Fried Summer Squash Puffs


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Fried Summer Squash Puffs

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I have a lot of yellow squash that I’m been trying to eat er.. em…force down my family’s throats. My Weekly Menu last week featured some new to me squash recipes and this is one of them! I thought these Fried Squash Puffs were pretty good. They reminded me of a traditional, Arkansas Hush Puppy. And honestly, what food doesn’t taste good if it’s breaded and fried?

I found the recipe for Fried Squash Puffs here on Southern Food when I googled “what the heck do I do with a butt load of icky yellow squash?” 🙂

Here’s how I make Fried Summer Squash Puffs

Yield: 6

Fried Squash Puffs


  • 3/4 pound yellow squash, about 2 medium, cubed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour {I used freshly ground hard white wheat}
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal {I used freshly ground cornmeal}
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium onion, grated {I omitted this so my picky eaters would eat the puffs, but I think it would have been fab with the onions.}
  • vegetable oil {I used EVOO}


  1. Add squash to saucepan and cover with salted water.
  2. Cook, covered, 10 to 15 minutes or until tender.
  3. Drain and mash enough squash to make 1 cup. {I had a lot of extra mashed squash so I must have underestimated how heavy my squash were}
  4. Combine squash and egg and blend well. Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt, stir well.
  5. Add squash mixture and onions, stir until blended.
  6. Drop squash mixture by level tablespoon into hot oil.
  7. Cook until golden brown, turning once. {about 7 minutes}
  8. Makes about 2 dozen. {My attempt did not make this many! Maybe only 10}
  9. ENJOY!

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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  1. LOL! I love your google search! And these do sound like a pretty tasty treatment for yellow squash.

  2. I have made these puffs before and left the oinions out. As I was frying them my boys, I have four, came into the kitchen and started “sneaking” them. They thought they were hush puppies! I could not cook them fast enough. This is the only way my boys will eat squash,