August 7, 2014

Zucchini and Corn Parmesan Fritters

You guys, these corn, zucchini, Parmesan fritters are the most delicious and exciting thing that has come out of my kitchen this summer. After a major recipe fail that happened a few days earlier, I am so happy that I can share something that is making me, and hopefully you, really excited. At the beginning of the week, I sat down with my pot of mint tea and some homemade life-changing bread, to brainstorm a recipe. I stumbled across a fresh zucchini pasta that looked pretty incredible. I picked up a few ingredients from the store, used my fancy julienne peeler to slice up a few zucchini, and I made this big bowl of fresh summer pasta. I hated it. There were too many flavors, the dressing was all off, etc. It was a disaster. I was back to square one.

I've been into corn in a major way this summer. Corn on the cob, corn in salads, in black bean bowls. I had a few zucchinis left from my attempt at the pasta recipe, so I decided to put them to good use in this mind blowing fritter recipe. I love fresh and simple summer foods. Nothing to heavy, easy to prepare. I often find myself out in the garden or doing some sort of home reno on the weekends, and the thought of breaking free to cook up something elaborate and fancy just doesn't appeal to me. A quick and easy recipe, something healthy and filling (in a good way), paired well with a glass of white wine is how we do things around here.

For this recipe, you'll need some sort of tool to get the zucchini into fine strips. If you've got a julienne peeler bonus, if not a cheese grater or food processor will do the trick. You want to grate the zucchini, sprinkle with salt, and let sit. Then you will squeeze out any excess water preventing the fritters from becoming soggy (this is an important step). Once all of the ingredients are combined into a thick batter, fry the fritters for a couple of minutes on each side in a generous serving of butter. You want the outside nice and crispy, brown in color. I squeezed a little lemon juice on mine and served with a generous dollop of sour cream and fresh cut chives from the garden. Seriously, I am making these again tonight. And then I am going to sit down in front of the tv and watch Orphan Black. with a glass of wine. and maybe some ice cream for dessert. Who am I kidding, definitely some ice cream for dessert.

makes 6 large fritters

2 medium zucchini, grated
1/2 tsp salt, plus more for seasoning
  3 tbsp butter, unsalted or salted
1/2 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cobs corn, kernels removed
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 large egg
1 cup milk, low fat or whole
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

sour cream
chives, chopped
lemon juice
Place the grated zucchini in a bowl and toss with 1/2 tsp salt. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then squeeze the zucchini with your hands to ring out any excess water.

In a frying pan, fry the garlic and onions with 1 tbsp of butter on low-medium heat, until the onions are translucent. Add the corn kernels and cook for 5 minutes until soft.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, and baking powder. Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the egg and milk. Combine with a wire whisk. Add the corn mixture (and then place the frying pan back on the stove to use for frying the fritters), and then stir in the zucchini, Parmesan cheese, and season with salt and pepper.

Add a tbsp of butter to the frying pan. When the butter is sizzling, ladle in 3 heaping half cup scoops of the mixture. Fry on each side for a couple of minutes until golden brown. It is important to have the frying pan at a medium hotness, so that you can get that nice crisp brownness on the outside of the fritters. Before frying the second batch, add a tbsp of butter to the pan.

Serve warm with a dollop of sour cream, fresh chives, and fresh squeezed lemon juice. Can be kept in the fridge for a couple of days and reheated in the oven or frying pan before eating.


  1. Frittered anything is ALWAYS amazing, but zucchini, corn AND parmesan fritters? Those are like, all my favorite things! Genius recipe!

  2. Gorgeous, I feel like making them for dinner :) Great recipe!

  3. Oh my. Amazing and a perfect use to all of the zucchini that's running out of my ears. Thank you.

  4. Wine, Orphan Black, and ice cream? Count me in. I have a similar recipe, but I hadn't thought to add Parmesan! I will next time. (If you have one leftover, heat it up in the toaster oven for lunch the next day. Top with hot sauce and a fried egg.) You're totally right--these are easy and filling and perfect for summer.

  5. i need a peeler in my life...this fritter looks so delicious.

  6. These sound so delicious! You have to love fresh summer zucchini and corn. :)

  7. I haven't had nearly enough corn (or white wine, for that matter) this summer, and these fritters literally are making me salivate. Looks like my night's going to consist of those two things, too, plus some ice cream of course. :)

  8. Yum! Love fritters of any kind. And I certainly can't get enough corn either!

  9. Wow - these sound amazing. Kitchen fails are the worst - but sounds like you ended up in a better place. Can't wait to give these a try.

  10. I just found your blog and it is absolutely beautiful! Your photography is amazing!

  11. These!! Oh these fritters need to happen in my kitchen soon. Zucchini, corn and parmesan is a winning combo!

  12. These fritters!! Have me drooling on my keyboard. Must. Make. ASAP.

  13. This looks like the perfect summer dish! You better believe I'll be having these for dinner soon!

  14. well these are completely gorgeous. i've been really into corn this summer, as well. i'm always looking for ways to eat zucchini and corn in new inventive ways as there's such an abundance right now. great recipe, i'll be making this soon!

  15. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Made them for dinner tonight and they were beyond fabulous. Never would have thought to squeeze fresh lemon juice on them but it was just the perfect touch. Absolutely yummy!!!

  16. Made these for my family tonight, but I immediately made eggs over easy to put on top. The yolk mixing with the fritters was INCREDIBLE. They were very VERY tasty, but the second batch did not hold together or fry up as well as the first batch. I would recommend cooking them all on a griddle in one batch to prevent any more water getting into the batter.

  17. I love the photo of the zucchini in the bowl. It has such a beautiful light. And these fritters look amazing. I have so many zucchini in my garden right now, that this looks like a great use for them!

  18. Yum gotta make this

  19. I am one who don't like to eat Zucchini that much but if Zucchini is made in this way even i can't stop myself to have this delicious Zucchini recipe.

  20. It's many months past August, but I just happened to see these. How I can't wait for summer (and zucchini and corn) to return - I will be making this!

  21. Anonymous15 July, 2016

    I made these tonight -- already had the zucchini begging to be used and some frozen corn. But I can't say they were a big hit. I think it's because the amounts for the zucchini and the corn are vague. Needs to be in cup amounts. I had a large zuc and used that and thought about a cup of frozen corn would be about right. The 1/2 cup size for the fritter never cooked in the middle -- what worked best was a large tablespoon-full flattened down so it brown and cooked though. They are very filling and the cheese is a good addition. Thanks!