If you already love vegetables, there’s no shortage of the ways you can enjoy them. You don’t shy away from root veggies like parsnips, and there are always some in your smoothie. Heck, sometimes you even skip meat altogether in favor of vegetarian meals. But the easiest way to convince skeptics that they’re the best part of any meal is to serve them fried to a crisp (and hopefully with a tasty dip of some kind). These 16 fried vegetable recipes will make converts out of anyone who’s used to skipping veggies at dinner.
1. Tempura Fried Eggplant: If your only experience with fried eggplant is eggplant Parmesan, you’re in for a treat. Inside a crispy tempura shell, this eggplant is creamy and smooth, a textural interplay that’s hard not to love. (via Oh My Dish)
2. Japanese Shredded Vegetable Tempura: This could be the best use ever of scraps. Shredded or thinly cut veggies are dipped in tempura batter, and then fried until crispy and utterly snackable. (via Chopstick Chronicles)
3. Deep-Fried Squash Blossoms and Sage Leaves: You might think delicate, fried squash blossoms are the star of this dish, but you’d be wrong. Sage leaves are fried along with the blossoms, lending a woodsy, piney flavor that can’t be beat. (via Sugar Loves Spices)
5. Garlic Scape Tempura With Goat Cheese Dip: Make the most of spring produce with this appetizer of tempura-fried garlic scapes. Goat cheese dip helps balance each bite. (via Katie at the Kitchen Door)
7. Beer Battered Mushrooms With Green Tea Salt: Mushrooms are seasoned with green tea salt, and then served with a citrusy-hot yuzu + wasabi mayo that cuts through the richness of the crispy batter with ease. (via Belly Rumbles)
9. Honey Chili Fried Lotus Stems: Imagine your favorite potato chips kicked up 10 or so notches. That might bring you a little closer to these crispy, sticky fried lotus stems, which are tossed with a tangy honey and ketchup sauce that makes them utterly irresistible. (via MM’s Kitchen Bites)
12. Fried Shoe String Onions: Fried onions don’t always have to come in rings. Eat these on their own, or use them to top casseroles and pasta dishes for an added boost of flavor. (via Sprinkles and Sprouts)
13. Tempura Asparagus With Matcha Salt: Rice flour keeps this asparagus tempura *totally* gluten-free. Season with togarishi and matcha salt, then serve with a gluten-free tamari ponzu for added flavor. (via Snixy Kitchen)
15. Cheese Stuffed Onion Rings: Add new life to a classic fried snack by stuffing onion rings with gooey, melted cheese. A little aioli on the side and you’ve got yourself an ideal snacking situation. (via Brazilian Flair in the USA)
16. Beer Battered Artichoke Hearts: Sometimes, you just don’t feel like cleaning entire artichokes. That’s when you’ll be thrilled to have the recipe for these fried artichoke hearts on hand, which are so delicious you won’t even notice that they’re from a can. (via Perpetually Hungry)
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