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Fried Zucchini Flowers

Fried Zucchini Flowers


Rating (5.0000)
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  • Difficulty: easy
  • Serves: 4


There have been books written on the zucchini blossom. The forerunner of the ever-burgeoning mottled cylinder, is edible. More than edible, it's delicious in an Earth Mother kind of way.

That which some just chuck away as waste, can in fact become a delectable antipasto, or be part of a pasta condiment or even a salad element (I never disdain fresh flowers tossed in with my salad greens). Now that they're blooming on farmer's markets everywhere, gather those blossoms while you can and prepare for a true Roman tastebud epiphany.


12 Zucchini flowers
1 cup Mozzarella, diced
1/2 cup All-purpose flower
1 glass beer
1 tsp baking soda
1 pinch salt
Oil for frying
4 Salted anchovies (optional)


Trim pistils and stems off the flowers, paying extra attention not to break them, they are very delicate. Wash the blossoms carefully with water and baking soda, rinse with plenty cold water and pat dry with paper towel.
Cut the mozzarella in strips and finely chop the anchovies (if you’re using them). Stuff each blossom with some mozzarella and a dab of anchovy.

In a mixing bowl, blend a glass of chilled beer, flour and salt until fluffy and add a pinch of baking soda for an even lighter batter.
Heat the oil in a frying pan.

Dip the stuffed flowers in the batter and deep fry them for 2 minutes on each side in the scalding olive oil.

Briefly park on paper towel and serve piping hot.

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star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onnikkiabbi says:

I saw your recipe and immediately had a craving! My nonna gave me two bags of flowers, I just made them and they were awesome!!


star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onTheresa111 says:

This looks scrumptious and I am going to ask my grocer when next I shop if they know where I may buy some zucchini flowers. Any suggestions?


Eleonora says:

Theresa, zucchini flowers come attached to the zucchini! Any farmer's market that sells the veg will definitely have the flowers too, just aske that they be left on, not discarded.


star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onAnniepooh says:

I stalk my zucchini plants each year waiting for the blossoms - I stuff mine with goat's cheese and even my children adore them. These look so wonderful - I'll have to bend and try mozzarella next. I also couldn't live without anchovies, so that part makes them perfect!


star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onTheresa111 says:

Please send me a shout box message, When are these available to purchase? I have been waiting for months. Thanks. :P


star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onBeNutritious says:

Looks fantastic, where do you get zucchini flowers, I've been wanting to buy for a while but haven't seen anywhere.


Eleonora says:

May-June-July in the farmers' markets!!!

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