Broccoli Cheddar Fritters

Broccoli Cheddar Fritters Who's won't eat their veggies now... Hmmm?
Broccoli Cheddar Fritters Who's won't eat their veggies now... Hmmm?
5 stars from 4 ratings of Broccoli Cheddar Fritters

Broccoli and Cheddar Fritters

I am a broccoli purist. I love it raw, no dip or salt. I peel back the leaves and even eat the stalk chopped into chunks in my salads. This recipe is a stretch for me because I prefer broccoli in it's "clean" state, but when you want to eat a vegetable that is savory and scrumptious this is the recipe to make. It really is not that unhealthy for you. There is only a small amount of flour and oil used to prepare these little goodies.

I first tried these broccoli fritters at a party. All the men were standing around eating these with their hands. They looked like large oatmeal cookies with green filling. The party hostess informed me they were her husband's favorite and only way to eat broccoli. So you know where I am going with this right? My husband only eats vegetables that contain high amounts of starch. Potatoes, corn and perhaps pees. To be nice, he has tried my broccoli dishes, but he is not a fan of the little green trees. So when I saw all the men eating these I snatched the recipe and set out on a mission to convince my husband to try broccoli one more time.

After some tweaking, I hit his food zinger and came out with a cruciferous winner. He now refers to these as broccoli cookies because he fights over the last one with the kids. What an impossible dream right?

My friends original recipe called for 1/2 cup of fresh grated parmigiano reggiano cheese. She switched to cheddar for her party. I tried it both ways because I love parmigiano, but I thought it was a bit too too strong. Also, there was no garlic powder and so I added a small amount in case the minced garlic wasn't strong enough. That is a personal choice.

Mince Your Garlic

The process of mincing garlic - not my fav!
The process of mincing garlic - not my fav!

Steam Your Broccoli

Purchase Broccoli in steamer bag to save time. These were only $1.00. each!
Purchase Broccoli in steamer bag to save time. These were only $1.00. each! | Source

Cook Time for Broccoli and Cheddar Fritters

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 10-12 2-inch fritters

Ingredients For Broccoli and Cheddar Fritters

  • 3 cups Steamed Broccoli
  • 1 Cup Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 clove Minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil or Corn Oil
  • 1 Egg
  1. Steam your broccoli in the microwave per instructions on bag or steam your broccoli your prefered way. I like mine a little crunchy so I only cook to the shortest time per instructions on the bag. Let it cool, then chop into 1/2 inch pieces and set aside.
  2. While broccoli is steaming and cooling mince your garlic and shred your cheese.
  3. Beat egg in medium mixing bowl then add flour, cheese and spices.
  4. Take chopped, steamed and somewhat cooled broccoli and add to mixture.
  5. Mash slightly for a couple minutes with potato masher or fork. Do not over mash. Then stir and incorporate the rest of the mix with the broccoli.
  6. Heat pan on medium heat for a few minutes until oil is hot. Use a large spoon, a cookie scooper or a small measuring cup and drop a 2 Tbls. amount of batter in the pan and press down slightly to make a patty shape.
  7. Cook for about 3 minutes or until brown on the outside. Transfer to a paper towel for one minute.
  8. Keep warm until ready to serve. Note: These are great cold too.

Add Broccoli to Mixture

Fresh steamed broccoli from the microwave on top of fritter mixture. Waiting for a good mash-up.
Fresh steamed broccoli from the microwave on top of fritter mixture. Waiting for a good mash-up.

Scoop and Fry

Five Fritters Frying  -  Golden brown is the goal.
Five Fritters Frying - Golden brown is the goal.

Broccoli Cheddar Fritters

These are great for a St. Patrick's Day meal Too!
These are great for a St. Patrick's Day meal Too!

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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Update: I tried these last night, and they're fantastic! My boyfriend loved them, too. Thanks again!


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LA Elsen 3 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

You're welcome Kathryn. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

These look awesome! I love broccoli, and look forward to trying these soon. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!


