Zucchini and tuna are a match made in heaven, just like rhubarb and strawberry. First one undeniably dry and salty, and latter bursting with water and bland. Combine both, flavour with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a bit of mayo (those few tablespoons make all the difference, and I prefer organic or avocado oil kind), add just enough to “glue” whole grain flour, and you have got the most delicious tuna zucchini fritters kids will love. And we are going heavy on zucchini – 2.5 lbs. Courgette and tuna fritters taste great hot or cold. If you are a sauce type of person, I recommend whisking a mixture of Greek yogurt/kefir, garlic/chives/green onion and ground black pepper to taste.
And if you have got more than you need zucchini, try a zucchini bake or chicken zucchini with garlic and corn, where you just give zucchini a rough chop. If feeling more adventurous, zucchini Parmigiana recipe or Pad Thai zucchini noodles will do. Whatever you choose to cook, be sure you will consume a lot of vitamins A and C, fiber, folate, riboflavin, potassium and manganese, a mineral that helps your body to process fats, carbs and glucose.
How to Make Tuna Zucchini Fritters
Here is the easiest way to squeeze most liquid from zucchini. Line large mixing bowl with linen towel, place grater inside and grate zucchini.
Remove grater, twist towel at the top and pressing with other hand at “the ball” start squeezing water out. Do it for a few minutes and you will end up with approximately 1/2 cup liquid in a bowl and still a generous amount of shredded zucchini inside the towel. All those vegetables and not only cheese, kids.
In the same bowl, mix well zucchini, tuna, eggs, cheese, mayo and salt; breaking tuna into small pieces with a spatula (tuna comes out quite packed from the can and after squeezing). Mixture should have some creaminess to it. Then sprinkle flour on top and mix again, this insures no lumps.
I have recently acquired ceramic non-stick griddle and can’t get over how fast cooking pancakes, eggs and fritters now is. Skillet is OK too, I probably would have two of them going at same time.
To fry tuna zucchini fritters, you can use either cooking spray (if your griddle/skillet is non-stick) or oil. I prefer avocado oil simply because I do not see harm in consuming extra healthy fats and I like simmering fritters with more browning (not that these fritters are crispy when fried in oil). If you are looking for non-fried fritters, try my baked zucchini fritters.
I mixed eyeballed amount of organic kefir, grated garlic clove, chopped chives and ground black pepper to top tuna zucchini fritters.
- 2 x 5-6 oz cans tuna, drained well
- 2.5 lbs (4 medium or 4 cups) zucchini, shredded
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, not packed
- 3 tbsp mayo (I use organic or avocado oil)
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup whole wheat or spelt flour
- 2 green onions or chives, chopped
- Cooking spray (I use Misto) or avocado oil, for frying
- Place shredded zucchini in a linen towel and squeeze really well, twisting at the top and pressing on the “ball” with zucchini. I have squeezed about 1/2 cup of water.
- Discard liquid and transfer zucchini to a large mixing bowl along with tuna, eggs, Parmesan cheese, mayo and salt. Mix really well, breaking tuna into pieces. Sprinkle flour on top and mix until well combined.
- Preheat large ceramic non-stick skillet or griddle on medium heat and spray with cooking spray or add a bit of oil and spread with spatula (my preference). Add about 1/3 cup mixture (don’t flatten too thin), fry for 4-5 minutes, carefully flip and cook another 4 minutes or until brown. Work in batches. Fritters fry faster as skillet gets hotter, so watch closely.
- Serve hot or cold, with a simple Greek yogurt/kefir + garlic + black pepper sauce if you wish (optional but so good).