Antonio Carluccio's courgette fries

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Deep-fried courgette matchsticks
Deep-fried courgette matchsticks
  • Serves: 4

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

These delicious courgette matchsticks make a nice change to oven chips - and they're a great way of getting the kids to eat more veg!


  • 600g baby courgettes
  • olive oil, for deep-frying
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Antonio and Gennaro say: 'Courgettes are probably the most used vegetable in Italy, although they are not given the praise that they deserve.Though the courgette may be humble, it produces wonderful results. It can be eaten raw, fried in slices, baked or grilled whole, stuffed, included in both lasagne and parmigiani'


  1. Top and tail the courgettes and cut them in half lengthways. Cut out the white centre and seeds, if there are any, (this part is too watery for frying), and slice the the remainder into batons. Cut these in half widthways so that you are left with matchsticks about 5cm long.
  2. Heat the oil in a large, deep pan until slightly smoking.
  3. Meanwhile, mix the flour and eggs together to make a light batter. Season with salt and pepper. Dip a handful of the courgette matchsticks into the batter, then plunge them into the hot oil. Deepfry in batches, separating them with a spoon, until they crisp, about 45 minutes. Drain well on kitchen paper.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

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Dip in milk then 50/50 cornflour, plain flour instead

Ayse Inal

This is an awful recipe for battered courgettes!! Once deep fried they were coated in this thick, sponge-like layer that was soft and soggy. My lovely baby courgettes were ruined. To save them I peeled the so-called batter off them, put them under the grill to brown over and then sprinkled them with cheese and back under the grill. This recipe was not light and crispy at all, more like a pancake type batter. I don't seem to have the option to give stars which is annoying but not even 1 star for this

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