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Savory Zucchini pancakes

Zucchini zucchini everywhere….my garden runneth over dear friends! Not that I am complaining…..we love Zucchini in our family. Such a great vegetable to have. Though you can get zucchini pretty much all year round in the grocery stores (from green house or cold storage stores or imported from warmer parts of the world…who knows??), but there is something different and very satisfying about produce that is in-season and fresh. The colors, the texture, and above all the flavors are hard to beat.

This is our second year growing zucchini and we cannot be more in love with it. There are so many ways to enjoy zucchini when it is in season. When you grow it in your garden, there are many different growth stages of zucchini that you get to see and taste, some of which you might never see in a supermarket or not at least in a regular neighborhood grocery stores. You might see them may be in some good farmer’s markets or fancy-schmancy gourmet food stores. On such stage is the really small and tender baby zucchini. It is very crunchy and almost sweet – think about a cucumber – just more crunchy and flavorful. The baby zucchini, as we like to call it is great to be eaten raw with hummus, babaganoush, or ranch. Zucchini flowers can be batter fried, sprinkled with a little sea salt and enjoyed with a dip. In addition, there are many many ways to enjoy the full-grown zucchini. I like to use zucchini a lot in pastas, make masala zucchini stir fry for a side dish to go with dinner, shred it and put it in your egg scrambles or omelets, in zucchini bread or muffins, or in form of these savory zucchini pancakes.

These pancakes are a perfect for breakfast – light, flavorful and above all – nutritious. Therefore, what you do when life hands you a lot of zucchini – make savory zucchini pancakes!


Zucchini – 2, medium sized

Egg – 1, large

Whole-wheat flour – ½ cup

Chickpea flour – ½ cup

Scallions – 2 (optional)

Chives – 5 stems

Garlic powder – ½ teaspoon

Cayenne pepper – ¼ teaspoon (optional)

Salt and pepper – to taste

Baking powder – 1/4teaspoon

Water – ½ cup

Olive oil

Butter – for serving


Grate the zucchini and using a kitchen towel squeeze the grated zucchini to remove any moisture. Set a heavy cast iron skillet on medium heat (as always feel free to use any kind of pan but cast iron works best). In a deep mixing bowl, add zucchini, chopped scallions, and chopped chives (save some for garnish). Beat the egg and add it to the veggies. Add the flours. If you do not have chickpea flour, replace it with all-purpose flour, though it changes the flavor profile. Add baking powder, garlic powder, cayenne, salt and pepper. Give everything a happy mix together. Start by adding ¼-cup water and eventually add more water if needed. We need to get a thick batter – almost same as you would use to make traditional pancake batter. You might need a little bit more or less water than ½ cup.

Add some olive oil to the skillet and once hot and shiny add a tablespoon of the pancake batter to it. Flip it when tiny bubbles appear on the surface. Cook for another 30 seconds. Try this tiny pancake to check the seasonings. Adjust accordingly in the batter. Now repeat by making pancakes with rest of the batter. I use a ¼-cup measure to pour each pancake on to the skillet. This is just a way to make sure all the pancakes are almost the same size. So add oil, pour batter, wait for bubbles on surface, flip, cook another 30 seconds or so and your pancakes are ready.

Serve garnished with chives and butter. I like the combination of sweet and savory so like to eat these with some maple syrup or jam. Enjoy!

Love – Vaishali.

Tools used

Box grater

Knife and chopping board

Kitchen towel

Mixing bowl

Cast iron skillet

Flat spatula to flip pancakes.


  1. Patricia-Ann Que

    August 5, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    im a big fan of zucchini but i have not tried them this way. this is really a new take and im curious to try them!

  2. Jessi

    August 5, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    This sounds divine! I love zucchini – my kids not so much – lol, but thinking about it, I didn’t like it when I was a kid and now I love it… so maybe, just maybe, they’ll love it later 🙂
    Thanks for sharing

  3. Shannon

    August 5, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try using chickpea flour and this might be the perfect recipe for that! This looks SO GOOD! Zucchini is one of my favorite veggies.

  4. Allie

    August 6, 2018 at 2:43 am

    I love zucchini! I bet these are delicious!

  5. Brie

    August 6, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Sved in my bookmarks. I’ve always wanted to make similar “pancakes”. What if I don’t have a grater?

  6. Jessica Baker

    August 8, 2018 at 9:24 am

    These sound really good, and pretty easy for mornings, too. Pinning for later!

  7. krish

    August 8, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Looks great.. zucchini is something always worth it .
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Tara Pittman

    August 22, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Now I need some neighbors to bring me some zucchini. These look so yummy.

  9. Scott Gombar

    August 22, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    I love zucchini. This looks really good. I will have to try this.

