Zucchini Patties with Dill Dipping Sauce

Zucchini patties made from fresh sliced zucchini and seasoned breadcrumbs are fried until golden brown and served with a creamy and cool dill sauce.

Zucchini Patties

zucchini fritters

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Unfortunately this year, I don’t have a bumper crop of zucchini growing in my garden. And based on most of the comments I got on my salsa post, a lot of you out there have gardens that suffer as mine does. It’s good to know I’m not alone in this.

However, for those of you who have zucchini growing out your ears, are getting tired of zucchini bread, or the site of another slice of grilled zucchini makes you cringe, I would suggest giving these little fried zucchini patties a try. I have had the recipe for years and try to make it at least once a summer. These golden treats are a little spicy, but they pair well with the cool and creamy dill dipping sauce.

Zucchini Patties

How to Make Fried Zucchini Patties

Start by shredding your zucchini. I find a plain old box grater works just fine for this. Save yourself a step and buy the shredded carrots from the grocery store. Give your onion a few good whirls in a food chopper.

Next, line a colander with paper towels. Let your veggies drain for about two hours. Zucchinis hold ALOT of water. You want to get all the excess moisture out so your patties keep their shape and fry up nicely.

While you’re waiting, mix together some breadcrumbs, seasoned salt, and garlic powder in a large mixing bowl. Add one egg and a little melted butter, then stir until combined. Once the veggies have drained, add them to the mixture and stir again. Now you’re ready to form your patties.

Heat a few inches of oil in a large skillet. I love to use cast iron for frying because it heats quickly and holds a consistent temperature.  Pour a little flour into a shallow dish. Start forming your patties by grabbing about 3 tablespoons of batter and gently pressing it between your fingers. Once the patty is formed, dredge it in the flour. Then carefully add the patties to the hot oil a few at a time. Fry for about seven minutes until the zucchini patties are crisp and golden. Drain on paper towels until ready to serve.

Don’t Forget the Sauce!

Th seafood seasoning in this recipe gives these zucchini patties a little kick. Cool it down with this thick and creamy sauce. Whisk together some sour cream, lemon juice, chopped fresh dill, salt and pepper. It’s perfectly light and the dill complements the flavors of the zucchini patties nicely.

My zucchini came from my local farmer’s market. They may not have come from my own yard but at least I know they came from somewhere in Mississippi. That’s about as homegrown as I’m gonna get.

Unless you’re giving some away. In that case, let me send you my address.

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Zucchini Patties with Dill Dipping Sauce

Zucchini patties made from fresh sliced zucchini and seasoned breadcrumbs are fried until golden brown and served with a creamy and cool dill sauce.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Lisa B.


Dill Dipping Sauce

  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Zucchini Cakes

  • 2 ½ cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 large carrot shredded
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion about ½ of a medium sized onion
  • 1 cup Italian-style seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning
  • 1 medium egg lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup canola oil


  • For the dip, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • For the cakes, place zucchini, carrot, and onion in a colander. Allow to drain for at least 2 hours. Blot any excess moisture with a paper towel.
  • Heat oil to 375 degrees in a large skillet.
  • In a large bowl, combine breadcrumbs, seasoned salt, and garlic powder. Stir in eggs and butter. Add shredded vegetables and mix until everything is well-combined.
  • Place flour in a shallow bowl. Shape zucchini mixture into small patties. Dredge in the flour, coating both sides, then place in hot oil. Fry for 7-10 minutes, flipping halfway through. Drain on paper towels. Serve hot with dill dipping sauce.

Makes 2 dozen cakes and ¾ cup dip.


    It is very important to drain as much moisture from the shredded vegetables as possible. Too much liquid will prevent the cakes from binding together. If time allows, line a large bowl with paper towels and let the shredded vegetables sit uncovered in the refrigerator for several hours. You can also place them in a cheesecloth and squeeze out the excess moisture.
    Also, try to keep the patties small. If the patty is too large it will not stick together.
    From Taste of Home Magazine

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    1. 5 stars
      I’m so glad you liked my recipe and I was thrilled to see it on your blog… I submitted it years ago to Taste of Home and got it featured in their cookbook as well. For some reason, my recipe included shredded carrot and in their magazine they show chopped carrot. I just made these last night but instead of frying them I baked them and they turn out perfect!

    2. 5 stars
      I am enjoying your blog! We can’t do carbs, fried, or flour at our house (no fun!)… so I omitted the bread crumbs and flour… They were a big fat mess…but I put in the skillet just long enough for them to get a shape and then finished them in the oven. They were a huge hit! Love the carrots! We didn’t have Seafood seasoning and used Tony Chachere’s. Thanks for a great side with dinner!

    3. 5 stars
      We tried to garden for several years, but each year the deer and bunnies ate all of our crop before we could – did they really have to take just one tiny bite out of each piece of vegetable??

      I forgot how much my daughter loves these – I need to make them again, with your dill sauce!

    4. I actually talked to my dad just yesterday and he blamed me for the fact that his zucchini plant hadn’t produced this year. I’m not quite sure how it’s my fault, but he swears it is. Something about me not visiting enough.

      I’ve been getting my zucc from my CSA and I definitely need some inspiration! These fritters look delicious!

    5. 5 stars
      What a delicious, quick meal to make! Smells heavenly, I will make this over and over again. My parents love this too. Thanks for posting!

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