Fried Zucchini Flowers with Saffron Batter

A typical Mediterranean dish: Fried Zucchini Flowers in English, and in France they are called Beignets de Fleurs de Courgette.

zucchini flowers_2_1There are many versions where the flowers are coated with different types of batter.

I have tasted batters made with eggs, herbs, even breadcrumbs. Personally, I prefer to keep it simple as the flowers have a delicate flavour which would otherwise be overwhelmed by any stronger ingredient.

I use a simple tempura batter equal parts of water and flour, and 1 tbsp of semolina flour to add some crunch.

Beside salt, I add saffron.

As saffron is pollen, it actually enhances their flowery flavour.

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There are two types of flowers, the male which is the flower that pollinates, and the female which is the flower that yields the zucchini.

You can use either flower, however it is best to use the male one for frying.

The inside is smaller and there is more room to insert the filling.

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Use a mild, but not watery cheese such as cubes of mozzarella for cooking.

A fresh watery mozzarella will leak water into the frying oil, producing dangerous sparks.

You can also add a small piece of cooked ham.

Anything stronger will overcome the flavour of the flower.

So here is the recipe:

If you don't have a deep fryer, I would suggest Magimix Pro 350 °F - Fryer (3 L, 1.1 kg, 3 L, Single, Stainless Steel, stand-alone). It was recommended on a cooking course at Rick Stein’s in Padstow, and it is on my wish list. (affiliate link)

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Fried zucchini flowers recipe with saffron batter
Fried Zucchini Flowers Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
A simple tempura batter equal parts of water and flour. Beside salt, I add saffron. As saffron is pollen, it actually enhances their flowery flavour.
Course: Starters
Cuisine: French, Italian
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 45 kcal
  • 10 zucchini flowers
  • 1 cup flour all purpose
  • 1 tbsp semolina flour this is the secret to make them extra crispy
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 sachets saffron
  • oil for frying
  • mozzarella and ham optional for the filling
  1. Wash the flowers making sure there are no insects inside. Cut the sepal but leave the pedicel of male flowers. Let them drain upside down.
    Cleaning zucchini flower
  2. Once they are dry, add the fillings inside the flower. In the meantime heat the oil for frying at medium heat.
  3. In a bowl mix the 2 flours with the saffron, then add water and salt
  4. and whisk until combined
  5. Dip the flowers in the mix
    Fried zucchini flower in saffron batter
  6. Making sure they are all coated with the batter
    Fried zucchini flower with saffron batter
  7. Deep fry the flowers
  8. Turning them to cook evenly on all sizes
  9. Once cooked, lay them over a paper towel to absorb the excess oil
  10. Serve immediately so they will be warm and crispy
Recipe Notes

Calories 45 calories per serving
Fat 5 gr per serving
Carbohydrates 5 gr per serving
Sodium 229 mg per serving

*Assuming 70% increase in calories for fried food
Nutritional information is provided for general purpose only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely.


Fried zucchini flowers also called squash blossom is a typical Italian and French recipe #yourguardianchef #flowers #Italianfood #starters

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  12 comments for “Fried Zucchini Flowers with Saffron Batter

  1. Elizabeth
    18th June 2017 at 7:47 am

    These sound super amazing! I’ve never tried eating courgette flowers before, but I’ve heard they’re lovely!

    • Laura
      18th June 2017 at 11:44 am

      They are, just make sure you cook them the same day you buy them. Thank you Elizabeth

  2. 18th June 2017 at 7:53 am

    I absolutely adore fried zucchini flowers and they are so fun to make. These look so delicious.

    • Laura
      18th June 2017 at 11:43 am

      Thank you, Emily, they are our summer special

  3. Valentina
    18th June 2017 at 8:37 am

    Oh how tasty! Love that there’s saffron in the batter! Brilliant!

    • Laura
      18th June 2017 at 11:41 am

      thank you, simple but perfect match

  4. 18th June 2017 at 9:51 am

    Well, that’s something I have never tried before. These zucchini flowers look amazing!

    • Laura
      18th June 2017 at 11:40 am

      They are delicious if you try let me know what you think. Thank you for stopping by

  5. Natalie
    18th June 2017 at 11:09 am

    This is just amazing! I never tried zucchini flowers before and now I absolutely MUST. Saffron sounds so flavorful in this one.

    • Laura
      18th June 2017 at 11:39 am

      Thank you Natalie, I am sure you will love it

  6. 26th August 2017 at 3:05 pm

    These look delicious! I’ve seen zucchini flowers at the farmer’s market but have never actually tried them before.

  7. 26th August 2017 at 4:08 pm

    I have never had zucchini flowers. I can’t believe I haven’t. Your fried flowers makes me want to run out to the nearest neighbor with a garden and steal some. I haven’t seen them in a store, so since I won’t take them from my neighbor, I’ll try the farmers market. Delish!

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