In our family, we grow zucchini just for the flowers. This recipe has been our family favorite. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do.



Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Clean flowers and dry with a paper towel.

  • Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl. Whisk eggs, milk, and olive oil together in a separate bowl; stir in flour mixture until batter is smooth.

  • Heat vegetable oil in a deep skillet over medium heat.

  • Dip flowers in the batter and fry in the hot oil until golden and crispy, 2 to 5 minutes, working in batches as needed. Transfer fried flowers to a paper towel-lined plate; sprinkle salt over each.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of breading ingredients. The actual amount of breading 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

247 calories; protein 4.9g; carbohydrates 17.2g; fat 17.7g; cholesterol 63.6mg; sodium 526.8mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
Tasted just like my Nonnas. I added two tablespoons of Parmesan cheese to the batter and a sprinkle on top while they're warm. Read More
9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
Tasted just like my Nonnas. I added two tablespoons of Parmesan cheese to the batter and a sprinkle on top while they're warm. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I like pepper so next time I'll add some in the batter I'm also dairy free but this was delicious with coconut milk! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Easy. Tasty not too heavy. I like mine almost well. Getting the batter browned adds depth from outside crisp to inside soft. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is an easy way to cook those fabulous flowers! What a treat! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Awesome light batter! So good! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I added some gobs of garlic (awesome specialty foods) and I thickened up the batter by one cup. But came out delicious! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Thank you for the recipe! I had just 4 zucchini flowers on my plant so halved the recipe and it was perfect! I just used a small cast iron pan so the oil was deeper and turned them so didn't use a ton of oil for the small amount I made. A fun way to use the flowers. I gave it a 4 only because after I made this recipe I made that Chef John's recipe for the ones that were stuffed with cheese, then dipped in batter and fried....they were superb. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Excellent. One of my favorite summer recipes. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I read a few reviews and added about 1/4 cup of graded Parmesan good! Even picky eaters ate it. Read More