These Tuna Zucchini Fritters are a high-protein, vitamin-rich appetizer or healthy lunch idea with just enough cheese to taste decadent while remaining lighter!

Have lots of zucchini to use up? You might also enjoy these Mediterranean baked zucchini sticks and zucchini sticks with parmesan!

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.

Recently I ended up with practically a sack-full of  zucchini to use – I’m not mad about it either. I’ve already made a zucchini tomato bake, crustless zucchini quiche, and chicken zucchini with garlic and corn, where you just give zucchini a rough chop. If feeling more adventurous, zucchini lasagna, a healthy zucchini casserole, or zoodle pad Thai 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

I’m loving tuna at the moment too – it’s so easy to prepare and you can have it on the table in this healthy tuna salad or tuna melt (plus the kids love it too!)

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.

I also do this the same way with cucumber for tzatziki and when I’m making tuna-free zucchini fritters!

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

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Tuna zucchini fritters on parchment paper and a bowl with dip.

Tuna Zucchini Fritters

Tuna Zucchini Fritters for a 30 minute kid friendly healthy recipe with canned tuna, Parmesan cheese and a hefty dose of vegetables.
5 from 3 votes
Servings 21 fritters
Calories 67
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 cans tuna 5-6 oz each, drained well
  • 2.5 lbs zucchini 4 medium or 4 cups, 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


  • 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).


  • 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.


Serving: 1fritter | Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 184mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American Ukrainian
Author: Olena Osipov
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Welcome! I grew up in Ukraine watching my grandma cook with simple ingredients. I have spent the last 11 years making it my mission to help you cook quick and easy meals for your family!

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you Olena for this lovely recipe. They turned out
    absolutely delicious and my family loved them.
    I will definitely be making them again 💁🏻‍♀️👍🏼😋

  2. 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.

    2. Yeah, I dumped that green juice thinking what should I do with it. Should have saved it for soup. You are welcome!

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