Courgette fritters

Courgette fritters

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(42 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 2
A good veggie main made up of just four ingredients - so what are you waiting for? Get grating those courgettes!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal177
  • fat10g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs14g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre2g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.38g
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  • 2 medium courgettes, grated



    The courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 2 tbsp self-raising flour
  • 25g parmesan, finely grated



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 170g tub roasted red pepper houmous, to serve
    Houmous in a pot


    hoom-iss, hum-iss

    A staple of Middle Eastern diets, this is a purée of cooked chickpeas, flavoured with tahini (a…


  1. In a bowl, combine the grated courgette, flour and parmesan. Shape into walnut-size balls, then flatten.

  2. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add the oil. Fry the fritters for 2-3 mins on each side until golden brown. Serve straight away with red pepper houmous.

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19th Jul, 2017
I have made these several times. Most recently with a grated courgette, grated carrot and some cheddar. I do use twice the amount of flour and add 1/4 tsp ground cumin. I use 2 teaspoons to put the mixture in a frying pan. These do go slightly crispy on the outside but are soft in the middle. Going to try feta next time. Lovely with sweet chilli sauce!
9th Jun, 2017
Ended up with a sloppy mess. Absolutely impossible to shape into anything resembling a walnut so I threw the whole lot in a frying pan and made courgette bread essentially. Luckily I had done a creamy mustard sauce and tenderloin pork which went on top. Courgette bread served as a good base. Use gram flour instead. Gives it a less bready taste. Next time I'll drain the courgette after grating and see how that goes. My life as a courgette. :)
4th Oct, 2015
these were quite 'gooey' when i fried them... but tasted ok! added extra garlic and it made the flavour quite nice. just strange texture
1st Oct, 2015
Like others, I wish I'd read the reviews first! I used two well-heaped tablespoons of flour and added lots of garlic pepper. The mixture had gone pretty soggy in the bowl so I didn't try to make it into walnut size balls - I just flipped it into very hot oil, trying to keep it as thin as possible. Even though it crisped on the outside, it was a horrid, mushy texture and I don't think the parmesan worked as a flavour. Bleugh from all the family!
5th Aug, 2015
I love these . I grate the Courgettes first and squeeze the juice out through a sieve . I add an onion chopped up , salt and pepper , cheese ,egg and 2 tablespoons of flour . I used to fry them but have found if i put them in the panini sandwich press they are just perfect .
30th Jun, 2015
I love these,they turn out perfect every time crispy on the outside soft in the middle,all I use is the courgette and flour and add some spices, no need for draining water, perfect with a squeeze of lime, some hot sauce, and a bowl of coconut soy yogurt on the side, yummy!
14th Jun, 2015
I'm not a very good cook, but I want to be better. I try lots of things and 50% are a great success, 25% are mmm, OK, and the 25% are disasters. I'm trying this recipe as I type, and without reading the comments below I could see that it needed something else. I added an egg and some breadcrumbs, but they're still quite sloppy. And I know this is ignorant and hopeless, but how do you know whether the courgettes you have are medium?
14th Dec, 2014
Afraid that I have to join the majority - this did not work for me at all. I squeezed and drained the grated courgettes but it made no difference. Just a small amount of effort, a bit of time and money wasted with nothing to show for it. Sorry, I agree with those who recommend using another recipe.
7th Oct, 2014
Tried these as a quick n easy supper. Tentatively tested one as per the recipe, + seasoning, and though it tasted nice it was sloppy and fell apart. So I dropped an egg into the rest of the mixture as well as increasing the cheese and flour and tried again. Much better result this time, but didn't taste v nice unless slathered in sweet chilli sauce. I don't think I'll try again, or if i do, just treat it as scrambled egg!
5th Nov, 2014
I grate the courgettes and sprinkle salt over a calendar and leave for about 10min, all the water cames off and the pancakes are nice and crispy.


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13th Feb, 2017
I would add an egg next time! Was surprised these didn't have egg in to bind, and they didn't hold together well at all :(
5th Aug, 2015
grate then squeeze juice out add cheese and chopped onion , egg and plain flour salt and pepper cook in a panini sandwich press . perfect every time so tasty .
11th Aug, 2014
If the courgettes are large, they may be watery. If so then squeeze the juice out by putting the courgette in a tea towel and squeezing.
9th Jun, 2017
I wish I had read this before trying to form a walnut out of my courgette slop! Top tip Natalie Irons.