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Tasty, easy vegetable fritters for school lunchboxes

11 Feb 2021
News 2 min read

Packed with nutrition and energy, veggie fritters make great lunchbox fillers and kids will love cooking them with you!

Author: VicHealth works with health promotion experts to create a Victoria where everyone can enjoy better health and wellbeing.

Any information mentioned is accurate at the time this article was first published (3 February 2020). 

Vegetable fritters are much easier than you might think and can be stored in the fridge for days. By swapping out 1 or 2 ingredients you can create a different flavour every time.

These tasty bites can be enjoyed on their own, or with a small side salad in the kids’ lunchboxes. You can also include some homemade tzatziki or another low-salt dips.


Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 10-20 mins
Makes: 12



680 grams veggies - pick your favourite veggies – we’ve got zucchini, sweet potato, corn

1 egg

½ cup grated cheese

1 ½ cup all-purpose flour (or chickpea flour for gluten-free)

1 clove minced garlic or 1 teaspoon crushed garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil


1.  Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line an oven tray with non-stick baking paper.

2.  Grate vegetables.

3.  Remove excess moisture of zucchini by placing grated zucchini in a clean tea towel, scrunching it together and squeezing until towel is damp.

Squeezing water out of zucchinis

Squeezing water out of zucchinis

Squeezing water out of zucchinis

4.  Repeat with the sweet potato - place it in a clean towel and squeeze out the moisture.

Squeezing water out of sweet potato


5.  Whisk the egg in large bowl

Whisking the egg


6.  Add the zucchini, sweet potato and corn to the bowl and mix together.

Mixing the ingredients


Mixing the ingedients


7.  Add the cheese, flour, garlic and oil into the bowl and combine.

Adding flour


Mixing the ingredients


8.  Roll mixture into balls and flatten down the top. Each fritter should measure approximately 7cm wide. Place onto baking tray lined with baking paper.

Rolling into balls


9.  Once tray is full, brush fritters with olive oil and bake at 180 degrees for 20 minutes, until the fritters are golden.

Putting fritters on tray


These fritters could fast become a family favourite for lunch or after school snacks.

Artwork by Dexx (Gunditjmara/Boon Wurrung) ‘Mobs Coming Together’ 2022
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Artwork Credit: Dexx (Gunditjmara/Boon Wurrung) ‘Mobs Coming Together’ 2022, acrylic on canvas. Learn more about this artwork.