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Zucchini Fritters with Asian Dipping Sauce

I’ve been stuck in a rut. A zucchini rut.

Zucchini Fritters  |  {Five Heart Home}

When this dark green summer squash lands in my kitchen, it invariably meets one of three fates:

1. I slice it into rounds and bake it topped with Parmesan cheese;

2. I shred it up and bake it into some form of zucchini bread or muffins; or

3. I shred it up and hide it in various meals consisting of ground beef plus some dark-colored sauce in order to trick my kids (and husband?) into eating more vegetables (sneaky tutorial found here!).

Zucchini Fritters  |  {Five Heart Home}

Now while all of these are perfectly acceptable and appetizing ways to use up an abundance of garden fresh zucchini, this past weekend I decided that I could do better. There had to be some form of zucchini recipe greatness out there that could be added into our currently stagnant rotation.

Enter Zucchini Fritters.

Zucchini Fritters  |  {Five Heart Home}

It’s not very common that I fry up my family’s veggies, but when I came across this recipe, it struck a chord as just what I’d been looking for to shake things up. Indeed, these golden beauties whipped up in no time, and between their crispy exteriors, creamy interiors, and savory sweet dipping sauce, they were just the thing to remedy my zucchini rut.

Zucchini Fritters  |  {Five Heart Home}

Reminiscent of potato latkes, these zucchini fritters are paired with an Asian-inspired dipping sauce in lieu of sour cream and applesauce. But you want to know the truth? My kiddos enjoyed them with ketchup instead (which comes as no surprise seeing as how my three-year-old has been known to dip his grapes in ketchup). But hey…whatever gets them to willingly eat zucchini is fine by me. As for the rest of you who are past the age of ketchup adoration, I highly recommend throwing together the dipping sauce. It elevates these already-tasty fritters to the next level, and I just don’t think this recipe would be the same without it.

Zucchini Fritters  |  {Five Heart Home}

So if you’re looking for a satisfying summer side dish that’s a bit different than your typical fare, I highly recommend giving these fritters a whirl! Serve them hot and watch them vanish. What zucchini rut?

Zucchini Fritters with Asian Dipping Sauce

Yield: 4 servings (approximately 8 fritters)

Zucchini Fritters with Asian Dipping Sauce

These golden fritters are crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and accompanied by a sweet and salty, Asian-inspired dipping sauce.

Ingredients

    For the dipping sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
  • For the fritters:
  • 1 1/2 pounds zucchini (about 3 large), grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup canola oil

Instructions

    For the dipping sauce:
  1. In a small bowl, stir together vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, and pepper flakes until sugar is dissolved.
  2. For the fritters:
  3. Mix grated zucchini with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and place in a colander over the sink to drain. After 10 minutes, transfer zucchini to the center of a clean kitchen towel, wrap towel around it jellyroll-style, and squeeze out over the sink until all water is extracted.
  4. Place zucchini in a bowl and mix in egg, flour, cornstarch, garlic, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper, to taste.
  5. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat (do not allow it to smoke). Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop mounds of zucchini into the oil, and flatten slightly. Do not overcrowd your pan; you will need to work in two batches.
  6. Cook each fritter for about 3 minutes or until the underside is golden and crispy; flip and cook for 3 more minutes on the other side.
  7. Transfer fritters to a paper towel-lined plate, lightly sprinkle with salt, and allow them to drain. Serve hot with dipping sauce.

Notes

It is important to squeeze as much water as possible out of the zucchini using the kitchen towel.

If you cannot eat the fritters immediately, you may keep them warm in a 200°F oven for up to 30 minutes. Reheating is not recommended as they will become soggy.

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Adapted from Bon Appétit.

 

This post is linked to Give Me the Goods Monday #17 at Rain on a Tin Roof, Totally Tasty Tuesdays #15 at Mandy’s Recipe Box, Pin It Monday Hop #17 at Pursuit of Functional Home, Tuesday Talent Show #93 at Chef-in-Training, Lil’ Luna Link Party 136 at Lil’ Luna, What’s In Your Kitchen Wednesday #31 at Kitchen Meets Girl, and Wednesday Extravaganza #37 at Hungry Little Girl.

 

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Comments

  1. Cant wait to try out this recipe. I love the easy to follow instructions, great job 😀

  2. These look totally delish! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. I’m a bit jealous, as the zucchini plants have just started to flower up here in MA. I have a bit to go before I’m overwhelmed with them (actually I’d be thrilled with an abundance, I don’t have the best gardening luck!). I’ve made zucchini fritters before but never with an asian dipping sauce, we’ll have to give this a try. They look delicious!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Good luck with your zucchini crop this year, Sherri! I think you’ll enjoy these fritters when you make them…and the Asian dipping sauce puts them over the top. 🙂

  4. Hi Samantha,

    Zucchini is not always available at our nearest grocery store but I’ll keep your recipe in mind, I might give this a try in the future. Thank you for sharing your recipe at Pin It Monday Hop. New hop is now open, please stop by when you get the chance. See you there!

    Judy

  5. Mhhmmm…I have to try that Asian dipping sauce next time! I used marinara sauce with the fritters I made…but hey, gotta change it up every once in a while right? Great pictures and blog 🙂

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Yum, Joleen! I never thought to try marinara with them…that sounds really good, too! Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words. Off to check out your site now… 🙂

  6. This zucchini fritters receipe is devine. Thankyou. Such a quick and healthy bite to eat:)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You’re very welcome, Julie…I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed these! It’s always fun coming up with new zucchini recipes, and these are a favorite of my family as well. 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!

  7. Great recipe, helps hide the veggies from the kiddies!! Thankyouuuu 🙂

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