-high heat.
- While oil is heating, make your fritter mixture using the following directions.
- Press excess liquid from grated potatoes and zucchini. (Pressing a paper towel against the mixture works well.)
- Mix together potatoes, zucchini, and onions.
- Add beaten eggs, flour, and sea salt. Stir well.
- Let mixture sit a minute or two so that the flour helps absorb any additional liquid and thickens the fritter mixture.
- Using a small- to medium-sized scoop, scoop fritters and carefully drop them into the hot oil.
- Fry fritters a few minutes on each side until golden brown.
- Watch carefully.
- You can also sprinkle additional sea salt or Old Bay Lemon & Herb Seasoning directly on your fritters hot out of the skillet if you find you want more of those flavors.
I always make my fritters right beside the stove as the oil in the skillet is heating, so that I don’t walk away and forget about the skillet with hot oil.
Courses Side Dish, Vegetarian Main Dish
Originally published September 23, 2016; updated July 31, 2017.