Zucchini Cakes

Pan-Fried Zucchini Cakes – A Crispy and Flavorful Delight


Pan-Fried Zucchini Cakes are a delightful and versatile dish that showcases the natural flavors of fresh zucchini. These crispy and flavorful cakes are perfect as a side dish, snack, or even a light meal. In this recipe, we’ll guide you through creating these golden brown zucchini cakes that are sure to become a family favorite.


  • 2 cups grated zucchini (about 2 medium-sized zucchinis)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (for frying)


  1. Grate and Drain the Zucchini:
    • Grate the zucchini using the coarse side of a box grater. Place the grated zucchini in a colander and sprinkle it with 1 teaspoon of salt. Toss to combine and let it sit for about 10 minutes. This will draw out excess moisture from the zucchini.
    • After 10 minutes, use your hands to squeeze the grated zucchini to remove as much liquid as possible. You can also place the zucchini in a clean kitchen towel and wring out the liquid.
  2. Prepare the Zucchini Mixture:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated and drained zucchini, breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, chopped fresh parsley, minced garlic, and black pepper. Mix everything together.
    • Beat the two large eggs in a separate bowl and then add them to the zucchini mixture. Stir until all the ingredients are well combined. The mixture should hold together when pressed.
  3. Form the Zucchini Cakes:
    • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
    • While the skillet is heating, shape the zucchini mixture into small patties or cakes, about 2-3 inches in diameter.
  4. Pan-Fry the Zucchini Cakes:
    • Once the oil is hot, carefully place the zucchini cakes in the skillet. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and crispy. You may need to do this in batches to avoid overcrowding the skillet.
    • Use a spatula to gently flip the zucchini cakes when the first side is browned.
  5. Serve:
    • Remove the zucchini cakes from the skillet and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
    • Serve the zucchini cakes hot as a side dish or a tasty snack. They are delicious on their own or with a dipping sauce of your choice.

Cook’s Notes:

  • Variations: You can add grated carrots or finely chopped onions for extra flavor and color. Feel free to experiment with your favorite herbs and seasonings.
  • Dipping Sauce: These zucchini cakes pair well with a variety of dipping sauces, such as tzatziki, ranch, or a simple garlic aioli.

Pan-Fried Zucchini Cakes are a wonderful way to enjoy the fresh flavors of zucchini. Whether you serve them as a side dish, appetizer, or snack, these crispy and flavorful cakes are a hit. Enjoy the simplicity and deliciousness of this zucchini recipe!

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