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Fried Zucchini Flowers – without egg & vegan

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The late summer is just shining in its full splendor and the temperatures are pleasantly warm. What could be nicer than sitting together with friends, drinking an iced glass of white wine, and snacking some tasty antipasti? These fried zucchini flowers should not be missing on your antipasti platter! They are completely vegan and therefore do not need any egg. And you only need a few ingredients to prepare them. And believe me, the crispy result will deeply impress your guests.

vegan fried zucchini flowers

vegan fried zucchini flowers

Fried zucchini flowers, the Italian summer classic par excellence. I can’t tell you how long vegan fried zucchini flowers have been on my to-do list. Several times I’ve taken it upon myself to make some and something always came up.

Well, as you can see, I finally did it! It only felt like it took two summers to finally put that plan into action. And fried zucchini flowers are so quick and easy to make. And so delicious! So it remains a mystery to me why it took me so long to finally try it!
I hope you take this to heart and don’t wait as long as I did to try these vegan fried zucchini flowers!

fried zucchini flowers without egg

Fried zucchini flowers are a typical Italian dish. The zucchini flowers are dipped into a water-flour coating and then fried or deep-fried. If you like, you can also stuff the zucchini.

The classic coating consists of flour, grated parmesan, egg, olive oil, salt, and pepper. So at least two ingredients that are not vegan. But don’t worry, they can easily be exchanged. Respectively you can just leave out the egg completely, it`s not necessary. You can simply replace the parmesan with yeast flakes. You see, the Italian summer classic also works vegan quite easy and simply!

fried zucchini blossoms without egg and cheese

How to make vegan fried zucchini flowers

Vegan fried zucchini flowers are easy to prepare and guaranteed to work! Nevertheless, I would like to give you a few tips here.

I used a hot-air deep fryer for frying. I personally like the fact that you need very little oil and the result is really crispy. Of course a hot air deep fryer is not absolutely necessary. You can also simply deep-fry your zucchini flowers in a pan. But then you will need even more olive oil than the recipe says.

When handling zucchini flowers, you need to show some tact. Because the flowers are somewhat delicate. Especially if you want to fill them in advance. But you should also be careful when washing and dabbing them dry. Before you dip the zucchini flowers in the breadcrumb coating, remove the somewhat sticky pistils.

By the way, you can exchange some of the water in the breading with beer or white wine. For this recipe I left it at sparkling water. But feel free to use half beer and half water.

Less Waste tips for vegan fried zucchini flowers

Following are – as always – a few tips on how to avoid waste when preparing these vegan fried zucchini flowers.

  • You buy unpackaged zucchini flowers at the weekly market
  • The baby zucchini to which the flower is attached can also be fried or used for other dishes
  • You will find flour, salt, pepper, olive oil, and garlic powder without packaging in the unpacked shop
  • You can make sparkling water at home with a SodaStream (no advertising, bought by yourself)
  • Basil can be planted in a pot on the windowsill or bought unpacked at the weekly market
summery snack from Italy

Alternatives to the products used

You can also replace the flour used in this recipe with gluten-free flour. I haven’t tested it myself, but it should work fine.

There are also no limits to your creativity when it comes to spices. Experiment around, use different spices, try for example chili flakes, curry powder, smoked paprika powder and different herbs like oregano or marjoram. Also a pinch of Kala Namak would be conceivable to imitate the egg taste.

As already mentioned, you can also replace some of the water with beer or white wine. I would recommend a ratio of 50:50 here. If you do not want to use sparkling water, just use regular tap water.

Meal Prep tips

You eat vegan fried zucchini flowers fresh! They are not suitable for Meal Prep. Yeah, I wouldn’t eat them the day after they were cooked. So in this case please prepare them fresh and eat them immediately. Otherwise the zucchini flowers will become soft and soggy and will not be crunchy, especially if you keep them in the fridge.

crunchy vegan fried zucchini flowers

Why you should try these vegan fried zucchini flowers:

They are:

  • vegan
  • egg-free
  • cheese-free
  • cooked with few ingredients
  • easily prepared
  • quickly prepared
  • a crispy snack
  • perfect for your summery antipasti platter

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Fried Zucchini Flowers

The late summer is just shining in its full splendor and the temperatures are pleasantly warm. What could be nicer than sitting together with friends, drinking an iced glass of white wine, and snacking some tasty antipasti? These fried zucchini flowers should not be missing on your antipasti platter! They are completely vegan and therefore do not need any egg. And you only need a few ingredients to prepare them. And believe me, the crispy result will deeply impress your guests.

Course Snack
Cuisine Italian
Keyword fried zucchini flowers, zucchini flowers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 zucchini flowers
Author Velvet & Vinegar

Ingredients

  • 6 zucchini flowers organic

coating

  • 50 g flour organic
  • 1 tbsp yeast flakes organic
  • 1 tsp garlic powder organic
  • 1 tbsp chopped basil leaves organic
  • 1 pinch of salt organic
  • 1 pinch of pepper organic
  • 100 ml sparkling water*
  • 1 tbsp olive oil organic

Instructions

  1. Separate the zucchini flowers from the mini zucchini, wash under running water, dab dry and remove pistils.

  2. Finely chop the basil leaves.
  3. Mix all the ingredients for the breading.
  4. Dip the zucchini flowers in the breadcrumbs, turn them until they are completely covered with breadcrumbs and place them in the hot-air deep fryer*.
  5. Fry the courgette flowers at 180° for 15-20 minutes in the deep fryer*.

Recipe Notes

*The coating should be enough for about 10 zucchini flowers or even 12. I turned the mini zucchini in it and deep-fried them as well.

*You can deep-fry the zucchini flowers in the pan if you don’t have a hot-air fryer. Just cover the bottom of a pan with oil and fry them in it. Alternatively, if you want to deep-fry them to the brim, fill the pan with oil so that the zucchini flowers float, heat up, and then deep-fry them. Make sure to use an oil that is suitable for frying!

*Instead of using only water try 50ml of sparkling water and 50ml of beer or white wine.

*You can adjust the frying time in the hot air deep fryer to your taste. Depending on how crispy you like your zucchini flowers. Next time I will deep-fry them a bit longer

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fried zucchini flowers - no egg, no cheese, fully vegan

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