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Zucchini Cakes without Oil!

July 26, 2009

~ Mary ~


Sean & Patty are probably up to their ears in zucchini or are going to be very soon!  These were GREAT!  Even the Pelican, who hates zucchini, tossed them in, threw his head back and scarfed them down – no kidding.  The best thing about it was no grease, no oil, no fat aside from the small amount of Parmesan cheese.  How you ask!? Well – I used my trusty new pan which isn’t new any more because I bought it six months ago and still am in love with it.


Now to part two of this post.  I need your opinion.  John is my go to guy on the photos and we tend to agree on which one to post.  Most times I don’t even need him, but when I do he’s always handy.  Lately one of us has a) advanced/soured/lost our photo taste  b) has seen far too many food photographs to care anymore or c) has our head up our keaster and can’t see anything.  Which photo (top of post or bottom of post) do you like better and why – ignore the carrots on the top one – I added those the second time I made these – I’m asking about overall composition. Of course I have an opinion – I just don’t want to taint yours!




Zucchini Cakes


Shred 1 Medium sized Zucchini – I believe this is relative so make that about 3 Cups total.

Place in a salad spinner and sprinkle with

1 tsp of Kosher Salt Let it sit a MINIMUM of 5 minutes

Thinly slice a Red Onion – about 1/4 to 1/2 Cup

In the frying pan you’re going to use boil 1/4-1/2 Cup Water and dump in 1/2 Cup Shredded Carrots – blanch about 1 minute.  Drain and put in spinner.

Spin, Spin, Spin all the excess water off.  If you don’t have a spinner use a colander, then place in a clean kitchen towel or paper towels and squeeze out the juices.

Put everything in a mixing bowl and add:

1/4 Cup Flour

1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1/3-1/2 Cup Shredded Parmesan

1 Lightly Beaten Egg

Optional to add a squirt of Sriracha Hot Sauce

Mix it all together then fry them up over medium to high heat.  About 3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.

Sorry to say, if you don’t have the lovely T-Fal pan – you will have to use some oil.

34 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2009 12:20 am

    Love the simplicity of this recipe!

  2. July 27, 2009 12:22 am

    Like the top picture, something about the stark background appeals to my eye.

  3. Denise permalink
    July 27, 2009 3:37 am

    first photo; I can see the food better

  4. Sean permalink
    July 27, 2009 6:55 pm

    I agree with the others on the first photo. Although this may be due to it being a different batch the colors of the carrots and onions come through well against the white background. Although I do feel compelled to critique the crumbs from the cakes on the plate. Possibly only due to previously recieved overly critical feedback of my photography by the creator of this post. 😉

  5. July 27, 2009 7:50 pm

    TOP photo no doubt!! These look so delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Figtreeapps

  6. July 27, 2009 10:04 pm

    I like the top photo for it’s color. But I like the bottom because it’s grounded with a plate. The top looks like two piles of stuff floating in space. But the bottom looks oversharpened in Photoshop.

    • July 28, 2009 5:56 pm

      Ah very clever way of not siding with either of us – you see my family members don’t care about feelings and neither should you 🙂

  7. pat permalink
    July 27, 2009 10:49 pm

    I love the bottom photograph! It’s so much more artistic to see the food set off by the rich rust of the plate.
    I don’t like the “floating” effect of the top one.

  8. pat permalink
    July 27, 2009 10:54 pm

    My zucchini have flowers on the vines …….however, they’ll probably have a set-back as I moved them to a sunnier part of the garden just this evening!
    As soon as they come in you can be sure I’ll be trying this recipe.

    You can never have enough zucchini recipes!
    Zucchini Ice Cream, anyone?

  9. Sean permalink
    July 28, 2009 6:56 pm

    Yum, Emma and Wanda made these tonight as I sat in my recliner with my bum leg elevated kibitzing. Really good! I added the sriracha after cooking as they don’t care for the heat. Tasty stuff!

  10. Emma permalink
    July 28, 2009 7:13 pm

    Yum, we made these tonight they were SOOOO good!! I never thought they would be so good!!!

  11. July 28, 2009 10:04 pm

    I like the top one, but I have trouble ignoring the carrots because I think it adds color.

  12. Shawnee permalink
    July 28, 2009 10:23 pm

    These look fantastic!

  13. July 29, 2009 2:02 am

    These sound so good! Ive got to try them! I reckon even my son would eat them! Saving this recipe!

