Deep Fried Courgettes – Zucchini Fritti

14 Oct

Well, the title says it all, so if you don’t deep fry or don’t eat fried food, then this one is not for you…

(You could try Natalies beautiful Baked Courgettes instead and check out her fantastic blog which is packed full of amazing vegetarian recipes.)

But you can still enjoy this photo of some super fresh vegetables bought round for us from our lovely neighbours who picked our tomatoes while we were away. From the field to our plates in less than a couple of hours…how wonderful is that?!

Veggies (4)

When we are Down by the Sea, a local Italian restaurant does a side dish of deep fried courgettes. I used to order them and gorge on a portion myself, safe in the knowledge that Big Man was not a big fan of this gorgeous vegetable. Of course, the day finally came when he decided to give them a go and unfortunately for me, I now have to share. Must remember to stop saying “go on, try them, I think you’ll love them”. Sometimes you get what you asked for.

Zucchini Fritti (7)


  • One courgette cut into thick batons
  • A little milk
  • A few tablespoons of flour seasoned with a little salt and pepper
  • Oil for deep frying

Dip the courgette pieces first in the milk, then the seasoned flour and deep fry in very hot oil for a few minutes until lightly browned. Drain, sprinkle with coarse salt and serve. Alioli or garlic mayonnaise is great with them.

Zucchini Fritti (3)

Make double if you run the risk of having to share.


43 Responses to “Deep Fried Courgettes – Zucchini Fritti”

  1. Mad Dog October 14, 2013 at 22:44 #

    I’ll take deep fried courgettes – yum!
    They remind me of Mona Lisa at the end of King’s Road – have you been there? They do a menu 😉

    • Chica Andaluza October 15, 2013 at 23:58 #

      Ooh never even heard of it – love that it does a menu!

  2. Amanda October 15, 2013 at 00:08 #

    Yum. How beautiful they look. Deep fried anything is usually good, but fresh veggies….delicious!

    • Chica Andaluza October 15, 2013 at 23:59 #

      The fresh veggies balance out the naughtiness of the frying!

  3. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen October 15, 2013 at 00:13 #

    Wow, these look absolutely munchable! (I know, not a word, but it seemed to fit). I can’t believe I’ve not tried these before.. well, I know I haven’t because I didn’t have a recipe, but now I do:D I can’t wait to snack on these, such simple ingredients.. all I need is a hefty courgette!

    • Chica Andaluza October 15, 2013 at 23:59 #

      They are indeed very munchable – love your word!

  4. Diane Thorn October 15, 2013 at 00:24 #

    Thanks, Tanya. I’m the only one in our household that eats courgettes, so it’s great to have a different way of preparing them. And I’m not going to offer them to ‘the man’. He’s turned me down so often in the past, he’s not going to get a chance with these.

    • Chica Andaluza October 16, 2013 at 00:02 #

      Yes, I’d keep them away from him because before you know it, he’ll be scoffing your portion! Seems like I might be meeting my long lost and distant cousin this week 🙂

  5. ChgoJohn October 15, 2013 at 00:43 #

    Perfect, Tanya! Mom would make these and we kids devoured them as soon as they were cool enough to handle. If she didn’t guard the, none would have made it to the dinner table. She never served them with a sauce, though, but I will from now on. 😉
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Chica Andaluza October 16, 2013 at 00:02 #

      They’re so good with just a little salt sprinkled on them that you can forego the sauce. An di know what you mean about devouring things out of the fryer just as soon as they are cool enough to handle….it’s all part of the fun!

  6. cathyandchucky October 15, 2013 at 01:51 #

    Aaaaghhhh straight to the thighs food! Must eat them, must dip in garlicky Aioli, yummmmmm……! 😀

    • Chica Andaluza October 16, 2013 at 00:02 #

      If you eat them quickly the calories don’t have a chance to stick 😉

      • cathyandchucky October 16, 2013 at 01:20 #

        Ah! That’s the trick is it? I must learn to eat faster as I eat so much slower than my partner 😉

      • Chica Andaluza October 16, 2013 at 22:31 #


  7. Gather and Graze October 15, 2013 at 03:10 #

    Oh my… these look absolutely delicious!

