5 Ingredient Cheddar and Riced Broccoli Fritters make a great little afternoon snack for hungry bellies. They pack a whole lot of broccoli into each fritter, making it an easy and delicious way to sneak some extra greens into your diet. These are low-carb, vegetarian, and easily made gluten-free. A great way to use up leftover broccoli rice or broccoli from dinner the night before. This one is for the broccoli lovers!
If you love trying new fritter recipes then be sure to try these Spiced Cauliflower Fritters next time.
5 Ingredient Cheddar and Riced Broccoli Fritters
I have a fast-growing repertoire of quick and easy recipes to serve up after school or when we are running home late after sports in the afternoon and something has to be served up asap.
These little broccoli patties are no exception.
They consist of only 5 ingredients and come together in no time at all, yet they are incredibly tasty, and such a great way to sneak some extra veggies into your diet!
Here is why I love them:
- they use a handful of simple ingredients (only 5), yet are so full of flavor;
- they are low carb boasting only 3 grams of net carbs per fritter, yet they are still very filling;
- they use up an entire head of broccoli, making them a great way to get kids to eat their greens;
- it's a great great way to use up broccoli on its way out or leftover broccoli rice or pesto broccoli;
- they are kid-friendly, they make perfect little hand-held portions, and can be used to carry condiments such as sour cream, tomato ketchup, etc ;
- they are healthier than grabbing takeout on the way home, but just as quick if not quicker;
- they make a great addition to little lunch boxes.
How To Make
To start off with you are going to need some broccoli rice.
In a nutshell, riced broccoli is basically just broccoli florets that have been processed in a blender or chopped finely into very small pieces with a sharp knife to resemble rice.
We use it in a LOT of recipes in the whole food bellies house so I have a concise post here giving you all the information you need to make your own broccoli rice.
Can I Buy Broccoli Rice?
If you are more of a buy-it person then chances are you will find it in the cold section of the supermarket near all the other veggies.
TJ's definitely have it, as do Coles and Woolies in Aus. Sometimes you will find it in the freezer section as well, alongside the other frozen veggies.
Once you have the broccoli rice ready, simply add all of the rest of the ingredients to a large bowl, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and mix well until everything is well combined.
Batter too dry? If your eggs are on the smaller side you might end up with a batter that is a little dry. Just add some milk a tablespoon at a time to loosen the batter up and it should cook up just fine.
Cooking The Broccoli Patties
Once everything has been mixed together and coated well you are going to want to heat a nice heavy saucepan or frying pan over medium heat.
Once the oil is hot, fry about one tablespoon to a quarter of a cup of the mixture at a time in some cooking oil of choice, using the spatula to flatten the mixture into a pattie shape.
I can usually fit about 4 in a single layer in one batch.
Fry the fritters on medium-high heat until they are golden brown, which should take about 2-3 minutes on each side if the fritters aren't too thick.
I like to line a plate or cutting board with some paper towels and gently remove any excess cooking oil from the veggie patties before serving.
Pro Tip: broccoli patties can also be cooked in the air fryer! Simply spray with cooking oil of choice and cook at 385F (195C) for about 11-12 minutes.
Broccoli cheese fritters are best served straight away when they are still nice and hot from the pan with a side of your favorite dipping sauce.
I like to serve mine with some sour cream or Greek yogurt and a side of greens such as arugula (rocket), or some baby spinach.
They also go well with:
- spicy mayo
If you want to store them to pack as lunches then just keep them in an airtight container in the fridge.
I like to put a layer of paper towel or parchment paper between each layer of broccoli fritters to prevent sticking and sogginess.
Tips and Substitutions
Whilst I use an all purpose flour for this this version, I have also made it with the following flours for gluten-free guests and they have tasted just as good:
- almond flour,
- chickpea flour,
- a premade gluten-free flour blend.
If cheddar cheese isn't your thing (or you don't have any) then feel free to substitute any other hard cheeses you have on hand. Colby, Monterey Jack, and tasty cheeses make excellent substitutes.
