Looking for a delicious and easy-to-make dessert recipe? We have the perfect recipe for you – Italian Zeppole Fritter!
This delectable treat originates from Italy and is often enjoyed during special occasions such as weddings and festivals.

The zeppole fritter is crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside, and dusted with a generous amount of powdered sugar.
Get ready to impress your family and friends with this irresistible dessert!

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Fried Italian Zeppole Fritter Recipe

This classic Italian dessert is sure to impress anyone who takes a bite.
So gather your ingredients, fire up that fryer, and get ready to indulge in a sweet and crispy treat that will transport your taste buds straight to Italy.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 250 kcal


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk or electric mixer
  • Heavy-bottomed pot or deep fryer
  • Cooking thermometer
  • Slotted spoon or spider strainer
  • Paper towels


For the zeppole fritter batter you will need:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and granulated sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, then add the milk and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
  • Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, whisking continuously until a smooth batter forms.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a heavy-bottomed pot or deep fryer to 375°F (190°C). Use a cooking thermometer to ensure the oil is at the right temperature.
  • Using a small ice cream scoop or tablespoon, carefully drop spoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil, avoiding overcrowding. Fry in batches if necessary.
  • Fry the zeppole fritters until golden brown, turning them occasionally to ensure even cooking. This should take about 2-3 minutes per batch.
  • Using a slotted spoon or spider strainer, carefully remove the fried fritters from the oil and transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.
  • Allow the zeppole fritters to cool slightly before dusting them generously with powdered sugar. Serve warm.


Nutritional Facts

One portion (two zeppole fritters) approximately contains:
  • Calories: 250
  • Total Fat: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 60mg
  • Sodium: 220mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 35g
  • Protein: 6g
Now that you have the recipe for Easy Fried Italian Zeppole Fritters in your hands, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get frying!
Buon appetito!
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Batch of Zeppole Fritters

Tips for great results:

  • For a touch of citrus flavor, you can add 1 teaspoon of lemon zest to the batter.
  • To prevent the fritters from becoming heavy and greasy, make sure the oil is at the correct temperature and adjust the heat as needed.
  • Serve the zeppole fritters immediately after dusting with powdered sugar for the best texture and taste.

Wine Pairing Recommendation

For a perfect pairing, enjoy your Easy Fried Italian Zeppole Fritters with a glass of Moscato d’Asti. This sweet and slightly bubbly white wine complements the light and fluffy fritters beautifully, creating a delightful harmony of flavors.


Can I make the zeppole fritter batter ahead of time?

It is best to prepare the batter shortly before frying the fritters to ensure optimal texture and taste.

Can I use a different type of oil for frying?

Vegetable oil is recommended for its neutral flavor and high smoke point. However, you can use other oils, like canola or peanut oil, if desired.

Can I freeze the fritters?

Zeppole fritters are best enjoyed fresh. They may lose their texture and become soggy when frozen and reheated.

Are zeppoles vegan?

No, not in the typical recipe (like this one above), because generally the term “vegan” refers to a dietary preference that excludes all animal products, including eggs and dairy, both of which are included in this recipe; so, they do not align with a vegan diet.
That being said, if you are looking for a plant-based alternative to traditional zeppoles, we have an options available: you can find our vegan version recipe here.

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