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Greek Tomato Fritters (Tomatokeftedes)

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Prep

10 minutes

Cook

15 minutes

Yield

10 fritters

These tomato fritters are known in Greece as Tomatokeftedes and they're perfect to make this summer with in-season tomatoes and fresh herbs.

These delicious tomato fritters are known as Tomatokeftedes in Greece and are traditionally found in Santorini. They have the perfect crunch with a mix of freshness, and they make a fantastic snack or appetizer.

Why you’ll love these tomato fritters:

  • Seasonal: These tomato fritters are great for when it’s tomato season and when you have herbs to use up in your garden
  • Delicious: This recipe is so delicious and makes the perfect appetizer or snack
Tomato fritters on a serving tray

Ingredients:

Herbs: Use fresh herbs for these tomato fritters for the best flavor. I used mint, parsley, and dill.

Tzatziki: This yogurt dip/sauce is a staple in Greek cuisine. It can be used on meats, veggies, wraps, and the list goes on. It’s super easy to make your own. Just follow this recipe.

Tomatoes: Since you chop up the tomatoes it doesn’t really matter what kind of tomatoes you use in this recipe. Just pick whatever you have on hand or that is fresh. This can also be a great way to use up tomatoes that are starting to bruise or go bad.

How to make tomato fritters:

  1. Place the diced tomatoes in a colander and add a few big pinches of salt. Stir and let sit for 10-15 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the flour and baking powder, set aside.
  3. Once tomatoes have sat, add to a medium bowl with the onions and stir together with a spoon or spatula. Next add in the herbs and feta cheese and mix.
  4. Finally add in the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. Stir together until the mixture is combined and set in the fridge for 30 minutes before frying – this helps keep a more formed fritter when you fry.
  5. Once the mixture has been in the fridge for 30 minutes remove and give it another stir.
  6. When ready to cook, add olive oil to a frying pan, covering the entire bottom of the pan. Turn to medium heat.
  7. Add the tomato fritter mixture, 1/4 cup as a time into the pan and gently press down once in the pan to flatten slightly, the fritter should be about 1/2 inch thick. Fry for 3-4 minutes per side, until golden brown on each side – you’ll know the fritter is ready to flip if the spatula can slide underneath the fritter easily. Flip a third time if you think the fritter needs a bit more time to cook.
  8. Fry in batches until all of the dough is used. Enjoy dipped the best tzatziki recipe!
Tomato fritters on a serving dish

Expert Tips & FAQ:

How do you fix fritters that fall apart? If your fritters fall apart when you cook them, it’s likely because you don’t have enough binding in your recipe. Fix this by adding 2-4 tablespoons of flour to the batter.

Why are my fritters soggy in the middle? You may have cooked your fritters on too high of heat so they crisped up quickly on the outside but didn’t fully warm up and crisp on the inside.

When should I eat fritters? There is no bad time to eat tomato fritters. They are a great snack or appetizer. They can even make a great side dish.

How would you know that the fritters are ready to be taken out of the stove? When you stick a toothpick or fork/knife in the center and it comes out clean.

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Tomato fritters on a serving dish

Greek Tomato Fritters (Tomatokeftedes)

4.77 from 17 votes
These tomato fritters are known in Greece as Tomatokeftedes and they're perfect to make this summer with in-season tomatoes and fresh herbs.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Appetizers + Sides
Cuisine Greek
Servings 10 fritters
Calories 140 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Place the diced tomatoes in a colander and add a few big pinches of salt. Stir and let sit for 10-15 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.
  • In a small bowl mix together the flour and baking powder, set aside.
  • Once tomatoes have sat, add to a medium bowl with the onions and stir together with a spoon or spatula. Next add in the herbs and feta cheese and mix.
  • Finally add in the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. Stir together until the mixture is combined and set in the fridge for 30 minutes before frying – this helps keep a more formed fritter when you fry.
  • Once the mixture has been in the fridge for 30 minutes remove and give it another stir.
  • When ready to cook, add olive oil to a frying pan, covering the entire bottom of the pan. Turn to medium heat.
  • Add the tomato fritter mixture, 1/4 cup as a time into the pan and gently press down once in the pan to flatten slightly, the fritter should be about 1/2 inch thick. Fry for 3-4 minutes per side, until golden brown on each side – you'll know the fritter is ready to flip if the spatula can slide underneath the fritter easily. Flip a third time if you think the fritter needs a bit more time to cook.
  • Fry in batches until all of the dough is used. Enjoy dipped the best tzatziki recipe!

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Notes

  • If the tomato mixture is too loose once it’s sat in the fridge for 30 minutes, add 1 tbsp flour at a time.
  • These tomato fritters are best served when they’re warm!
  • These fritters are delicious as an appetizer or serve with a salad like our Simple Homemade Greek Salad!
 

Nutrition

Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.9g | Protein: 4.3g | Fat: 7.7g | Saturated Fat: 2.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3.7g | Cholesterol: 13.4mg | Fiber: 1.4g | Sugar: 2.4g
Review This Recipe Let us know how it was!
Kayla Newton

5 stars
Had to try it when I bought some tomatoes on clearance. When I say they’re incredible I mean it! Everyone loved them, our toddler demolished the batch and my husband wouldn’t stop talking about them. It’s become a staple in our house!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Wow, this makes me so happy!

Elisa

5 stars
Made this with vegan feta and that was probably melting a bit too quick but it was still soooo delicious. Thanks for the awesome recipe! I love tomatoes and that is such a great way to make something different with them

Maria Koutsogiannis

So glad you loved these, Elisa!

Hannah

5 stars
The best tomato fritters I’ve ever made! Super easy to make, and tons on flavor!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you soooo much, Hannah!

Madison Davis

5 stars
Will be cooking this on repeat! Fantastic dish.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much hun!

Hilary

5 stars
Sublime mix of flavors! Don’t worry about having leftovers. We ate the whole batch. I did add some basil from the garden and substituted celery for onions (allergy). 2 thumbs up and a snap!

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much for the love, hilary!

Brandy

Where do I find the nutritional information?

Maria Koutsogiannis

sorry those are missing! adding them right away.

Victor joly

5 stars
Amazing recipe! It’s delicious and pairs incredibly well with the tzatziki! If you’re not a vegetarian, I would add smoked salmon on top, makes it even better!

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so so so so much!

Kelly Gorski

5 stars
Absolutely amazing. A great way to use those garden tomatoes that seem to come in all at once. And the record is so versatile. Well done, Maria!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love, Kelly!

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