Zucchini Cakes

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 4 servings

Old Bay seasoning added to these vegetable cakes makes them taste a bit like crab cakes.

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

These cakes are lighter and more tender when made with fresh breadcrumbs. Place a day-old baguette in a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs are formed. For a quick sauce, mix some chopped fresh herbs (such as chives and dill) and lemon juice into mayonnaise.


3 cups coarsely grated zucchini
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs (from a baguette)
1 egg
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon mayonnaise or plain yogurt
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, for frying
1 teaspoon butter


  1. Place grated zucchini in a colander; sprinkle lightly with salt and let stand 30 minutes. Press with paper towels to remove as much liquid as possible. Zucchini should be fairly dry, and you should have about 2 cups. Place zucchini and remaining ingredients (except oil and butter) in a bowl. Mix well. Form into 8 patties the size of crab cakes. Chill.
  2. Heat oil and butter in a skillet.
  3. Add patties to skillet and cook on both sides until browned. Drain on paper towels.

Recipe by Nancy Vienneau.