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Kolokithakia Tiganita: A Greek Fried Zucchini Recipe

Zucchini is one of my favorite summer vegetables. It has a very delicate flavor. Unlike cucumber, zucchini is usually served cooked. You can literally cook it in any way you can imagine. You can steam it, boil it, grill it, stuff and bake it, barbecued it and fry it. You can even include it in other recipes like moussaka. Kolokithakia tiganita, or else fried zucchini, is a favorite Greek traditional appetizer.

Although zucchini is a summer vegetable, I like to eat it anytime I find it around. Served with skordalia, meat or fish, kolokithakia tiganita is a delightful way to eat your vegetables. This kolokithakia tiganita recipe is easy and quick. It will take you around 40-50 minutes to prepare and cook.

Kolokithakia Tiganita

Kolokithakia Tiganita (Greek Fried Zucchini Recipe) – Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 kg of medium sized zucchini
  • 2 cups of Greek olive oil
  • Some flour
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper, to taste

Kolokithakia Tiganita (Greek Fried Zucchini Recipe) – Instructions

  1. Rinse zucchini well under cold, running water.
  2. Cut the zucchini in half down in slices
  3. Transfer zucchini slices to a colander.
  4. Allow them to drain.
  5. Sprinkle zucchini slices well with salt and pepper.
  6. Dredge zucchini slices in flour.
  7. Take a large pan. Add olive oil.
  8. Heat olive oil over high heat.
  9. Take a spatula. Add several sliced zucchini at a time to the hot oil.
  10. Fry until they become golden-brown on both sides.
  11. Turn sides as necessary.
  12. When ready, fried zucchini will float to the top.
  13. Taste to see if additional salt is needed. Add to taste.
  14. Place fried zucchini slices to several layers of paper towels. This will drain excess oil.
  15. Repeat this process with remaining zucchini slices.
  16. Serve kolokithakia tiganita right away.

Hope you like kolokithakia tiganita! Stay tuned for more traditional Greek recipes. Enjoy!

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