Deep-Fried Dandelions


The edible flowers on these weeds are nutritional powerhouses, bursting with vitamin C, and they taste amazing when coated in this tempura-style batter and fried. Serve fried dandelion flowers as an appetizer or a crunchy topper for your favorite spring salad.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
30 dandelions


  • 30 dandelion flowers

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon curry powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 large egg

  • ½ cup lager-style beer, or more if needed

  • 2 cups canola oil for frying


  1. Wash dandelions under cool running water and dry on paper towels. Remove the green tendrils behind each flower. Set aside.

  2. Mix together flour, curry powder, and salt in a small bowl or measuring cup. Beat egg in a large bowl; stir in flour mixture until smooth. Pour in beer; mix until batter is similar to runny pancake batter. Add more beer if batter is too thick.

  3. Heat oil in a small saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). If you don't have a thermometer, heat oil until it begins to shimmer.

  4. Working in batches, dip dandelion flowers into batter, then gently drop in hot oil and fry until golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer cooked flowers to crumpled paper towels or a wire rack; serve warm.


This recipe makes enough batter for more dandelions and works well for onion rings.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of batter ingredients. The actual amount of batter consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

167 Calories
9g Fat
18g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 167
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 215mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 84mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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