Zucchini balls: ready in 5 minutes and without bread

Zucchini balls are a quick and delicious snack or appetizer that can be prepared in just 5 minutes, and best of all, they’re made without bread. These flavorful little bites are perfect for using up excess zucchini and are a healthier alternative to traditional fried snacks. Packed with nutrients and bursting with flavor, zucchini balls are sure to become a favorite in your recipe repertoire.


Recipe: Quick Zucchini Balls (Without Bread)



– 2 medium zucchinis, grated
– 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
– 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
– 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (optional, for binding)
– 1 egg, beaten
– Salt and pepper, to taste
– Olive oil, for frying


1. Start by grating the zucchinis using a box grater or food processor. Place the grated zucchini in a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth and squeeze out any excess moisture. Transfer the squeezed zucchini to a mixing bowl.

2. To the bowl of grated zucchini, add the grated Parmesan cheese, chopped fresh parsley, chopped fresh basil, minced garlic, and breadcrumbs (if using). Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Add the beaten egg to the mixture and stir until all the ingredients are well combined. The mixture should hold together when pressed.

4. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.

5. Using your hands, shape the zucchini mixture into small balls, about 1-2 inches in diameter.

6. Once the oil is hot, carefully place the zucchini balls in the skillet, ensuring they are not overcrowded. Cook in batches if necessary.

7. Cook the zucchini balls for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy.

8. Once cooked, remove the zucchini balls from the skillet and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.

9. Serve the zucchini balls hot, garnished with additional chopped herbs or a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

10. Enjoy your quick and delicious zucchini balls as a snack, appetizer, or light meal!

These zucchini balls are a fantastic way to enjoy the natural flavor of zucchini in a fun and flavorful way. They’re perfect for serving at parties, picnics, or as a tasty snack any time of day. Plus, since they’re made without bread, they’re suitable for those following a gluten-free or low-carb diet.

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