Fried Asparagus & Squash Blossoms

Fritto misto, mixed fried foods, is a typical Italian nibble. Be sure to salt the asparagus and blossoms as soon as they're out of the oil so that the crystals will stick to the food.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
5 servings


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cups seltzer water

  • 15 white and/or green asparagus spears, trimmed

  • 1 ¼ cups extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 ¼ cups canola oil

  • 15 squash blossoms, stems trimmed to 3/4 inch

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Place flour in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in seltzer water until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place a large bowl of ice water by the stove. Plunge asparagus into the boiling water and cook for 1 minute. Lift it out with tongs or a slotted spoon and transfer to the ice water. Drain the asparagus and pat dry.

  3. Combine olive oil and canola oil in a large skillet; heat over medium heat to 350 degrees F. Whisk the batter, then, working in batches, dip the asparagus and squash blossoms in the batter. Carefully transfer to the hot oil and fry until crisp and golden, 1 to 2 minutes per side, adjusting the heat as necessary to maintain the temperature, Transfer to a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Sprinkle with salt.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

351 Calories
36g Fat
7g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Serving Size 3 asparagus spears & 3 blossoms
Calories 351
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Vitamin A 480IU 10%
Vitamin C 4mg 5%
Folate 48mcg 12%
Sodium 193mg 8%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 1mg 8%
Magnesium 10mg 2%
Potassium 115mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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