Beer Batter Fried Zucchini Flowers

Beer Batter Fried Zucchini Flowers

Zucchini Flowers are one of my favorite delicacies from the garden. They are perfect in this Beer Batter Fried Zucchini Flowers recipe! They are also great stuffed, baked, or added into a dish. I’ve even thrown some into a quiche and on a salad.

When harvesting you do have to be mindful when picking. The long stemmed flowers are the male flowers, they are best, but they are needed for pollination of the female flowers on the young zucchini that is beginning to grow. If you pick too many, you risk the plant not producing. But with balance, those flowers are perfect!

This recipe is quick and simple. The beer adds air to the batter which is best for the delicate petals. When prepping make sure to remove the inside stem, aka the pollinator, as it is bitter. It’s easy to remove, just pinch it with your fingers.

Some say you don’t need to rinse your flowers, however, I do. I place then in a bowl of cold water for just a minute or so, gently swirling to remove any dirt or insects that might be trapped in the center. Then I lay flat on a towel to dry.

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yellow zucchini flower

Beautiful bright yellow flowers!

Zucchini plant with green leaves and yellow flower

It’s usually best to pick the flowers in the morning before they begin to close.

Yellow zucchini flower with red circle around center pollinator

It is best to remove the center – pictured above.

Ingredients for Beer Batter Fried Zucchini Flowers

  • Zucchini Flowers
  • Beer
  • Flour
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt – pinch
Blue bowl with flour and bottle of beer in background

Bowl with flour and beer mixture

Whisk flour and beer in a shallow bowl, then add a pinch of salt.

Zucchini flower dipped in flour and beer batter

Dip flower in batter to coat

Zucchini flowers frying in oil in pan

Fry in oil

Golden brown zucchini flowers frying in oil in pan.

Turn after about 2 minutes. Flowers will be a golden brown.

These flowers will have a beautiful golden crunch! I hope you enjoy these delicate flowers as much as we do!

White dish with fried zucchini flowers with white dipping sauce.

Serve with favorite dipping sauce or marinara.


Beer Batter Fried Zucchini Flowers

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Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Zucchini Flower
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Author: hungrydanekitchen


  • Pan for frying


  • 6-8 zucchini flowers rinsed and dried
  • 3/4 cup beer
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • salt pinch
  • oil for frying


  • Whisk flour and beer together in a shallow bowl. Add a pinch of salt.
  • Heat pan with oil on medium high heat. Oil is hot enough if you place a small drop of batter in oil and it begins to sizzle.
  • Coat flowers in batter and add to pan. Fry on each side for about 2 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Place cooked flowers on a sheet pan or plate lined with paper towels to remove excess oil.
  • Serve with a marina sauce, blue cheese dressing, ranch dressing or any of your favorite dipping sauces.
  • Enjoy!

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