Zucchini Latkes


Some call them fritters and some call them latkes, but everyone loves them.  This simple recipe replaces potatoes with low-carb zucchini, so we can enjoy a traditional Hanukkah dish without the risk of a major blood sugar spike.  Not only are the latkes tasty, they add great green color to the table.  We eat them with sour cream.  For a lighter option, try dipping them in unsweetened applesauce.  Please note: you can fry the latkes 3-4 hours ahead of time, and simply reheat them on a baking sheet in the oven before serving.

(20 votes, average: 4.05 out of 5)
Zucchini Latkes


  • 1 1/2 pounds zucchini, coarsely grated
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • sour cream or applesauce


  1. Mix the salt into the grated zucchini and set aside in a colander in the sink for 30 minutes. Then use your hands to squeeze out the remaining liquid.
  2. Combine the zucchini, onion, eggs, flour and pepper in a bowl. Using a garlic press, crush garlic into batter, and mix the ingredients well.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan, drop mounds of batter (1-2 tbsp each) into the pan and flatten slightly. Cook latkes for 4-5 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  4. Serve hot with sour cream or applesauce.

Yield: Makes 15-20 latkes

Carbohydrate: 23g per batch.

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Kate Burchard
7 years ago

These are excellent. I’ve been meaning to comment for years. It’s not the same as traditional latkes of course, but for those of us who low carb, they are a fantastic alternative. Bubbe would be proud :)

9 years ago

Hello, I’m new to this website and this recipe looks soooooooo good as I love Zucchini. I have one question since I now have to eat Gluten-Free Foods,  what can I use instead of the wheat flour that is called for in this recipe?  Thank You Very Much.

12 years ago

These look tasty and tempting!

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12 years ago

Oh wow! That looks absolutely delicious, I love how you took an old favorite and added your own twist. You also did an amazing job with the pictures, I will definitely try this recipe over the weekend.

Faye Wilton
Faye Wilton
13 years ago

A terrific alternative.  They flew off the plate.   My husband is not a fan of zucchini, but has requested that I make these again.

13 years ago

Cant wait to try this!

13 years ago

These were delicious and just the right bit of sweet and crispy.  My family adored them, and I only got one!

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Natalie Grofman
Natalie Grofman
13 years ago

Sounds great! Zucchini, I’m coming!

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