If you asked ten people to tell you what a fritter is, you would probably get ten different answers. Fritters usually refer to some type of fried food that has some type of main ingredient cooked in a batter. The main ingredient can be sweet or savory. Common ingredients for fritters include corn, apples, zucchini and potatoes. Fritters can also refer to fried doughs that don’t have any fillings.

Traditionally, the batter is made of egg, milk and either flour, cornmeal or both. Of course, the batter can also be made egg-free, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Fritters can be either pan-fried or deep-fried though with people trying to make healthier choices, they can also be baked. If they are fried, it’s important to fry them correctly so they are crispy and not greasy. Read Learn How To Fry Food The Right Way by Following These Tips for all the dos and don’ts or check out 5 Alternatives to Frying Food That Taste Great for other options.

However you make fritters and whatever you fill them with, the one common denominator is that fritters are easy and delicious. Here are 19 recipes for fritters that you should try.

1. Potato and Spinach Cheddar Fritters With Horseradish Dipping Sauce

Potato and Spinach Cheddar Fritters With Horseradish Dipping Sauce [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Fritters satisfy that craving for something fried and cheesy. These Potato and Spinach Cheddar Fritters are crispy and delicious. The horseradish dipping sauce adds creamy zest.

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2. Black Eyed Pea Chili With Corn Fritters

Black Eyed Pea Chili With Corn Fritters [Vegan]

Corn Fritters are the perfect topping for this black eyed pea chili but you can eat them with a salad or all on their own. You can use a boxed cornbread mix to make it fast and easy.

3. Cajun Quinoa Cakes & Lemon-Dill-Sriracha Rémoulade

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These Cajun Quinoa Cakes are so good and the lemon-dill-Sriracha remoulade is so flavorful! Pair them with some fresh steamed asparagus and you have yourself a wonderful meal.

4. Zucchini, Corn and Red Pepper Pancakes

Zucchini, Corn and Red Pepper Pancakes [Vegan]

You’ll eat these Zucchini, Corn and Red Pepper Pancakes often in the summer when zucchini and basil flourish in the garden. Serve them with a dollop of your favorite plant-based sour cream or eat them as they are, with a salad or brown rice.

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5. Broccoli and Cheddar Fritters

Broccoli and Cheddar Fritters [Vegan]

These Broccoli and Cheddar Fritters are so fast and easy to make, it’s perfect for a last-minute snack or side dish. It hardly takes any ingredients – just the broccoli, the vegan cheese, the egg binder, your favorite spices and some flour.

6. Quinoa and Sautéed Veggie Cakes

Quinoa and Sautéed Veggie Cakes [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

These Quinoa and Sauteed Veggie Cakes are baked rather than fried. They are great served as an appetizer, but they also make a delicious main meal when served over a green salad or roasted vegetables.

7. Zucchini Chickpea Fritters

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These are probably the fastest, yummiest fritters you can make. Made with zucchini, chickpeas and warm spices, these Zucchini Chickpeas Fritters are very, very simple and unbelievably fluffy and soft.

8. Zucchini Fritters with Lemon Basil Cashew Cream

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You can’t beat these vegan, gluten-free Zucchini Fritters. These are so light and tasty with the fresh, summery lemon-basil 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!

9. Mini Quinoa-Chickpea Cakes

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These scrumptious little Mini Quinoa-Chickpea Cakes are not only going to please your palate, but also pack a nutrient-rich power punch. The combination of quinoa and chickpeas as the base of these cakes adds firmness, moisture, and a great texture. Serve with the roasted red pepper cashew cream sauce.

10. Sesame Zucchini Fritters

Sesame Zucchini Fritters [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

These Sesame Zucchini Fritters are the perfect way to use zucchini. Naturally vegan and gluten-free, just sprinkle with sesame seeds, pop them in the oven and twenty minutes later, crispy orbs of zucchini delight will emerge, ready to be dipped in any number of sauces or condiments.

11. Spring Onion Farro Fritters With Fresh Peas, Asparagus, Radish and Tahini Mint Dressing

Spring Onion Farro Fritters With Fresh Peas, Asparagus, Radish and Tahini Mint Dressing [Vegan]

These Spring Onion Farro Fritters are made with whole-foods, plant-based and so delicious. Filled with fresh, in-season spring produce like fresh peas, asparagus and radishes, they are perfect on top of a salad with a tahini-mint dressing.

12. Sweet Potato Fritters

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The sweetness in these Sweet Potato Fritters is perfectly balanced by the spicy jalapeno. These are made with a traditional yeast batter so they are fluffy and delicious.

13. Potato Fritter Sliders With Chipotle Aioli

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There’s a traditional Indian street food composed of a spicy potato filling fried in a chickpea flour batter sandwiched between bread. These Potato Fritter Sliders with Chipotle Aioli is a vegan version that is amazing.

14. Skinny Carrot Fritters

Skinny Carrot Fritters [Vegan]

In India, fritters and chai is a common evening snack during the rainy season. The aroma of chai and hot fritters out of the wok is mind blowing. These Skinny Carrot Fritters can satisfy your cravings while being healthy at the same time.

15. Super Simple Curried Pumpkin Fritters

Super Simple Curried Pumpkin Fritters [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Pumpkin and curry spices have a great affinity, so these Super Simple Curried Pumpkin Fritters are a winner. They are crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. Serve them with a spoonful of coconut yogurt or scatter them with fresh coriander leaves.

16. Corn Fritters

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These vegan Corn Fritters are even more delicious than their non-vegan counterparts. They are served with a homemade sweet chili sauce. Take advantage in summer to use fresh corn.

17. Amazing Indian Onion and Kale Fritters

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These Amazing Indian Onion and Kale Fritters are a variation of the classic Indian onion fritters. They have kale, onions, thyme, and curry leaves. Perfect with a cup of tea!

18. Apple Fritters with Apple Cider Reduction

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Before you know it, fall will be here and these Apple Fritters with Apple Cider Reduction is the perfect way to celebrate the changing seasons. These fried apple rings, spiced with cinnamon, are incredible.

19. Vegan and Gluten-Free Banana Beignets

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Every once in a while, it’s totally okay to indulge in something decadent! These Banana Beignets are perfect for that. They are fried filled with bananas. The fact that they are vegan and gluten-free should make you feel a little better about the fried part, right?

Fritters are delicious as a snack, an appetizer or a side dish. Let your imagination run wild and use your favorite ingredients to create your own unique fritters, both sweet and savory.

Lead image source: Zucchini Chickpeas Fritters