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Lemon Fritters

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
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Lemon Fritters

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Lemon Fritters are a quick and easy recipe for delicious and light donut-like bites. These babies are crispy and golden on the outside and soft and tender on the inside. Light as a cloud and bursting with fresh lemon flavor, these lemon fritters are perfect for brunch!

If you need an easy Mother’s Day brunch recipe, you’re going to love these perfect lemon fritters.

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What are Lemon Fritters?

Lemon fritters are just a quick and easy version of donuts. Think a light and airy donut hole–these crispy donuts practically melt in your mouth.

Lemon fritters are less dense than your typical donut and they’re so easy to make. The batter comes together in about 5 minutes in one bowl with no yeast or leavening besides baking powder. These little donut-like fritters don’t require fancy ingredients or equipment and they’re perfect for an impromptu brunch.

lemon fritters

What is skyr?

If you’re unfamiliar with skyr, get ready to have your life changed! It’s an amazingly creamy, rich, and nourishing yogurt-like product from Iceland. Skyr has been enjoyed in Iceland for thousands of years and makes the perfect addition to desserts, breakfasts, and sauces.

This recipe uses Skyr from ICELANDIC PROVISIONS–the creamiest skyr on the market to make our fritters extra moist and tender. Not sure where to find skyr? Check out this helpful product locator HERE. 

Why bake with Yogurt or Skyr?

Yogurt/skyr is a great ingredient to add to baked goods. It keeps the fritters moist, tender, and super delicious without using a ton of butter or oil. I used vanilla skyr here to really add that extra punch of vanilla flavor. The vanilla and fresh lemon flavor is to die for! Icelandic Provisions uses real vanilla beans in their skyr.

How to make Easy Lemon Fritters

This recipe couldn’t be easier to make and is a perfect breakfast or brunch recipe whenever you’re craving something sweet.

Tools Needed

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Skyr or Yogurt
  • Lemon zest
  • Eggs
  • Olive Oil
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Canola oil
  • Powdered Sugar

The Process

  • Step one: In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, skyr or yogurt, lemon zest, sugar, and olive oil until smooth. Make sure your ingredients are room temperature.
  • Step two: Fold the dry ingredients into the wet until no streaks of flour remain and the batter is smooth.
  • Step three: Heat at least 2 inches of oil in a heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat until a probe thermometer reaches 360 F. I found that this is about 5-6 cups, depending on your pot.
  • Step four: Using a 1 oz (2 tablespoon) cookie scoop, drop 4-5 scoops of batter into the oil at a time. Fry for 4-5 minutes, turning the fritters over a couple of times, until golden brown.
  • Step five: Using a spider or slotted spoon, remove the fritters from the oil and transfer to a paper towel-lined tray to drain off excess oil. Dust with powdered sugar while still warm and serve immediately.

Storing Lemon Fritters

These lemon fritters are best served fresh and warm. You can store them in an airtight container lined with a paper towel at room temperature. Try reheating them in the oven briefly, or an air fryer. They won’t be as good as fresh, but they’ll still be tasty!

fried lemon fritters in a bowl

More Brunch Recipes to Try

Easy Salmon Gravlax
Maple Bacon French Toast
Apple Pie French Toast Bake

This recipe is part of a sponsored campaign with Icelandic Provisions. Sponsored posts and brand partnerships (with brands that align with my values and commitment to quality) allow me to keep providing quality recipes at no cost to you! All opinions are my own in regards to any products or brands that I may highlight.

lemon fritters
Breakfast, Brunch

Lemon Fritters

These easy lemon fritters are a one-bowl easy brunch recipe.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Makes: 18 fritters


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 6 cups canola oil
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar, for dusting


  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, yogurt or skyr, olive oil, granulated sugar, and lemon zest until smooth. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet until no streaks of flour remain.
  • Heat the canola oil in a heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat to 360 F. You want the oil to be at least 2 inches deep, so use an appropriately sized pot.
  • Using a 1 oz (2 tablespoon) cookie scoop, drop 4-5 scoops of batter into the oil and fry for 4-5 minutes, flipping the fritters halfway through, until golden brown.
  • Using a slotted spoon or spider, transfer the fritters from the oil to a paper towel-lined tray to drain excess oil. Dust with powdered sugar and serve warm.


Serving: 1fritterCalories: 79kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 96mgPotassium: 41mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 53IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 1mg

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