Cornmeal Crusted Fried Squash

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cornmeal crusted fried squash

Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. This recipe for Cornmeal Crusted Fried Squash can be made with any summer squash – just dip, fry, and enjoy!


Cornmeal Crusted Fried Squash


  • 1 - 2 medium squash (your choice although I prefer yellow or green zucchini type squash), sliced about 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk , or as needed
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal, or as needed
  • 1 tablespoon Italian style spices (or your choice of spices)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup neutral oil (that's any vegetable oil you like, I use grapeseed oil)


Step 1

Place the buttermilk in on shallow bowl and the cornmeal in another. Add some salt, pepper and the spices to the cornmeal bowl and mix well.

Dip the squash slice into the buttermilk, coating both sides, then drop into the cornmeal, turn to coat both sides. Remove to a cooling rack while you finish coating all the pieces. (to keep your fingers from getting all gloppy, use one hand to dip in the buttermilk and the other hand to coat with the cornmeal).

Step 2

While you are coating the squash, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, or in an electric frying pan (easiest way to control the temperature) to about 375°F. When hot add the pieces of coated squash, (in batches as necessary, do not crowd the pan) to the pan, be careful not to splash, and allow to cook until lightly browned and crisp. Turn and cook the other side. Remove as they are cooked to the cooling rack to drain. Serve immediately.

{The making of Cornmeal Crusted Fried Squash}

Anyone who has had a garden with squash in it knows how fast those suckers can grow.  And how many each plant will give you.  And that would be a lot!  So I’m always looking for different ways to prepare it, and this recipe for Cornmeal Crusted Fried Squash is one of our family favorites.


Fried Squash


Summer Squashes

This recipe can be made with any summer squash, zucchini, yellow, crookneck. All you need to be able to do is slice it into nice slices for coating. After slicing I dip it into some buttermilk (you could also use yogurt thinned with a bit of water or even some beaten egg whites) and then into the seasoned cornmeal.  I love the crisp crunchy outside the cornmeal delivers and it keeps it gluten-free.   If you wanted to, you could use breadcrumbs or even a combo of the two.

Options Galore

The seasonings in the cornmeal can also easily be changed.  In this recipe, I went with Italian seasonings since I was serving it with an Italian style meal.  Make it with Cajun spices (garlic powder, cayenne, onion powder, paprika, oregano, and thyme) or Indian (turmeric, garam masala, cumin, coriander, paprika) to adjust the flavor to complement your dinner and satisfy your taste buds.


Low-Fat Fried Squash?

A cup of squash typically has about 18 calories, with .2g fat.  I’m going to say these have slightly more than that, but less than any nutritional info I could find online which was about 318 calories and 15g fat.  All of those recipes were based on fast food fried squash, battered up with batter and deep fried.  While these are fried, when I poured the cooking oil back into a measuring cup, almost all of it came back.  (Remember that old Wesson commercial?)  The secret to crisp, non-oily fried squash is to make sure the oil is hot before adding the squash, about 375º and then, don’t mess with them while they cook, except to flip them one time.  Messing with them causes the coating to fall off and that allows the oil to get inside and soak the vegetable.


fried squash fry


So, be patient,  watch for the edges to turn brown, and when they are browned and crisp on one side, use some tongs or a fork (or chopsticks if you are good with them) and gently flip them to cook the other side.  Once cooked, remove to a cooling rack to drain.


fried squash resting


Do not put them on paper towels or paper bags or anything like that or the nice crisp coating you’ve worked so hard to get will just get all soggy.

I don’t like soggy so much.

I served these with some warmed marinara sauce for dipping.  They were delish!

So make some Crispy Cornmeal Crusted Fried Squash!


cornmeal crusted fried squash

Cornmeal Crusted Fried Squash with Marinara Dipping Sauce


Perfect as a side to Grilled Balsamic Marinated Chicken Breasts 

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  2. posted by gloria on November 17, 2015

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I’ve been frying squash for some time now and was wondering why they were crispy and as soon as i drained them on paper towels and ready to serve them they were soggy and I was so disappointed. So next time I shall use the rack. Sorry to say I had just fried some tonight before I read your idea, so tomorrow, I shall do them different and follow up with you.

    • posted by LindySez on November 20, 2015

      You are welcome. Works the same with fried chicken too! Cheers ~ Lindy


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Nutritional Info

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  • Calories
    less than 300g more than18g
  • Fat
    less than 15g more than .06
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