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Master the Art of Italian Deep-Fried Vegetables with Mamma Giuliana’s Crispy Batter

When it comes to deep frying vegetables the Italian way, Mamma Giuliana’s tried-and-tested batter recipe is a must. This super-crispy coating transforms any vegetable into an amazing antipasto that pairs perfectly with a glass of bubbly.

Watch and Learn

In her latest kitchen tip, Mamma Giuliana demonstrates her foolproof recipe for the perfect crunchy batter. In Italy, fritto misto is a beloved appetizer consisting of a mix of lightly golden deep-fried vegetables, sprinkled with salt and served piping hot. However, soggy or greasy batter can ruin the dish. Mamma Giuliana’s simple recipe ensures an exquisitely crisp coating in just minutes. Watch the video and follow the steps below to recreate this fantastic dish at home.


  • Flour
  • Very cold water (chilled in the fridge)
  • Olive oil
  • Egg white (whisked until very stiff)
  • Vegetables of your choice (zucchini, bell peppers, eggplant, carrot, artichoke, and broccoli work well)
  • Frying oil
  • Salt (to season after frying)

Steps to Perfect Crispy Batter

  1. Prepare the Batter:
    • Place some flour in a bowl.
    • Gradually pour in very cold water and mix with a fork until just combined. Avoid over-mixing to prevent the batter from becoming sticky.
    • Add a little olive oil and set the mixture aside. Do not add salt to the batter as it will make it soggy when cooked. Instead, season the vegetables after frying.
  2. Fold in the Egg White:
    • In a separate bowl, whisk one egg white until very stiff.
    • Carefully fold the whisked egg white into the flour and water mixture, ensuring not to knock the air out. The air in the egg white is crucial for a light batter.
  3. Coat the Vegetables:
    • Dip your chosen vegetables into the batter, ensuring they are well coated.
  4. Fry the Vegetables:
    • Heat frying oil in a wide pan until very hot.
    • Fry the coated vegetables until they turn light golden. Be careful not to overcook them.
    • Remove with a slotted spoon and drain off excess oil on kitchen towel.
  5. Season and Serve:
    • Sprinkle the hot, crispy vegetables with salt.
    • Serve immediately for the best texture and flavor.

Voilà, Perfectly Crispy Fried Vegetables Every Time!

Mamma Giuliana’s batter recipe ensures a delightful crunch that elevates any vegetable into a mouthwatering antipasto. Serve with a glass of your favorite bubbly and enjoy!

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