Beer Battered Zucchini Chips

March 26th, 2007 by Jeff in Appetizers

One of my favorite vegetables is zucchini. I have a lot of different ways to prepare it, but the most flavorful way is by deep frying. They come out golden brown and crispy and the real trick is in the batter.

For anyone with even 10 minutes of deep frying experience knows that the batter is everything. Batter usually consists mostly of flour, spices and a liquid. The strongest “spice” in batter is the flour. It is challenging to add spice to batter because the taste of flour is so strong. This is why you must use more spice than you would think.

  • 1 cup all purpose white flour.
  • 1/2 cup all purpose white flour.
  • 1/4 cup smoked paprika, regular will work too.
  • 1/8 cup garlic salt. (or 1/16 garlic powder and 1/16 kosher salt).
  • 2 tablespoons of black pepper.
  • Vegetable oil for frying.
  • Up to 1 can (12 oz) of beer.
  • Zucchini.

Heat deep fryer to 350 degrees.

Mix together the 1 cup of flour, paprika, garlic salt, and pepper. Whisk in the beer a little at a time until the mixture has the consistency of pancake batter. Drink the remaining beer. 🙂

Lay out the 1/2 cup of flour on a separate dish.

Slice the zucchini thin, about 1/4 inch per slice. Dredge the chips in the flour and then add to the batter.

Working in batches, add them to the deep fryer and cook for about 4 minutes, turning half way through. They should be a dark golden brown when finished. They should be crispy when bitten into.


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