Fried Zucchini Flowers

    15 minutes

    Make these delicious fritters when the zucchini in your garden starts to blossom in spring. You can also make this recipe using pumpkin blossoms.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 2/3 cup (75g) plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 3 leaves fresh basil, minced
    • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
    • 2 tablespoons cold water
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 3 cups (750ml) oil for frying
    • 12 pumpkin or zucchini blossoms

    Preparation:5min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:15min 

    1. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, basil and parmesan cheese. Mix in water and eggs until smooth.
    2. Heat 12mm of oil in a large heavy frypan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, dip blossoms in the batter to coat, and gently place a few at a time into the hot oil. Fry on each side until crisp and golden. Drain on paper towels.

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    I have been eating Pumpkins Blossoms since I was a kids some 40 years ago. I am not from Italy and have no idea where this originated. I use flour and cornmeal (2 to 1) and season it with garlic, red pepper, salt dip them in egg and mile first and fry them in Butter flavored crisco. i general pick blossoms every morning, rinse and store on a plate with a paper towel in layers in the frigerator for a few days till i get enough for a mess. Also, cook only half done and put them in the freezer, then in the winter you can put them in the oven till crisp and you can enjoy them all season.  -  11 Jul 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was absolutely delicious! Great simple flavor, a great starter. (I needed to adjust the recipe since I only had 8 blossoms and I found that I needed to add 2 teaspoons of water to the automatically converted amount to make the batter the right consistency.) This would be a good fritter dough if it's not blossom season. This is a great way to use up all the male blossoms on your zucchini plant. YUM! (Both female and male blossoms grow on a zucchini plant. The fruit grows from the female blossom and the male is fruitless, which makes it ideal for cooking with.)  -  03 Aug 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I'm also from an italian family and grew up with this great recipe. Also told not to use the males. They're the ones with the zucchini growing from them. The female flowers will only have a stem. Good recipe.  -  11 Aug 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)