Golden Beet and Leek Fritters with Yogurt and Lemon

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Golden Beet and Leek Fritters with Yogurt and Lemon ~ a cross between a fritter and a latke, these golden beet cakes are crispy and delicious for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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I have a problem in the produce section. I can’t resist buying golden beets. Every time I see them I put a bunch in my cart, even though they’re not on my meal plan for the week. I get home and I have to scramble to figure out how to use them.

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Are there any foods that you buy just because they’re too beautiful to pass up? Luckily when it comes to produce, nutritional value often goes hand in hand with beauty, so it’s not a bad way to choose your food. I especially love the rosy reds and vivid oranges of  golden beets, and when you cut into them they surprise you with a brilliant  fluorescent yellow.

Golden Beet and Leek Fritters, prep

These fritters are made almost like Indian pakora, with garbanzo bean flour and spices, but you could just as easily leave out the spices and use regular flour. In that case you could flavor them with herbs like parsley, cilantro, or dill. Even though these patties do get fried in a little olive oil, I consider them light, clean, and healthy. Use them as a side dish, or eat them for breakfast with eggs.

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4 from 3 votes

Golden Beet and Leek Fritters with Yogurt and Lemon

Author Sue Moran


  • 3 medium golden beets peeled and shredded
  • 3 leeks trimmed, cleaned and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour or use all purpose flour
  • 1 egg well beaten
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp yellow mustard seed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • olive oil for frying

for the sauce

  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • juice of 1/2 lemon


  • Toss the shredded beets, leeks, egg, flour, spices, and salt and pepper together in a bowl.
  • Blend the yogurt and lemon to make the sauce.
  • Coat the bottom of a cast iron or other heavy skillet with olive oil. When the oil is hot, drop tablespoons of the beet mixture into the pan, flattening them out into rounds. You should hear a strong sizzle when the mixture hits the pan, or your oil isn't hot enough.
  • Cook until golden and tender, about 3 minutes per side.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve hot with the lemon yogurt.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Golden Beet and Leek Fritters Closeup

tips for success:

  1. Be sure to rinse your leeks well or you might end up with unpleasant grit in your fritters. I like to slice them first and then rinse well in a colander. Dry thoroughly before using.
  2. Make sure your oil is hot before you fry the fritters. Hot oil will sizzle on contact, I test it by dropping a shred of beet into the pan. If the oil is not hot enough the fritter will absorb oil and be soggy.
  3. These fritters are best eaten hot and right away…you can keep them warm in a 300F oven while you finish the batch.

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  • Reply
    Jamie Merold
    December 24, 2019 at 6:39 am

    Hi! Wanted to try these baked in the oven suggestions to do so?

    • Reply
      December 24, 2019 at 7:44 am

      I haven’t done it that way, but I would get your baking sheet nicely oiled, and brush oil on your fritters, both sides. Not sure if 350F or 375F will work best.

  • Reply
    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    December 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Oh I want these for lunch. These would be perfect for me as someone told me just yesterday that I was a beetaholic. 🙂

    Happy New Year!

  • Reply
    December 29, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Now THAT’S a way to prepare beets that I’m sure my beloved husband would love…. he is the anti-beet par excellence!

    lovely recipe, I just happened to see some golden beets at the store, but only got notification of this post now that I am back at home. Awfully cold to go out again, the fireplace is calling my name… this will have to wait a little 😉

    Have a wonderful New Year!

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