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Air Fried Cheesy Zucchini Corn Fritters (+ skillet instructions)

Fresh shredded zucchini, sweet corn and cheddar cheese air fried to crisp. Easy, delicious snack, lunch or side dish for the fresh taste of summer.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: zucchini fritters, zucchini corn fritters, air fryer zucchini fritters, air fryer recipes, zucchini recipes
Servings: 2


  • Air fryer


  • 2 cups shredded zucchini about 2 medium size zucchini
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup corn can use fresh, frozen or canned
  • cooking spray


Air Fryer Method:


    • Cut the ends off the zucchini then shred using a box grater.
    • Transfer the shredded zucchini to a colander then sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Gently toss with your hands then leave it sit for 10 minutes. Either place the colander in the sink or inside a bowl to catch the moisture from the zucchini.
    • After 10 minutes squeeze out the excess water using your hands OR place the zucchini in a clean dish towel and wring out the moisture. The goal is to get as much moisture out of the zucchini as possible. This will help crisp the fritters.
    • Place the zucchini in a bowl then add the egg, onion and garlic powder. Sprinkle the flour over the surface then mix with a spoon just until it’s combined. Stir in the cheese and corn then set aside.
      NOTE: the batter should be thick but still moist and able to form into patties (your hands will get a little messy).


    • Preheat the air fryer to 400° for 3 minutes then lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray.
    • Using a 1/4 cup measuring scoop form 4 zucchini fritter patties. Gently place them in the air fryer and season with salt to taste.
    • Air fry for 8-10 minutes total, turning halfway through. After turning them over, lightly spray the top of each fritter with cooking spray and continue air frying.
      NOTE: cooking times vary with air fryer brands. Remove from the air fryer when they’re golden and crispy. 

    Skillet/Stovetop Method:

    • Follow the above instructions to prepare the fritter batter.
    • Add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to a skillet (you’ll want enough to coat the bottom of the skillet so they don’t stick). Once it’s hot, using a 1/4 cup measuring cup spoon the batter into the skillet. Cook 3-4 minutes or until you see the underside starting to brown.
      Turn them over, gently press down on them with a spatula and continue cooking until they’re golden and crispy on both sides.