Zucchini Fritters with Feta and Dill

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These crispy zucchini fritters make a wonderful starter or side dish, and they’re a delicious way to use up your summer zucchini.

The word fritter usually conjures up something heavy and deep-fried, but these zucchini fritters are as light as can be. Serve them as a light vegetarian meal or mezze (small plate) with tzatziki and a Greek salad, or as a side dish to any Mediterranean-style fish, chicken or lamb dish.

What you’ll need to make Zucchini Fritters

ingredients for zucchini fritters

How to make Zucchini Fritters

Begin by shredding the zucchini on a box grater or in a food processor.

shredded zucchini

Transfer the zucchini to a fine mesh strainer, then toss with the salt to draw out the liquid.

shredded zucchini in strainer

Let the shredded zucchini sit for about ten minutes, and then use your hands to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. As you can see, there will be a lot of liquid.

strained and squeezed zucchini

Whisk the eggs in a medium mixing bowl.

whisked eggs in bowlAdd the zucchini, scallions, dill, feta, garlic, and pepper.

adding the feta, scallions, dill, garlic, salt and pepper to bowl

Mix well.

mixed zucchini mixture

Sprinkle the flour (or corn starch) and baking powder over top.

sprinkling flour and baking powder over zucchini mixture Stir again until evenly mixed.

finished zucchini fritter mixture in bowl

Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick skillet, and then drop the batter into the pan. Pan-fry until golden brown on both sides.

pan-frying the zucchini fritters

Drain the zucchini fritters on paper towels.

draining zucchini fritters on paper towels

Serve warm or room temperature with lemon wedges.

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Zucchini Fritters with Feta and Dill

These crispy zucchini fritters make a wonderful starter or side dish, and they’re a delicious way to use up your summer zucchini.

Servings: 12 Fritters


  • 1 pound zucchini (about 2 medium), trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 scallions, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced or pressed through a garlic press
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour (or cornstarch)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more if necessary
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


  1. Shred the zucchini on the large holes of a box grater or in a food processor fitted with the shredding disk. Transfer the zucchini to a fine mesh strainer and set over a bowl. Toss the zucchini with the salt and let it sit for 10 minutes. Wring all of the excess liquid out of the zucchini with your hands, then set aside.
  2. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Mix in the dried zucchini, scallions, dill, feta, garlic and black pepper. Sprinkle the flour (or corn starch) and baking powder over mixture and stir until uniformly incorporated.
  3. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Drop 2-tablespoon sized portions into the pan, then use the back of a spoon to gently press the batter into 2-inch-wide fritters. Pan-fry until golden brown on both sides, 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer the fritters to a paper towel-lined plate. Add a bit more oil to the pan if necessary, then repeat with the remaining batter. Serve warm or room temperature with lemon wedges.
  4. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The cooked fritters can be frozen for up to 3 months. Reheat them on a cookie sheet in a 200°F oven until heated through.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 2 fritters
  • Calories: 152
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Saturated fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Sodium: 288 mg
  • Cholesterol: 73 mg

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  • Was having fish and chips tonight,then saw your recipe for zucchini fritters,then saw your recipe for Israeli salad. We had an amazing and much more healthy dinner. Thanks so much!!

    • — Isabel on July 19, 2021
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  • What a great way to use up all the zucchini from my garden! This recipe was easy and so tasty. Hubby even liked it and he does not like feta! This one is a keeper.

    • — SherylG on July 16, 2021
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  • These are excellent but i was wondering if you could bake them in a greased mini muffin tin

    • — Veronica on July 3, 2021
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    • Hi Veronica, I haven’t tried them this way, but I think you could do that. Please LMK how they turn out if you try it!

      • — Jenn on July 5, 2021
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  • can I make the mix the night before, and then fry them the next morning?

    • — Lauren Santos on June 26, 2021
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    • Hi Lauren, I think making the batter several hours ahead should be fine but overnight may be pushing it.

      • — Jenn on June 26, 2021
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  • Loved!

    • — CG on June 14, 2021
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  • Outstanding. I tend to et it with tzatziki. I leave out the dill because my wife’s not a fan, but likely will put some in next time I make it. Popular with 2 of my 3 girls, but not my son (who is fussy). When I use more oil to cook it with, it is a bit crispier and tastier, but is also very good with less oil.

