Fried Zucchini Flowers and Sage for a tasty nibble

Fried Zucchini Flowers and Sage for a tasty nibble

By 20/08/2012

It is quite common to have some little fried treats in Italian restaurants whilst waiting for your meal.

One of the most popular is the widely known fried courgette's flowers. They can be enjoyed just deep fried on their own or with a filling, like mozzarella and anchovies which is quite popular in Rome.

My grandma used to sprinkle some sugar over them and turned them into sweet treats. Courgettes flowers can be male or female. There are always many more male flowers (which function is to pollinate the female ones) and fewer female ones.

It is easy to distinguish the female ones as they have a miniature courgette fruit at the base of the flower whereas the male ones don't.
So, once the female ones have appeared, you can pick all the male flowers. I have fried some sage leafs too. They are also very popular as an appetizer. Get the largest leaves you can find, dip them into the batter and just fry.
I have used cold beer to make up the batter but you can use just cold sparkling water if you prefer.

  • Prep Time : 25 minutes
  • Cook Time : 15 minutes



Wash the flowers in gentle running water to avoid damaging them. Wash the sage leafs too.
Open gently the flowers and remove the stamens of the male flowers which have a strong taste.

Zucchini flowers

In a bowl add the egg, the beer, flour and salt. Beat the mixture up well. Add some more beer if needed. The mixture should be partly running and partly thick.

Dip the flowers and the sage into the mixture and coat them gently with it.

Heat plenty of oil in a large pan and when hot, fry the flowers and the sage until golden.

Enjoy with cold white wine or a glass of beer.

Fried zucchini flowers in batter
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28 Responses to Fried Zucchini Flowers and Sage for a tasty nibble

  1. simple baking

    Wow nice treat to have with hot chai whilst it raining outside! Love anything fried :DxoxoAnuja

  2. Shobha

    I have seen these flowers in the store but did not know how to use them..Nice snack..will try it out.

  3. Recetario Spanglish para mis hijos

    Beautiful, I´ve never tried them, I´m anxious to see how they taste. Un beso,

  4. simran

    nice and tasty….love this simple snack

  5. Balvinder Ubi

    I need to plant courgette next year to get the flowers. Back home in India I used to eat them fried just like yours (no egg). You revived my memories.

  6. Hema

    Have heard of this but never tried it, looks simply awesome..

  7. Gloria

    These courgettes look delicious, not always I find here!

  8. Anne

    I never heard of this but they look delicious:)~Anne

  9. Jasna Varcakovic

    Love your recipes, because they're simple and wholesome…Zucchini flowers are rare to find here, and very expensive.

  10. La cucina di Molly

    Adoro i fiori di zucchina fritti, e preparati in altri modi! Mi incuriosisce molto la versione dolce che faceva tua nonna, proverò a farli così, con lo zucchero, chissà che bontà! Ciao

  11. Dolcemeringa Ombretta

    Un'aperitivo davvero sfizioso:-)bacioni

  12. Rosita Vargas

    Rico aperitivo fritas son excelentes como acompañamiento,abrazos y abrazos.

  13. Zoe

    These will be great summer appetizer or party food! They look very pretty too.

  14. ~~louise~~

    I've often stuffed Zucchini flowers with cheese but I have never fried them with sage. It sounds so interesting and delicious Alida. I will have to remember this for the next time I get a hold of some. I only wish all that cantaloupe in the garden were zucchini!Thank you so much for sharing…

  15. LinsFood

    This is one of my favourite appetisers but I've never made them! Must give your recipe a try before it cools down and the courgettes wilt!

  16. Choclette

    These look so tasty. I've heard courgette flowers are good stuffed and battered as you have done, but although I keep meaning to I've still not tried them. That's a good tip about removing the stamens, I've not heard that before. I like the sound of battered sage leaves too. Italians really do have the best cuisine!

  17. All That I'm Eating

    These look wonderful. I've always wanted to try this but never have enough flowers!

  18. Working London Mummy Working London Mummy

    absolutely delicious. I love courgette flowers but only rarely get to eat them as you have to grow your own to find them!

  19. Cabriola

    wooowI love courgette flowers. I have lots of them on the orchard this summer, but I hadn't heard about fired sage leaves before. I'll try them!have a nice weekend 🙂

  20. unikorna

    I have to try them, I've heard great things about their taste, I wonder if I can still find them, it's a bit late for the flowers.

  21. Lory B.

    Che bel blog!! Mi sono unita ai tuoi sostenitori!!!Adoro i fiori di zucca, profumano d'estate!!!!A presto!!!

  22. Carmen Anderson

    What an interesting recipe! I love it, it looks so gorgeous and sounds absolutely delicious! I never tried cooking courgette flowers, now I look forward to trying them out using your recipe! Have a great weekend!

  23. Ozlem's Turkish Table

    Gorgeous courgette flowers, they look yummy! We stuff these flowers with pinenuts and aromatic rice at home too, loved your version;)

  24. Giovanna

    Adoro i fiori di zucca fritti, brava Alida!Un bacione

  25. Suchi

    Lovely….these fries took me back to my childhood, pumpkin flowers are a delicacy back home, incidentally they look similar and also have the male and female ones….we fry them in a batter made with gram flour and rice flour to make them crispy!

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