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

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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.

Zucchini Patties

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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.
4.80 from 5 votes
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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. I just got some fresh zuchhini today – a gift from a friend’s garden. And I also found your gorgeous blog today! And now, I’m off to the kitchen to makes these cakes. They look so good!
      Loved my browse around Cooking Bride. Just subscribed, and looking forward to the next post to pop into my inbox!

    2. Thanks so much for the great tip! Just be sure to adjust the amount of seafood seasoning you use or you could end up with too much salt.

    3. Here’s a tip… if you’re trying to get the moisture out of a veggie, salt it first and let it sit for 30 minutes. Wash off the salt and pat down with paper towels until dry. The salt sucks the moisture out of the veggie which does wonders for a recipe like this. 🙂 That said, I am with you on the zero-zucchini boat, but I bought some as well so I will try these with them! 🙂

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