Southern Fried Squash Recipe

| August 15, 2021 | 2 Comments

Fried Squash

Follow our complete, step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe to learn how to fry up summer squash Southern style. So easy, so delicious. Printable recipe included.


Fried Squash, enjoy!
Summer Squash are super plentiful throughout the South during the summer months. And, this is one of the best ways to enjoy them. They’re very easy to make and ready in just minutes.


Fried Squash, slider.

Yellow summer squash are like rabbits, they seem to just multiply overnight. Smile. They are usually pretty abundant around the South throughout the summer months.

You don’t have to plant many of them in your garden to have an abundance of them. But, at least you get to share some with family and friends.

Mama fried squash this way often. She also pan cooked it with onions too. Either way is pretty good, and it’s one of the vegetables I eat ever so often. If you don’t know, I have always said there are only three vegetables in my book. That’s Mashed Potatoes, French Fries, and Baked Potatoes. Don’t judge me.

These are so simple and easy to prepare. You can have them on the table in no time. So, I do hope you might try them soon.

It may be hard to let the slices rest for 15 minutes once you place the breader on them, but I find it really helps the breading to stay on the squash once you start frying them.

Ready to give our recipe a try? Alright then, let’s head on out to the kitchen, and… Let’s Get Cooking!


Fried Squash, ingredients.
Southern Fried Squash Recipe – You’ll need these ingredients.



Fried Squash, rinse.
Wash the squash under cold running water. Let dry.


Fried Squash, add corn meal.
Place 1//2 cup Yellow Corn Meal in a zip-lock type plastic bag.


Fried Squash, add salt.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of Salt.


Fried Squash, add black pepper.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of Black Pepper.


Fried Squash, shake well.
Seal the bag, then shake well to mix all the ingredients together.


Fried Squash, discard the ends.
Cut off both ends of the squash. Discard the ends.


Fried Squash, slice.
Slice the squash into almost 1/2 inch slices.


Fried Squash, shake to coat.
Place the slices of squash in the bag with the breader. Shake well to fully coat each slice.

You need to let the squash slices rest for about 15 minutes before frying. I just left this small amount in the bag. But, you could place the slices on a wire rack or plate to let them sit for the needed time. This will help the breading to stay on the squash once you start frying it.


Fried Squash, fry.
Place a cast iron skillet over Medium heat on your stove top. Add about one inch of cooking oil to the skillet and let it rise to 350F degrees. You can test the heat with a thermometer, or when the oil is hot, sprinkle a pinch of corn meal in the pan. If it dances and sizzles, the oil should be hot enough to start frying.

You should place one slice in the pan as a test piece to be sure the oil is hot enough to start frying.


Fried Squash, turn.
As the bottom edges begin to turn brown, flip the slices over to brown fully on both sides.


Fried Squash, drain.
When the slices are golden brown, remove them from the skillet and place them on a wire rack to drain for a minute or two. Be sure to place some paper towels under the rack.

If you place the slices directly on paper towels, they might become soggy. Smile.


Fried Squash, enjoy.

Serve them while they are still warm.


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Southern Fried Squash Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Varies
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American, Southern


Fried Squash are another great Southern favorite food. Summer squash is always very plentiful in the South. This is a great way to enjoy them. Quick and easy.



1 or 2 Yellow Summer Squash
1/2 cup Yellow Corn Meal
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
Oil for frying.


Wash the squash under cold running water.
Place corn meal in a zip lock type plastic bag.
Add the salt.
Add the black pepper.
Seal the bag and shake the ingredients until fully combined.
Remove and discard the ends from the squash.
Slice squash into about 1/2 inch thick slices.
Place squash in bag with the breader.
Shake well until slices are fully coated.
Place slices on plate or wire rack and let rest 15 minutes.
Place a cast iron skillet over Medium heat on your stove top.
Add about an inch of cooking oil. Let oil reach 350F for frying.
Carefully add slices to the oil. Let fry until bottom edges begin to brown. Flip slices over.
Continue to fry the slices until golden brown on both sides.
Remove from oil and place on wire rack to drain for a minute or two.
Serve warm.

Keywords: southern fried squash, fried summer squash, yellow crooked neck squash, fried squash, corn meal,

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  1. Gail says:

    Steve, your comment about canning reminded me that earlier this year I had just bought 20 lbs. of cosmic crisp apples when my doctor put me on a diet that excluded apples. You guesses it! I made applesauce with only cinnamon added, no sugar was needed. My son enjoyed it so much I bought another 20 lbs. and made another batch. Once it cools down I’ll make some more. We, in the northwest, don’t have much air conditioning, so when it hit 114 cooking was out of the question! In spite of what many think about how rainy it is here our summers are dry. We’ve had less than a tenth of an in. since June 14. My garden is not happy.

    I’m not sure if you’ve heard of cosmic crisp apples, but if you see them in late fall try them. They are wonderful! They have only been around for 2-3 years. They also have a long shelf life.

  2. Teresa Kirkland says:

    I look so forward to your newsletter every Monday, it brings so much joy. I also have book one of your cookbook, the recipes are wonderful but totally enjoy you stories of your life. Thank you so much.

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