Fried Squash

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Fried Yellow Squash is pan fried to golden perfection with a crisp and crunchy batter. It's made with yellow crookneck squash that tastes amazing straight from the garden, grocery store, or farmer's market!

rounds of squash patties with ranch dip in the middle.
Pan Fried Yellow Squash
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Why You'll Love It

This classic recipe is made the old fashioned way by dredging yellow summer squash in cornmeal and frying it in a skillet. Each round of squash is dipped in buttermilk, then breaded by hand to create the perfect crunch!

In the south, you'll often find fried squash patties on the table alongside heirloom tomatoes, greasy beans, and sheet pan taters. In the summer months, yellow squash pops up in every garden because it's fun and easy to grow.

There's nothing like a southern supper made with a mess of pan fried squash and fresh veggies. It's quick, easy and delicious as a side dish with fried chicken or as an appetizer dipped in tangy ranch dressing.

slice of squash being lifted out of ranch dressing.
Fried squash makes a great appetizer dipped in ranch dressing!

Ingredients

Frying squash is super easy when you use White Lily Buttermilk Cornmeal Mix. (ad) With only a few ingredients, you'll be enjoying this southern treat in no time at all!

  • yellow squash
  • buttermilk
  • cornmeal mix
  • garlic salt
  • vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper

Quantities are listed in the recipe card.

ingredients needed to make fried squash.
Ingredients needed for fried squash recipe

How to Fry Squash

1 - Wash squash, then slice into ¼ inch round circles.

2 - Create a dredging station. Pour buttermilk in a bowl and add a sprinkle of garlic salt. Add cornmeal mix to a second bowl and mix in garlic salt. Dredge squash rounds into buttermilk, then cornmeal mix. Set aside.

3 - Add vegetable oil to a skillet until it covers the bottom of the pan. Turn heat to medium. When oil is hot, (about 325 degrees), add battered squash one at a time until the bottom of the skillet is covered. Fry 3 to 5 minutes on one side, then flip over with a fork and fry a few minutes on the other side until golden brown.

4 - Remove squash from skillet and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot. Repeat process in small batches.

Recipe FAQS

Can you eat the seeds in yellow squash?

Yes! The seeds in yellow squash are soft and perfectly fine to eat. The skin is also thin and edible.

What kind of cornmeal is best to use?

The easiest way to fry squash is to use cornmeal mix (ad) which is a combination of cornmeal and flour. It's already mixed, so it's ready to use and creates a delicious batter for yellow squash. If you don't have access to a mix, create your own by combining ½ cup cornmeal and ½ cup of self-rising flour.

What type of oil works best?

Any type of oil that can withstand high temperatures works well for frying such as canola, vegetable, and avocado.

How do you keep fried squash crispy?

Using a dredge of buttermilk and cornmeal mix creates a very crispy crust. Fried squash will stay crispy if drained and kept on a paper towel lined plate until ready to serve. Refrigerate leftovers and reheat in a 350 degree oven to crisp up again.

dredging station with bowls and dips.
Prepare dredging station ahead of time

Top Tips

  • For best results, organize your dredging bowls ahead of time and things will go more smoothly.
  • Dredge all of your squash rounds before heating oil in the skillet. If you heat the oil first, it may burn before you finish the dredging process.
  • Use a shallow pan of oil instead of filling it to the top. ¼ inch of oil will usually be enough at first, but you might need to add more later as you fry each batch.
  • Each squash produces enough rounds for one skillet. Plan on frying a batch for each squash you slice.
  • Cook squash in a single layer to avoid clumping together.
  • Use oils with a high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds.

Serving Ideas

Serve fried squash alongside grilled meats like pork tenderloin or meatloaf. It also tastes great when paired with macaroni salad, collard greens and corn pudding.

For a special appetizer, serve squash rounds with ranch or honey mustard dressing as a dipping sauce. I promise those babies will be gone in a flash!

If you love this recipe, try my other southern dishes that are sure to please!

Recipe Card

fried squash on a blue plate with ranch dip in the middle.

Fried Squash

Fried Yellow Squash is pan fried to golden perfection with a crisp and crunchy batter. It's great as a side dish or a yummy appetizer served with Sassy Ranch Dip!
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 419kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Equipment

  • mixing bowls and spoons
  • cast iron skillet

Ingredients

FRIED SQUASH

  • 3 medium yellow squash sliced into ¼ inch circles
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups cornmeal mix
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

SASSY RANCH DIP

Instructions

FRIED SQUASH

  • Wash squash well, then slice into ¼ inch round circles. 
  • Create a dredging station with a bowl of buttermilk and a bowl of cornmeal mix. Add a dash of garlic salt to the buttermilk and a teaspoon to the cornmeal mix.
  • Dredge squash into buttermilk, then cornmeal. Repeat until all squash is battered. Set aside.
  • Place oil in a skillet to cover the bottom. Turn heat to medium. When it's hot (325 degrees), add battered squash in a single layer until the bottom of the skillet is covered.
  • Fry squash 3 to 5 minutes on one side, then flip over with a fork and fry a few minutes on the other side until golden brown. 
  • Remove squash from skillet and drain on a wire rack. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Repeat process in small batches. Each squash that is sliced equals one batch, so if using 3 squash, you will have 3 batches. 

SASSY RANCH DIP

  • Mix all ingredients together and serve alongside fried squash as a dip. 

Notes

  • Dredge all of your squash rounds before heating oil in the skillet. If you heat the oil first, it may burn before you finish the dredging process.
  • Use a shallow pan of oil instead of filling it to the top. ¼ inch of oil will usually be enough at first, but you might need to add more later as you fry each batch.

Nutrition

Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 884mg | Potassium: 321mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 173mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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20 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I just need you to make this for me! I love fried squash and HATE To make it. This has made my mouth water. So I may have to break down and just do it!!

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