Fiori Dolci {Sweet Fried Squash Blossoms}

If you have a garden and planted any type of squash you are sure to have an abundance of vibrant squash blossoms. They seem to be multiplying in my garden, and I couldn’t be happier because I love to cook with them. You might remember we’ve already posted a STUFFED SQUASH BLOSSOM recipe. I love the savory filling but this time we’re going to be on the sweet side of the blossoms ; )

BUT before I tell you about this sexy sweet number I’ll clarify a little something something about the blossoms for those of you who might not be as familiar with this delectable delicacy ; ) Squash blossoms can be either male or female. It’s best to pick the squash blossoms in the morning when they’re OPEN so you can tell them apart ; ) It will be obvious which one is the MALE. If you are concerned about loosing squash then you’ll want to only cut the male blossoms. They are just there to ehem keep the females happy and will not produce actual squash.

Once you’ve chosen your blossoms, you’ll want to be sure to check them well for potential “guests”. They do grow outside after all. You can wash them but you’ll need to be sure to pat them completely dry. They are DELICATE beauties so be gentle with them.

You’ll need to make this particular batter about an hour ahead of time. It will need time to mingle with the other flavors and get to know each other better. Just whisk it together and set it aside. It’s light, crunchy and has just the right amount of cinnamon-y sweetness. And then as if it already wasn’t practically perfect it’s topped off with a dusting of confectioners sugar…swoon…


What you’ll need:
12 squash blossoms – cleaned, destemmed
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups white wine
2 tablespoons mineral water
1 egg – separated
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
vegetable/canola oil – enough to fry
confectioners sugar – enough to garnish  

What to do:
1. Into a medium size bowl add: egg yolk, flour, pinch of salt, cinnamon, wine & mineral water. Whisk together to combine. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit minimum of one hour to allow mixture to thicken into a batter consistency.

2. In a large deep sided pan {frying machine, dutch oven or the like} heat enough oil to fry the squash blossoms until it reaches approx 325 degrees.

3. WHILE the oil is heating, beat the reserved egg white until it has stiff peaks. GENTLY fold the egg white into the batter mixture.

4. Once the oil is hot, GENTLY dip the cleaned squash blossoms into the batter and then CAREFULLY place them into the oil. Cook until lightly golden {just a minute or two} Using a slotted spoon removed blossoms and transfer to a sheet lined with paper towels.

5. Garnish with confectioners sugar.

Buon Appetito!


  1. 1

    I think I can definitely eat my veggies this way!

  2. 2

    oh my goodness. i don’t even know what to say…these have rendered me speechless and i haven’t even tried them!!!

  3. 3

    Hi Paula, these squash blossoms look great. The dusting of confectioners sugar is perfect.

    I always admire your food photography!

    Bon appetit!

  4. 4

    These look so fantastic! I actually didn’t know squash blossom were edible. Can’t wait to try these, although I’ll have to wait until next year (I sort of neglected my gardens a little this year) 🙁
    Anyways, thanks for the great post!

  5. 5

    Someday I am going to have to eat a squash blossom….someday!

  6. 6

    Very interesting about the male & female blossoms, I am headed out right now to the garden to check this out. I had no idea! Great recipe and as always wonderful photos.

  7. 7

    One of the best recipes from my childhood! Never had them with the confectioners’ sugar on top… it makes them perfect!

  8. 8

    Ooooh, I LOVE the thought of a sweet version! These sound amazing! And SO pretty! I love the way you think! 🙂

  9. 9

    OMG – As if I needed more reason to eat fried zucchini blossoms. Now a sweet version – You’ve really gone and done it.

  10. 10

    Hi, how do you know wich blossoms are male or female? I think I`ve been cutting both!! So that´s why I haven´t got any zuchinnis in my garden!!!! Love your blog.

  11. 11

    Sounds like a wonderful recipe

  12. 12

    Wow , those look delicious! Beautiful photos and fantastic recipe, thanks for sharing with us.

  13. 13

    You know, we make this the savory way all the time but have never thought of making a sweet version. What a brilliant idea !!! Will give this a try.

  14. 14

    Lovely, delicate way to prepare squash blossoms. I’m heading out first thing in the morning to investigate the blossoms in my own garden and would love to try this recipe.

  15. 15

    Beautiful! I love the stuffed ones too

  16. 16

    I love squash blossoms and can imagine how yummy these are topped with confectioner’s sugar!

  17. 17

    I’m thinking it must be obvious which one is the male? Hee hee – too funny. I’ve been wondering about this, and have been hesitant to harvest any squash blossoms and give them a whirl because I didn’t want to jeopardize any, you know, offspring. Thanks for that info! Love your blog.

  18. 18

    This photograph is just stunning!

  19. 19

    This looks so nice. I have never thought of using sugar to make this. WHat a wonderful idea. I am loving it.

  20. 20

    Really awesome recipe I have never eat squash blossoms but after it I am thinking about it

  21. 21

    I LOVE squash blossoms, but would have NEVER thought of using them like this (I usually stuff mine with cheese and make into a savoury dish).

    They look beautiful and I will most certainly have to give this a try.

  22. 22

    Oh wow, Paula! I love the idea of a sweet treat made with squash blossoms! I’ve never seen a recipe like this before, but I can’t wait to try it! 😀

    Angelica and any others… the male squash blossoms are on a longish stem (2-4″) along the main growing stem. The female blossoms will be closer, almost flush to the main growing stem and you may even see a very small miniature squash at the base of the blossom. If you pick the female blossoms, the squash won’t develop, so leave those be. You’ll also need to leave some of the male blossoms on the plant so that the bees can fertilize the female blossoms so the squash will grow. 😉

    Hope that helps!


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