    • — Derek on May 21, 2021
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  • I’ve been having great success with your recipes!

    Re zucchini fritters:

    Do you think these could be prepped earlier in the day and then cooked A few hours later?

    I’ve now got the situation where I have prep time earlier in the day but *very little time before the actual dinner needs to be served. I am desperately trying to find solutions that work.
    I’m hoping you can help! This is a recipe that I really want to try.

    On an additional note, I have many of ‘Once Upon a Chef’ recipes that are in my five star rating of definitely make again.
    Thank you so much and advance for your answer!

    • — Carol on May 18, 2021
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    • Hi Carol, glad you’ve been having success with the recipes! Yes, you can make the fritters ahead and reheat, but they won’t be quite as crisp on the exterior (still good, just not as crispy).

      • — Jenn on May 18, 2021
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  • Really great flavour and super simple to make. I made a tzatziki sauce for them but, they didn’t need it. Only thing I would say is that they do not keep their crisp when left out. I made them an hour ahead of time and they were a bit soggy by the time they got to the table.

    • — Daniela on May 17, 2021
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  • I love these fritters, and have made them many times since finding this recipe. I used to make zucchini fritters with a dill and feta dip, but I like them SO much better with the feta and dill incorporated! I either eat these on their own, or make a garlicky lemony Greek yogurt dip for them (sometimes I get extra fancy and sprinkle sumac on the dip, oo la la!). This is a great brunch dish with a crisp green salad.

    Until I started writing reviews here tonight, Jenn, I don’t think I realized just how many recipes I’ve made from your site! This has been fun!

    Thanks for gracing my kitchen and table, Jenn!

    • — Tiina on February 3, 2021
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  • Yummy!

    • — CeRo on January 30, 2021
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    • Hi Jenn,
      These look and sound delicious, but wondering if these could be made a bit healthier by making them in my Air Fryer? I haven’t had a chance to read through the 300+ reviews to see if the question has already been answered. I will add this to my big box of favorite Jenn recipes!

      • — Patrick Hayes on June 10, 2021
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      • Hi Patrick, I don’t see any mentions from someone who has made these in an air fryer, so you’d be the guinea pig! 🙂 I don’t have an air fryer and don’t know much about using one so it’s hard to say how it will impact them – I’m sorry! You may find these tips helpful in converting traditional recipes to air fryer versions. Hope that helps at least a bit (and please report back if you try it)!

        • — Jenn on June 10, 2021
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      • How did the air fryer experiment go? I was just wondering the same!

        • — Juliane McDavid on August 21, 2021
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  • Have been making these and loving them for quite some time. Dill and feta are a match made in heaven. Made them large for a Main Dish, made them small for a size….any size is delish!
    Found a easy way to drain the zucchini, I use my potato ricer! Makes fast work of it and gets the zucchini very dry. Give it a try!

    • — MaryAnn M on January 29, 2021
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  • Hands down this is a five star recipe. These pair with everything! I don’t change a thing and they come out perfect every time.

    • — Deb Usprich on January 29, 2021
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  • This is one of my favorite side dishes. It’s a great way to use up zucchini in the fridge or the over abundance from the garden. It’s super easy to make and a veggie loaded dish my kids will eat

    • — Reyanne on January 28, 2021
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  • Yummy snack! At night I sometimes want a snack. I try to think of something that is quick (and not junk food) and I am always looking for ways to add more veges each day. This is better tasting (and better for you) than doing the ‘traditional’ white potato ones. I ate them all, or I would have sent a pic.

    • — Joanne Reg on January 28, 2021
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  • After doubling the recipe, I added a shredded, microwaved (for 4 minutes) sweet potato to the mix for some extra color, sweetness, and nutrition. I thought I had made too much, but they were polished off immediately!

    • — linda on January 28, 2021
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  • I love this recipe and make it often. Actually making it again tonight .

    A great way to use up the zucchini I grated and froze from my summer garden. So simple and tasty. Thanks so much. Enjoy your recipes.

    • — Johanna on January 28, 2021
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  • These fritters are so worth it! Any recipe with fresh dill is a keeper 🙂 They are easy and fun to make, are a good side, and also a nice option when you don’t feel like having meat.

    • — Sage on January 28, 2021
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  • These are absolutely delicious. Made them as a side with pork. Everyone asked for the recipe! Highly recommend.