  8. Tandy | Lavender and Lime October 15, 2013 at 06:06 #

    I think we will love these!

  9. 76sanfermo October 15, 2013 at 07:37 #

    A very yummy recipe and a way to make zucchini more interesting!

    • Chica Andaluza October 16, 2013 at 00:03 #

      Yes, they can be a little bland sometimes (mind you I love them steamed or boiled with olive oil and lemon juice!)

      • 76sanfermo October 16, 2013 at 00:26 #

        And so do I!
        But in my family no one seems to like them….
        thank you for this share.

  10. TheDorsetFinca October 15, 2013 at 08:50 #

    I don’t deep fry, but it’s only because I’m scared of that amount of hot oil bubbling away near me!! These look yummy!

    • Chica Andaluza October 16, 2013 at 00:03 #

      Yes, it can be scary. I use my great big wok, so it doesn’t bubble over!

  11. thecompletebook October 15, 2013 at 09:18 #

    Oh this is definitely for me!
    😀 Mandy xo

  12. Food,Photography & France October 15, 2013 at 09:57 #

    Top idea. I’ll be doing this, and there’s no chance that Jenny will let me have them to myself:)

  13. Danny & Sue October 15, 2013 at 11:57 #

    Hi Tanya, look delicous, have to try them, love courgettes and fried food, so

    • Chica Andaluza October 16, 2013 at 00:04 #

      Oh us too – hey, every now and then it’s not so naughty! Hope you are both well xx

  14. gardenfreshtomatoes October 15, 2013 at 12:11 #

    I’m not deep frying anything at home these days – small people and pots of hot oil, you understand – but my favorite Italian restaurant makes these, but as thin shoestrings. Hubby and I LOVE them! 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza October 16, 2013 at 00:05 #

      Yes, a bit risky right now 😦 I love the thin ones too – and now you’ve got me thinking about onions done like this!

  15. narf77 October 15, 2013 at 19:20 #

    If you don’t want to eat these fried just bake them, apparently they are almost as delish but even though I am one of those freaks who doesn’t eat fried food I still want to lick the monitor in hedonistic delight whenever I see gorgeousness like this. I can resist just about every temptation out there but fried food has a siren song…that crispy crunchy delicious fatty aroma wafting on the breeze can have me standing with Earl next to a greasy spoon MUCH longer than is necessary. Even Earl (who loves to urinate on every single corner of a building) ends up looking up at me as if to say “err…we can move on now!” ;). Imagining the delicious wafts that were floating around your hedonistic kitchen as you made and then inhaled these 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza October 16, 2013 at 00:07 #

      So funny, poor Earl…you can’t hold him up when he’s on a peeing mission. Alfi is the same although if he finds discarded food wrappers on the floor (in the town clearly, not Up the Mountain) he also comes to an emergency stop so that he can sniff all the smell out of the paper!

  16. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward October 16, 2013 at 19:10 #

    Delicious – and beautiful colors. This is a truly international appetizer… Love it! I am looking forward to reading about your fabulous cooking adventures in (wonderful) Spain.

  17. Sawsan@ Chef in disguise October 17, 2013 at 20:58 #

    hehehe careful what you wish for 🙂
    I love fried zucchini, my mum used to make it with a tahini sauce dip. I have not made it in ages! I need to change that soon

    • Chica Andaluza October 18, 2013 at 21:20 #

      Oh wow – must try it with tahini sauce dip…that sounds fab!

  18. fati's recipes October 31, 2013 at 01:28 #

    I’ve never tried zucchini like this before although I’ve seen it on some blogs I follow done like this. Maybe I’ll try half a batch fried and half baked and do a little comparison review of this new way of eating the veg!

  19. Saiful Bahri September 19, 2015 at 04:34 #

    green chili was the most favored person Lombok Indonesia . Because of their tradition like spicy.

  20. BANDAR KAOS KARAKTER February 14, 2016 at 13:28 #

    good article , thangks

  21. kaamiliaahijab February 18, 2016 at 14:13 #

    hmmm …. surely taste good

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