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Zucchini Fritters

One day I wanted to serve zucchini as a side dish—but I didn't have the time to slice and deep-fry it. So I came up with these fritters instead! They go especially well with barbecued ribs or pork chops and corn on the cob. I'm an avid recipe clipper. I've also assisted at our church's Wednesday night suppers, cooking for as many as 125 people. —Mary Dixson, Catlin, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    1-1/2 dozen


  • Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 of 1-ounce package ranch-style dip mix
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded zucchini
  • Ranch dressing, optional


  • In a deep cast-iron skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°.
  • Meanwhile, combine milk and egg in a bowl. Stir together dry ingredients and add to egg mixture; blend well. Fold in zucchini. Drop batter by rounded teaspoonfuls into hot oil. Fry until deep golden brown, turning once. Drain thoroughly on paper towels. If desired, serve with ranch dressing.
Nutrition Facts
1 fritter: 191 calories, 11g fat (1g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 333mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • suefalk
    Nov 2, 2020

    Irresistible! Adding a ranch season package is such a smart way to add all your seasoning that’s already balanced. Quick too! But, I added 1/4 cup shredding parmesan cheese and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper to the batter. So good!!

  • gaylene2
    Nov 6, 2019

    The original recipe called for whole milk. I'm glad it's reduced to 2 %! I'm always looking for new zucchini recipes so I was happy to see this one. I wanted to make sure they were done in the center so I put a lid over the pan as they were frying, turning them over and over. I drain the zucchini well, grating it and putting it in a colander over a bowl to catch the liquid. I sprinkle a little salt and then after at least 10 minutes (preferably more), I push down against the grated zucchini to force more liquid out. This reduces the amount of Zucchini you end up with so keep this in mind. My family enjoyed dipping them in the Ranch dressing.

  • Appy_Girl
    Aug 6, 2019

    No Zucchini. No problem I had Success with Eggplant. Nice and light and puffy . I sautéed the eggplant just to soft stage before adding to the batter. I also added some oregano to the batter. And sautéed the eggplant to a soft stage. Allowed it to cool before adding to the batter. Gave each fritter a good Parmesan dusting before serving. Going to try Mushroom next. This is a keeper. Did I mention easy and quick.

  • dxllv
    Jul 14, 2017

    Not bad. I made the recipe as it was written. The ranch dip does add some good flavor, but to me they were a little soft and doughy'ish, despite frying them to golden brown. I also squeezed out all of the moisture from the zucchini in a tea towel, so that wasn't the issue. I think it needs a little less milk. I think that may help. I'll try it with less milk next time.

  • grandmascooking22
    Nov 10, 2016

    Have made zucchini fritters before but never have thought of adding Ranch-style dip mix. Made them very good. I only put a little oil in my skillet and dropped by large tablespoonfuls. I had to fry at 350* or they would not have gotten done in the middle but would have burned on the outside. I will add the entire pkg of Ranch dip mix next time as it was such a good flavor and I think more in this case is better! Dip in Ranch dressing!

  • erinshea1982
    Aug 13, 2016

    All I can say is yum! These are wonderful, and a very inventive way to use extra zucchini! I've also subbed coconut flour, about half the amount and made a gluten free version!

  • NurseBecky
    Aug 12, 2016

    They are very good!! Added salt to taste on top. They really sucked up the oil, though. I might try half the flour and use Panko bread crumbs for the other half!! Also I would add some parmesan cheese!!! Good recipe for all the zucchini right now!!! Thanks!

  • gunslinger
    Jul 20, 2016

    These fritters were so good! The ranch seasoning made them really good!

  • kimb0
    Aug 5, 2015

    Excellent!!! These were so good--will definitely make again and share the recipe with all the gardeners I know!!!

  • jbrink
    Feb 28, 2015

    They puffed just as promised! Instead of the ranch dry, I added 1/4c of shredded parm, 1t of oregano and 1/2t salt. I also used more of a rounded tablespoon as opposed to teaspoon and served with ranch dressing as a dip. Very good.