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Kolokythakia Tiganita: Batter-fried Zucchini

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Fried zucchini
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In Greek: κολοκυθάκια τηγανητά, pronounced koh-loh-kee-THAHK-yah tee-ghah-nee-TAH

The key to great crispy zucchini is to slice thinly and fry at high heat so the zucchini has time to cook but not absorb a lot of oil. Use a cheese slicer, mandoline, or long-bladed knife to get uniformly thin slices.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 large zucchini, washed, trimmed, cut lengthwise into strips 1/8 to 3/16 inch thick
  • olive oil for frying
  • 1/2 tablespoon of salt
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  • For batter:
  • 8 ounces of bottled soda water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour


Prepare zucchini: Cut zucchini slices in half if they are long. Slices measuring about 3 inches long work best.

Put slices in a bowl, salt, and let sit 20 minutes. Pour off liquid before putting in batter.

Make the batter: Pour the soda into a bowl, and stir in flour and salt slowly, using a whisk or fork to mix.

Fry: Bring oil to high heat. Coat zucchini in the batter, use a fork to place pieces in oil and fry 5-6 minutes, until golden on both sides and batter puffs up. Drain on absorbent paper toweling just long enough to remove excess oil.

Serve hot.

Yield: serves 4 as a side dish, 6-8 as an appetizer/meze.

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