Mouth-watering Zucchini Latkes Recipe For Foodies

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, gather near and lend me your ears! Today I bring you a recipe that will knock your socks off and leave you begging for more. I present to you the Zucchini Latkes Recipe – a dish so delicious that it will make your taste buds dance with joy!

As an Israeli chef, I have seen many variations of latkes – some good, some bad, but this zucchini latkes recipe is absolutely divine. It’s the perfect blend of crispy, savory and flavorful all at once. With just one bite, you’ll be transported to the vibrant streets of Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.

During the holiday season or even on any ordinary day, these delectable latkes will impress and delight any guest or family member. Even picky children won’t mind eating their vegetables if these zucchini latkes are served alongside them.

Ahoy there home cooks! This is no ordinary recipe – this is a recipe that’s guaranteed to satisfy all your taste buds while being healthy at the same time. So put on your apron, turn on your stove, and let’s get cookin’!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Zucchini Latkes
Zucchini Latkes

My dear friend, have you ever tried zucchini latkes before? If not, then be prepared to fall in love with this recipe! Trust me, this is not just your average latke recipe. This zucchini latkes recipe is the perfect balance of crispy and tender, savory and slightly sweet.

Firstly, let’s talk about the texture. These latkes are loaded with grated zucchini, which provides a crispy and delicious outer layer that crunches like you’re biting into a crispy autumn leaf. The inside is tender and moist, making it almost impossible to resist taking just one more bite.

Secondly, the flavor. The combination of grated zucchini, onion, eggs and matzo meal creates the perfect balance of savory and sweet flavors. Every bite will be packed with flavor that explodes in your mouth.

Finally, the ease of preparation. You only need a few simple ingredients which you can easily find in your kitchen pantry. Plus, the recipe is easy to follow and takes less than 30 minutes to prepare – making it ideal for busy weeknights or unexpected guests.

In conclusion, this zucchini latkes recipe has got everything you’ve been looking for in a comfort food recipe. Trust me when I say that once you try these latkes, they’ll quickly become a regular on your menu rotation. And if all these reasons aren’t enough to convince you to try it out yourself, then just give it a shot and see for yourself – I guarantee you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 Golden brown zucchini latkes, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Golden brown zucchini latkes, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Here are the ingredients needed to make these scrumptious zucchini latkes:

Main Ingredients

  • 2 large zucchinis – grated
  • 1 large russet potato – peeled and grated
  • 1 small onion – grated
  • 2 eggs – beaten
  • 3/4 cup of matzo meal
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable or grapeseed oil, for frying

Optional Ingredients for Variations

  • Shredded yellow squash or carrot, or a combination for extra color and sweetness.
  • Sweet potato to replace the russet potato or for half-and-half latkes.
  • Gluten-free matzo meal if wanting to avoid gluten.

Make sure you have all these ingredients on hand before you begin making these delicious zucchini latkes.

The Recipe How-To

 These Zucchini latkes make a delicious, healthy snack or a unique appetizer.
These Zucchini latkes make a delicious, healthy snack or a unique appetizer.

Now that you have gathered all the necessary ingredients, let’s move to the next step in preparing this amazing Zucchini Latkes Recipe.

Step 1: Preheat and Prepare

Preheat your oven to 375°F. While waiting for it to heat up, prepare a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. Set it aside.

Step 2: Grate and Drain

Using a box grater, grate one large zucchini into a fine mesh strainer set over a bowl. Be sure to press down on the grated zucchini with a spoon or spatula to remove any excess water. Afterward, transfer it onto a large mixing bowl.

Step 3: Add and Mix

Add one medium peeled potato (grated) into the mixing bowl with the grated zucchini. Mix them together.

Step 4: Add and Incorporate

Add one small onion (grated) into the mixing bowl. Then add two beaten eggs, three tablespoons of matzo meal, one teaspoon of salt, one-fourth teaspoon of baking powder, and one tablespoon of sugar. Mix them together until well incorporated.

Step 5: Form and Place

Form the mixture into small patties using your hands (or an ice cream scoop for uniform shapes). Place each onto the previously prepared parchment-lined baking sheet. Before placing them in the oven, sprinkle each patty lightly with matzo meal.

Step 6: Bake and Enjoy

Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot or warm with tzatziki sauce or sour cream on top, or pair them off with poached eggs for an entirely different experience.

And there you have it! Your very own Zucchini Latkes Recipe that’s both crispy and tender all at once!

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect way to enjoy the veggies hidden in your fridge.
The perfect way to enjoy the veggies hidden in your fridge.

Well, well, well, now it’s time to get creative with this recipe! I always love trying new things and switching up recipes by adding my own personal touch. Whether you’re looking to make these latkes healthier or just add some extra spice to them, there are a few substitutions and variations you can try out.

First off, if you want to make this recipe gluten-free, substitute the matzo meal with gluten-free bread crumbs or almond flour. For a vegan version, replace the eggs with flax or chia seeds mixed with water, and use olive oil instead of traditional oil.

But wait, there’s more! You can also switch up the vegetable game with this recipe. Try using grated yellow squash instead of zucchini or mix in some finely chopped carrots for added color and flavor. Sweet potato latkes are also a delightfully tasty option that will have your taste buds thanking you.

If you want to jazz up the seasoning, add some cumin or paprika for a bit of a kick, or try substituting sugar for maple syrup or honey. Do not be shy – get creative!

Finally, if you want to take this recipe to the next level, try serving these zucchini latkes with tzatziki sauce. It adds a cool and creamy element that complements the crispy texture of the latkes perfectly.

