This tempura zucchini side dish is super easy to make! And I’m making it gluten and vegan free as well.
Hey look, its another zucchini recipe! Seriously, haven’t we had enough? Nope, okay I’ll give you a few more!
Zucchini is just so great this time of year!
When I recently attended a cooking class at Whole Foods Market, the instructor discussed adding club soda to recipes to give it a lift. We made some tempura style foods in the class. I adapted the simple recipe using Better Batter’s Seasoned Gluten Free Flour.
Ingredients For This Tempura Zucchini Recipe
- Zucchini – We used one large zucchini, but if yours are on the smaller side then you might want to use two.
- Flour – We used seasoned gluten free flour, but if yours is not seasoned then add a little salt and pepper to the flour mixture. If you don’t care to make these gluten free then you can use regular flour here.
- Club Soda – This is what makes a bubbly light batter and makes it “tempura style”.
- Oil – We are frying these so oil is necessary here. We prefer a neutral tasting oil such as sunflower oil, but vegetable or canola oil would also work.
How To Make This Tempura Zucchini
Start By Heating Your Oil – You want the oil hot and ready for you. So be sure to get that going first. I used a smaller pot so I could use less oil. And I filled the pot about 1.5 inches of oil.
Make Your Batter – Then you want to combine the flour and club soda together.
Dip The Zucchini – And then go ahead and dip your zucchini into the batter and make sure they are they fully cooked.
Fry ‘Em Up – Then carefully place the zucchini in the hot oil. You want to only cook about 2-4 pieces at a time (depending on the size of your pot). If you overcrowd the pot, it will drop the temperature of the oil. And this could make your zucchini soggy. So just fry a few at at time, until they are golden brown.
What Do I Serve These Tempura Zucchini With?
You can serve these as a side dish or appetizer. And dip in your favorite dipping sauce – like ranch dressing, blue cheese, or honey mustard.
Can I Turn These Into Sticks?
Absolutely you can. We cut them into rounds, but you can definitely cut them into matchsticks and create “tempura zucchini fries” instead.
Why Did My Tempura Zucchini Get Soggy?
This may be because your oil wasn’t hot enough before you started to fry them. Do a test run and fry just one. If the oil doesn’t bubble right away when you drop it in, you may need to wait a little while longer.
Another reason could be that you fried too many at once. Remember don’t overcrowd the pan.
More Zucchini Recipes To Try
If you love zucchini, check out our other zucchini recipes:
- Zucchini Corn Cakes
- Southwest Zucchini Casserole
- Savory Zucchini Quiches
- Zucchini Bake
- Zucchini Grinders.
- Zucchini Parmesan – A Delicious Air Fryer Meal
- Parmesan Zucchini Fries- A Keto Side Dish
- Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters
Tempura Style Zucchini – #glutenfree #vegan
- 1 large zucchini cut into coin shapes
- 3/4 c of seasoned gluten free flour
- 1 can of club soda
- small pot
- Pour oil (I used sunflower) into a pot. I used a smaller pot so I could use less oil. Fill pot with about 1.5 inches of oil. Heat.
- Combine flour and club soda.
- Dip zucchini into flour mixture and coat each piece.
- Place coated zucchini in hot oil. (cook 2-4 pieces at a time) Cook in oil until brown. The more zucchini you cook, the more golden it will become.
- Enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce.
Can I Turn These Into Sticks?Absolutely you can. We cut them into rounds, but you can definitely cut them into matchsticks and create "tempura zucchini fries" instead.
Why Did My Tempura Zucchini Get Soggy?This may be because your oil wasn't hot enough before you started to fry them. Do a test run and fry just one. If the oil doesn't bubble right away when you drop it in, you may need to wait a little while longer. Another reason could be that you fried too many at once. Remember don't overcrowd the pan.
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