Gluten-Free Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fritters w/ Creamy Dill Dip

How to make Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fritters in an air fryer or a frying pan. Includes a creamy cottage cheese, greek yogurt, dill, and parsley dip. This makes a fun, flavorful snack or side dish and a great way to use up zucchini!

How to make crispy parmesan zucchini fritters in an air fryer or pan fried w/ creamy cottage cheese, greek yogurt, dill, and parsley dip

Could you use some new delicious, healthy, and creative ways to use up zucchini? I’m excited to show you how to easily and quickly cook up some Gluten-Free Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fritters in an air fryer or frying pan. You can shred them into fun, hand-held zucchini fritters that make a perfect snack, appetizer, or side dish. 

Fresh zucchini is shredded, combined with gluten-free almond flour, egg, parmesan cheese, and garlic, and cooked to crispy perfection in a frying pan or air fryer. They are bursting with flavor and taste even better, dipped in my simple, creamy cottage cheese and greek yogurt dill dip.

YouTube video

Why You’ll Love My Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fritters Recipe

  • It’s easy to prep and only takes 13 minutes to cook.
  • They are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
  • They are much healthier than french fries.
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Zucchini: If you don’t have zucchini, you can use other types of summer squash like yellow squash or pattypan squash.

Almond Flour: To replace almond flour, you can use other gluten-free flours like coconut flour, chickpea flour, or a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend.

Parmesan Cheese: You can substitute parmesan cheese with a dairy-free alternative like nutritional yeast or vegan parmesan for a dairy-free version. Keep in mind that the flavor may vary slightly.

Green Onion: If you don’t have green onions, you can use chives, leeks, or finely diced red or white onions as a replacement.

For the Creamy Dip:

Cottage Cheese: If you prefer a dairy-free or vegan option, you can replace cottage cheese with silken tofu or a dairy-free yogurt alternative like almond yogurt or coconut yogurt.

Greek Yogurt: Substitute Greek yogurt with dairy-free yogurt, such as coconut or almond yogurt, for a vegan version.

Lemon Juice: You can use lime juice or white wine vinegar as a replacement for lemon juice if you prefer a different acidity.

Dill and Parsley: If you don’t have dried dill and parsley, you can use fresh dill and parsley in equal amounts. The fresh herbs will add a vibrant flavor to the dip.

Salt and Garlic Powder: Adjust the salt and garlic powder quantities to your taste preferences or use fresh minced garlic for a stronger garlic flavor.

How to Make My Parmesan Zucchini Crispy Fritters Recipe

Step 1: Prepare Zucchini

Shred one medium zucchini into a mesh strainer bag, cheesecloth, or towel. Twist and squeeze all the excess liquid from the zucchini. Then discard the liquid.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 2: Prep the Cheese and Green Onion

Grate the parmesan cheese and dice the bottom half of the green onion.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 3: Prepare the Fritters

Combine the egg, almond flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika in a bowl. Whisk until well combined. 

Add the green onion, zucchini, and parmesan cheese and mix with a spatula until well combined.

Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.
Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 4: Cook the Fritters

Frying Pan Method:

Bring a frying pan to medium/high heat and spray with non-stick spray or add a teaspoon of oil. Scoop out the fritter batter and form fritters in a fry pan. Allow to cook until brown underneath. Flip the fritters over until brown. Remove from heat and allow to cool on a paper towel-lined plate.

Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Air Fryer Method:

Spray the bottom of the air fryer basket or tray with a non-aerosol non-stick spray. Scoop out the batter and form a small patty in the palm of your hand. Drop the patty onto the tray. Place the fritters at least .5″ apart to allow the air to circulate.

Cook for 8-9 minutes at 380°F. Remove the basket from the air fryer and carefully flip the fritters over using a spatula or fork.

Cook for 4 more minutes at 380°F. Then remove and allow to cool on a paper towel-lined plate. 

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 5: Make the Dip

Combine the cottage cheese, greek yogurt, lemon juice, dill, parsley, salt, and garlic powder to a small blender or chopper cup with an immersion blender. Blend until well combined.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Crispy Zucchini Parmesan Fritters Recipe Notes

Drain the Zucchini: After shredding the zucchini, it’s crucial to squeeze out as much liquid as possible to prevent the fritters from becoming too wet. You can use a mesh strainer, cheesecloth, or a clean kitchen towel for this purpose.

Zucchini Varieties: Feel free to experiment with different types of zucchini or summer squash, but be mindful of variations in water content and adjust accordingly. Some zucchini varieties may release more or less liquid.

Cooking Methods:

Frying Pan vs. Air Fryer: The air fryer method typically results in a slightly crispier texture due to less oil usage.

Frying Pan Method:

Pan Temperature: When using a frying pan, preheat it to medium-high heat before adding the fritter batter. Use a non-stick spray or a small amount of oil to prevent sticking.

Shaping Fritters: Form the fritters in the pan, allowing them to cook until they’re browned underneath before flipping. This method may require more attention to prevent burning.

