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Fried Squash

Fried Squash is a classic southern dish to enjoy the best of garden fresh squash.  I grew up on fried squash and it is the summer vegetable that I look forward to the most! 

Tray of Fried Squash with cornmeal crust

Fried Squash

Growing up my grandparents always had a humongous garden. Sometimes my parents would plant a garden but not every year. Being the sullen and lazy brat that I was, I absolutely hated helping in the garden.

I did love to stand at the stove waiting on mom to fry up the squash though. It has always been one of my absolute favorites and I still love it just as much today.

These days I do love gardening. It is way easier to get things to grow in Oklahoma than it was in Wyoming but it still has it’s challenges.  

Our spring was so wet that we were a little late getting everything planted this year but it’s finally taking off.

How to Make Fried Squash

Yellow Squash for Fried Squash ~ MissintheKitchen

  • Wash and dry the squash.
  • Trim ends and discard.
  • Slice thinly.

breading summer squash for frying

  • Mix milk and buttermilk together in a bowl.
  • Mix flour, cornmeal and seasoning salt together in a shallow dish, like a pie plate.
  • Add oil to a skillet and heat to 350 degrees.
  • Dip squash in buttermilk mixture.

Cornmeal breaded summer squash

  • Coat both sides with flour and cornmeal mixture.
  • Fry a few at a time in hot oil, turning to brown both sides.
  • Remove from oil to a paper towel lined rack to drain.

Fried Squash drained on a wire rack

These were the first squash that we picked this year and oh man were they delicious.  I sliced them up and dipped them in milk mixed with buttermilk and then coated them in flour and cornmeal and seasonings.  

If you are feeding a family, it takes a while to fry the squash individually but it is so worth it.  My kids are not any more enthused to help out in the garden than I was as a kid.  

However, they do love that we are growing our own food and that makes me very happy.

Fried Squash Recipe ~ MissintheKitchen

When I’m frying up a batch of squash, the boys make quite a few trips through the kitchen to sneak a bite or two as it comes out of the skillet.  It’s just so irresistible and will go with any meal.

Of course frying isn’t the only way to cook summer squash, but it is my favorite. We also love this Parmesan Squash, which is a bit better for you and also mega-delicious!  

The whole family loves this Cheesy Squash Casserole that is so simple to make.

Fried Squash Recipe from MissintheKitchen.com

Nothing beats a summer meal straight from the garden. I have thoroughly enjoyed the fresh tomatoes this year.  

The cucumbers and squash have been abundant and the okra is growing like crazy and we’ve been making Fried Okra a couple of times a week. What are your favorite garden veggies?

Fried Squash Recipe from MissintheKitchen

This Fried Squash Recipe also appears on Food Fanatic where I contribute all things deep fried!


  1. I always line a baking pan with foil, put some oil in the pan and lay the squash on that. I bake in the oven on 350 for 30 minutes or so. Then, I turn on the broiler for just a few minutes to get the tops crispy. It tastes just like fried squash, but takes lots less time than frying.

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