Deep-fried foods: 3 recipes to try at home

Oct 24 2022, 08:28 | by Michela Becchi
Fried food is always a good choice. From vegetables to fish, here are a few ideas for this week.

Fried foods

How many fried foods exist in Italy? Each region has its traditions, consider therefore the fried Emiliagnocco fritto, or the Marche-style Ascoli stuffed olives, the Roman zucchini blossoms, Neapolitan cuoppo and fried pizza, Apulian panzerotti, Sicilian arancini and Sardinian seadas. Without forgetting the specialties enjoyed during special holidays, such as zeppole, bignè of San Giuseppe and struffoli. Here are a few ideas for some good deep-fried recipes to try at home.

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Fried polenta with porcini mushrooms


1 kg porcini mushrooms

2 garlic cloves

100 g flour

600 g polenta (ready made and cold)

Olive oil

Peel the mushrooms, cut them and cover them with flour. Cut the polenta into slices, heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the polenta. Put the garlic cloves in a pan with some olive oil and fry the mushrooms. Serve the polenta with porcini mushrooms.

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Pan-fried cod


500 g cod

150 g flour

1 glass of milk

1 egg

1 teaspoon of baking powder


½ garlic clove

Black pepper

Olive oil

Clean and crumble the fish (you don’t need to blend it). Put together in a bowl the flour, the baking powder and then milk, then mix carefully. Add the egg to the mixture, plus a tablespoon of parsely and the garlic clove. Put the fish in the mixture, then heat some olive oil in a pan. Fry the cod and serve it piping hot.

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Fried calamari


200 g calamari cleaned, trimmed and cut into strips, lengthwise

100 g “00” flour

50 g durum wheat semolina

Aromatics (calamint, chives, thyme, oregano, dill)

For the batter

200 g “00” flour

10 g salt

50 g vodka

500 g water

Start by preparing the batter. Mix all the ingredients well with an immersion blender. Pour the mixture into a double-load siphon and keep cool. It’s time for the calamari: mix the two flours and dredge the calamari. Remove the excess flour, and cover them with the batter in the siphon. Immediately fry them in grapeseed oil at 180C, drain when golden and crisp, blot dry on kitchen paper. Serve on a serving dish, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and garnish with herbs.

by Michela Becchi

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