Zucchini Flowers on a plate, an summer Italian Recipe

Stuffed Zucchini Flowers: Italian Recipes for Summer

A very popular Italian summer appetizer: stuffed zucchini blossoms. Discover how to cook, clean and fill this edible and delicate flower, symbol of Italian summers!


First of all let's reply to all those who ask themselves: are zucchini flowers edible? Yes! And they are really delicious!

Stuffed zucchini blossoms are one of the most popular Italian summer appetizers: just image the delicate zucchini flower taste enriched with a big variety of different fillings, above all, a yummy cheese filling.

The most traditional zucchini flower recipe is stuffed with mozzarella and anchovies, a really simple recipe that consists of stuffing the fower with a small piece of mozzarella cheese and a cured anchovy. Then, just dip the stuffed squash blossoms in the batter and fry them.

This recipe hails from Campania and Calabria, regions in Southern Italy. The local name is Sciurilli or Frittelle di Ciurilli (dialect). The peasant wisdom says that we have to cook everything edible, and in most cases this traditional and poor cuisine, characterized by a great attention to details, created fantastsic dishes like these stuffed zucchini flowers.

Zucchini Flowers Season

The zucchini flowers season starts in June and lasts for almost the whole summer; for this they are the ideal ingredient for a seasonal appetizer to fill in with your favourite food. When to pick zucchini flowers? It’s better pick the flowers after 10/11 am. We recommend not to pick the female flowers (those that grows on the zucchini top), just pick the male flowers, because this will let the plant continue to produce zucchini during the season.

zucchini flowers male vs female

How to Clean Zucchini Flowers

  • Wash the flowers by paying attention not to spoil the petals with a too strong water jet.
  • Dry them with paper towels.
  • Gently open the petals using the fingers and cut off the pistil.
  • Now you can use the squash blossoms for your recipe.

How to Make Stuffed Zucchini Flowers

As we said, the most famous recipe is fried stuffed zucchini flowers with mozzarella, but there are a lot of cominations that you can try and new matches to experiment. Now, let’s see how to prepare a super zucchini flower batter.

fried zucchini flowers

Zucchini Flower Batter

To prepare the batter you need:

  • 7.7 oz Water
  • 5.3 oz Flour 00
  • 0.5 oz Fresh yeast
  • 0.2 oz Salt
  • 0.2 oz Sugar

Melt the yeast in a little amount of water and whip. In another bowl, mix the flour with the rest of the water until you get a smooth dough. Add the yeast to the dough and mix everything, finally add salt and sugar. Let rest for about 30 minutes.

Crispy squash blossoms batter: to prepare a frying and crunchy use 4 cup of sparkling iced water or beer, 3.5 oz of flour and 1 egg yolk.

cook zucchini blossoms

Zucchini Flower Recipe: a not Fried Alternative

If you don't love fried food or you prefer healthy recipes, you can try baked stuffed zucchini flowers. The flavor will result unchanged and your diet will be safe!

Italian Stuffed Zucchini Flower Recipes

Try this 4 stuffed zucchini flowers recipes and choose your favorite one!

Try also other combinations for cheese stuffed zucchini flowers like fiore di bufala and caciocavallo, ricotta and mint… There's something to suit everybody's taste!

Zucchini flower cover image by Herry Lawford CC 2.0

Male zucchini flowers by Pauline Mak CC 2.0

Fried zucchini flowers by ccharmon CC 2.0

Zucchini flowers in a saucepan by mararie CC 2.0