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Simple Fritto Misto

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 20 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Vegetable oil, for frying

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup cornstarch

Generous pinch salt, plus more for sprinkling

Pinch freshly ground black pepper

1 cup sparkling water

4 ounces green beans, halved if long

2 small zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds

1 lemon, sliced into very thin round slices


  1. In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, pour enough oil to fill the pan about a third of the way. Heat over medium heat until a deep-frying thermometer inserted in the oil reaches 375 degrees F.
  2. Mix the flour, cornstarch, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Whisk in the water to make a thin batter. Dip the green beans, zucchini and lemons in the batter and carefully place them in the saucepan. Fry the vegetables until lightly browned, 1 to 3 minutes. Drain the vegetables on paper towels and immediately sprinkle with salt. Serve the vegetables warm.
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