Crispy Cabbage Fritters with Smoked Paprika and Dill

These irresistible cabbage fritters are a fantastic alternative to meat, offering a delightful blend of flavors that can make any cabbage skeptic a believer. Featuring smoked paprika for depth, Italian herbs for freshness, and dill for a punch of flavor, these fritters are both nutritious and bursting with taste.


  • 1 cabbage, finely shredded
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt, to taste
  • Smoked paprika, to taste
  • Italian herbs (such as oregano, basil, and thyme), to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • A bouquet of dill, finely chopped
  • Olive oil or vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Prepare the Cabbage:
    • Wash the cabbage thoroughly and shred it finely using a sharp knife or a mandoline slicer. Place the shredded cabbage in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add Seasonings and Eggs:
    • To the bowl with the shredded cabbage, add the grated carrot, chopped dill, smoked paprika, Italian herbs, salt, and ground black pepper. Mix well to distribute the seasonings evenly throughout the cabbage.
    • Crack the eggs into the bowl and mix thoroughly to combine with the cabbage mixture. The egg will act as a binder to help the fritters hold together during cooking.
  3. Heat the Oil:
    • In a large skillet, heat a good amount of oil over medium heat. You’ll want enough oil to cover the bottom of the skillet, about 1/4 inch deep.
  4. Form and Fry the Fritters:
    • Once the oil is hot, carefully form small patties with the cabbage mixture using your hands or a large spoon. Gently place the patties in the hot oil, being careful not to overcrowd the pan.
    • Fry the fritters for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until they are golden brown and crispy. Adjust the heat as needed to prevent burning.
  5. Drain and Serve:
    • Use a slotted spoon to remove the fritters from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.
    • Serve the cabbage fritters hot, with a side of sour cream or a dipping sauce of your choice.


These cabbage fritters are not just a tasty alternative to meat but also a vibrant addition to any meal. Packed with the robust flavors of smoked paprika and fresh herbs, they make a satisfying dish that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether served as an appetizer, a side, or a light main course, these cabbage fritters are sure to be a hit with everyone who tries them. Enjoy the delicious taste and the delightful crunch of these homemade fritters!