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Courgette and feta fritters with mint and parsley

Ghillie Basan

Ideal for lunch, supper, a savoury snack, or a starter, these patties are tasty and versatile. You can even make miniature ones and serve them as a nibble with drinks. If you like a little fire on your palate, then add more Turkish red pepper or chillies to the recipe. Serve the fritters warm with a salad.

Courgette and feta fritters
These courgette patties are extremely versatile

Preparation time

10 minutes

Cooking time

15 minutes




  • 3 firm, medium sized courgettes, washed
  • Salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, cut in half lengthways, in half again and sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 225g/8oz feta, crumbled
  • A bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • A bunch of fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • A bunch of fresh dill fronds, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Turkish red pepper, or 1 red chilli, de-seeded and chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sunflower oil for frying


  • Trim off the ends of the courgettes, but don’t peel them. Hold them at an angle and grate them.
  • Sprinkle the grated courgette with a little salt and leave them to weep for 5 minutes. Squeeze the grated courgette in your hand to extract any of the drawn-out juices.
  • Heat the olive oil in a heavy-based frying pan. Stir in the grated courgette, onion, and garlic and fry until they begin to take on colour. Leave to cool.
  • Tip the flour into a bowl and gradually beat in the eggs to form a smooth batter. Beat in the cooled courgette mixture. Add the feta, herbs and Turkish red pepper. Season with a little pepper – add salt, if you like, but usually the feta is quite salty. Mix well.
  • Heat enough sunflower oil for frying in a heavy-based, non-stick pan. Drop a few spoonfuls of the mixture, leaving a little space between each one, into the oil and fry the patties in batches, until firm to touch and golden brown on both sides. Drain on kitchen paper.
  • Serve immediately while they are still warm.


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