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Ricotta and Spinach Fritters

Ricotta and Spinach Fritters Recipe | #vegetarian #spinach #snack

Life seems to happen when you least expect it. Two Sundays ago my son and I were on our way to church together with the plan of hitting up the grocery store with a shopping list full of recipe ingredients my family brainstormed that morning to cook up that afternoon and throughout the week (we were inspired the night before while watching Masterchef). Within the hour instead of to the grocery store, I was turned around and driving like lightning to the town I grew up in to see my grandfather in the ICU who took a turn after being admitted into the hospital for pneumonia two days before. I can’t even begin to tell you the heaviness I felt in my chest as I took that drive.

After a long, emotional roller coaster week, I am so thankful and happy to say that my sweet grandpa is on the mend. He is still in the hospital, and the road to recovery is still in front of him, but he is well on his way, thank God. He is a strong as an ox man that “can’t wait to get home and cook again” (his words yesterday). We can’t wait either.

Ricotta and Spinach Fritters Recipe | #vegetarian #spinach #snack

It only felt right to share with you today a recipe for Ricotta and Spinach Fritters that my mom and grandparents have always made for us over the years. The last time I was home to visit, my mom had a plate of these “fritelli” (though made with swiss chard from the garden) sitting on the counter and my daughter and I pretty much polished off the entire plate during our visit. Growing up, it was not uncommon to have a plate of these out most afternoons for snacking. They are even delicious cold and straight out of the fridge. They are reminiscent of these summer squash and zucchini fritters that we also love and make often, but with the addition of some rich and creamy ricotta.


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Ricotta and Spinach Fritters


  • 2 cups ricotta (I used part skim)
  • 3 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup Panko
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, sliced thin
  • a couple of good pinches of salt and pepper
  • 6-8 tablespoons olive oil, divided, for frying (use more or less based on your preference)


  1. Add ricotta, eggs, Parmesan cheese, panko, salt and pepper to a large bowl. Stir gently until just combined. Fold spinach into mixture.
  2. Drizzle about a tablespoon or two of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and spread around. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of ricotta and spinach mixture into hot oil and gently push down with spoon to spread and flatten just a bit, this helps them all cook up evenly. Repeat with as many spoonfuls as fit in your pan (I made 5 - 6 per batch).
  3. Cook for about 2 minutes on first side until golden brown. Flip and continue to cook another 2 minutes until other side browns as well. Serve warm, room temperature or cold out of the refrigerator as a snack.


The best way to test if fritters are seasoned well is to make a small "test" fritter first. I usually have to do this and add more salt and pepper after a small taste.

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Ricotta and Spinach Fritters Recipe | #vegetarian #spinach #snack


Ricotta and Spinach Fritters - cheesy and full of protein , great snacking for the whole family

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42 Responses to “Ricotta and Spinach Fritters”

  1. Tieghan posted July 1, 2013 at 9:24 am

    These look amazing and I love the last photo. So cute!

  2. Tracey posted July 1, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Oh that’s scary, so glad your grandfather is doing better! I love these fritters, they just scream summer 🙂

  3. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite posted July 1, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I HATE those phone calls to let you know that something is wrong. So happy that he is doing better in the hospital.

  4. Sheila posted July 1, 2013 at 10:19 am

    So very glad to hear your grandpa is doing fine…phew!
    Your little gal is so sweet..want to squeezer her!

  5. Erica posted July 1, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I’m so glad hes doing well! Ugh…scary. These sound SO good. I have (obviously) book marked them!

  6. Dani posted July 1, 2013 at 11:04 am

    So happy to hear your grandpa is on the mend. Be surrounded with lots of love will do that:). As for the fritters… they look so good. Definitely want to give these a try.

  7. Paula - bell'alimento posted July 1, 2013 at 11:04 am

    So glad to hear you grandpa is doing better xoxo & These fritelli are total comfort food perfect for snacking!

  8. Sandy@ReluctantEntertainer posted July 1, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Been praying for you, Aggie. Thanks for sharing with us, and I love the pic of your sweet girl!

  9. Angie posted July 1, 2013 at 11:49 am

    How good do these look? Love them!

  10. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted July 1, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I’m so glad to hear your grandpa is on the mend, and that he just wants to get back to cooking, love that! These fritters look awesome. And what a sweet, sweet girl!

  11. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted July 1, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Oh I’m so glad he is doing better!! I’ve been thinking about you and your family nonstop. Can’t wait to finally make these fritters you talk about so much!!

  12. Becky @ So Very Blessed posted July 1, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I’m so happy that your grandfather is healing and I’m SO excited to see this recipe! My mouth has been watering for these since I saw your picture on Instagram!

