Gluten-Free Zucchini Fritters Recipe

Let me show you how to make zucchini fritters that are deliciously crispy on the outside and tender and moist inside. Flavored with halloumi cheese and a touch of fresh dill, they are pan-fried with only a little bit of oil. 

Treat yourself to a gluten-free breakfast, lunch, or dinner in just 30 minutes. With only 4 core ingredients.

zucchini and halloumi fritters on a round plate with green dressing
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Gluten-free zucchini and halloumi fritters

Reasons to make this recipe

  • Healthy zucchini fritters: No one said that healthy has to be boring. These crispy fritters are packed with nutrients, vitamins, and fiber. Such a great way to incorporate some fresh vegetables into your family’s diet.
  • Family and kid-friendly: I know, this is a big statement, most kids can’t stand zucchini, but zucchini paired with halloumi cheese might just do the trick. 
  • Simple ingredients: This great recipe requires only 4 core ingredients and is very budget-friendly. Let’s see what we will need to make it.

Ingredients for gluten-free zucchini fritters

  • Fresh zucchini. 
  • Halloumi cheese. Halloumi will add saltiness and crispiness to the fritters. Look for imported Greek halloumi for best results. 
  • Eggs, free range if possible.
  • For fresh herbs, I used dill.
  • All-purpose gluten-free flour. Feel free to use regular flour if you are not following a gluten-free diet.
  • ​Gluten-free baking soda
  • Extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil. Please avoid using vegetable oil in your cooking
  • Salt and black pepper to season
ingredients needed to make zucchini fritters

Ingredients for green Green Goddes Dressing

  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Mix of herbs, you can use fresh parsley, dill, cilantro (coriander) 
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice
ingredients needed to make green goddes dressing

See the full list of ingredients in the recipe card below👇 

How to make zucchini and halloumi fritters


  • Wash and pat dry your zucchini. Using a box grater, coarsely grate the zucchini. 
  • Place the grated zucchini in a colander. Sprinkle them with some salt, and place the colander in the kitchen sink. Let them sit for 10 minutes to remove excess liquid
  • Squeeze out excess water using your hands or bundle up a clean kitchen towel or cheese cloth and place zucchini in a large bowl.
  • Using the same grater, grate halloumi cheese, and set aside.


  • Place yogurt, lemon juice, and fresh herbs in a food processor and blend until smooth. Transfer into a small serving bowl, cover, and refrigerate until needed.


  • Add the eggs, halloumi, and dill to a mixing bowl with shredded zucchini and stir to combine.
  • Scatter the gluten-free flour on top of the zucchini mixture and skatter baking soda on top of the flour. Season with black pepper.
  • Mix until the ingredients are just incorporated. Do not overmix. The batter should be quite thick but still soft.


  • Heat some olive oil in a frying pan or a cast iron over medium heat.
  • Take a spoonful of your prepared fritter batter and gently place it into the hot pan, creating zucchini patties. You can fry multiple fritters at a time, but be sure not to overcrowd the pan, as this can lead to uneven cooking.
  • Let the fritters cook in the oil until they turn golden brown on the bottom side. This usually takes about 2-3 minutes. Use a slotted spatula to carefully flip the fritters over, allowing the other side to cook and brown.
fritters frying in a pan
  • Once the fritters are golden brown and crispy on both sides, use a spatula to carefully remove them from the pan.
  • Place the cooked fritters on a plate or tray lined with a paper towel. This helps absorb any remaining oil and ensures that your fritters stay crisp.
  • Repeat for the remaining batter until all your fritters are cooked.

Your crispy fritters are now ready to be enjoyed! Serve them while they’re still warm for the best texture and flavor.

