Fried Zucchini Patties

By Paul

Fried zucchini patties

It’s very hard to both love food but simultaneously hate vegetables, but I somehow manage it. This isn’t by choice—I’ve just hated veggies for as long as I’ve been alive. A strong, constant aversion that’s been with me since I was a child, I’ve only recently begun to take very small steps toward accepting this unpleasant yet necessary food group.

Kathleen wants me to, you know, live longer, so we’ve started to slowly expand my vegetable horizons. It’s not easy, but I now eat far more than I did even a year or two ago. Thankfully, Kathleen is also a master at finding ways to consume veggies that are not only acceptable to me, but which are downright delicious.

Perhaps my favorite new item in “Paul’s world of eatable veggies” is this fantastic fried zucchini. Yes, I know frying is less healthy, but give me some credit for trying. Zucchini is a perfect summer vegetable, and these fried patties make a salty, crunchy, savory accompaniment to any entrée. They also make a great party snack and are absolutely delightful when dipped in our homemade tomato sauce.

So if you’re like me and are afraid of scary vegetables, this zucchini treat is a perfect place to start expanding your palate. Be a big boy, like me!

Fried Zucchini Patties

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Cheesy, golden-fried zucchini perfect as a side dish or on its own.

Recipe adapted from


  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper (our addition)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (our addition)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, making sure all ingredients are well-mixed.
  2. Heat approximately 2 tablespoons of suitable frying oil (vegetable or canola) in a skillet over medium-high heat. Form mixture into patties (about the size of a large tablespoon) and fry until golden brown (three-five minutes).
  3. Consume with tomato sauce or your condiment of choice, and totally forget you’re eating vegetables.

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