A plate of zucchini tater tots with a hand dipping a tot in ketchup.
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Cheesy Zucchini Tots

Cheesy baked zucchini tots made with grated zucchini, fresh herbs, cheddar, parmesan and breadcrumbs. Both kids and adults will love these! Can easily be made gluten free.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword #healthytatertots, #tatertotsrecipe, #zucchinirecipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 15 zucchini tots
Calories 26 kcal


  • Sea salt
  • 1 cup grated zucchini packed
  • 1/3 cup finely minced white onion
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons minced basil
  • 2 tablespoon minced chives
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons grated sharp cheddar packed
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs I used gluten-free breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 400F/200C degrees.

  2. Add a fine-mesh sieve over a mixing bowl. Add zucchini and sprinkle with sea salt. Let sit for 10 minutes. Then, using your hands, squeeze to release all the zucchini’s moisture.

  3. Add zucchini to a mixing bowl. Add onion, garlic, egg, herbs, cheddar, parmesan, salt and pepper. Stir mixture until well-combined. Then, add breadcrumbs until well-incorporated.

  4. Pack mixture into a tablespoon measuring spoon, then using your wet hands form little rectangle-shaped tots. Add tots to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You will get about 15 tots. 

  5. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip tots and lightly press down. Bake another 10 minutes or until golden brown on both sides. Set aside to cool.

  6. Serve with marinara sauce or ketchup (if you're feeling extra!) for dipping. 

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Recipe Notes

Freezing instructions:

Place the cooked and cooled zucchini tots in an airtight container and freeze them for up to one month.

To eat, place frozen tots on a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 400C/200C until heated through.

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Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Zucchini Tots
Amount Per Serving (1 zucchini tot)
Calories 26 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 117mg 5%
Potassium 35mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.1%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 1.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.