  13. Alyssa (Everyday Maven) posted July 1, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I am so glad your Grandfather is on the mend Aggie -how scary that must have been!

  14. Conveniently Natural posted July 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Glad to hear your grandfather is on the road to recovery. Those fritters look great.

  15. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking posted July 1, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    These look so easy and yummy, Aggie! What a great treat for anytime of day. Your little girl is a cute pie!

  16. Jeff posted July 1, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Wow, these look delicious! I think I’m going to give them a go with almond flour… can’t wait to try this out! Awesome pictures by the way!

  17. Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego) posted July 1, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I’m so happy that your grandfather is on the mend. It must have been a scare. Thanks for sharing this fritters recipe. It looks gorgeous, and I’m making it soon.

  18. Carla Michelle posted July 1, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    These look fabulous and will go in my list of “try something new.” So glad your grandfather is on the mend! Cheers to you and your whole family:)))

  19. addie | culicurious posted July 1, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    These look delicious, Aggie! And I’m so glad your grandpa is on the mend. Health scares are frightening, especially with the elderly.

  20. Sues posted July 1, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    So glad your grandfather is getting better! And your daughter is adorable! These fritters are the kind of food I could eat about a million of 🙂

  21. Deborah posted July 2, 2013 at 12:31 am

    I am so happy that he is doing better. Those are the worst kinds of calls to get.

    These fritters sound sooo good!

  22. marla posted July 2, 2013 at 7:46 am

    These fritters look great Aggie ~ and your kiddo is adorable!

  23. Liz - Meal Makeover Mom posted July 2, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Aggie: I am so glad to hear your grandfather is doing better. What a relief. Your recipe looks awesome! I could eat those cakes all day. Now that my husband is a vegetarian, I will definitely give them a try!

  24. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen posted July 2, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Glad your Grandpa is on the mend. Fritters always make me think of my great-grandma who made tater fritters with sage. So good.

  25. Tara @ Unsophisticook posted July 2, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I could go for a big plate of these right now. Glad to hear your grandfather is recovering well, Aggie!

  26. Anne posted July 2, 2013 at 11:24 am

    So scary about your grandpa. I’m so glad to hear he’s on the mend.

    These look amazing, wow! On my to try list!

  27. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective posted July 2, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Glad that your grandfather is improving! And these fritters look divine!

  28. Julia posted July 2, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Glad to hear your Grandfather is doing better. These cakes look wonderful and can cheer anyone up. My son would love these.

  29. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen posted July 3, 2013 at 11:03 am

    So happy to hear your Grandfather is doing better! These fritters looks absolutely delicious! Love the idea of swapping chard for spinach.

  30. Maria posted July 3, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    My dear Aggie, Thank you so much for the recipe!!. I will make them tonight. All my love for you and my prayers for your Grandfather and his recovery. Keeping you always in my heart!!!

  31. Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts posted July 7, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    How scary for you and your family–I’m glad you’ve got more time with your grandpa, Aggie.

    These fritters look delicious and I look forward to trying them out on my kids. Zucchini pancakes (no ricotta) are not a hit, but these are different enough that they could be. Thanks!

  32. Bree (Skinny Mommy) posted July 8, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Glad your Grandpa is doing better and I hope he continues to improve! These fritters look right up my alley–like potato pancakes. Yum!

  33. Heather Jean posted July 13, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I can’t wait to try these! They look amazing.

  34. Nutmeg Nanny posted July 15, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Oh wow, I need to make these as soon as possible! They look so tasty 🙂

  35. Susan maxcy posted May 16, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Sending continued healing prayers to your grandfather! So now we have to add to OUR grocery list so I can tempt someone else!! Can’t wait to pass on any traditions  with recipes to our grandson too!! He will be the great taste tester… only 8 monts, he is “eyeing” what’s on OUR plates these days! ruh roh!! He’s a hungry boy!!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted May 20, 2015 at 9:02 am

      that’s wonderful Susan…the younger they are the better!! Hope all is well with you all xoxo

  36. Margie posted May 18, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    These look delicious, I’m making them tonight.  Just wondering how many fritters this recipe makes?  Thanks!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted May 20, 2015 at 9:01 am

      I believe they make around 10-12 depending on how big you make them. Curious how many turned out for you and if you enjoyed them? Thanks!! 🙂

  37. Laura posted September 19, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    How many fritters can you eat in one serving? What are the calories for them?

  38. Ella posted January 5, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    What can I sub for Parmesan cheese? Or can I just leave it out?

    • Aggies Kitchen posted January 18, 2017 at 6:41 am

      You could probably leave it out though it does add some nice salty cheesy flavor. Do you like feta cheese, or maybe mozzarella?


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