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Authentic Recipe of Kolokithokeftedes. Crispy Traditional Greek Oven Baked Zucchini Balls from Crete.

Traditional Greek Kolokithokeftedes is made of grated zucchinis mixed with Greek herbs and feta and flattened into a patty, then baked in the oven.

Things to know about Kolokithokeftedes Recipe

Kolokithokeftedes is a traditional Cretan meze that is paired with ouzo and is a staple in taverns and restaurants.

In Greek, Kolokithi means gourds, and Keftedes means meatballs. Since zucchini is a gourd, the translation of Kolokithokeftedes can be fried zucchini meatballs.

Traditional Greek herbs and feta are what make these vegetable balls distinguished. For the most authentic way of this recipe, it is advised to keep the outside crispy and the inside soft and creamy.

Crispy Traditional Greek Oven Baked Zucchini Balls from Crete. Authentic Recipe of Kolokithokeftedes.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: Κρητικοί Κολοκυθοκεφτέδες στο φούρνο
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Main Ingredient Group Vegetable based Recipes
Spice Level No Spicy Recipes


Servings 12 Pieces
Calories / Serving 497 kcal


  • 1000 grams (2.2 lb) Zucchini – Courgette Medium
  • 1 pc Red Onion
  • 2 pcs Spring Onion – Scallion – Green Onion
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Mint
  • 2 pcs Egg
  • cups Feta Cheese
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 cups Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Parsley
  • 500 ml (16.91 floz) Vegetable Oil
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  • Peel the zucchini. Using a grater, grate the zucchini and onions. Place the zucchini in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Squeeze the excess water from the zucchinis, let them sit for 30 minutes, and squeeze them again.
  • Crumble the breadcrumbs with a food processor. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients with a spoon or your hands. If the dough is too loose add some flour.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/355°F. Roll 1 tablespoon of dough into a ball in your hands then flatten it to form a patty.
  • Place the balls on an oiled tray, brush the patties with oil and bake for 25 minutes. Turn kolokithokeftede halfway.
  • Serve hot with some cold yogurt. Kalí órexi! Enjoy your meal!

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:


Calories: 497kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 6gFat: 46gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 23gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 547mgPotassium: 276mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 341IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 143mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Kritikí Kolokithokeftedes Sto fúrno Recipe, Traditional Greek Baked Zucchini or Courgette Balls, Κρητικοί Κολοκυθοκεφτέδες στο φούρνο
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Cooking tip for making Kolokithokeftedes

  • By salting the zucchini and letting them sit for 30 minutes, you will remove the excess water so that they won’t be soggy when you fry them.
  • You can fry Kolokithokeftedes.
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What to serve with Kolokithokeftedes?

Serve Kolokithokeftedes with yogurt-based dips like Tzatziki and Skordalia or as a part of a meze platter.

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