Vegan 5 Spice Sesame-Orange Fritters

vegan frittersI do not deep fry very often, but when I do, I make it count! These fritters are very similar to donut holes. They are yeast risen, but really easy to make. So many people are nervous about yeast dough, but if I can do it, so can you! You can make a double batch of dough, or freeze half the dough for later if desired. If you freeze the dough, do it after rising, then let it come to room temperature before frying.

Toasting the sesame seeds may seem like an unneeded step, but it gives these fritters a depth of flavor that can’t be duplicated. Just make sure your sesame seeds are not rancid! (Store them in the fridge or freezer.)

5 Spice Sesame Orange Fritters

  • 1/2 c warm water
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1  tsp five spice powder
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • 3 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 1/2 -2 c all purpose flour
  • heaping 1/4 t salt
  • 2 c vegetable oil


  1. Place water, yeast and sugar in a mixing bowl. Let yeast bloom for 10 minutes
  2. Add spices, olive oil, vinegar, sesame seeds, zest, flour and salt
  3. Stir well until it resembles a very thick batter/dough. It will be too sticky to knead
  4. Cover and let rise for an hour
  5. Heat oil to 375 in at least a 3 qt pan
  6. Drop by heaping tablespoons and fry for several minutes ( until golden brown on all sides )
  7. Toss in sugar mixture directly from the oil (as long as your oil is hot enough, they will not be very greasy at all )

Serve warm.

This is definitely a special occasion treat, but they are so good. If you want to be extra decadent, drizzle chocolate sauce over them. (Melted coconut oil, cocoa powder and powdered sugar mixed together and drizzled warm.)

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