Zucchini Hoecakes - The Southern Lady Cooks

Southern Zucchini hoecakes are a great way to use up that extra zucchini in the garden during summer months. I love simple recipes and these zucchini hoecakes are addictive and so easy to make.   I tried to eat them all by myself.   You can serve zucchini hoecakes with any meal or as an appetizer.  We love them just as a snack with chunky salsa for dipping.  A great way to get your children to eat zucchini, too.  You might like to check out our recipe for tomato zucchini salad while you are here.

Southern Zucchini hoecakes simple ingredients:

Zucchini, shredded or grated



Self-rising cornmeal

Cayenne (Optional)

Cooking Oil

Bacon drippings (Optional)

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We always have a lot of zucchini and these hoecakes are easy and delicious. Wonderful addition to any summer meal! Great for entertaining as these are wonderful appetizers.

Zucchini Hoecakes - The Southern Lady Cooks


Zucchini Hoecakes - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Southern Zucchini Hoecakes

This recipe for Southern Zucchini Hoecakes is super easy and a great way to use up that garden zucchini. 
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Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American


  • 1 cup zucchini shredded or grated
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup self-rising cornmeal
  • Pinch of cayenne Optional
  • 3/4 cup oil I used Canola
  • 1 teaspoon bacon drippings Optional


  • Blend zucchini, buttermilk, cornmeal, salt and cayenne in a large bowl with a spoon.
  • Heat oil and drippings in skillet until hot.
  • Drop spoonful of mixture into hot oil. (I used an ice cream scoop).
  • Cook on one side until brown and crispy, turn, flatten with spatula and cook on the other side. Remove and drain on paper towels.


You could add chili peppers or onions to these, too, but we like them this way. I would probably add an egg if I added more ingredients.
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