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LA Elsen 3 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Me too. My husband is almost on my broccoli band wagon. These are really appealing because of the cheese. Thanks for voting sharing and pinning!


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LA Elsen 3 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Thanks Kasman. These are great for snacks too! Thanks for the vote and thanks for sharing too.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I can eat broccoli till the cows come home :) Your recipe sounds delicious and something that I think my family would enjoy. Will be trying it soon.

Voted +++, sharing and pinning.


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Kasman 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

Cruciferous winner! I loved that line.

This drew me in by title alone as broccoli is one of my favorite all time veggies. I can eat this in any way, shape, form, or fashion. I'm going to be saving this recipe to bookmarks and using it soon. Great job on the details and I loved the pictures. Made me want to cook them right now!

Voting this up and sharing!


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LA Elsen 3 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Thanks Shiningirisheyes, I hope you enjoy. I think if you love broccoli you will love this. It is fun to make too. Thanks for commenting. Take care.


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

Thanks for the recipe share as I am a HUGE broccoli fan. This is such an original concept and I can not wait to try it.


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LA Elsen 3 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Wow Thanks for the 5 star. I know they are really something with fresh broccoli, but I never thought of cauliflower, one of my favorite vegetables. I am going to try your spinach balls. They look so good and my son needs to widen the vegetables he eats and those sound delicious. He wants to help in the kitchen and I know he will try spinach if we makes those.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Came back to give this a 5 star rating. I made these yesterday using some fresh broccoli that I had. I used what I had left of cheddar cheese and filled in the rest with shredded mozzarella. They were delicious! I am going to experiment next time with adding a little sauteed onion to the mixture and perhaps other cheeses. I now have some leftovers frozen and will experiment with reheating them to see if they can be made ahead of time and used when one wishes as my spinach balls can be used. Wrote a hub about those. I love the idea of having vegetable hors d'oeuvres on hand. May even try this with cauliflower. Why not? Thanks for writing this!


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LA Elsen 3 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Thanks for commenting. It really is so easy to make.


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Natashalh 3 years ago from Hawaii

I love broccoli and cheese, so this is a must try for me!


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LA Elsen 3 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Thanks Adidty. Hope you like them.


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adity5 3 years ago

wow these looks really yummy n i love broccolli too :)

Thanks for sharing !!


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Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

Simple, and looks yummy. I want to give these a try.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

We both like broccoli so I know that these broccoli fritters would be a nice version of how to serve them. Nice to know that they are also good when cold. Always nice to have another hors d'oeuvre that is a bit different from the norm. Will be trying these soon! Up and useful votes and will share.


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LA Elsen 3 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Thank you Tillsontitan. Its a great way to enjoy broccoli.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Everyone here loves broccoli and we've been eating the same broccoli casserole every holiday now, thanks to you, I have a new and improved broccoli dish!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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LA Elsen 3 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Thanks bravewarrior. They are really easy when you want something savory, but not too filling..


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

These look and sound delicious. I'm a huge broccoli fan so I'm gonna give this recipe a try!


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LA Elsen 3 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Thanks Gypsy48. Please try it. It is such a fun food!


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Gypsy48 3 years ago

I eat broccoli almost everyday and I will be adding this recipe to my favorites. Voted up and useful:)


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LA Elsen 3 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Thanks Always exploring. You should try it just once. Even if you don't like broccoli. I, or should I say the fritters have converted a few.


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LA Elsen 3 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Thanks teaches12345. I know I can always count on my kids and husband getting their servings in. Broccoli really is a super food when my husband actually comments that he feels better the next day after eating these. Hmmm. I don't think he is considering the fiber content may have something to do with it. :)


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LA Elsen 3 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Thanks GiblinGirl. I do too!


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teaches12345 3 years ago

What a yummy looking veggie dish. I could definitely enjoy a couple of these for lunch or dinner. Great way to get your quota in for the day while enjoying it.


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GiblinGirl 3 years ago from New Jersey

I love broccoli and this sounds delicious!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

This looks delicious. Broccoli is not one of my favorites but i will try this recipe. Thank you for sharing..

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