Zucchini Pancakes

Zucchini Pancakes
Sam Jones/Quinn Brein


2 cups grated unpeeled zucchini
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup grated cheddar or Colby cheese
1 tablespoon thinly sliced scallions (green onions) or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
1 tablespoon cold salted butter


Toss zucchini with the salt in a colander and let stand for 10 minutes. Squeeze out any remaining liquid.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Stir in the cheese and scallions, then add eggs, melted butter, and zucchini and mix until well combined.

Melt 1 teaspoon of the cold butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Spoon 2 tablespoons of batter into the pan for each cake, being careful not to overcrowd. Press down lightly with a spatula to flatten. Brown pancakes lightly on each side, about 4 minutes per side, then transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm in a 200° oven until serving. Repeat with remaining batter.


12 pancakes or 4 servings

Preparation Time

20 Minutes

Total Time

40 Minutes

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Zucchini pancakes

These are so good!! This recipe is almost identical to one given to me by my aunt many years ago. The different is that she used 3/4 cup bisquick instead of flour and baking powder.
For an Italian twist, substitute garlic and parmesan cheese for the chives and cheddar.

Zucchini Pancakes

I'm going to make these and add some canned wild caught red salmon. Healthy meal.

Zucchini pancake recipe

Sounds delicious, but can these be made without flour or with a gluten free substitute?

GF alternative

I made these today. I used brown rice flour and turned out fine. I thought of adding oat flour but didn't have the time to ground the rolled oats.
I think any such GF flour will work, quinoa etc.
I think the patties needed more flavour, perhaps mustard, curry powder.
The next batch I'll include shredded spinach for more nutrition.

They came out as latkes, nice and crispy.
Good luck and enjoy.

These are the greatest. I do

These are the greatest. I do not like zucchini except in steamed veggie medley but these are so good with the crisp outsides kind of like fried potato cakes.