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Zucchini Potato Pancakes

July 23, 2010


Zucchini. It’s such a summer treat- light and airy when raw, juicy and sweet when roasted and adaptable when shredded. Farmers are practically giving away their zucchini stock. There’s just too much of it!

Which means it’s time for a zucchini-heavy summer recipe!


Zucchini Potato Pancakes

Courtesy Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga

Prep time: 12 minutes       Active cooking time: about 15 minutes

Special Equipment:

  • Nonstick or cast iron skillet
  • Grater


  • 3 cups shredded zucchini, about 1 medium
  • 3 cups shredded potato, about 2 medium
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup flour*
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt, divided
  • Pepper to taste

Grate the zucchini and potato into a sieve. Toss with 1/2 tsp salt and let sit over a sink or bowl for 10 minutes, pushing moisture out every few minutes.

Why? The abundance of moisture in zucchini and potatoes will make the pancakes soggy and they will take much longer to cook. By salting, water is drawn out of the cells and drained away.

Pat zucchini and potato with paper towels or tea towels. In a mixing bowl beat the egg. Stir in the shredded vegetables, onion, rest of the salt, and flour.

Prepare a skillet, either non-stick or cast iron, with vegetable oil or olive oil. (About 2 teaspoons oil in a 19” skillet will do) Heat to medium, about 350-365*.

Depending on your preference, you can either make 1/4 cup pancakes, tablespoon pancakes, or teaspoon pancakes. For 1/4 cup pancakes cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side. For table spoon pancakes, about 3 minutes on each side and for teaspoon size about 2 minutes on each side.

Tip: You may need to add more oil to the skillet as you do more batches. Make sure while cooking you leave about an inch between pancakes to avoid heat reduction.

Drain on a paper towel and enjoy plain, with apple sauce, sour cream, snipped chives or any combination of the three.

*To make gluten free, replace the flour with 2 tbsp corn starch and 2 tbsp corn meal. I think I actually enjoyed this variation more!

IMG_2508 Prepare ingredients.

IMG_2510 Preheating pan.

IMG_2511 Stirring it all up.

IMG_2512 Golden brown crust…


IMG_2515 Draining…. Yum!

IMG_2516 Teaspoon sized pancakes!

IMG_2517 Delicious. 🙂

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 23, 2010 11:32 pm

    Those look heavenly! So glad there’s a gluten-free variation!

  2. July 23, 2010 11:51 pm

    mmm nice! I love latkes and I can see how the zucchini would make a lighter, more summery version of the traditional latke. What do you like to serve these with?

  3. July 24, 2010 12:58 am

    D E L I C I O U S!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe! That sounds (and looks) amazing!

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