Fried Zucchini Flowers / Fiori di Zucchini Fritti


It is common in outdoor markets in Italy to see carts of bright yellow-orange zucchini blossoms. They bring a tinge of nostalgia for me, because the blossoms were a familiar sight in our kitchen. I usually run to my garden when zucchini are plentiful and gather an apron full of blossoms. I don’t know anyone with zucchini plants who, by mid-summer, would not love to give some away.


  • 1 pound zucchini blossoms
  • 6 to 7 cups peanut oil
  • Flour, for dredging
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Open the centers of the flowers gently, remove the pistils and stigmas, and discard. Put the flowers in a bowl of ice water for 1 hour.
  2. Heat the oil to 375 F in a deep-fryer or heavy pot.
  3. Dry the blossoms on paper towels; roll each in the flour and then the eggs. Fry the blossoms in oil until golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on brown paper, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
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I remember my grandmother making the zucchini flowers when I was a kid. If I take the flower off the zucchini as it’s still growing will the zucchini still grow?


My mother would make them into fried patties…similar to a soft pancake . Yum. Just found some today and that’s what I will be eating tonight!.

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