Crispy Herbed Goat Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

Light, crispy, airy and cheese stuffed, these goat cheese stuffed fried zucchini blossoms are appetizer perfection. 

You can’t see zucchini blossoms at the farmers market and not buy them. I think there must be some kind of law against it. And if there isn’t, there should be. Because zucchini blossoms are seriously one of the most amazing things to grace the tables at farmers markets this time of year. I mean seriously. Get yourself some. Pronto. Because you need to make these Crispy Herbed Goat Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms.

Boy that is a mouthful. But a delicious mouthful. When Ryan said, is crispy really necessary? I thought yes, yes it is. Honestly,  I really didn’t want to call them anything else because, to me, reading that title just makes my mouth water. Crispy. Herbed. Goat. Cheese. Stuffed. Zucchini. Blossoms. Ohhhh come to mama.

I already professed my love for zucchini blossoms in this post for mozzarella stuffed fried zucchini blossoms where I explained that I first fell in love with them in Rome. It’s a love affair that has lingered for the last 6 years and it is rekindled every summer.

And yes, I am aware that there are in fact other ways to enjoy zucchini blossoms that don’t involve frying. In fact, I’ve enjoyed them in pastas. I’ve heard also they are good in quesadillas. But for me, when I finally get my hands on them in late July and August, the only thing I can think of is stuffing them and frying them.

I can’t not do it.

Usually I like to stuff them with mozzarella, because well, anything stuffed with mozzarella and fried is bound to be a winner in my book. But after trying them at Cactus, one of our absolute favorite local restaurants, that opted to stuff these delicate little flowers with the equally delicate  goat cheese, I couldn’t help myself and just had to try it at home.

Oh. My. Gosh.

The deliciousness is hard to handle friends. The flowers are stuffed with herbed goat cheese and coated in a very delicate batter and then fried to perfection.

And perfection it is. Cooked just long enough for the outside to be golden brown and the goat cheese to just start melting.

They are light, crispy, airy and cheesy.

Like I said, perfection

Crispy Herbed Goat Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms Recipe

Makes 12 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 3 ounces herbed goat cheese
  • 12 zucchini blossoms, rinsed, stamens removed
  • oil for frying
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup ice water
  • salt



Gently place 1 teaspoon of goat cheese into the center of each blossom, being careful not to tear the petals.


Heat about 1 inch of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Until it reaches 350 degrees or until a bit of batter dropped into it begins frying.


While you are waiting for your oil to heat up, make your batter by whisking together flour and ice water until a smooth and thin batter forms.


Once your oil is hot, carefully dredge the stuffed zucchini blossoms in the batter. Allow any excess to drip off and then fry until golden brown 1 - 2 minutes on each side. You may need to do this in batches so you don't over crowd the pan.


Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a paper towel lined plate, sprinkle with salt and serve immediately.



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  • Reply
    September 9, 2018 at 9:42 am

    I’ve been eating these flowers since I was a small child. My Nonna always whipped them up. They came from a family of meager means so she simply battered them and fried them. You could just keep eating them. My favorite. I continue making them still today, now my family and friends love them. I have tried them by stuffing them with a sausage mixture. Very tasty but..the goat cheese sounds delicious! THANK you. I’m sure we will all enjoy these!

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    Carol Roberts
    May 22, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    I have never in my life eaten zucchini blossoms, despite having grown zucchini. Can’t wait to try this, although it’s a little early yet for zucchini.

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    JB & Renee
    August 18, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    “You can’t see zucchini blossoms at the farmers market and not buy them.” So true! Zucchini blossoms have got to be some of the most beautiful, most enticing things ever. Great recipe. :)

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig
    August 6, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I have always wanted to make these but it seems I am never at the farmer’s market on the days they have them!

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    August 6, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Hi Des,

    These look wonderful, and I am sure they are tasty as we have been enjoying a similar version at home. Love how light and fluffy they turn out, even if fried. I, also bake them into a quiche. Really tasty!

    Hope all is well.

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    August 5, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    The only thing wrong with these is that there isn’t a plate of them in front of me right this second! Oh WOW

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
    August 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Oh my!!! I am so hungry for these NOW!!! What a great dish – I just have to make these soon!!!

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    August 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I grew up with fried zucchini blossoms, and as an adult I love making them myself! Stuffing them with an herbed cheese makes them so gooey and delicious! Next time I find some at the market, I will definitely try goat cheese, as I haven’t used it in the past.