    • — Valerie Vance on January 28, 2021
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  • DELICIOUS recipe. Not always easy to find fantastic vegetarian recipes but this is wonderful!

    • — Jane Giat on January 28, 2021
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  • We first made these this past summer when we had an abundance of zucchini and dill from our garden. They are delicious!!! Wonderful flavor and a favorite for our whole family. They’re simple enough to for children to make, too!

    • — Jennifer Estoll on January 28, 2021
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  • I’ve made these a few times and they are soooo good! Mine didn’t stay together quite as well as pictured above, but it’s really all about the taste isn’t it? I think it’s a bit harder to get the recipe right using a cast iron pan (I only cook with stainless steel or cast iron). They’re just as good heated up as leftovers in the toaster oven (I don’t use a microwave either).

    • — Sue J on January 28, 2021
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  • I’m not a huge zucchini fan as I usually find them too watery and flavourless if just pan fried, but these are delicious, and they do freeze well. Feel free to play around with the ingredients. If you don’t like dill, try thyme or tarragon. A little lemon zest adds extra oomph. If you want to make them gluten-free, use gram flour (chickpea flour) instead of regular flour. Indian cuisine makes fritters all the time with gram flour.

    • — Kate on January 28, 2021
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  • These are a great way to use up some of that zucchini. They are good for any meal. They have so much flavor. They freeze well if you have extras. I also freeze zucchini in little bags to make fresh later. Great in mid winter!

    • — Kathleen Schettler on January 28, 2021
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  • These fritters were delicious! It was a great way to use up some of the many zucchinis and other squash that we received from our summer CSA (subbing squash other than zucchini works well with this recipe). The key – as with all recipes that include squash – is getting enough liquid out of them so the mixture isn’t too wet. We added a little sambal oelek to the fritter mixture for a kick, and paired with a dip made of greek yogurt, garlic and feta. A very satisfying and healthy meal!

    • — Angie Campbell on January 28, 2021
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  • These look fantastic. I will make them soon.

    • — Wayne on January 28, 2021
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  • I made these Fritters exactly as shown and they were delicious. They are very versatile,very tasty and I will definitely make them again!

    • — Julie Smith on January 28, 2021
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  • The steps are clear to follow. I did this for New Year’s as an appetizer and it was well appreciated. I will redo for Valentine’s day. look great, tastes good and budget wise!

    • — lucie on January 28, 2021
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  • These fritters are so good I could gobble a whole plate of them! They are easy to make, too. Some of Jenn’s recipes rely on prepared/bottled sauces, which can have a lot of sugar, and even though they are delicious, I try to avoid those. But this one uses all “whole” foods and is simple yet elegant. I was not able to get the fritters very crispy, probably because the oil wasn’t hot enough, but they were still quite yummy!

    • — Marion Erickson on January 28, 2021
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  • I’ve used an old family recipe for zucchini latkas for years, but this is now my new favorite. I love the addition of dill and feta! Baking powder is a good addition as well.

    • — Sara Rose on January 28, 2021
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  • I’ve made a lot of zucchini pancakes and fritters over the years when the summer produce starts coming in and I have to keep up with all the zucchini.This recipe is the one I’ve stuck with. The feta adds a little somethin’, somethin’ that makes these fritters special and better than the rest. I use a clean kitchen towel to wring out the shredded zucchini. Really, I haven’t yet found a recipe here that hasn’t been a keeper! Thanks, Jenn.

    • — Helen on January 28, 2021
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  • They were delicious. I have made many of your recipes and never disappointed. They are my go to recipes.

    • — Mary cupar on January 28, 2021
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  • These are a hit in our house even with our toddler! He loves them. Quick tip for those who don’t have fresh dill all the time-freeze dill and it works well too – use as needed 🙂

    • — Deana on January 28, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn,

    Absolutely love all your recipes. Can you tell me if I can use oatmeal flour instead of regular white flour.

    • — Lena on January 25, 2021
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    • Hi Lena, Do you have cornstarch? If so, I’d use that. I’ve never worked with oatmeal flour, so I can’t say for sure how it will impact these, but because the recipe calls for a pretty small amount of flour, I suspect you could get away with it. Please LMK how they turn out! 🙂

      • — Jenn on January 25, 2021
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  • My husband and I LOVE these! They’re now a staple in our home. 🙂

    • — Laura-Jeanne on January 24, 2021
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  • Delicious! Made these several times!

