Italian Recipe: Fried Zucchini Flowers

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By: Rossella Rago, Cooking with Nonna


For the Flowers:

  • 12 zucchini flowers
  • 1 ounce mozzarella, cut in 12 cubes
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Frying oil


  1. Wash the zucchini flowers under fresh water.
  2. Gently open the petals of each flower and insert 2 capers, and 1 cube of mozzarella.
  3. In a bowl, prepare the pastella (batter) by mixing: flour, eggs, garlic, mint, cheese and water.
  4. Dip the flower in the pastella and fry in hot oil.
  5. Fry the flowers on both sides until they turn golden.
  6. Serve immediately.

Note: Any leftover pastella? Do not throw away. Pour it in the hot oil and fry it–delicious!

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