by Olena

Tuna Zucchini Fritters

by Olena

5 from 1 reviews

Tuna Zucchini Fritters

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.

Tuna, flour, eggs, zucchini, chives, mayo and salt for Tuna Zucchini Fritters

How to Make Tuna Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini & Grater grated zucchini in a bowl

Here is the easiest way to squeeze most liquid from zucchini. Line large mixing bowl with linen towel, place grater inside and grate zucchini.

grated zucchini in cloth

water squeezed out of zucchini in a bowl Squeezed out grated 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.

Tuna Zucchini Fritter ingredients mixed in a bowl

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.

Non stick griddle on stove

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.

Cooking Tuna Zucchini Fritters on non stick griddle Cooked Tuna Zucchini Fritters on non stick griddle

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.

Dip for Cooking Tuna Zucchini Fritters with Kefir

I mixed eyeballed amount of organic kefir, grated garlic clove, chopped chives and ground black pepper to top tuna zucchini fritters.


Tuna Zucchini Fritters


Tuna Zucchini Fritters

5 from 1 reviews

Tuna Zucchini Fritters for a 30 minute kid friendly healthy recipe with canned tuna, Parmesan cheese and a hefty dose of vegetables.

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 21 fritters 1x


  • 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 avocado oil mayo)
  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve hot or cold, with a simple Greek yogurt/kefir + garlic + black pepper sauce if you wish (optional but so good).

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. I can’t wait to make these! And I am so excited to have two zucchini plants in my new raised garden. But for now, I’ll buy some organic. And all of that gorgeous green juice? I am going to freeze it into ice cubes for green smoothies. Waste nothing is the motto here!

    Thank you Olena!

    1. I meant to ask if that very awesome griddle came from Amazon, and what is called exactly? I have never had a grill pan, flat or ribbed. So cool!

      1. It’s my first one too and I love it, it’s this one. I didn’t link to it yet because I used it only three times with no problems, however there are some negative reviews. I will use it a few more times to attest to its amazingness. So far I love it and mine didn’t warp on my gas stove. I’m pretty sure the packaging said ceramic non-stick however description doesn’t do good job at advertising that. It is definitely not teflon coating.

        1. Thank-you for the link! It’s a great price too, but I’m willing to wait for your next few uses with it to see how it performs.

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