Sesame Zucchini Fritters

  • Yield : 18-20
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 30m

These zucchini fritters are the perfect way to use the bounty of summer squash available this season. If you have a food processor they come together in no time at all and are naturally vegan and gluten-free.  Simply gather your ingredients, process, add dry ingredients, and form into balls. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and pop them in the oven. Twenty minutes later crispy orbs of zucchini delight will emerge, ready to be dipped in any number of sauces or condiments. My personal favorite is a lemony avocado mayo. Simply combine 1/4 of a ripe avocado, mashed, with a few tablespoons of vegan mayo and a squeeze of lemon juice. A pinch of sea salt and pepper and you have yourself a perfect light summer meal. Enjoy!


  • 2 small-medium zucchini,
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2-3/4 cup rice flour, or more as needed
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3 Tbsp flax meal
  • 3 Tbsp sesame seeds


Step 1

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and lightly oil baking sheet, or line with a piece of parchment paper.

Step 2

In a food processor, process onion, garlic, parsley and zucchini until all are a uniform size. Squeeze veggie mixture with your hands over sink to release some of the excess water.

Step 3

Transfer veggies to a large bowl and add all the dry ingredients, baking powder through flax meal. Stir well.

Step 4

Wet your hands (mixture will be a bit sticky) and form into small golf ball sized dallops. Place on baking sheet evenly spread apart, and sprinkle the top of each with a generous amount of sesame seeds.

Step 5

Bake for 10 minutes then remove from oven, flip them over and bake for another 10 minutes until crispy and golden brown. You may have to adjust cooking time based on oven, so give them a check around 8 minutes.

Step 6

Serve with a simple lemony avocado mayo (see above) or any condiment of choice. Lovely on their own, as an appetizer, or atop a salad.

Renee Press is the founder of Fire and Earth Kitchen in Seattle WA. which offers cooking classes, food coaching, and chef services. She's on a mission to make vegan, gluten-free cooking easy, accessible, and delicious for everyone.

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Comments (4)

  1. posted by Emily S. on August 15, 2013

    Super easy recipe and really fast to make. A great staple to any GF/DF/Vegan lifestyle! Make ahead and eat throughout the week, or even freeze for later!

  2. posted by Gail on August 27, 2013

    The zucchini I used were quite watery. I didn’t have rice flour so I subbed cornstarch, and needed to add extra. The fritters were quite wet prior to cooking and I had to double the cooking time. That said, they were absolutely DELICIOUS and perfectly crispy. Can’t wait to make them again.

  3. posted by Trish on September 21, 2014

    Very wet mixture. The next time (and there will be a next time 😉 ), I will probably squeeze out the mixture prior to adding the dry ingredients, so I don’t lose a lot of the flavor in the liquid. Either that, or add more flax to absorb some of the moisture.


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