Zucchini, Wild Rice, and Hazelnut Fritters


Serve these savory little fritters as an elegant appetizer for autumn gatherings, or on their own as a light meal. Garnish fritters with creme fraiche or sour cream and tarragon or mint leaves.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
24 small fritters


  • 2 cups water

  • ½ cup wild rice

  • 2 zucchini, grated

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs

  • ½ onion, minced

  • ½ cup chopped toasted hazelnuts

  • 2 eggs

  • ¼ cup whole milk

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (Optional)

  • 2 extra-virgin olive oil, or more as needed

  • salt and coarsely ground black pepper to taste


  1. Bring water and wild rice to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender, about 30 minutes. Drain excess liquid. Cool rice to room temperature.

  2. Toss zucchini with 1 teaspoon salt in a sieve; drain until liquid has been released, about 10 minutes. Squeeze out excess liquid and transfer zucchini to a bowl. Mix wild rice, bread crumbs, onion, and hazelnuts into zucchini.

  3. Whisk eggs, milk, and baking soda together in a separate bowl until blended. Mix egg mixture into zucchini mixture until batter is wet but not runny.

  4. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Scoop batter, about 2 tablespoons per fritter, into hot oil. Flatten fritter with spatula and cook until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer fritters to a paper towel-lined plate to drain; season with salt and pepper.

Cook's Note:

Batter can be made ahead of time and stored in a refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

141 Calories
7g Fat
15g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 141
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 534mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 10mg 50%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 283mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.