Here’s a truth: no matter how healthy you try to eat, it’s really hard to resist fritters. Yes, they’re usually fried – that’s why they are so crispy and delicious. Here’s another truth: you don’t have to fry them; you can make baked fritters so you can feel good about eating a few extra ones. Either way, we get to celebrate these crispy treats because December 2nd is National Fritters Day.
What is a fritter, you ask? Well, the term usually refers to a fried food that has various ingredients cooked in a batter. Typical fritters are made with corn, potatoes, zucchini, apples and bananas. Fritters can be sweet or savory. Of course, we make them with batter that is egg-free and dairy-free. Depending on the flour used, fritters can be gluten-free and/or grain-free.
Fritters are an easy way to make a delicious snack, side dish, or appetizer. If you need ideas and recipes, check out 19 Easy and Delicious Recipes for Fritters and 10 Veggie Fritters You’ll Flip Over. Then get your spatula ready because we’ve got 15 new crispy and delicious recipes for the most amazing fritters ever!
1. Tofu ‘Fish’ Fritters
Transform tofu into deliciously crispy “fish” fritters with this easy-to-follow recipe for Tofu “Fish” Fritters. First, the cubes of tofu are given a generous splash of sesame oil and soy sauce, then they are coated in a mixture of spices, and finally wrapped in a sheet of nori (because nothing says fish like the flavor of seaweed)! After a dip in the chickpea-buckwheat batter, these little cubes simply need to be pan-fried for a few minutes and voila! Fish fritters. Serve with some vegan tartar sauce and go to town.
2. Roasted Garlic Cheese Fritters
These Roasted Garlic Cheese Fritters are made with just five ingredients made in only three easy steps. Based on chickpeas, these fritters are also grain-free and can be made oil-free on top of being delicious. These are flavorful, easy, tasty, cheesy, hearty, garlicky, and cheesy. Delicious on their own — just serve them with some sauce for dipping. Or, for a full meal, throw them in a salad or in a wrap with plenty of greens. Countless possibilities, more deliciousness just for you.
3. Buckwheat Broccoli Fritters
It’s no secret that broccoli is one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables in existence. Enjoy this green gem in a new unique way with these Buckwheat Broccoli Fritters. These bad boys are loaded with cruciferous goodness, packed with flavor, and are incredibly easy. Serve them with this delicious homemade vegan tzatziki on the side for dipping.
4. Spicy Zucchini Fritters
Zucchini are such versatile vegetables. You can fry them, steam them, stir-fry them, spiralize them into zoodles, even bake them into bread! In this particular recipe for Spicy Zucchini Fritters, zucchini are coated in rice and chickpea flour, seasoned generously, and fried. Top with your favorite creamy non-dairy dressing and serve with a side salad for a yummy, filling meal!
5. Beet Kola Urundai: Indian Beet Croquettes
These Beet Kola Urundai, better known as croquettes, hail from Chettinad, India. Spicy and delicious with a crisp outside and melt-in-your-mouth center, they’re slightly earthy and sweet from the beets and spicy from the chili. They are great to serve as appetizer or snack and also as an accompaniment to a rice dish.
6. Spiced Cauliflower Fritters
These Spiced Cauliflower Fritters are great for a quick and healthy meal on those mid-week nights where you arrive at home starving. They are made with cauliflower and chickpeas meaning they are protein-packed and nutrient-rich. They are also generously seasoned with coriander, garlic, turmeric, and ginger, but feel free to top it with sliced avocado and relish for even more flavor
7. Zucchini Fritters With Lemon Basil Cashew Cream
You can’t beat these vegan, gluten-free Zucchini Fritters With Lemon Basil Cashew Cream. Forget the eggs and white flour – you won’t miss them a bit. These fritters are so light and tasty with the fresh cashew cream. These come together in a pinch, and if you have some extra sauce, don’t sweat it. You will be licking the spoon clean!
8. Corn and Bell Pepper Fritters
These colorful Corn and Bell Pepper Fritters are so versatile; they can be made large to be served as an entrée with veggies on the side or as bite-sized morsels topped with cashew sour cream for an appetizer. Sweet corn and red bell pepper are the perfect base for spicy chili pepper and fresh basil, though if you don’t have basil, and fresh herb will do. Whether you serve them for dinner or at a party, these crispy fritters will win you (and anyone else who eats them) over.
9. Spicy Sweet Potato Rosti: Swiss Potato Fritters
Rosti, also called roschti are originally a Swiss breakfast dish made from mildly seasoned grated potatoes that are pan-fried as a large pancake or fritter. These Spicy Sweet Potato Rosti are inspired by the original but they’re made with sweet potatoes and seasoned with ginger, curry leaves with added onions and bell peppers. Packed with flavor, these make amazing breakfast or brunch items, as well as appetizers. They absolutely have to be tried with vegan sour cream.
10. Moong Dal Vada: Indian Savory Lentil Fritters
There are a lot of different Indian snacks that go by the name vada, a fried savory snack. Moong Dal Vada is a crispy, protein-rich and delicious evening tea time snacks made from whole green lentils and chana dal. For additional flavors, chopped curry leaves or coriander leaves or spinach or shredded carrot can be added to the batter. Serve this vada with coconut chutney or green chutney.
11. Acaraje: Brazilian Black-Eyed Peas Fritters
Acarajé or Black-Eyed Peas Fritters is a Brazilian street food inspired by African akaras. Popular in Salvador and Olinda, they’re airy and fluffy on the inside and a little crispy on the outside. It’s an absolute must that you eat these while they’re hot — that’s when they’re at their best.
12. Banana Akaras: Sierra Leone Banana Fritters
Akaras appear in a multitude of recipes throughout the world, both sweet and savory. These Banana Akaras are a favorite breakfast in Sierra Leone. Light and fluffy, but also gluten-free, the taste and texture of these fritters is like banana pancakes combined with doughnuts. They’re also ready in just 20 minutes, from start to finish, so they’re the perfect breakfast for your days off where you want to cook yourself breakfast, but don’t want to spend your entire morning in the kitchen.
13. Spicy Cauliflower Fritter
These Spicy Cauliflower Fritters are bound to become your new weeknight favorite. They’re super quick to make and are deliciously addictive. Seasoned with turmeric and paprika, these fritters definitely have a bite to them! Once you’re done with these, try a different vegetable!
14. Jalapeño Zucchini Fritters
For a surefire crowd-pleaser, include these Jalapeño Zucchini Fritters at your next get together. They’re flavorful with a spicy kick and have a crispy exterior with a soft center. Serve these with avocado cream dip for a fun and delicious appetizer but make a double batch because they will disappear quickly.
15. Masala Sweet Potato Fritters With Citrus Cream
These Masala Sweet Potato Fritters are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. They’re paired with a sweet, sour, and creamy cashew cream that does a solid job of taming the spicy green chili. They’re spiced with aromatic garam masala and cumin to give them a savory flavor and topped with a brought and citrusy cashew cream.
Sweet or savory, fried or baked, fritters are fun and delicious. Get creative and make some fritters out of your favorite veggies. Which kind will you make first?
Lead image source: Spicy Sweet Potato Rosti