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zucchini flower

Zucchini Flowers (Fiori di zucchini)

This recipe is an original Sicilian recipe. It is meant to be an appetizer.
Prep Time 10 minutes


  • yellow zucchini flowers
  • 1 ¾ oz. plain all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 egg whites
  • 8 – 12 zucchini flowers
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Lemon wedges


  • Sift flour into bowl. Stir in ¼ tsp salt.
  • Mix in olive with a wooden spoon.
  • Slowly add ⅓ – ½ cup warm water.
  • Change to a whisk when the flour becomes liquid.
  • Continue whisking until batter is smooth and thick.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites until peaks form.
  • Fold into batter.
  • Gently shake each flower to be sure it is clean and insect free.
  • Trim stem of each flower leaving at least ¾ to 1 in 0n end so you have something to hold onto when dipping into the batter.
  • Heat deep-frying oil. Don’t let the oil get too hot.
  • Dip one at a time into the batter coating both sides
  • Fry flowers in batches until golden brown turning once.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve immediately with lemon wedge and a glass of white wine.