Zucchini in Scapece - Passion Is Cooking

Zucchini in Scapece

Zucchini Scapece

Zucchini in Scapece

Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Course: antipasto, preserving
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: condiments, scapece, zucchini
Servings: 4


  • Glass mason jar


  • 3 medium green zucchinis, sliced into 1.4 rounds
  • Vegetable oil or grapeseed oil for frying
  • 150 ml white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup of mixed fresh basil, mint and chives (thinly sliced)
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 2 grams red pepper flakes (or 1 small fresh chili pepper)
  • Extra virgin olive oil to taste
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste


  • In a large heavy sauce pan pour the vegetable oil, just enough to fry your zucchini.
  • Bring the oil temperature to 350 degrees F, and make sure you have set up a large plate lined with paper towel.
  • Add the zucchini in the hot oil in batches, stirring occasionally until light golden (approximately 3 minutes)
  • Transfer the fry zucchini on the plate lined with paper towel in order to release the excess fat and season immediately with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer the zucchini in a wide heatproof jar or a glass vessel, immediately add the vinegar and the fresh herbs, add the garlic slices, the red pepper flakes and let them cool cover with plastic wrap (making sure everything is well mixed).
  • Marinate in the fridge for 3 hours.
  • To serve, transfer the zucchini in a serving plater, drizzle with same extra virgin olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  • Perfect to serve on a Garlic bread crostino



Chef Notes: Traditionally Scapece comes from the region of Campania , its not to be confuse with the more well-known Spanish version of Escabeche which instead of Vegetables the fish is fried and then marinated . This is a perfect Antipasto or an accompaniment with pasta or fish courses.
Wine Pairing: Charles Baker Riesling
Juice Pairing: Ginger Spice Juice
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