Cheesy courgette fritters

Make the most of summer's bounty of courgettes with this cheesy courgette fritter recipe. Quick, easy and delicious, these fritters become a light meal when topped with a poached egg and bacon

By Sophie Gray
  • 25 mins cooking
  • Serves 2
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  • 2 large courgettes, grated, moisture squeezed out in clean tea towel
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup spring onion (approximately 1 spring onion), chopped
  • 2 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped, or a dollop of basil paste or pesto
  • 1/4 cup grated tasty cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup milk, or just enough to make a thick batter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil for frying
To serve
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 rashers of middle or streaky bacon – rind removed


  • 1
    Place the squeezed grated courgettes in a mixing bowl. Add the salt, eggs, spring onion, basil or pesto and grated cheeses and whisk with a fork.
  • 2
    Mix in the flour and enough milk to form a thick batter.
  • 3
    Heat a tablespoon or two of oil in a frying pan and cook the mixture in dessert spoonfuls, shaping with the back of a spoon as they cook. Add more oil to the pan as you go. Keep the fritters warm in the oven until ready to serve.
  • 4
    While the fritters are cooking grill the bacon and bring a deep pan of water to a gentle simmer to poach the eggs.
  • 5
    Add the vinegar to the water and turn down the heat so the water is barely bubbling. Break one of the eggs into a small cup. Make a whirlpool in the water with a spoon and gently tip the egg into the centre, allow it cook slightly before swirling again and adding the second egg. Poach the eggs for 3 minutes then remove with a slotted spoon.
  • 6
    Stack the fritters on plates, twist the bacon into a nest and place on the stack, then top with a poached egg.


  • Serves 2 as a light meal or 4 as a side dish - The fritters can also be served un-topped as a side dish for 4. Poached eggs can be cooked in advance and placed in a bowl of iced water till needed. Reheat in a pan of gently simmering water. - For round fritters, pour the batter mixture off the tip of the spoon rather than the side of it. - PER SERVE Energy 850kcal, 3561kj • Protein 43.6g • Total Fat 48g • Saturated Fat 15g • Carbohydrate 56g • Fibre 5.2g • Sodium 2144mg