Three fried zucchini fritters ona plate, fritters are garnished with chopped parsley.
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Gluten Free Zucchini Fritters

Flavour-filled, easy gluten free zucchini fritters that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside (just the way zucchini fritters should be!). They're perfect for appetizers, lunch, or a light dinner.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Resting Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Keyword: gluten free fritters, gluten free zucchini fritters, vegan fritters, vegan zucchini fritters with chickpea flour
Servings: 8
Calories: 115kcal
Author: Melanie McDonald


For the Fritters:

  • 3 medium zucchini
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt (8 g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds (14 g)
  • zest of 1 small lemon (reserve the rest of the lemon for the avocado crema)
  • 1 1/2 cups garbanzo bean (chickpea) flour (138 g)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder (6 g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • olive or vegetable oil, for pan (if frying)

For the Avocado Crema


To prepare the fritters:

  • Grate the zucchini and onion. If you have a food processor, use the grating attachment to do this, which makes it really quick and easy. Transfer to a bowl, sprinkle
    with the salt, stir really well and leave for at least 30 minutes; longer is okay.
  • Transfer the mixture to a large sieve or colander and use clean hands to press out the water; alternatively, wrap in a clean dish towel and wring out the water. It is important to get as much water out as possible.
  • Return the mixture to the bowl. Add the cumin, oregano, thyme, garlic, flaxseeds, lemon zest, garbanzo flour, baking powder and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir together really well so everything is distributed well and you cannot see any dry flour. It will be a very stiff batter. Leave it to rest for 10 minutes. During this time, it will loosen up a little.
  • Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium heat. Grease with a little oil if it’s not nonstick. Once it’s hot, give the batter a quick stir, and then add it to the pan, using around 1/3 cup (80 ml) per fritter and leaving about 2 inches (5 cm) around each one. Use a spoon to flatten the fritters to about ½ inch (1.3 cm) thick and allow to cook for about 7 minutes each side, or until golden brown. Serve them immediately or keep warm in the oven on its lowest setting while you finish cooking the rest.
  • You can also bake the fritters in a preheated 400°F (200°C) oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop the mixture onto it in roughly 1/3-cup (80-ml) amounts; then flatten them to about ½ inch (1.3 cm) thick. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, flip them and then bake for an additional 10 minutes.

To prepare the avocado crema:

  • Cut the avocado in half. Remove the pit and scoop out the flesh into a blender or food processor. Add all the other crema ingredients except the salt and blend until completely smooth. Season with salt to taste. You can adjust the thickness by adding a little more or less water. The olive oil is an optional addition. It makes the crema glossier, but you can easily omit it and add 1 to 2 tablespoons (15 to 30 ml) of extra water instead.
  • Serve the hot fritters with a generous dollop of avocado crema.


  • Please read all of the helpful info and FAQ above to ensure recipe success.
  • Leftover fritters keep well for up to 5 days in the fridge. They also freeze really well.
  • Reheat fritters in a skillet over medium heat or in the oven. They are also surprisingly good cold!
  • The crema will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.
  • Nutrition info is based on 1 of 8 baked fritters and is only to be used as a rough guide. Click to learn how nutrition info is calculated on this website.


Serving: 1fritter | Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 414mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 23.1mg | Calcium: 560mg | Iron: 1.8mg