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Make these savory Zucchini Pancakes! They mix up quickly, cook up fast, and best of all make your excess zucchini disappear!
If you’ve been gardening your heart out and everyone groans when you pick a few more zucchinis for dinner you should try these EASY Zucchini Pancakes. YES, made with zoodles!
Zoodle Zucchini Pancakes
Crispy pan-fried zucchini pancakes are one of the best ways I’ve found to use up zucchini in a non-sweet recipe! My family loves them, yes even the teen boys!
Wondering what the HELL a Zoodle is? No worries!
A lot of people are probably wondering, I’m just over here ASSUMING everyone knows what I mean. Zoodles are just zucchini put through a spiralizer. They make fantastic long spirals of vegetables.
You’ve probably seen a spiral french fry? Same thing only with zucchini!
A lot of people use them in place of noodles. We don’t. My people looked at me like I’d lost my damn mind when I served them “zoodles.” So that was a fail but these zucchini pancakes are not a fail!
Where to get a Spiralizer
Spiralizers are widely available online and in stores. I’ve seen them in person at Target, Walmart, and our local Kroger store carries them as well.
There are three different kinds of spiralizers I’ve seen:
- A smaller handheld spiralizer. These make smaller amounts of zoodles with a smaller machine to store.
- The larger versions of the stand-alone model is bigger for making more at one time. These offer easy hand cranking to make zoodles. There are stainless steel varieties and lighter plastic models as well. Personally, the stainless steel version looks heavy duty enough to get the job done.
- And then there’s the version I have, the KitchenAid Attachment. This thing is a workhorse. If you already have a KitchenAid it is a great tool to have for working with it. It powers through any vegetable you put in it.
And you CAN Spiralize a lot more than just zucchinis or potatoes. Yeah, I kind of love my spiralizer. AND my KitchenAid.
How Else Can I use Zoodles?
Short answer? Any way you want to! But here’s a few ideas for using zoodles:
- pour hot pasta sauce over them and serve as a low carb noodle alternative
- dry them lightly and freezer for winter use
- use them in salads in place of chopped vegetables
- add to bento boxes as fun vegetable additions
Do I have to use zoodles for Zucchini Pancakes? Can I use grated zucchini?
Absolutely! BUT be sure you use a large grater that make larger size pieces of zucchini. Smaller grated zucchini turns to mush when you try to make pancakes out of it. I just love the way the spiralized zucchini holds up to cooking and being made into a batter.
DO NOT ADD SALT
That’s right don’t add salt to the batter of these zucchini pancakes! That salt will make the zucchinis get very juicy! The juice will ruin your pancakes and make them a watery mess. Instead, wait until AFTER the pancakes are cooked and then sprinkle with salt.
Need MORE zucchini recipes? Here’s a few you’ll love!
- Salt and Pepper Zucchini Chips
- Zucchini Bread with a Cheesecake Swirl
- Light Baked Stuffed Squash Blossoms
- Zucchini Blossom Focaccia
How about a NON Zucchini Recipe?
Try this Corn Cakes Recipe from Whole Food Bellies, perfect for snacking or for dinner!!
- 1 pound zucchini-a little more won't hurt
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cup of flour
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- cooking oil
- kosher salt--ADD AFTER THE PANCAKES ARE COOKED!-see note below
- spiralize the zucchini and be sure to also chop up all the little bits and end pieces of the zucchini as well
- stir the flour and garlic powder together in a mixing bowl
- mix the egg and water together pour over the flour mix
- whisk smooth
- pour the batter over the zucchini noodles
- stir to combine, it will feel stiff and not ready to make pancakes but have no fear letting it rest will soften it up as the zucchini releases its juices
- let the batter rest 5 minutes
- and then begin heating the oil over medium-high heat in a skillet, use enough oil to generously cover the bottom of the pan
- use tongs to grab a small amount of mix, about 1/4 cup, and put it in the hot frying pan, add as many as you can without crowding the pan
- cook 1-2 minutes per side or until golden brown, use a spatula to turn it over and cook until golden brown
- remove to baking rack to drain, or use a paper towel-lined pan
- serve with any dipping sauce you like!
DO NOT ADD SALT TO THE BATTER! That's right don't add salt to the batter of these zucchini pancakes! That salt will make the zucchinis get very juicy! The juice will ruin your pancakes and make them a watery mess. Instead, wait until AFYER the pancakes are cooked and then sprinkle with salt.
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