Air Fryer Method:

Air Fryer Preparations: Ensure you spray the air fryer basket or tray with a non-aerosol non-stick spray to prevent sticking. 

Hot or Cold: These fritters are delicious served either hot or cold. Enjoy them as a snack or side dish with the creamy dip.

Variations: Feel free to add extra seasonings or herbs to the fritter batter, such as fresh herbs like basil or cilantro, for additional flavor.

Refrigeration: If you have leftover zucchini fritters, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Ensure that the fritters are completely cooled before refrigerating to prevent condensation.

Separation: To prevent the fritters from sticking together, place a layer of parchment paper or wax paper between each fritter inside the container. This makes it easier to reheat or serve them individually.

Reheating: When reheating the fritters, use an oven or toaster oven to help maintain their crispiness. Heat them at 350°F (175°C) for about 5-7 minutes, or until they are heated through and crispy again.

Fridge Duration: The zucchini fritters can be refrigerated for up to 2-3 days. After this time, their texture may begin to change.

Storing the Creamy Dip:

Refrigeration: The creamy dip can also be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It’s best to consume it within 2-3 days for optimal freshness.

Stir Before Serving: Before serving the dip after refrigeration, give it a good stir to mix any separated or settled ingredients.

Serving from Cold Storage:

Bringing to Room Temperature: When serving zucchini fritters or the dip from the refrigerator, allow them to come to room temperature for a few minutes before serving. This enhances their flavors.

Garnishes: If desired, you can garnish the fritters with fresh herbs or a sprinkle of parmesan cheese to refresh their appearance and flavor.

Can I make these fritters without cheese for a dairy-free version?

Absolutely! You can use dairy-free or vegan parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast as a replacement for traditional parmesan cheese to create a dairy-free version.

What can I substitute for almond flour in the fritters for a nut-free option?

If you need a nut-free option, try using a seed flour like sunflower seed flour or pumpkin seed flour. You can also use gluten-free oat flour for a nut-free alternative.

How do I prevent the fritters from becoming too soggy?

To prevent excess moisture, make sure to squeeze the shredded zucchini thoroughly before mixing it into the batter. This helps maintain the fritters’ crispiness.

Can I prepare the fritters in advance and reheat them?

Yes, you can make the fritters in advance and store them in the refrigerator. Reheat them in an oven or toaster oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 5-7 minutes to regain their crispiness.

Can I use a different dipping sauce for the fritters?

Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with other dipping sauces like tzatziki, marinara sauce, or a yogurt-based dip with herbs and spices to suit your taste.

Can I use a regular frying pan instead of an air fryer or vice versa?

Yes, you can choose between an air fryer and a frying pan based on your preference and kitchen equipment. Both methods work well, but the air fryer method uses less oil and results in a slightly crispier texture.

How to make crispy parmesan zucchini fritters in an air fryer or pan fried w/ creamy cottage cheese, greek yogurt, dill, and parsley dip

Gluten-Free Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fritters

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
How to make Gluten-Free Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fritters in an air fryer or a frying pan. Includes a creamy cottage cheese, greek yogurt, dill, and parsley dip. This makes a fun, flavorful snack or side dish and a great way to use up zucchini!
5 from 1 vote
Servings 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes

Ingredients
  

Zucchini Fritters:

  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • dash pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 green onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

Creamy Dip:

  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions
 

  • Air fry 380° for 9 minutes, flip then 4 minutes
  • Shred one medium zucchini into a mesh strainer bag, cheesecloth, or towel. Twist and squeeze all the excess liquid from the zucchini. Then discard the liquid.
  • Grate the parmesan cheese and dice the bottom half of the green onion.
  • Combine the egg, almond flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika in a bowl. Whisk until well combined. 
    Add the green onion, zucchini, and parmesan cheese and mix with a spatula until well combined.
  • Frying Pan Method:
    Bring a frying pan to medium/high heat and spray with non-stick spray or add a teaspoon of oil. Scoop out the fritter batter and form fritters in a fry pan. Allow to cook until brown underneath. Flip the fritters over until brown. Remove from heat and allow to cool on a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Air Fryer Method:
    Spray the bottom of the air fryer basket or tray with a non-aerosol non-stick spray. Scoop out the batter and form a small patty in the palm of your hand. Drop the patty onto the tray. Place the fritters at least .5" apart to allow the air to circulate.
    Cook for 8-9 minutes at 380°F. Remove the basket from the air fryer and carefully flip the fritters over using a spatula or fork.
    Cook for 4 more minutes at 380°F. Then remove and allow to cool on a paper towel-lined plate. 
  • Combine the cottage cheese, greek yogurt, lemon juice, dill, parsley, salt, and garlic powder in a small blender or chopper cup with an immersion blender. Blend until well combined.

Video

YouTube video

Nutrition

Calories: 182kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 10gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 610mgPotassium: 201mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 329IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 134mgIron: 1mg
Keyword air fryer, cottage cheese, fritter, garlic, greek yogurt, parmesan, zucchini
Did you make this recipe?Please let me know in the comments below how it turned out 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating