Zucchini Scallion Pancakes with Chili Yogurt

Zucchini & almond flour fritters inspired by Chinese scallion pancakes!

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Zucchini pancakes are an underrated fave of mine. I’ve made them quite a few times now, but typically I’ve made them cheesy, usually with Parmesan. I found a big bundle of green onion in my parent’s refrigerator, and I immediately knew I wanted to make a riff on scallion pancakes using zucchini.

The scallion pancake, also known as cong you bing, is a Chinese dish that has been around for a long time. It’s an unleavened flatbread made with — you guessed it — scallions! They’re chewy and delicious, and if you haven’t eaten one, I suggest you try it!

This zucchini pancake is in no way prepared like a traditional scallion pancake, but it is inspired by the flavors of the Chinese dish. I made this one with almond flour, zucchini, and egg, so it has a very different texture than a traditional scallion pancake. You could really say it’s more like a fritter with a lot of scallions.

For the chili onion crunch on top, I used my jar from Trader Joe’s. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, you can use any type of chili crisp/chili oil, like Lao Gan Ma!

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Zucchini Scallion Pancakes with Chili Crunch Yogurt

Ingredients (makes about 8 pancakes)

  • 2 large zucchini

  • 2 cups chopped scallion (about 6 stalks), plus 1 extra stalk chopped, to top

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 cup almond flour

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

  • 1/8 tsp salt

  • 1/4 cup oil, plus more as needed (I used avocado but you can also use olive)

  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt

  • 2 tbsp chili onion crunch or other chili oil

1. Grate your zucchini, and then use a cheesecloth or nut milk bag to remove all the excess liquid. Squeeze the water out until you can’t get any more drops out!

2. Add the zucchini to a large bowl along with the eggs, 2 cups chopped scallion, almond flour, minced garlic, onion powder, black pepper, and salt. Heat up some oil in a pan (I started with 2 tablespoons, and then added more for each batch), and use your hands to form the zucchini mixture into a patty, slightly flattening with your palm.

3. Once the oil is hot, fry the pancake on each side for about 2-4 minutes until golden brown and cooked throughout. You’ll probably have to do two batches since you don’t want to crowd the pancakes in the pan. Top each patty with a dollop of Greek yogurt, a little bit of chili onion crunch, and the remaining scallions. Serve warm.

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