Whatever substitutions and variations you end up trying out, just remember that sometimes the simplest switch can make such a difference in both taste and presentation. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

Serving and Pairing

 A twist on the classic potato latkes, get your veggies in with every bite!
A twist on the classic potato latkes, get your veggies in with every bite!

Now that you’ve completed your zucchini latkes recipe, it’s time to think about how to serve and pair them! These latkes are incredibly versatile and can be paired with a variety of different dishes.

One traditional way to serve zucchini latkes is with tzatziki sauce. This creamy Greek dip made with yogurt, cucumbers, and garlic provides the perfect cool, tangy accompaniment to the warm, salty latkes. You can also sprinkle some fresh herbs like dill or parsley on top for added flavor and texture.

If you want to elevate your zucchini latkes into a more substantial meal, they pair well with roasted meats such as chicken or lamb. Or for a vegetarian option, consider serving them alongside a hearty salad made up of seasonal greens, nuts, and dried fruits. The freshness of the greens perfectly balances out the richness of the latkes.

For breakfast, try serving your zucchini latkes with a side of smoked salmon and poached eggs. The combination of savory latkes with silky salmon and perfectly poached eggs will make for an indulgent start to your day.

Finally, no Hanukkah celebration is complete without applesauce! Serve your warm zucchini latkes alongside a generous dollop of chunky applesauce – the sweetness from the apples is the perfect complement to the crispy latkes.

With these pairing ideas in mind, feel free to experiment with different flavors and ingredients! There’s no wrong way to enjoy your delicious zucchini latkes.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Savory and sweet, these latkes are a flavor sensation!
Savory and sweet, these latkes are a flavor sensation!

Now that you’ve mastered my zucchini latkes recipe, let me give you some tips on how to store and reheat them. First, make sure your latkes are completely cool before storing them. You can keep them in an airtight container for up to three days in the refrigerator. If you want to store them longer than that, put them in the freezer for up to three months.

When reheating, I recommend using a toaster oven or a regular oven set to 350°F. Reheating the latkes in a microwave can make them soggy and lose their crispy texture. If you’re reheating from frozen, first thaw the latkes in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for an hour.

To make things easier when serving for Hanukkah or any gathering, you can also make the latkes ahead of time and freeze them uncooked between layers of parchment paper. When it’s time to fry them up, just heat some oil in a pan and add the frozen latkes straight from the freezer.

One thing to keep in mind is that frozen latkes will have more moisture than fresh ones, so be sure to drain any excess water before frying them up. You can do this by either placing them on a paper towel-lined plate or press them gently with another paper towel.

These zucchini latkes are perfect for making ahead since they reheat beautifully without losing their flavor or crunchiness. With these tips, you’ll always have delicious and easy-to-make latkes on hand throughout the holiday season!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Sneak in some greens into your diet with this easy-to-make recipe!
Sneak in some greens into your diet with this easy-to-make recipe!

Now that you’re familiar with the ingredients and the recipe for my zucchini latkes, here are some tips that will help you achieve perfect results every time.

1. Squeeze out extra liquid:

Zucchinis contain a lot of water, and excess moisture can lead to soggy latkes. After grating the zucchini, use a cheesecloth or kitchen towel to squeeze out as much liquid as possible.

2. Use a food processor:

If you have a lot of zucchini to grate, consider using a food processor with the grating blade instead of doing it by hand. It will save you time and energy.

3. Don’t crowd the pan:

When frying the latkes, make sure there is enough space between them in the pan. Overcrowding can cause them to cook unevenly and stick together.

4. Keep oil at a consistent temperature:

Maintaining a consistent temperature when frying is crucial to achieving crispy latkes. Heat the oil over medium-high heat and adjust the temperature as necessary throughout cooking.

5. Use matzo meal:

I highly recommend using matzo meal instead of regular flour as it gives the latkes their unique texture and flavour.

6. Experiment with variations:

Don’t be afraid to try different variations with this recipe! Add different vegetables like grated carrots or squash, or swap out potatoes for sweet potatoes for exciting new flavors!

Follow these tips, and you’ll have mouthwatering zucchini latkes that will be sure to impress anyone at your dinner table!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, these zucchini latkes are a must-try for anyone who loves a good crispy and savory brunch. By following this simple recipe and using the recommended ingredients, you can create latkes that are both delicious and healthy. Whether you’re a vegetarian, gluten-free, or just looking for a new way to enjoy the versatility of zucchini, this recipe is perfect for you.

I encourage you to experiment with different toppings and serving suggestions to make these latkes uniquely yours. You could try topping them with tzatziki sauce or serving them as a side dish with eggs and bacon. The possibilities are endless!

So go ahead and give this zucchini latkes recipe a try. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

Zucchini Latkes

Zucchini Latkes Recipe

A different take on the old Chanukah standard.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer/Side dish
Cuisine Jewish
Servings 10 latkes
Calories 34.7 kcal


  • 1 lb zucchini
  • salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup matzo meal
  • oil


  • Wash zucchini and cut off ends, but do not peel.
  • Grate zucchini into a bowl, sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Drain or squeeze out the liquid.
  • In a large bowl: Mix zucchini, eggs, sugar, baking powder, matzoh meal and 1 Tablespoon oil and blend well.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Heat oil in skillet: Drop zucchini mixture by Tablespoonfuls into pan.
  • Brown on both sides.
  • Serve with applesauce, if desired.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 589gCalories: 34.7kcalCarbohydrates: 4.3gProtein: 2.1gFat: 1.1gSaturated Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 37.2mgSodium: 27.4mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 1.6g
Keyword < 30 Mins, European, Hanukkah, Healthy, Kosher, Stove Top, Vegetable
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