Keep a close eye on the fritters as they fry. Adjust the heat if necessary to maintain a consistent temperature. 
If the fritters are browning too quickly, you can reduce the heat slightly. If they're browning too slowly, you might need to increase the heat.
a staple of zucchini fritters

How to serve zucchini and halloumi fritters

The best way to enjoy these gluten-free zucchini fritters is with the Green Godded Dressing, but you can use your favorite dipping sauce instead. They will taste good even if you serve them with sour cream 😃 

You can also try it with CACIK, Turkish yogurt with garlic and cucumber, or Creamy avocado lime dressing.

How to store:

Short-Term Storage (1-2 Days):

  1. Cool fritters to room temperature.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
  3. Consume within 1-2 days.

Long-Term Storage (Freezing):

  1. Cool fritters to room temperature.
  2. Partially freeze on a baking sheet.
  3. Transfer to labeled freezer bag.
  4. Freeze for up to 2-3 months.

Reheating Frozen Fritters:

  1. Oven: Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 10-15 mins.
  2. Skillet: Cook on medium heat until heated and crispy.
  3. Air Fryer: Air fry at 350°F (175°C) for 5-8 mins, flipping halfway.

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Did you enjoy this delicious recipe? If so, I’d greatly appreciate it if you could leave a star rating and share your thoughts in a comment. Your feedback means a lot to me, and it can also help others who are interested in trying it out. Thank you! 🌟👩‍🍳


zucchini and halloumi fritters

Zucchini And Halloumi Fritters

Elena Elliott
These Zucchini And Halloumi Fritters are fresh and light. They are very easy to make and are perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Gluten-free of course!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Breakfast, brunch, dinner, lunch
Cuisine International
Servings 2 8 fritters


Zucchini And Halloumi Fritters:

  • 4 Middle size zucchinis. approximately 500g (1lb), coarsely grated
  • 200 g Halloumi cheese, coarsely grated. Approximately 1/2 cup
  • 2 Eggs Free-range if possible.
  • 1/4 cup Chopped dill or use any other fresh hervs you prefer
  • 1/2 cup Gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp Gluten-free baking soda
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Olive or avocado oil for shallow-fry

Green Dressing:

  • 1 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 1 cup Mixed herbs of your choice. I used a mix of mint, dill and parsley.
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon



  • Wash and pat dry the zucchini. Coarsely grate the zucchini using a box grater.
  • Place the grated zucchini in a colander, sprinkle with salt, and let sit in the sink for 10 minutes to drain excess liquid.
    grated zucchini in a colander
  • Squeeze out excess water from zucchini using your hands or a clean kitchen towel. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • Grate the halloumi cheese using the same grater. Set aside.
    grated halloumi cheese


  •  In a food processor, blend yogurt, lemon juice, and fresh herbs until smooth.
  • Transfer the dressing to a small bowl, cover, and refrigerate until needed.


  • In the bowl with zucchini, add eggs, halloumi, and dill. Mix to combine.
  • Sprinkle gluten-free flour over the mixture, then add baking soda and season with black pepper.
  • Gently mix until just combined. The batter should be thick but soft.
    batter for zucchini fritters


  • Heat olive oil in a frying pan or cast iron over medium heat.
  • Spoon the prepared batter into the pan, creating zucchini patties. Avoid overcrowding the pan.
  • Cook until golden brown on the bottom (2-3 minutes), then carefully flip using a slotted spatula.
  • Once both sides are crispy and golden, use a spatula to transfer fritters to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat for the remaining batter.
  • Now your fritters are ready to be served. Enjoy!


  • Make sure to thoroughly squeeze the moisture out of the grated zucchini to prevent the fritters from being too wet.
  • Keep a close eye on the fritters as they fry. Adjust the heat if necessary to maintain a consistent temperature. If the fritters are browning too quickly, you can reduce the heat slightly. If they’re browning too slowly, you might need to increase the heat.
  • Store any leftover Gluten-Free Zucchini and Halloumi Fritters in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat them in a preheated oven or skillet to maintain their crispy texture before enjoying them again.
  • You can adjust the seasoning according to your taste preferences. Add a pinch of chili flakes for some heat.
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