Zucchini Pancakes

Zucchini Pancakes

The Spruce / D.L. Rattray

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Yield: 12 pancakes
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
76 Calories
5g Fat
4g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 76
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 324mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 71mg 5%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 171mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These tasty savory little zucchini pancakes are made with freshly shredded zucchini and Parmesan cheese, along with some fresh or dried basil for extra flavor.

Plan to let the shredded zucchini drain for an hour or two to remove as much moisture as possible.

This is a nice way to prepare zucchini, and it's a nice change from zucchini bread and muffins. 


  • 3 medium zucchini, shredded, about 3 cups

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 large eggs

  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 3 teaspoons finely chopped fresh basil, or 1 teaspoon dried

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Put the shredded zucchini in a colander and mix with the salt. Cover and let drain for about 1 hour. Refrigerate if draining for a longer period of time.

  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the shredded zucchini with the beaten eggs, cheese, basil, flour, and pepper.

  4. Heat a few teaspoons of butter in a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Spoon a few tablespoons of the zucchini batter into the skillet for each pancake and cook until browned on the bottom. Turn and cook until browned on the other side.

  5. Serve as an appetizer with salsa, a savory dip, or chili sauce. Or serve the zucchini pancakes as a side dish with grilled meat or poultry.

  6. Enjoy.

  • Add about 1 to 2 tablespoons of grated onions to the mixture along with the zucchini.
  • Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of finely minced green onion to the batter.