    • — Julie on January 9, 2021
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  • What would be a some good desserts to have with a Mediterranean type of dinner?

    • — Heather on January 8, 2021
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    • Hi Heather, I don’t have any traditional Mediterranean desserts, but the first thing that comes to mind is something lemony. You can check out several options here. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on January 9, 2021
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      • I wouldn’t have thought of that. I love it! Very helpful, thank you! I remember once you had a blog post about an outside family get together you hosted that had Greek food I think. Can you please give me the link to that?

        • — Heather on January 9, 2021
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        • Hi Heather, I don’t remember a post I had related to just Greek food – I’m sorry! Here is a link to all of my Middle Eastern recipes which include all the Greek options. Hope that helps!

          • — Jenn on January 11, 2021
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  • These are delicious, I have made them a few times. I grate mature cheddar into them instead of feta, only because my daughter doesn’t like it. But they are perfect and tasty each time. I go very generous with the black pepper as we like a nice peppery kick. Yum.

    • — judy on November 17, 2020
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  • I made this quick, easy, and tasty recipe. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Had leftovers for breakfast added maple syrup.

    • — G. Turner on November 16, 2020
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  • Delicious!!!

    • — Karolynne on October 11, 2020
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  • The fritters were very tasty, but were more like pancakes (soft) than fritters (crispy). I did make the batter about 2 hours before I fried them. Do you suppose that’s why they were not crispy?

    • — Cassandra on September 29, 2020
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    • Hi Cassandra, I don’t think making the batter ahead would’ve made a difference. I suspect the heat on your stove was just a bit too low. If you make them again, up the heat just a touch.

      • — Jenn on September 29, 2020
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  • Kind of bland. I made with queso fresco and cilantro because that’s what I had, otherwise I followed the recipe. If I were to make them again I would use roast garlic for deeper flavor and or maybe some worcestershire or maggi seasoning. Lemon zest or some mustard might be tasty. An aioli would be a good sauce.

    • — Kim on September 17, 2020
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    • I think it’s the dill that makes them as tasty as they are, but I don’t think I’d add Worcestershire seasoning as that would completely change what they are supposed to be like. Hope they turn out better for you next time.

      • — judy on November 17, 2020
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  • Excellent recipe! Turned out absolutely delicious and relatively easy to make, and once they were in the pan, and I got into the “groove”

    • — Marina on September 8, 2020
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  • Delicious! Definitely a do over!

    • — Mel on September 3, 2020
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  • I’m not one to comment on recipes I try. In fact, this is probably the first time. But we tried the fritters last night and they were delicious! I wish I had made a double batch. The fresh dill, feta and garlic really upped the flavor profile!

    • — Shelly Walker on September 2, 2020
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    • You’re right Shelly. That’s my experience with the flavors.

      • — G. Turner on November 16, 2020
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  • 1st time making this recipe and was yummy!
    Will definitely make again! Keeping/saving

    • — DEbbie BEZAZIAN on August 29, 2020
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  • It came out really good! I tried other recipes in the past but they weren’t as good as yours 🙂

    I substituted 2 teaspoons of dried dill with 2 tablespoons of fresh dill. Next time I’ll use the fresh one as you suggested!

    God bless you

    • — Kasia on August 23, 2020
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  • Made these just now as my garden has been producing zucchini …. they are excellent and more importantly, to me, they were super easy. I did add two more cloves garlic. I also love that Jenn provides freezing methods.. because I doubled recipe.

    • — Susan S on August 21, 2020
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  • We made these tonight and they are amazing. My husband is not a lover of vegetables and he even liked them!! The only change we made was to add more garlic.
    I love that you add in your instructions that you can freeze them. Thanks for adding that comment.

    • — Susan Clayman on August 20, 2020
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  • How many cups of shredded zucchini did you use?

    • — Grace Marie DelRocco on August 19, 2020
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    • Hi Grace, I think you’ll need approximately 2.5 cups of shredded zucchini. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on August 19, 2020
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  • I just finished making and eating the Fritters….OMG so delish!!
    The next time I will be making 2 batches, one wasn’t enough! I didn’t grow dill this year and looked for fresh dill in the stores, after 3 stores and coming up empty , decided to use dried. Next year will be planting some dill for sure!! Thank you Jenn 🙂

    • — Jeanne on August 13, 2020
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