Vegetable fritters are one of the bests snacks in the world! You can serve them as are, with a delicious dip alongside, or even add them in hearty sandwiches. Fritters last in the fridge for about one week, so you can cook them in big batches!
When you hear ‘fritters’, you may think of ‘corn fritters’, but in fact, fritters are a mixture of different vegetables and batter, which is then pan-fried or deep-fried. Americans usually use wheat flour, cornmeal, or a mix of the two may be used to bind the batter. There are both sweet and savory varieties of fritters.
Corn fritters are often made with whole canned corn and are generally deep-fried, but apple fritters and zucchini fritters are also well-known in the USA. In Europe, in British fish and chip shops, the fish and chips can be accompanied by fritters, which can be a slice of potato, a pineapple ring, an apple ring or chunks, or mushy peas, fried in batter. Throughout China, fritters are sold at roadsides. They may contain pork, but they’re usually vegetarian. In South Africa, pumpkin fritters served with cinnamon and sugar at any time of day are very popular.
How fritters help you eat more veggies
You can make fritters out of almost any food item: pieces of meat, seafood, fruit, or vegetables or other ingredients. But we usually opt for making vegetable fritters, because it’s a magnificent way of eating more veggies without even realizing it. Frying them makes them so crispy and delicious, that you won’t think of them like veggie food, but as an amazing snack. That happens also because the best vegetable fritters aren't just packed with veggies; they're also enriched with cheese, herbs, and spices.
The best part about vegetable fritters is that you can make them with what you already have in your kitchen. Do you have some leftover zucchini? Carrots? Cauliflower, broccoli, beets, sweet potato, all of these can be used for fritters.
Don’t be afraid to add complementary flavors by improving your recipe with some shredded cheese, fresh herbs, and spices. The secret to the perfect fritters is a basic batter plus the courage of experimenting with different combos.
How to make vegetable fritters
When you make vegetable fritters you should start by grating your vegetables like carrots, parsnips, sweet potato, zucchini, summer squash, beets, or potatoes. Squeeze the juicy vegetables like zucchini. If you choose cauliflower or broccoli, chop and steam them at first.
Whisk the eggs, then add the vegetables, your cheese (if you decide using some), flour, herbs, and spices. Use a spatula or a spoon to mix everything together so that it's evenly combined, then test the batter. Check if you can form a patty that holds together using your hands. If not, add a little more flour to the mixture. Heat the oil and fry the fritters until crispy, for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Remove them to a paper towel-lined large plate.
5 vegetable fritters recipes
1. Zucchini and Pea Fritters
Our zucchini and pea fritters are flavored with a touch of halloumi cheese. They're crispy on the edges and fluffy on the inside, so serving them will surely be a pleasure for your taste buds.
2. Cornmeal and Veggie Fritters
These cornmeal and veggie fritters are so colorful and easy to make, they will surely become one of your favorite vegetarian snacks. You can add lots of veggies to the mix, like onion, sweet corn, bell pepper, and so on. We choose an avocado dip to serve them with.
3. Beet Fritters
Inspired by the Swiss dish rosti, we bring you a nice appetizer to please your vegetarian friends. These easy fritters are made with beets and potatoes, and they’re delicious when served with heavy cream sauce on top.
4. Cauliflower Fritters
You may not be the biggest cauliflower fan, but we think it’s a good idea to use it from time to time. Especially because it comes at a cheap price, and you can take advantage of its versatility, using it in all kinds of dishes, like this simple snack.
5. Sandwich Maker Potato Fritters
These fritters made with shredded potatoes and cheddar cheese are perfect for a satisfying afternoon snack! And the good part is that you can make them in the sandwich maker in less than 5 minutes!
You can also check our list of healthy dips to serve them with!