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Butternut Squash Fritters (gluten free + paleo)

  • Author: Katja Heino
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 30-35 fritters 1x


Butternut squash fritters are a perfect snack, appetizer or side dish. Made with just a few simple ingredients. Crispy, golden goodness. Gluten free + paleo. 


  • 1 butternut squash (about 3 pounds)- peeled a shredded
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour (I used a combo of almond flour and tapioca) ** see note
  • 1/4 cup fresh herbs, finely chopped ( any combo of parsley, basil, sage, or cilantro)
  • 1/41/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ghee or avocado oil for cooking

Creamy Dipping Sauce

  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt (dairy free or regular)
  • 1 tsp of lemon or lime juice
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • pinch of cumin
  • pinch of salt


  1. In a large bowl, combine shredded butternut squash, eggs, flour, herbs, garlic powder, and salt.  Mix to combine. 
  2. In a large skillet, heat a liberal amount of fat of choice over medium high heat.  Scoop out 2 tablespoons of mixture into hand, squeeze into a ball, and place into skillet, flattening with the back of a spatula or measuring cup.  Cook until golden brown.  Flip and cook other side.  Repeat until mixture is all gone, adding more fat as needed.  
  3. Place cooked fritters onto a wire rack while cooking the rest.  Serve immediately or freeze for later once cooled. 
  4.  To make dipping sauce, mix together all sauce ingredients in a small bowl.  Serve with warm fritters.


While I used a combo of almond flour and tapioca, you can also use cassava, arrowroot, gluten free oat flour,  or gluten free 1;1 flour, depending on your flavor preference.  If using arrowroot or tapioca, I would combine with another flour so as not to get a starchy flavor. 

I recommend being liberal with your cooking fat.  A good fritter is fried until crispy in plenty of good quality fat. 

I recommend using 2 large skillets at a time to cook your fritters to speed up cook time. 

To insure that fritters hold together, be sure to squeeze mixture into a ball before placing into skillet then flatten into a pancake with a spatula or the bottom of a measuring cup.