From garden to kitchen: nasturtium fritters

My nasturtiums are growing wild and I love it. Their orange and yellow blooms are not only nice to look at, they're edible too. You may well know by now how I love the idea using edible flowers in my food (remember the crystallised nasturtiums I made?). Well, turns out nasturtiums with their ever so slight peppery taste, when combined with cheese, make a delicious savoury fritter too.
Ingredients (makes about 8 fritters)

Nasturtium flowers (~10-15)
1 sprig lemon thyme (leaves only)
1 cup self raising flour
3 tablespoons grated tasty cheese
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
Salt and pepper, to taste
3 tablespoon margarine* 

Method:

1. Gentle rinse and pat dry flowers. Saute in margarine for few minutes until wilted. Remove from heat and roughly chop. Set aside.

2. Whisk flour and salt into bowl.

3. In another bowl, combine flowers, lemon thyme, cheese, egg, milk, salt and pepper and beat gently with a fork.

4. Add wet mixture to the flour and stir to combine.

5. Melt margarine on medium heat in pan and add fritter batter by the tablespoon. Cook until golden brown (about 2-3 minutes on each side). Best served warm.
*I've recently found out that I have high cholesterol. Eeeks! So I've started using the healthier alternative - margarine in my cooking lately. Not bad, I must say. I've also decided to adopt healthy eating habits and recipes and more regular exercise (although chasing after a one year old toddler is a pretty good workout in itself!)

25 Responses to From garden to kitchen: nasturtium fritters

kidgranny said...

I've actually never heard of nasturtiums before. Are they in the same family as the hibiscus flower? BTW the dish looks very yummy :)

Ice Pandora said...

Mhmm I heart deep fried stuff :P
I never tried a deep fried flower
before though, however I did once
eaten a zucchini flower! Anyway
it looks delicious c: Xx

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

These look so tasty and light! I've never tried edible flowers before. Bummer about your cholesterol but the good thing is that there are many ways to lower it.

Ananka said...

Sounds good, these look really nice :-)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Yum. My only issue with this recipe is I think I would have a hard time not inhaling them all.

Anouk said...

What a tasty idea... even though they look to pretty to eat. Hope that you can get your cholesterol level back in check.

trishie said...

@juju that's exactly what I did - inhaled them all!

trishie said...

@anouk thanks. I hope so too

M @ LiveLikeYoureTraveling.com said...

Looks fantastic... You're making me HUNGRY!

Pamela RG said...

Looks so delicious and light too. I have high cholesterol too. I love butter. But I exercise too. Eating lots of vegetables and fruits helps too.

trishie said...

@ice pandora these are actually pan fried not deep fried, which makes them healthier :)

Sharlynn Ng said...

OOoooo! Fried edible flowers? Totally up my alley of interesting things to try! I would love to see you cover them with a sugar coating and use them as decor on a cake! I don't think my fingers can do such a delicate thing!

Rose said...

Never heard of this nasturtium before but I do know some flowers can be eaten. ;)

Cielo said...

Oh that dish looks yummy! ♥



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burntfeather said...

I'm pretty sure I use to suck the nectar out of these flowers as a kid, interesting to hear the flower is slightly peppery, will have to "borrow" a few when I next see them growing on my travels :)

Imogen said...

I would really enjoy this, looks amazing.

Sharon D said...

Gosh, this is so pretty. I love the thought of cooking with flowers but haven't really gotten down to it.Interesting!

Brandi said...

Your pictures are gorgeous! Never knew the flowers were edible. Thank you for sharing, Trishie!!

Katrina Sophia said...

Yum! I've never eaten flowers but I'd LOVE to!

Katrina Sophia

Tassell, Tea pot, and life down under said...

Wow that is a perfect recipe Trishie. A have plenty of nasturtium flowers. Yum!

Jane said...

amazing trishie!!

oomph. said...

ooh, this looks tasty and easy!! and i love easy!! thanks for sharing your recipe!

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Nasturtiums are wonderful - I grow some very year. I love their color - they look extremely pretty in fresh garden salads - but, I have to admit, I have never cooked with them though - your fritter recipe might change that!

Beauty Box said...

What an unusual recipe that uses flowers in a savoury way! The fritters sound really yummy. Eggs and cheese are delicious in anything. Sorry to hear about having high cholesterol - I am sure through healthy eating and exercise, you'll be able to get in under control :)

Kelsea Echo said...

I've never heard of nastrurtiums before, but these look delicious!