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Zucchini Blossoms

Fried Squash Blossoms with Mozzarella: Fiori di Zucca Fritti

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  • Author: Carrie Pacini
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 20 Pieces 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Italian



1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup cold sparkling mineral water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for frying
2 oz (60 g) fresh mozzarella cheese
20 large squash blossoms


1. In a bowl, stir flour, salt, eggs, mineral water, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil.

2. Cut the mozzarella into sticks, about 1 inch long.

3. In a frying pan at least 3 inches deep, pour oil to a depth of 1 inch. Heat until batter sizzles when dropped into the bowl.

4. While the oil is heating up, open the petals of each flower and carefully pinch out the filaments inside. Insert a piece of the cheese into each flower. Press flowers closed.

5. One at a time, dip the flowers into the batter coating it completely. Lift the flower out of the batter and drain off the excess batter so there is a thinner layer of the batter covering the flower.

6. A few at at time gently slip the flowers into the oil and fry until golden brown on all sides. Using a slotted spoon transfer them to paper towels so they can drain.

Continue this process until all of the flowers (blossoms) are done. Serve Immediately.