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Zucchini Cheddar Pancakes

August 1, 2019 (Last Updated: June 14, 2020)

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Zucchini Cheddar Pancakes are made with fresh zucchini and shredded cheddar cheese. These tasty zucchini fritters are perfect eaten as an appetizer or a side dish. 

A stack of zucchini fritters on a white surface with a blue napkin behind the stack.

I didn’t grow up eating zucchini pancakes. I never even had a zucchini pancake until several years after Rod and I were married. He grew up eating zucchini pancakes. We had a bumper crop of zucchini and were trying to eat as much as possible.

Rod decided to make zucchini cheddar pancakes. They were an instant hit and have become a staple every summer since.

A zucchini pancakes on a plate with a dollop of white cream and fresh cilantro.

Summer is starting to wind down for us. The kids’ first day is the Tuesday after Labor Day, but I am already back at school, planning for the upcoming school year.

The tomatoes, zucchinis, cucumbers, peppers, and yellow squash are all producing like crazy and I have no time to use up all this amazing produce.

I keep thinking – maybe if school were to start in October, I’d be able to spend more time canning, freezing and dehydrating what we grow. I don’t think the school year is going to change for my garden ๐Ÿ™‚

So instead I have to adapt. We pick and can in the evenings and weekends. We freeze as much as possible and we eat as much as we possibly can eat!

Zucchini cheddar pancakes are perfect for this time of the year. They use up some of our zucchini and are fast and easy to make and everyone loves them! I’ve also been using up some of the zucchini by making chocolate zucchini muffin,  whole wheat zucchini bread, fried zucchini and zucchini and ricotta stuffed chicken breasts.

Zucchini is approximately 95% water. All that water can ruin a good zucchini pancake and as much as possible much be removed from the zucchini. 

How to make zucchini less watery?

  1. Trim ends off zucchini
  2. Grate zucchini  in a bowl
  3. Sprinkle with salt and let rest for 10 minutes
  4. Squeeze zucchini with your hands
  5. Discard liquid


A zucchini flower growing on a plant in the garden.

What ingredients do I need?

  • Zucchini
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Salt and Pepper

Can I use a different type of cheese?

Yes, these zucchini pancakes would be delicious with a pepper jack cheese or for a very different taste, try a Swiss cheese. 

My kids love these savory pancakes. I love to top them with a light cilantro lime crema. The kids like to top them with maple syrup! I’m not kidding. When they first heard zucchini cheddar pancakes, all they heard was pancakes. They brought out the syrup! I can’t get them to eat them with anything else! Oh, those crazy kids!

How do I make Cilantro Lime Crema?

To make the crema, take 1/4 cup sour cream and mix in juice from 1/2 lime, zest from 1/2 lime and a tablespoon of chopped cilantro.

What to serve with zucchini pancakes?

I like to eat these just by themselves, but they’d also be perfect with Tomato Soup, or eaten as a side dish with Beer Can Chicken

Are they called pancakes or fritters?

These delicious zucchini pancakes are also called zucchini fritters. You can call them either name.

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A stack of zucchini fritters with cheese.

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A stack of zucchini fritters on a white surface with a blue napkin behind the stack.

Zucchini Cheddar Pancakes

A savory zucchini pancake
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 85 kcal


  • 2 whole medium zucchini (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 2 whole eggs (lightly beaten,)
  • 1/9 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Place grated zucchini in a colander. Sprinkle with salt and let sit for 10 minutes allowing excess moisture to drain off zucchini.
  • Squeeze zucchini and place in a clean, dry towel. Squeeze off all excess moisture. Place zucchini in a mixing bowl.
  • Sprinkle flour over zucchini and toss to coat.
  • Mix in cheese.
  • Add eggs and mix until incorporated.
  • Mix in salt and pepper.
  • Place heaping scoops of mixture onto a hot, greased skillet. Flatten out scoop to make a flat pancake.
  • Cook for approximately 3 minutes per side.
  • Serve with cilantro lime crema or maple syrup!


  • 2 medium zucchini is approximately 2 cups of shredded zucchini.
  • To make the crema, take 1/4 cup sour cream and mix in juice from 1/2 lime, zest from 1/2 lime and a tablespoon of chopped cilantro.


Calories: 85kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 411mgPotassium: 22mgVitamin A: 140IUCalcium: 102mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword zucchini cheddar pancakes, zucchini fritters, zucchini pancakes
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Update: This post was originally published in August 2016. The post and recipe have been updated. 




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  • Reply
    July 8, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    5 stars
    Loved the zucchini pancakes

    • Reply
      July 9, 2020 at 1:48 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    September 28, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    What would you estimate the total cups of zucchini would be?

    • Reply
      September 28, 2019 at 4:39 pm

      You will have between 1 1/4 and 1 1/2 cups of grated zucchini before you squeeze out the liquid.

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    August 1, 2019 at 11:54 am

    5 stars
    I woiuld devour that stack in seconds Kathy. These sound delicious and zucchini happens to be one of my favorites!

    • Reply
      August 2, 2019 at 5:56 am

      The do disappear quickly!

  • Reply
    February 23, 2019 at 7:33 am

    I have been making something like these for a while. I freeze a batch and pull them out for a quick add to dinner. They make an EXCELLENT base for eggs benny instead of an English muffin. Really flavourful .

    • Reply
      February 23, 2019 at 4:43 pm

      That’s a great idea! I love the idea of having them frozen so you can have something delicious on the table in a flash! Thanks for the tip!

  • Reply
    February 22, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    5 stars
    Hi! These sound great! Do you think this would work with almond flour or coconut flour to make it low carb? Thanks!

    • Reply
      February 22, 2019 at 4:18 pm

      Hi Ali,
      I’m afraid I have not used almond flour or coconut flour before so I don’t know how they would work in these pancakes.
      Thanks for asking!

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    Fred G
    November 27, 2018 at 10:06 am

    5 stars
    Sounds like a good lunch for family and friends

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    August 28, 2016 at 5:31 am

    Such good looking zucchini pancakes, that yellow cheddar looks amazing. So nice to have so much growing in your own garden, I would love to have that!

    • Reply
      August 29, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      I just wish we could extend the season. We get a ton all at once and then nothing!

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    Megan - The Emotional Baker
    August 26, 2016 at 4:09 am

    This sounds like such a great way to use extra zucchini! I bet these are so tasty ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      August 29, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      We loved ’em! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    August 25, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Oh gosh, these look SO good – and I say that as someone who doesn’t even really like zucchini all that much! I do love a good zucchini fritter or pancake, though, and I’m certainly not going to say no to zucchini *cheddar* pancakes. I hope the start of the school year goes smoothly for you!

    • Reply
      August 25, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      Zucchini is a whole different vegetable when made into different foods. Add a little cheddar and it makes it even more delicious!

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    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    August 25, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Now those are my kind of pancakes! I tried to grow some zucchini and squash this year, but it was a bust. I kept getting flowers but I don’t think they got pollinated. I’m going to have to pick some up at the farmer’s market so I can make these delicious cheesy zucchini pancakes! Good luck with back to school!

    • Reply
      August 25, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      Or just let your friends and neighbors know that you are in need of some zucchini….you just might receive a box full!

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