Parmesan cheese works as well, but depending on the brand can be extra strong, so use your own judgment here when adding the cheese.
Want to change things up? I love adding a sprinkle of garlic powder and some nutritional yeast for an extra pop of flavor!
I hope you love these easy broccoli fritters as much as we do! Be sure to leave a 5 star rating on the recipe card or comment below the recipe card.
5 Ingredient Cheddar and Broccoli Fritters
- 1 cup riced broccoli (or broccoli chopped very finely)
- ½ cup cheddar cheese grated
- 2 eggs (for vegan alternative: see notes)
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoon whole wheat flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil of choice (I use avocado, but olive oil or coconut oil work well too)
- In a large bowl, mix the riced broccoli and cheese with the egg until coated.
- Using a sieve, slowly add in the flour and the baking powder to the broccoli mixture, and gently combine.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Heat some cooking oil of choice (I used avocado oil) in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add a tablespoon to ¼ cup of the mixture at a time (depending on how big you want the fritters).
- Cook for about 3 minutes on one side, or until it's lightly browned, flip, and cook another 3 minutes, or until it's lightly browned. Remove and repeat for all the other broccoli fritters.
- Serve immediately or allow to cool and then store in an airtight container in the fridge.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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Love this recipe. I make huge batches at a time. I use oat flour instead of whole wheat, and egg whites instead of whole eggs. low fat cheese too, and then coconut oil. one of my favorite ways to eat broccoli!
Love the substitutions Joline, the perfect recipe for making it your own!
Alex Bala says
Great combination of flavors for a fritter. These are simple and delicious.
What a great recipe! I cooked my fritters in the air fryer and they turned out amazing!!
I had no idea riced broccoli existed but now I'm a fan! Loved these!
Elizabeth Swoish says
Delicious! I added some minced garlic to mine.
This is the perfect way to get broccoli into my recalcitrant 3-year old! Thanks for coming up with a recipe he and I are going to love.
Mandy Applegate says
Oh these fritters were SO good, I loved the riced broccoli in them!
Diana Evans says
Is it 80 cals/fritter? Yummy! I used almond flour
Hi Diana, yes the calculator is based on a per-fritter basis. So if you get 9 fritters from this recipe as I did, then it's 80 cals per fritter. I am really starting to get into almond flour at the moment, adds a great flavor!
Absolutely LOVE fritters! I've only ever made zucchini fritters. But broccoli is hands down the most popular green in this house, so I need to fry some of these up asap. They look delicious and crisp and perfect!
Trish Bozeman says
Fritters are such a great weeknight meal! Totally genius to use riced broccoli. Such classic broccoli cheddar flavors going on. Thanks!
Yum! I love how easy and delicious these sound. The combo of flavors is great, and I am sure with fresh broccoli, they are amazing! I can't wait to try these, thanks for the inspiration!
Such a great summer meal idea. I love how quickly they come together...and one pan, bam. Doesn't heat up the kitchen. I made these for breakfast and they were a huge hit.....eggs, you know...and sneaky with some veggies in there.
Great idea to serve them for brekkie!! I am going to have to try that, I bet with a poached egg on top they would be great. And yay for sneaking veggies!!
Jenni LeBaron says
I love that these are only 5 ingredients! They would be perfect at both breakfast and dinner and I can see so many ways that we would enjoy using them. Serving with a fried egg on top is definitely going to happen!
We've recently discovered fritters and they ARE the perfect after school or quick weeknight dinner! Broccoli and cheddar - is there any better combination? I don't think so! What a great recipe. We'll be making again soon!
They are the best for hungry bellies in the afternoons!!
Pam Greer says
I am a retired teacher and I still need an afterschool snack! But I want something healthy, so these are perfect, plus they are delicious!
Gloria | Homemade & Yummy says
Fritters are fun to make and delicious to eat. Great as an appetizer, or a side dish for brunch or dinner. I know my family love these.