Zucchini Pancakes

Do you still have some zucchini you are needing to use up!?! We still do and I want to share with you one of my absolute favorite ways to use it.

One day I came home from Jr. High expecting to see one of the traditional after-school-snacks my mom typically made.  Instead, on the table was one of these topped with sour cream.  My mom told me they were called “Zucchini Pancakes.”  I then proceeded to ask her, “Pancakes? Well, why do they have sour cream on them?!”  My small little mind only associated pancakes with sweetness and syrup.  After one bite, I was hooked!  These soon became a new favorite in the late summer/early fall in my parents home and now in my own home. We love them!

Zucchini Pancakes
A fun and new way to use up some of that zucchini!
Recipe type: Entrée
  • 2 cups grated zucchini, not peeled and squeezed dry with a paper towel
  • ¼ tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • ½ cup chopped yellow onion
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ¾ cup flour
  • oil for frying.
  1. In a large bowl stir grated zucchini, lemon juice, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and egg with a wooden spoon.
  2. Add in Parmesan Cheese and flour and stir to combine. You do not want to beat this mixture. It can be over beaten and effect the outcome of the batter.
  3. Place some batter into hot oil and lightly spread out with a spoon. Cook for about 2 minutes or until lightly browned and flip over and cook remaining side until it is lightly browned.
  4. Serve warm with sour cream, avocado, tomatoes... or however you want to enjoy it, that is just how I like mine :)


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  1. Lorna

    These looks amazing! I want one right now! I am definately going to make these this week! Your picture is georgous!

  2. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    I've actually never tried zucchini pancakes or potato pancakes before, but I'm intrigued! We always have a zuke or two laying around so I definitely want to whip these up. Love that you put avo on top!

  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    No way - I just made zucchini fritters earlier this week but havent posted about them yet because yes, I had a bunch of zuke to use up too! Yours look soooo good! Much crispier than mine got but I baked them.

  4. Ala

    I would plant a zucchini garden for this--thank you for sharing! I have yet to try a zucchini pancake that's to-die for, so I can't wait to give this incredibly crispy-looking version a try.

  5. Charul @ Tadka Masala

    I love those pancakes! We dont get zucchini in India, already thinking for substitutes pumpkin, cucumber or onion.. and so on. Will try soon. :)

    1. Georgie

      Egg is added in first step...

  6. Kim

    When do I add the egg? Thanks!

    1. Berta

      In step 1 along with the grated zucchini, lemon juice, garlic, onion, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper

  7. Kevin

    Anybody see where the egg is added?

  8. Sara

    I made these tonight and they were a hit! My 18 month old liked them too! That's always a great feeling :) thanks for the great recipe!

  9. Veronica

    I tried these with zucchini I had shredded and then frozen. After thawing and squeezing the water out, I made the recipe. The batter was very dry; so dry that there was flour and cheese still in the bowl after mixing it. I added about 2 Tbsp of the drained zucchini water and that absorbed the flour, but by then the texture was shot. I think that just draining and not squeezing the zucchini (after shredding, freezing, and thawing) would have been better. The flavors were good though.

  10. megan

    Have you ever tried baking the zucchini pancakes instead of frying?

  11. Katie

    I had these tonight and they are my new favorite!!! Love finding new ways to eat things, other than slicing, cutting and grilling.. Thank You :)

  12. Phil

    The flavors of these were great, but they would not cook in the center. Even after frying them in a skillet and then baking them in the oven for over a half hour, they were still gooey in the center. Any suggestions?

  13. Ruth Simpson

    Looking for the recipe to make zucchini pancakes a good to the site but it doesn't have the recipe how can I get the recipe for
    Zucchini pancakes

    1. Chef in Training

      So sorry about that! Thanks for bringing it to my attention :) All fixed now

  14. Betty L Tingle

    These sound yummy. I am going to have to add a little Asiago or Parmesan either in the batter or sprinkled on top with the other goodies that you suggested.