Appetizer/ Recipe/ Side Dish/ Vegetable

Zucchini Cheddar Pancakes

August 20, 2016 (Last Updated: February 22, 2019)

Fresh Zucchini made into delightful fritters or pancakes!

I didn’t grow up eating zucchini pancakes. I never even had a zucchini pancake until several years after Rod and I were married. 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.

Zucchini Cheddar Pancakes are a perfect way to use up garden zucchini.

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.

As an elementary school principal, the start of the school year is such a busy time of the year. The tough part for me is this is just when our garden is ready to harvest.


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 🙂

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

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 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


Fresh zucchini growing in our garden will be used for zucchini cheddar pancakes.

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!

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

Shredded zucchini and cheddar cheese create a lovely side dish in these zucchini cheddar pancakes. These can be eaten as an appetizer, side dish or even as a main meal. #zucchini

5 from 6 votes
Zucchini and cheddar cheese pancakes -
Zucchini Cheddar Pancakes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
21 mins

A savory zucchini pancake

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: zucchini, zucchini cheddar pancakes, zucchini fritters, zucchini pancakes, zucchini recipes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 85 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 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
  1. Place grated zucchini in a colander. Sprinkle with salt and let sit for 10 minutes allowing excess moisture to drain off zucchini.
  2. Squeeze zucchini and place in a clean, dry towel. Squeeze off all excess moisture. Place zucchini in a mixing bowl.
  3. Sprinkle flour over zucchini and toss to coat.
  4. Mix in cheese.
  5. Add eggs and mix until incorporated.
  6. Mix in salt and pepper.
  7. Place heaping scoops of mixture onto a hot, greased skillet. Flatten out scoop to make a flat pancake.
  8. Cook for approximately 3 minutes per side.
  9. Serve with cilantro lime crema or maple syrup!
Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
Zucchini Cheddar Pancakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 85 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 411mg 17%
Potassium 22mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 2.8%
Calcium 10.2%
Iron 2.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • 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!

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    February 22, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    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

    Sounds like a good lunch for family and friends

  • Reply
    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!

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      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 🙂

    • Reply
      August 29, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      We loved ’em! 🙂

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    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!

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      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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