Zucchini-Onion Latkes (Pancakes)

Diet types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe created by Emily, daughter of DaVita renal dietitian Marjorie from Arizona.

Portions: 4

Serving size: 4 latkes


  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons white all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Grate zucchini and chop onion.
  2. In a medium bowl beat the eggs; add flour and mix well.
  3. Add the zucchini and onion and stir into the egg mixture until well mixed.
  4. Coat a frying pan with olive oil and heat. When oil is heated, drop the mixture by spoonfuls into the oil, making 16 equal portions.
  5. Using a spatula, flatten the latkes and fry until brown on both sides.
  6. Drain on a paper towel to soak up extra oil.
  7. Serve hot.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  102
  • Protein  5 g
  • Carbohydrates  7 g
  • Fat  6 g
  • Cholesterol  106 mg
  • Sodium  46 mg
  • Potassium  322 mg
  • Phosphorus  95 mg
  • Calcium  33 mg
  • Fiber  1.5 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1/2 meat
  • 1 vegetable, medium potassium
  • 1 fat 

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • The latkes taste best if eaten immediately.
  • Potato latkes (pancakes) are traditionally served during Hanukkah. Zucchini-Onion Latkes are a good low-potassium alternative.
  • Potato latkes contain over 600 mg potassium for a comparable serving unless the potatoes are soaked or boiled to reduce potassium.

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