How to fry sage leaves

When I lived in New York City, sage was a fancy luxury item that I purchased in little plastic boxes at the grocery store. Now sage grows in abundance with big bushy leaves in my front yard which makes this recipe feel like a freebie, and reminds me of the blessings of a Mediterranean climate.

But whether or not sage is a high-end product in your neck of the woods, this appetizer tastes fancy. I like to serve it as a preparty snack at dinner parties as it’s super easy to make with only a few ingredients and people tend to find it fun and surprising.

Fried sage leaves

  • Large sage leaves with short stems still attached
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Oil – I often use olive oil as that is what I always have but you can also use any refined oil like vegetable or sunflower.
  1. Mix a couple of tablespoons of flour with water until a smooth batter forms.
  2. Heat a thin layer of oil in a pan. You can tell if it is hot enough by dropping a small amount of the batter in. It should sizzle.
  3. Holding onto the short stem, dunk the sage leaves in the batter and coat evenly. I like to use a pair of kitchen tweezers but you could also toss them around with a fork.
  4. Fry the battered sage leaves until golden and then place them on a paper towel.
  5. Sprinkle with salt and serve.

Photo by Wolfgang Eckert from Pixabay.


  1. I have to try sage leaves, sounds so simple. I must check into this sight a lot more. Simple ideas when we are all spending so much time at home cooking.

    1. Author

      They are super easy! You’ve had them before too as I made them for New Years Eve last year 🙂

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