Crispy, golden outside – tender, meaty inside, fried squash is so simple and so delicious you’ll never look at zucchini without drooling again! These make an amazing meal all on their own or pop them into a piece of pita bread with a little tahini lemon sauce and you have the perfect sandwich. You’ll find so many ways to enjoy this dish, it’ll quickly become a regular in your kitchen too!
Slice your zucchini on an angle. This gives you more surface area for each slice of squash and this makes for better cooking.
I suggest moving the pan off the heat in between batches so that your oil won’t get too hot or start smoking. 1/2 cup oil should keep you well set for 3 medium zucchini but it doesn’t hurt to have an extra tablespoon or two to add if you need it. And remove any left behind little bits of batter from the oil in between batches so they don’t burn.
• 3 medium zucchini squash
• ½ cup flour (all purpose or white whole wheat)
• ½ cup bubbly water (soda or seltzer – flat can be used too)
• ½ teaspoon salt
• ½ cup olive oil for frying (2-3 tbsp per batch)
Slice zucchini and set aside. Mix flour and salt, add water and stir to remove any lumps. You should finish with a smooth, thick paste.
I like to use seltzer water though in Greece cooks often use soda water instead. If you want to use soda water, just remember to halve the amount of salt. And you can use flat water in pinch. Some decide to use DRY apple bubbly to add additional complementary flavors.
Once you’ve mixed the batter in a mixing bowl, transfer it to a low-sided pan with plenty of room for dipping/flipping your squash to get a good coating. And a regular old dinner fork is the best tool here. Try to coat squash slices evenly and lightly smooth off any excess against the side of your batter pan before transferring to hot oil.
Choose a frying pan with a good size diameter as you want your squash slices to have room between them when cooking. A crowded pan makes for soggy slices! And using a pan with higher sides is helpful also as is cuts down on oil sputters and spatters.
Heat olive oil (2-3 tbsp per batch) in pan on low heat. I have an induction stove top and cook this recipe on 3.
Dip squash slices in batter, coat both sides well, place carefully into hot oil.
Cook 2-3 minutes on each side to a light golden color. Place cooked squash onto a paper towel lined plate to drain off any excess oil. Continue cooking in batches until done.
Serve warm or room temperature. If reheating, don’t microwave as they’ll be soggy. Instead, wrap fried squash slices in foil paper and heat in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.