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Kolokithokeftedes / Fried Zucchini

Kolokithokeftedes / Fried Zucchini

Kolokithokeftedes / Fried Zucchini


25 min

5 servings

This recipe uses:

Yaya’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Yaya’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  • 2 medium zucchinis (about 1 pound or 450 grams), grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 3 green onions (scallions), finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Olive oil for frying

About the dish:

Kolokithokeftedes are traditional Greek zucchini fritters that are bursting with flavor. Made with grated zucchini, herbs, and a hint of cheese, these crispy fritters are a popular meze (appetizer) or vegetarian dish. Here's a recipe to make Kolokithokeftedes:


  1. Grate the zucchinis using a box grater or food processor. Place the grated zucchini in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Let it sit for about 10 minutes to allow the zucchini to release excess moisture.
  2. After 10 minutes, squeeze the grated zucchini with your hands to remove as much liquid as possible. Place the squeezed zucchini in a mixing bowl.
  3. To the grated zucchini, add crumbled feta cheese, chopped mint leaves, chopped dill, chopped green onions, minced garlic, all-purpose flour, lightly beaten eggs, and black pepper. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly combined.
  4. Heat a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat and add enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan.
  5. Take a tablespoonful of the zucchini mixture and shape it into a small patty or ball. Place it in the hot oil and flatten it slightly with a spatula. Repeat this step to add more fritters to the pan, but make sure not to overcrowd the pan.
  6. Fry the fritters for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until they are golden brown and crispy. Adjust the heat if needed to prevent burning.
  7. Use a slotted spoon or spatula to transfer the cooked fritters to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil. Repeat the frying process with the remaining zucchini mixture.
  8. Serve the Kolokithokeftedes hot as an appetizer or vegetarian main course. They can be accompanied by tzatziki sauce, lemon wedges, or a side of Greek yogurt.
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