Zucchini Fritters with Feta, Cheddar, Mint and Parsley

Recipe by Koula Barydakis. Intro by Bill Bradley, R.D.

This is it.  My all time favorite recipe from Crete, maybe from the whole Mediterranean Diet: Zucchini Fritters by Koula Barydakis.  How can one go wrong?  Zucchini, onions, fresh mint, fresh parsley, two cheeses (feta and cheddar), bread crumbs, and eggs made into delectable morsels and then fried in extra virgin olive oil.  These are great for any meal, eaten with eggs for a true Mediterranean Diet breakfast or with a Greek salad at lunch or dinner.  Hell, I made them for our wedding!  I usually will double the batch, fry them all and then freeze leftovers in ziploc bags, about 6 per bag.  They defrost quickly and are great for when you don’t know what to make for dinner or just need a speedy snack.  Sometimes, I serve them with Tzatziki on top or just plain Greek yogurt.  They are a complete meal in themselves (healthy fat, protein, carbs and healing herbs).  They are always the most popular hors d’oeuvre at any party and you will make friends if you bring them.

Any hoodles, I guess you have figured out that I love these.  Here are a few tips on how to make them perfectly.

  1.  Grate don’t chop.  You definitely want to grate the zucchini and the onions.  This gives it a texture you can’t get from chopping.
  2. Salt and squeeze.  Place the grated zucchini and onions in a colander and top with lots of salt.  Wait 10-15 minutes and really squeeze the remaining liquid out.  Usually, I grab a handful and squeeze the liquid out and then put in the mixing bowl.  This is still done this way in Crete even in restaurants.
  3. Don’t add too many bread crumbs.  I add the bread crumbs slowly.  You want the zucchini mixture to have just enough bread crumbs so that you can form a patty.  If you use too many, the fritters will come out bready.
  4. Don’t let the oil burn.  Fry the fritters on medium heat.  I usually get the fritters formed and then turn on the heat.  When you are between batches it is good to take the pan off the heat.  If the oil gets too hot and begins to smoke, you should discard and replace.

That’s it.  I hope you enjoy these fritters as much as I do!

Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Zucchini Fritters in Crete

Making Zucchini Fritters in Crete at Koula’s cooking class.

Mediterranean Diet: Frying Zucchini Fritters in Olive Oil

Frying in Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini Fritters with Feta, Cheddar, Mint and Parsley

Koula Barydakis
4.91 from 10 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Servings 10
Calories 436 kcal


  • 5 medium zucchinis, grated
  • 1 cup onion, grated
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 4-6 eggs
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, grated
  • 3-4 cups bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup Olive oil for frying


  • Place grated zucchini and onion in a colander. Add ½ Tablespoon salt, mix and let drain for 15-20 minutes. Squeeze out extra liquid with hands.
  • In a large bowl, add 2 beaten eggs, cheddar and feta, 1 cup bread crumbs, mint, parsley, and ground pepper. Add zucchini/onion mixture. Mix ingredients with a fork. Continue adding breadcrumbs until fritters can be formed with your hands.
  • Beat 2 eggs in a small bowl.
  • In another bowl, add 1 cup breadcrumbs.
  • Heat 1 cup of olive oil in a frying pan. Be careful not to overheat oil.
  • Form fritters with mixture, dip in or brush with egg and then bread crumbs.
  • Fry in olive oil. Drain on paper towels.


Calories: 436kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 12gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 778mgPotassium: 430mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1038IUVitamin C: 27mgCalcium: 221mgIron: 3mg
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About the Author: Koula Barydakis
Koula Barydakis was born into a long tradition of eating and living Mediterranean on the Greek island of Crete. She is a chef who has worked in many of the top restaurants in Crete and in Greek Town in Toronto, Canada. Koula is the co-author of “Foods of Crete, Traditional Recipes of the Healthiest People in the World” and is currently completing her second cookbook. Koula teaches cooking classes to tourists in Crete and has been hired to teach classes in other countries as well.


  1. Marin February 15, 2023 at 5:30 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness! This tasted amazing! I followed this recipe exactly, except i added fresh dill instead of mint. After i form the patties, i refrigerate them, in single layer, for at least an hour, then crumb them. It’s much easier to handle. Once crumbed, i refrigerate again for 30 mins so the breadcrumbs adhere & they firm up a bit for easier frying.

  2. Sherri April 18, 2022 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Have you ever tried them without the cheese? Would I have to add more or less of something else?

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. April 26, 2022 at 11:41 am - Reply

      I think it would work fine without the cheese. I haven’t done it before, but it makes sense to me that it would work. You might need to add an extra egg for binding.

  3. Joan March 7, 2022 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Can you advise how to bake these instead of frying? Thanks.

  4. Alma January 31, 2022 at 11:22 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I put mine in the refrigerator for 3 hour and it help them code better with Egg and bread crumbs!

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. February 4, 2022 at 3:08 pm - Reply

      That is a good idea!

  5. David Rodrigues October 24, 2021 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    You will definitely benefit from following Bill’s suggestion to make a large batch and freeze some.
    These fritters are really satisfying as breakfast, lunch or supper

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. October 25, 2021 at 10:44 am - Reply

      One of my all time favorite Greek recipes. Thanks for the comment! -Bill

  6. Stella October 10, 2021 at 11:22 am - Reply

    I would like to try this but too many calories.
    Is there another way to prepare it with less calories?

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. October 11, 2021 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Hi Stella,
      The amount of calories was in here for the entire batch (20-30 fritters).
      It is correct now. Thanks for the question!

  7. Kay L Tomlinson August 3, 2018 at 12:42 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness, these are the best things ever! I was worried that my family wouldn’t like them–boy, was I wrong! I managed to get a few into the freezer, but only a few. Thank you for a new family favorite!

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