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Radicchio - fried

Not often thought of as a cooked vegetables, Radicchio takes seconds to cook in a deep-fryer; particularly if you have the vegetable pieces breadcrumbed in advance.

Key Features

  • Suitable for Vegetarians


For 4 people:

- 1 big head of Radicchio lettuce/chicory

- 60g/2oz Flour, sieved

- 2 medium Eggs, lightly-beaten

- Salt and freshly-ground Pepper

- 115g/4oz Dried Breadcrumbs

Equipment: A deep-fryer or a deep pan and basket, plus a sugar thermometer.


1. Cut the radicchio into quarters, through the root.
2. Put the eggs in a bowl and mix with a little salt and pepper. Put the breadcrumbs onto a plate.
3. Put the flour on a big plate and one at a time shower each radicchio piece with flour, then dip each piece in the beaten egg – then straight into breadcrumbs.
4. Cover completely with the crumbs, the shake off any excess.
 Can be prepared ahead up to this point, and kept in the fridge.
5. Heat the fryer to 200°C/400°F.
6. Deep-fry the pieces until the crumbs are golden – about 1 minute.
7. Drain on kitchen paper and serve as vegetable or as part of a starter, served with a lemon wedge.

Recipe taken from 'Foolproof Entertaining' by Simon Scrutton.

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