Gluten-Free Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms (Fior di Zucca Ripieni)


A delicious, traditional spring recipe from Italy made gluten-free, but great for everyone. These will be a hit at any table!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 mins
Total Time:
17 mins
10 stuffed blossoms


  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, fresh

  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese

  • 10 zucchini blossoms

  • 7 tablespoons rice flour

  • 2 eggs

  • ¼ cup milk

  • ¼ cup sparkling water

  • 2 tablespoons sweet rice flour

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 cup oil for frying


  1. Mix mozzarella cheese and Parmesan-Reggiano cheese together in a bowl until smooth. Stuff 1 tablespoon cheese mixture into each zucchini blossom and pinch the ends closed.

  2. Mix rice flour, eggs, milk, sparkling water, sweet rice flour, salt, and pepper together in a bowl. Place stuffed blossoms in flour mixture; toss gently until covered.

  3. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Fry blossoms in oil until crisp and pale golden brown, about 2 minutes. Rest blossoms on paper towels to absorb excess oil.

Cook's Notes:

To avoid tearing, be gentle while stuffing the delicate flowers.

Ricotta cheese can be substituted for mozzarella.

This version doesn't use baking powder but you can add a teaspoon to puff the batter like a tempura.

There are many variations of this antipasto. Some add a piece of anchovy or even sun dried tomatoes. Use your imagination!

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

243 Calories
12g Fat
24g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 243
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 270mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 40mg 201%
Calcium 272mg 21%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 695mg 15%

* 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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