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Spicy Celeriac Fritters

These fritters are a great way to use up celeriac. They’re wonderfully crunchy and spicy. They’re super versatile and go with anything from burgers to soups.

When To Eat

Celeriac is available year round thanks to its ease of growing and storage. If you’re looking for the tastiest celeriac, this root vegetable is in prime season from September to April.

Spicy Celeriac Fritters

These fritters are a great way to use up celeriac. They're wonderfully crunchy and spicy. They're super versatile and go with anything from burgers to soups.
4.19 from 11 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Course Main Course

This meal is around 93% less polluting than the average UK meal.

Eating this recipe will save around 2.72 KG CO2e per person.

That’s equivalent to the emissions produced driving 22.45 KM in a modern car.

How do I calculate this?


  • 1 Large Celeriac (around 800g)
  • 2 Medium Onions (peeled and loosely chopped)
  • 2 Small Red Chillies (stem removed and loosely chopped)
  • 2 Medium Limes (juiced)
  • 50 g Ginger (peeled)
  • 4 Cloves Garlic (peeled and loosely chopped)
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon Coriander Seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons Gram Flour
  • 4 Tablespoons Plain Flour
  • Vegetable Oil for frying (around 200ml depending on pan used)


  • Heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a small frying pan over a medium-high heat. Toast the cumin and coriander seeds in the oil for around a minute until they begin to take a little colour.
  • Pour the toasted seeds into a food processor. Add the prepped onion, garlic, red chilli and ginger. Pour in the lime juice and soy sauce and blitz until the vegetables are a rough paste.
  • Peel the celeriac, removing any of the gnarly root exterior. Chop the celeriac into large but manageable piece and grate them into a large mixing bowl. Season with a little salt and cracked black pepper.
  • Pour the chilli onion paste into the mixing bowl with the celeriac. Tip in the gram flour and plain flour. Combine all the bowl contents using your hands. Once incorporated the celeriac mixture should be sticky and malleable.
  • Ready a large oven tray or chopping board. Then, using your hands, take a little of the celeriac mixture and shape it into a palm sized patty. Place the finished patty onto the waiting tray. Repeat until you have about 8 – 10 good sized patties.
  • Select in a pan in your kitchen which you can shallow fry your fritters in. Ideally you want a pan that is wide enough to fry about 4 patties at a time and deep enough to hold a layer of oil about half the thickness of your patties. I like to use a saute pan – but a deep frying pan or traditional saucepan will also do.
  • Heat a good layer of vegetable oil in the chosen pan. As stated, the oil layer should be enough to coat about half the thickness of the celeriac patty. This is normally about 200ml, but can vary depending on your pan. Add a small piece of celeriac fritter to the pan whilst it is heating up. Once the piece starts to bubble and move around the oil fish it out using a slotted spoon – your oil is now hot enough to fry in.
  • Add a few fritters to the hot oil. (You don't want to crowd the pan with celeriac patties. I normally do about 4 at a time – which allows for a good amount of space between the patties.) Fry the fritters for 5 minutes on each side or until golden and crispy. Once cooked, remove and reserve on a oven tray until all the fritters are fried.
  • Serve the fritters immediately. Alternatively, you can keep them hot in the oven until needed.

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Maxine Baker

January 7, 2021 at 6:52 pm

The peanut butter red lentil dhal with red peppers was amazing and very easy to make with the in gradients already in the larder. Will add spring onions and cashews as topping as well as the chopped coriander when i next make this.


    January 7, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    Great to hear maxine