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How to Make Incredible Fried Squash

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Mouth-watering platter of fried squash


But No One Fries Anymore!

Yes they do.


And it's delicious!

If you've never had fried squash, why not try something different? They're gorgeous on the plate, and the taste is incredible.

Here's the easy way to do it.

The Ingredients

The quantities for the following ingredients are explained below. What's great about this recipe is that you can make fried squash for one, or for a dozen people. The recipe and approach are all the same.

Squash -- (yellow squash, zucchini, crookneck, scallopped squash -- or a combination)


cornmeal (yellow or white -- I prefer yellow)

canola oil


How To Prepare the Squash

Once you read the recipe all the way through, you'll see why I didn't include the amounts of squash, or amounts for flour and cornmeal, etc.

Using a sharp knife, cut off the stem ends, then slice squash VERY THINLY -- I slice them longways, rather than into rounds, because I think it looks better on the serving platter. I slice them about 1/8 inch thick. Slicing them thinly guarantees that they'll turn out crisp on the outside, which is what makes this dish so delicious.

(Think you're slicing them too thinly? I guarantee: you're not. Slice them thinly.)

Lay the squash on a cookie sheet lined with foil, and sprinkle both sides with salt.

Let them sit for about half an hour. The salt will cause moisture to come out of the squash -- this natural moisture will make the flour/cornmeal adhere to the slices for beautiful frying. Therefore, don't wipe off the liquid.

Meanwhile, into a paper sack, or a gallon-sized freezer bag pour equal amounts of flour and cornmeal, and mix.

When I'm going to fry about 8 squash I use 3/4 cup of flour and 3/4 cup of cornmeal. If you're going to fry, say, about 4 squash, then use about 1/3 cup of each, or if you're going to fry a dozen squash, you'll probably want to use 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of cornmeal. You'll always use equal amounts of each.

This is what your squash look like while frying


How To Fry Squash

Pour enough oil in your skillet to come up about a half inch. How much is that? Depends on the size of your skillet... and, of course, how many squash you plan to fry. If you plan to fry a lot of squash you'll want to use your largest skillet so you can get more fried in a shorter amount of time.

Turn your stove to Medium-High (for electric) and to High for gas stoves, and let the oil become really hot. You'll know it's the right temperature when the top begins to shimmer but BEFORE it starts to smoke. If you have a thermometer, you'll want to heat your oil until it's 360 degrees. Having really hot oil means your squash will come out crisp and beautiful, and it prevents them from becoming soaked with oil.

Once the oil reaches the right temperature, lower your heat to Medium.

Put a couple slices of the squash into your bag and shake them in the flour/cornmeal mixture, then place them carefully into the hot oil. After about 3 minutes, turn the slices over and fry on the other side. Continue to fry them until they've turned golden brown. Remove them from the oil with a slotted spoon and place onto a platter you've lined with paper towels.

Final Thoughts

Fried squash have a wonderful flavor, and if you follow the instructions above, they won't be greasy at all. Having hot oil (and salting beforehand to extrude moisture) will help you to create gorgeous and tasty fried squash.


Want to Learn How To Freeze the Squash from your Garden?

Why not try my squash salad? The recipe is below.


Insane Mundane from Earth on October 24, 2012:

I like the way that looks... When I fry squash, I have always sliced them into circular pieces, but I'm going to try slicing 'em lengthwise, like you depicted above, as that looks so much better. I see that you have a lot of yummy food Hubs, so I'll have to check out some more, when I get a chance; cheers!

Catherine Dean from Milledgeville, Georgia on July 31, 2012:

Just picked up some summer squash at the market and will be frying it this evening!

Thrifty Homemaker on July 05, 2010:

I love fried squash!


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