  10. Kathleen

    August 22, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    This looks delish! We are always trying new recipes for Zucchini. This is a keeper. Thanks. Will be trying this one out soon.

  11. Olga Zak

    August 23, 2018 at 3:49 am

    I love zucchini very much. This looks delicious. I will try it for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Charli Bruce

    August 23, 2018 at 9:50 am

    I love corgette, and use it all the time. I make a sweetcorn and corgette fritta that everyone in my house loves

  13. Ann Snook-Moreau

    August 23, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Oh my gosh, I remember being overrun by zucchini from the garden when I was a kid. This is a unique way to use it up . . . sounds yummy!

  14. Brittany Vantrease

    August 23, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    I’ve never put zucchini in a pancake before. I wonder if I can get away with serving this to my kids… hmmm.

    1. Vaishali

      August 23, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      It will be worth a try..:P

  15. Dominique Brooks

    August 23, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    I like zucchini but my family doesn’t seem to enjoy them as I do! Perhaps this might be something they would like more! Thanks!

  16. Lauren Russell

    August 23, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    This looks yummy, I love savory foods

  17. Casey

    August 24, 2018 at 4:43 am

    I’mmmm sooo hungry… I love this because I do make it for my kids as they prefer veg. food. I like yours because it looks like pancakes and also much prettier than mine…. LOL… Anyway, love your blog. Always so much good food!

  18. Sayanti

    August 24, 2018 at 4:55 am

    This looks so nutritious and delicious as well. Though I have not tried zucchini in a pancake, but will see if I like it.

  19. Tara

    August 24, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Pancakes are my fav! Going to have to give these a try, they look delicious.

  20. Waren Jean Go

    August 26, 2018 at 8:37 am

    My roommate love all kinds of pancake and this is really cool to have zuccini in it. We will try this on Sunday!

  21. Kiwi

    August 28, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    I love zuccinnis but never had it in a pancake before. I would be curious to try this in the future!

  22. Danielle

    May 10, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Can’t say that I’ll try this, but this is an interesting recipe.

    1. Vaishali

      May 10, 2019 at 11:46 am

      Ha ha..thanks Danielle. I know zucchini does not make it to everyone’s idea of pancakes. Thanks for reading..:)

  23. Haroon Ejaz

    May 10, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Your recipes are always great and yummy! I like your blog for yummy food I get to know about 🙂 Happy cooking to you!

    1. Vaishali

      May 10, 2019 at 11:45 am

      Thank you so much Haroon, I am glad that you find this helpful..:)

  24. Lula

    May 10, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    This looks amazing, my mouth is watering and I want some.

  25. Pool Operator Talk

    May 10, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Do you deliver? 😏 This looks amazing!!!

  26. The Conflict Expert

    May 10, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Wow these look divine! I absolutely love zucchini and I think I’ll take this recipe ! A little basil might be a good addition !

  27. Lisa

    May 11, 2019 at 5:19 am

    These look delicious, I really like zucchini and pancakes too!

  28. Favour

    May 11, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    I do prepare omelette but has never added zucchini, now I will love to try adding it, thanks for the recipe

  29. Hoang vi Fessenden

    May 11, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    This is inspiring me to make cabbage cakes!

  30. D'ondra M Howard

    May 11, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    Sounds different. Zucchini in pancakes…guess I can’t knock it till I try it.

  31. Neil Alvin Nicerio

    May 12, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Looks very delicious. I would really love to taste that. 🙂

  32. Yonnah M

    May 12, 2019 at 10:04 am

    I like zucchini. I never would’ve thought to put it in pancakes. Nice post.

    1. Vaishali

      May 13, 2019 at 9:18 am

      Thanks Yonnah. It is a nice and savory twist to our beloved pancakes..:)

  33. aisasami

    May 12, 2019 at 10:21 am

    I never tried Zucchini before, I think, but there always a first time to try something in yummy food items like this one!

  34. Hackytips

    May 12, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Our side Thalipattu 🙂 Loved the recipe.

    1. Vaishali

      May 13, 2019 at 9:17 am

      Thalipattu seems familiar it close to thalipeeth?

  35. DeboraH Salko

    May 12, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Oh this looks so delicious! Im always looking for new stuff for my daughter to try.

  36. Blairvillanueva

    May 12, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    Omg a unique pancake recipe. You always making us feeling hungry every time we visit your page 🙂

  37. Djebe Laws

    May 13, 2019 at 6:37 am

    What an interesting twist to the zucchini! I personally love it so this is worth trying

  38. Chantelle Hadden

    May 17, 2019 at 3:16 am

    Not a fan of these but I recommend crepes with chilli con carne in them 😍

  39. Elizabeth O

    May 31, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    I have had Zucchini pancakes before and they were divine. I bet yours are equally delicious.

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