Baked Corn & Zucchini Fritters

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This baked corn and zucchini fritters recipe is easy to make! The best summer produce comes together to make a light and healthy appetizer, side dish or meatless main dish that’s made in 1 bowl and ready in less than 30 minutes. 

front view of a stack of 7 corn and zucchini fritters


These baked zucchini fritters are a delicious summer side dish or appetizer! And served with a giant salad they make an amazing meatless main dish! 

The best summer produce – sweet corn & zucchini – join forces to make these delicious zucchini and corn fritters. They are baked and not fried – making them a healthier option!

Plus this zucchini fritters recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make. And they are freezer-friendly, so you can bake a batch, freeze some and enjoy them all week/month long! 

two zucchini fritters served on top of a salad

Baked Zucchini Fritters: Ingredients & Substitutions 

  • All-purpose flour. These healthy zucchini fritters are easily made gluten-free by substituting the flour for your favorite gluten-free, all-purpose baking flour.
  • Milk. Make these zucchini and corn fritters  dairy-free by using plant-based milk. I recommend unsweetened, plain almond milk.
  • Corn. Fresh corn cut from the Cobb or frozen corn kernels that have been thawed work perfectly in this recipe.
  • Granulated sugar. Organic cane sugar can be used in place of granulated sugar. You technically can omit the sugar all together, but I think it brings out the flavor of the corn so well. You could also increase the sugar by up to 2 TBS if you want sweeter zucchini fritters. 
overhead view of the ingredients in this baked zucchini fritters recipe

How to make Zucchini Fritters

These Baked Zucchini Fritters are so simple to make, but as always we’ll walk through the steps together and don’t forget to watch the video! 

A note about picky eaters: 

If you have picky eaters who will turn up their nose at eating something with green flecks in it, feel free to blend the zucchini with the milk until it’s smooth. This will cause the zucchini corn fritters to be slightly green in color, but for some strange reason my kids are OK with eating green food, but not food with flecks of green inside! Mom life. 

Combine dry ingredients

Begin by combining the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  

two photos showing how to make zucchini fritters

Add wet ingredients

Next, add the wet ingredients on top of the combined dry ingredients and whisk to combine. 

two photos showing how to make zucchini fritters

Add Corn & Zucchini

Next, gently fold in the corn and shredded zucchini until evenly dispersed throughout the batter. 

two photos showing how to make zucchini fritters

Portion Batter onto Baking Sheet

 Generously grease a baking pan with olive oil to prevent sticking. I recommend measuring out 1 TBS of olive oil and using your fingers to spread it all over the pan. 

Use a 1 TBS measuring spoon or cookie scoop to scoop batter onto the greased cookie sheet. The batter is slightly runny, but trust the process. It will bake up nicely and be easy to flip. 

Bake

Bake in the preheated oven for 7-8 minutes or until the side touching the baking pan is golden-brown.. Remove from oven, spray the uncooked side gently with cooking spray or brush with olive oil.

Carefully flip each fritter  and sprinkle the browned side with a touch of sea salt. Bake for an additional 5-7 minutes or until second side is golden brown.

two photos showing how to make zucchini fritters

Serve

There are so many ways to serve these corn & zucchini fritters. Here are a few suggestions: 

Store/freeze

Cool the corn & zucchini fritters completely, then store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up 5-7 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

overhead view of zucchini fritters on a baking sheet

Recipe FAQs

Why are my zucchini fritters soggy?

If your fritters are soggy it’s likely that they weren’t baked long enough – try baking them longer next time. Another reason could be that the zucchini was really wet, you can always wring the water out of it before using it in this recipe to ensure the fritters don’t get soggy.

How do you get water out of shredded zucchini?

Wrap the shredded zucchini in a tea towel and squeeze the water out of it (my preferred method).

Do you peel zucchini before shredding?

No! Keep the nutrient-rich skin in tact when you shred the zucchini.

front view of a stack of 7 corn and zucchini fritters topped with sour cream

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Baked Corn and Zucchini Fritters Recipe

Laura
This baked corn and zucchini fritters recipe is easy to make! The best summer produce comes together to make a light and healthy appetizer, side dish or meatless main dish that's ready in less than 30 minutes. 
5 from 5 votes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 16 Fritters
Calories 69
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Generously grease a baking pan with olive oil, spreading it around with a spatula or your fingers until the entire surface is well-coated. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, pepper and granulated sugar.
  • Add milk & egg and stir until the mixture is smooth and there aren’t any lumps.
  • Add corn and zucchini and stir until evenly mixed in.
  • Drop 1 TBS portions of batter onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 7-8 minutes. Remove from oven, spray the uncooked side gently with cooking spray or brush with olive oil.
  • Carefully flip each fritter (they should be light/golden brown on the first side) and sprinkle the browned side with a touch of sea salt.
  • Bake for an additional 5-7 minutes or until second side is golden brown.
  • Serve warm over a salad or as a side dish for your favorite BBQ fare!

Video

Notes

Ingredient substitutions 

  • All-purpose flour. Make this recipe gluten-free by using a 1:1 gluten-free, all-purpose baking flour.
  • Milk. Make these zucchini fritters dairy-free by using plant-based milk. I recommend unsweetened, plain almond milk. You can also use half and half. 
  • Corn. I recommend fresh corn cut from the Cobb or frozen corn kernels that have been thawed. I do not recommend canned corn.
  • Granulated sugar. Organic cane sugar can be used in place of granulated sugar. You technically can omit the sugar all together, but I think it brings out the flavor of the corn so well. You could also increase the sugar by up to 2 TBS if you want sweeter zucchini fritters. 

Store/freeze

Cool the corn & zucchini fritters completely, then store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up 5-7 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1fritter | Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    These corn fritters with the zucchini in them is FABULOUS. Okay y’all, simple tasty. Perfect crunch and filling yet DELICIOUS side. I had avocado and shredded buffalo chicken with this and I can’t wait to make it again for my hubby when he comes home, Thankyou for this recipe!

  2. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured this week at Full Plate Thursday. Enjoy your new Red Plate and have a great weekend.
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    Miz Helen

  3. Just pinned your fabulous Fritters, they look so good. Hope you are having a fantastic day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  4. This looks SOOOOOOOO good! I love zucchini fritters and I love corn fritters so combining the two is a winning idea! Especially if you smothered them with avocado! <3

  5. I would love a stack of these right now! I’m so starved because it’s just about dinner time. Haha! I really should be making dinner instead of looking at delicious food blog posts. I’ll be getting zucchini soon and I KNOW that I will be trying these. They look so amazing! Pinned for later!

    1. LOL that happens to me SO much! I look at all these amazing food posts then I just end up making scrambled eggs for dinner! LOL the struggle is real!

  6. You’ve introduced me to something new–I’ve never had corn fritters before! 🙂 But now is definitely the season for ALL THE ZUCCHINI RECIPES, so I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks!! 🙂

  7. Wow that is a beautiful rainbow…it is so bright!
    I love restful weekends that leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy. I’ve never tried baking fritters but it sounds like such a great idea!
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