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Fried zucchini flowers layed on a serving dish

📋Fried Zucchini Flowers Recipe

A typical Mediterranean dish: Fried Zucchini Flowers or Squash blossom in English, and in France they are called Beignets de Fleurs de Courgette. You can find different recipes for the batter as well as the filling, I use a simple batter flavoured with saffron and fill them with mozzarella and ham.
Course Starters
Cuisine French, Italian
Keyword fried squash blossom, fried zucchini blossom, fried zucchini flowers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5 people
Calories 169kcal



Prepare the flowers and the fillings

  • 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.
    10 zucchini flowers
  • Prepare the filling by cutting the mozzarella into cubes
    mozzarella and ham
  • Once they are dry, add the fillings inside the flower
  • In the meantime heat the oil for frying at medium heat
    vegetable oil for frying

Make the batter

  • In a bowl mix the 2 flours with the saffron
    1 cup flour, 1 tbsp semolina flour, 2 sachets saffron
  • Then add water and salt and whisk until combined
    1 cup fresh water

Frying the flowers

  • Dip the flowers in the mix closing the top
  • Making sure they are all coated with the batter
  • Deep fry the flowers
  • Turn them to cook evenly
  • Once cooked, lay them over a paper towel to absorb the excess oil
  • Serve immediately so they will be warm and crispy



  • Use fresh flowers, best if picked that same morning
  • Use the male flower as it has a smaller stem
  • When you make the batter, mix the flour with the water gradually so you don't create flour lumps
  • Serve immediately


Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 1049mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 785IU | Vitamin C: 70.5mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2.8mg