Zucchini Blossom Fritters

Side view of cripsy Zucchini Blossom Fritters

These Zucchini Blossom Fritters are crispy, light and so addictive. You cannot stop at one! It’s the perfect summertime dish. You serve it as an appetizer, or as a side dish with your meal.  

Where to get Zucchini Blossoms?

While making these Zucchini Blossom Fritters are super easy, finding zucchini blossoms are tough.  You will never find it in stores. The only place I used to get it occasionally was at the farmers market.

This year miraculously, I found my green thumb and one of the first seeds I sowed was zucchini. It didn’t take a lot of effort and soon the plant grew and got filled with zucchini blossoms.

I would wait till mid-morning for the bees to pollinate the female flowers and then I would pick the male flowers to prepare crispy fritters.  

Fresh Zucchini Flowers from the garden, kept in a plate Avyan holding a bunch of fresh zucchini flowers

What you need for Zucchini Blossom Fritters:

  • Zucchini flowers (I used only the male flowers)
  • I prepare the batter using all-purpose flour and rice flour.
  • There is 1 egg, some spices, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper as per taste. (Egg is not mandate, you can avoid it too)
  • I prepare the batter using soda water, but you can use beer or plain water too.

Zucchini Blossoms like most squash blossoms, are super short-lived. They look open gorgeous and happy in the morning. But by afternoon they start to wither. So, pick these at the right time and prepare these delicious Zucchini Blossom fritters

Whisking the light batter for the zucchini blossoms fritters Fresh zucchini blossoms dipped in the batter. Shake off the excess batter

How to serve Zucchini Blossom Fritters

As an appetizer with a dipping sauce and drinks.

Pair it with a light summer salad, Grilled meat or veggies

Enjoy it with some daal and rice.

Cleaning the Zucchini flowers

Remove the stigma carefully and then using a small pastry brush or a tissue, clean the center gently to remove any extra pollen dust.

I even brush the outside gently and I don’t wash the flowers.

You can at this point even stuff the zucchini flowers before frying it.

Here is a recipe – Zucchini Blossom Stuffed with Poppyseeds and Coconut

CLOSE UP view of cripsy Zucchini Blossom Fritters

 You can also use these zucchini flowers directly in the zucchini fritters. But because these delicacies are unlike any, I will highly recommend taking the guilt of enjoying deep fried food away. Just go for it because these are delicious.

Enjoy the Zucchini Blossom fritters fresh, it’s a dish you prepare and enjoy right away.

Over the top view of cripsy Zucchini Blossom Fritters

Zucchini Blossom Fritters

Yield: 10 zucchini blossom fritters
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These Zucchini blossom fritters are crispy, light and so addictive. You cannot stop at one! It’s the perfect summertime dish. You serve it as an appetizer, or as a side dish with your meal.  

Ingredients

  • 10 zucchini flowers (I used only the male flowers)
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup rice flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon paprika powder
  • Salt and pepper as per taste
  • ½ cup soda water/ beer or plain water
  • Oil for deep frying the fritters

Instructions

  1. Clean the zucchini blossoms by removing the stigma. And using a tissue or a paint brush, clean the center gently to remove any extra pollen dust.
  2. In a mixing bowl, prepare the batter by adding everything. Add the soda/water/beer little by little as you might need more or less. The consistency of the batter shouldn’t be too thin or thick. It should coat the blossoms.
  3. In a skillet heat enough oil to deep fry.
  4. Carefully dip the flowers one at a time to the batter and shake off any excess batter. Then gently slide to the hot oil. As you fry, do not over crowd the skillet.
  5. Fry for couple minutes on each side. When you are flipping, be gentle and watch out as there might be little splatter which happens due to the moisture in the flower.
  6. Take the fried fritters to a cookie wire rack and let it drain off the excess oil.
  7. Serve it hot and enjoy right away.

Notes

Cleaning the Zucchini flowers

Remove the stigma carefully and then using a small pastry brush or a tissue, clean the center gently to remove any extra pollen dust.

I even brush the outside gently and I don’t wash the flowers.

Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 121Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 20mgSodium 68mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 5g

All nutrition information presented are intended for informational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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  • mjskitchen
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    mjskitchen
    July 28, 2020 at 4:35 PM

    I grow squash every year but have never done anything with the blooms. You Blossom fritters look absolutely wonderful! There are lots of blossoms at the moment so this sounds like a great weekend snack. Thanks!