Sunday, August 7, 2011

Cooked Zucchini Blossoms

I decided to be adventurous today and cook up some zucchini blossoms.  I've been hearing how delicious and gourmet they are for a long time, and now I know firsthand.  Thanks to all of the kind folks on Take Back Urban Home-steading(s) fb page for the advice on how to cook these. They're very easy to make:

First, pick male zucchini blossoms.  These will be the blossoms growing highest on the plant on the longer stems.  Be sure to leave one or two near a female blossom so they will continue to pollinate and produce zucchini.  Remove the stamen from the blossom, (it's bitter), and rinse.

Next brush egg on blossoms and roll in corn meal.  The first time I did this I brushed a bit too much egg on the blossoms and it drowned out the flavor, so be sure not to over do it with the egg.

Add a dash of salt, pepper and fresh garlic. 

Fry them with olive oil on medium heat for around five minutes, turning when one side is crispy brown.

The finished product!  The blossoms have a very delicate spicy taste and are so good!  I hear they can also be stuffed and fried which is my next cooking experiment. 


  1. Yes--I've seen recipes where you stuff them with riccota cheese and fry them. I've sauteed them in a little olive oil and they're really nice that way as well.

  2. Those look good! I made a squash blossom pizza from the book My Calabria that was delicious! Each squash blossom had a bit of goat cheese in it. Then you grilled zucchini slices and laid them out like spokes alternating with the blossoms on the pizza dough. Picture here: Really good and definitely on my repeat list.

  3. Thanks for the recipe Ellen! I'll check that one out for sure!

  4. I always wondered how you cooked a blossom. Thank you for sharing the recipe and technique. The pictures will help a LOT. I have been reading your blog for a while now, and have added it to my favorite blog list.

  5. Thanks Erin! You can also stuff them with ricotta cheese before frying, my next experiment! Glad you enjoy my blog. Cheers!

  6. Pamela - Yes, I really need to try that recipe! Keep meaning to. I'm adding ricotta to my shopping list now!