Easy Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

These delightful gluten-free Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters make the perfect snack, side dish or main dish. These patties, reminiscent of pakoras, are crafted using zucchini, eggs, carrots, garlic, parsley, and olive oil. We’ve incorporated aged cheddar cheese into the mix to add a flavorful twist.

These Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters are fun and easy to make; the kids love them. They get this lovely crunch when they are freshly made. The idea was to create a Mediterranean-style pakora with shredded zucchini and carrots. But without all the oil. This zucchini fritter can be used as a side dish with white dip or as a simple snack. It tastes great, warm or cold.

The Pakora Idea


This recipe was adapted from Pakoras, which are crunchy Indian patties with veggies and Indian spices. We’ve simplified the flavours by omitting eggs and opting for a simple parsley and aged cheese flavour profile. Instead of the traditional Indian spices, this variation can suit a milder taste profile that appeals to kids.

Using a combination of chickpea flour and rice flour is a brilliant choice. Chickpea flour is an excellent binder, while rice flour adds a delightful crunch. Moreover, by utilizing these flours, you’ve ensured that the fritters are both gluten-free and nutritious. It’s a win-win situation, providing a tasty and wholesome snack or bite for everyone to enjoy.

Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

Air Fryer or Oven?


You can choose between using an Air Fryer or an oven for this recipe. Both methods yield delicious results, so it ultimately comes down to personal preference.

When using the oven, you may notice the patties flatten slightly and develop a darker bottom. This is an expected outcome in the oven due to the heat distribution. However, the oven is still viable if you don’t have an Air Fryer.

On the other hand, the Air Fryer maintains the fritters’ overall shape and crispy texture better. However, it may require making the fritters in batches due to the limited capacity of most Air Fryers.

Ultimately, the choice between the Air Fryer and the oven depends on your preference and the equipment you have available. Whichever method you choose, you’ll still be able to enjoy these tasty fritters.

The White Dip

Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters


For a delightful dip to accompany your dishes, start with a basic creme Fraiche infused with zesty lime and fresh parsley. Consider incorporating dill, basil or coriander for an herbal twist if you desire additional flavours. Alternatively, you can replace the creme Fraiche with plain Greek yogurt or sour cream for a tangy variation. To give it a delightful tzatziki flair, add a hint of garlic. This versatile dip can elevate any snack or meal with its creamy, herb-infused goodness.

Variations

Indeed, this recipe offers endless possibilities for customization. You have the freedom to experiment with any combination of grated veggies that you prefer. Additionally, feel free to explore a variety of spices to suit your taste. For instance, incorporating a dash of curry powder can transform the fritters into something reminiscent of authentic pakoras. The culinary world is your oyster, allowing you to unleash your creativity and tailor the recipe to your liking.

Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

Toddler Version (BLW)


If you’re considering making this dish for your baby, it’s important to prioritize their nutritional needs. You can reduce the cheese and salt used in the recipe to make it baby-friendly. Doing so creates a healthier bite that aligns with their dietary requirements. Chickpeas, a highly nutritious legume, offer abundant benefits for growing babies. They are a great source of protein, carbohydrates, and fibre while also providing essential nutrients like folate, iron, vitamin B6, choline, and zinc.

Storage

These quiche-like fritters can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days while maintaining their quality. However, they can be quickly frozen and stored for several months to extend their shelf life. Freezing the fritters will help preserve their flavours and textures, allowing you to enjoy them later. Ensure they are appropriately sealed in freezer-safe containers or bags to prevent freezer burn. This way, you can have a convenient and delicious snack or meal option ready whenever you desire. Pop them in the microwave (1-2 minutes) or air fryer (3-4 minutes) to warm them up instantly.

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Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters are a great snack or side dish for the kids. These zucchini fritters are filled with veggies, eggs and cheese and dipped into a smooth cream sauce.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Other
Keyword: air fryer, fritters, gluten-free, side dish, snacks, vegetarian, zucchini
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 382kcal
Author: Marie Breton

Ingredients

  • 200 g zucchini eq. 1 medium sized zucchini
  • 2 small carrots
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 small potato
  • 1 garlic clove pressed
  • 45 g chickpea flour
  • 30 g rice flour
  • 75 ml olive oil
  • 40 g aged cheddar
  • 2 tbsp parsley finely chopped
  • salt and pepper

White dip

  • 3 tbsp Cream fraiche or plain greek yogurt or sour cream
  • ¼ lime
  • 1 tsp parsley finely chopped
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Cut the zucchini, carrots and potato in a cheese grater or mandoline.
  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and mix.
  • Cover the bottom of the Air fryer and make little 4 cm patties.
  • Cook in the Air Fryer at 200°C (400F°) for 8 minutes (needs three batches in the Air fryer and only one in the oven at the same temperature for 18 minutes.).
  • Make the white sauce by mixing every ingredient.

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Nutrition

Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 663mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5654IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters
Amount per Serving
Calories
382
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
23
g
35
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Trans Fat
 
0.01
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
13
g
Cholesterol
 
97
mg
32
%
Sodium
 
140
mg
6
%
Potassium
 
663
mg
19
%
Carbohydrates
 
33
g
11
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
5
g
6
%
Protein
 
12
g
24
%
Vitamin A
 
5654
IU
113
%
Vitamin C
 
26
mg
32
%
Calcium
 
131
mg
13
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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9 Comments

  • Bernice

    5 stars
    The air fryer has to be my current favourite small kitchen appliance. It’s just magic! These fritters look great, and it’s such a good idea to use a combination of flours. I love that I can substitute other veggies this recipe. I’m going to use corn as I am allergic to zucchini.

  • Vanessa

    5 stars
    These are so delicious and I love that I can make them in the air fryer!

  • Kristen

    5 stars
    Our family loved these and thank goodness. We always have so much zucchini, we grow a ton and then freeze it so having another go to recipe that our family loves is so helpful. These will be on repeat in our house.

  • passionate foodie

    love it. Usually, pakoras are made with potatoes and onions but I really like this idea of using zucchini.

  • Mikayla

    5 stars
    Whipped these up and took them to work for lunch, I shared them and now she will be making them too!

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