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{Zucchine Alla Scapece} Fried Italian Zucchini With Mint Recipe

Say “ciao” to Zucchine Alla Scapece — an Italian recipe that seems to have always been a staple in our cooking repetoire. We’re not sure when we first had it or where but it’s long been a go-to summer recipe.

Zucchine Alla Scapece is a classic recipe from Italy that we eat when the days are too hot to think about cooking. Eat it as a side or pile it on top of toast with a ball of fresh mozzarella or a spoonful of ricotta for an impromptu meal.

And, if you grow your own zucchini, this dish is a saving grace because you can use all your extra in this recipe. We recommend you make a large batch then eat it over a few days because the flavors only get better as they sit. 

What Is “Zucchine Alla Scapece?”

Before we share our recipe for Zucchine Alla Scapece, let’s cover the basics. Zucchine Alla Scapece is a recipe where you pan fry rounds of zucchini and then soak them in a delicious bath of olive oil, vinegar, garlic, and mint. All in all it’s a healthy, whole foods recipe but you can make it even healthier by grilling or roasting the zucchini instead of frying it; however, we ask you to try it one time this way because it’s seriously delicious as is. Also, this is a dish that gets better as it sits so feel free to let it sit for hours (even days!) before serving it. 

Where Does “Zucchine Alla Scapece” Come From?

This classic Italian recipe comes from Naples, but, when you travel to Italy in the summertime, you’ll come across it on many menus at restaurants up and down the Italian peninsula.

What Does “Scapece” Mean?

The word scapece (pronounced skah-pech-ay) is believed to be related to the Spanish word escabeche meaning pickled, which makes sense seeing as the Spanish had a major presence in Naples back in the day. And, like so many things Spanish, it’s believed that escabeche is a technique brought to the Spanish by the Arabs. But the combo of zucchini, vinegar, and mint? That’s decidedly Italian!

What To Serve With Zucchine Alla Scapece

When you’re traveling in Italy, you’ll most commonly come across this recipe served as an appetizer or a side dish. We suggest the following ways to serve it: 

  • On a large toast topped with fresh cheese (mozzarella or ricotta)
  • As a side dish to most any chicken or pork dish
  • As a side dish to grilled white fish (be it halibut, swordfish, branzino, or orata)

Go stock up on all your cooking essentials, then head into the kitchen, make this, and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

{Zucchine Alla Scapece} Fried Italian Zucchini With Mint Recipe

{Zucchine Alla Scapece} Fried Italian Zucchini With Mint Recipe

This {Zucchine Alla Scapece} Fried Italian Zucchini With Mint is an easy recipe for the classic Italian dish known as Zucchine Alla Scapece where pan fried zucchini is tossed with vinegar, mint, and garlic for one of our favorite summer side dishes!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 58 kcal


  • 6 medium zucchini ends trimmed
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • extra-virgin olive oil for frying the zucchini
  • 4 medium garlic clove sliced paper thin
  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar or white wine vinegar


  • Salt The Zucchini: Slice the zucchini into coins then place in a fine mesh sieve and toss with a large pinch of salt. Place the fine mesh strainer in a bowl or the sink at set aside for 15 to 30 minutes.
    Pour off any excess liquid then rinse them briefly and dry them very well with paper towels.
  • Pan Fry The Zucchini: Line a large baking sheet with paper towels and set aside. Add 1-inch of olive oil to the bottom of a heavy-bottomed frying pan of large pot, add the garlic and bring to 350°F over medium-high heat.
    When the garlic is golden but not burned, remove it with a slotted spoon. Add the zucchini and fry it in batches until the zucchini coins are golden brown and softened, about 3 minutes. Remove the zucchini to the paper towel-lined baking sheeet and repeat. 
  • Marinate And Serve The Zucchini: Once all the zucchini is fried, place it in a shallow dish and add the fried garlic, the vinegar, a pinch of salt, a few cranks of pepper, and all the mint leaves.
    Arrange the zucchini so they're all coated in the mixture, cover, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day before serving. 



Serving: 1servingCalories: 58kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.03gSodium: 26mgPotassium: 791mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 631IUVitamin C: 54mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 1mg
Keyword easy appetizer
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