  14. July 29, 2009 3:29 am

    Top photo. Be honest however, I’m attracted to the post by its title saying ‘without oil’ because my preference, whenever possible, is to have a healthier way of cooking. Thanks.

  15. July 29, 2009 6:03 am

    This sounds great, and I can’t wait to try it!! In fact, I have a zucchini waiting in the refrigerator, and this will likely be its destiny.

    And I like the top pic because you can see the ingredients better (particularly the carrots).

  16. July 29, 2009 6:43 am

    I vote for the top photo…like the color and feel like the texture pops a bit more.
    p.s. the zucchini cakes sound light and delicious.

  17. Anordawn permalink
    July 29, 2009 7:44 am

    I do have zucchini coming out of my ears…I add zucchini to everything…Can’t wait to try this. Top Photo caught my eye first!
    Thanks for the post

  18. July 29, 2009 9:03 am

    those zucchini cakes look scrumptious! and I love both photos because they are both very artistic and unique

  19. July 29, 2009 12:43 pm

    You need the texture of the top cakes displayed on the rust plate. I think the color of the cakes is too bland, and doesn’t have enough contrast with the white plate (thus the floating effect), but the texture of the cakes in the top photo is better than the texture of the cakes in the bottom photo.

  20. pds permalink
    July 29, 2009 1:28 pm

    Top photo, without a doubt. I can see what’s in the cakes, and the dark item against the white background it awesome.

  21. July 29, 2009 3:36 pm

    I prefer the white background of the top photo b/c it makes the colors in the zucchini cakes stand out. However, I would prefer to see a different arrangement of the zucchini cakes (e.g., overlapping) and probably 3 cakes (things always look better in odd numbers).

  22. Meggy Jane permalink
    July 30, 2009 8:12 am

    These look delicious. And I agree with pat. I don’t like the “floating effect” of the first photo and the white background just feels like negative space. Second photo!

  23. Ames permalink
    July 30, 2009 8:42 pm

    I prefer the top shot. Simple and to the point. We are all about minimalistic nowadays anyway.

    Besides, zucchini = fresh; simple white background = fresh

  24. July 30, 2009 11:04 pm

    Hey, I made these. They were really good. I blogged about them and linked back to you. 🙂

  25. applec permalink
    July 31, 2009 9:20 am

    Colorful and they look yummy.

  26. Brian permalink
    August 2, 2009 3:32 pm

    How many ppl will this serve?

    • foododelmundo permalink
      August 2, 2009 4:12 pm

      It yeilds about 3 1/2 cups of batter.
      One medium zucchini isn’t a whole lot.
      Sean said he made nine cakes.
      As a side dish I think 3 people.
      As a main dish just two people that will be very hungry in an hour.
      ~ Mary

  27. Brian permalink
    August 2, 2009 9:57 pm

    Thanks Mary.

    I was gonna make this for tomorrow’s pot-luck party for 9 ppl. Sean made nine cakes.. LOL.. I guess tomorrow everyone will only allow to have one cake each as an appetizer.

    Maybe I will add some hash browns in as well. Potato will goes well with Zucchini?

    I was also thinking making some creamy sauce to go with it. Maybe Tzatziki or caesar dressing?

    • foododelmundo permalink
      August 3, 2009 6:22 am

      I don’t think these would hold up well for a potluck. But I wish you luck – let me know how it turns out.
      ~ Mary

  28. Brian permalink
    August 4, 2009 5:06 am

    The potluck was great. I fed my guest with this dish as appetizer (each person only gets one cake :P). They like it, no complain. But I might not have dry the carrot enough and the batter was a little watery thus the cake was somewhat soft and couldn’t be picked up with a tong. But taste-wise, it was good. I wouldn’t change the recipe at all.

    I wonder if I could spread them out on a cookie sheet and bake them for 15-20 mins next time. I think that might be another good way to cook them without oil.

    I substituted Parmesan with Cheddar (only had that in my fridge). I wonder if Parmesan cheese would taste a lot better?


    • foododelmundo permalink
      August 4, 2009 1:55 pm

      Glad it worked out for you – I think baking would work too and I would add some salt if not using Parm.
      ~ Mary

  29. tastyeatsathome permalink
    August 5, 2009 11:40 am

    First photo for sure. These look scrumptious! I think I could stand in the kitchen and eat one out of every batch made. When you stand in the kitchen and eat, it’s free calories, right?

  30. Emma permalink
    August 27, 2009 1:51 am

    We made these again last night and even Gannon ate them and Gannon doesn’t eat anything!!!!

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