Fried okra and squash has always been a summer favorite around my house. Of course, anything fried is always delicious. The first week that I made this Okra & Squash Fritters recipe for supper, I had to make these fritters again the same week, because everyone loved them. “How to Make an Easy Squash & Okra Dish: Simple Recipe”
During the summer months, our garden okra and squash are always plenteous. Not that this is a bad dilemma, but coming up with new healthy side dish recipes to keep 4 kids happy and keep them eating veggies can be a chore.
This great Summer side dish recipe calls for okra and yellow summer squash, but the squash can easily be substituted with green zucchini squash or all okra with no squash. As long as the correct amounts are substituted these fritters will be delicious.
What ingredients are in squash & okra fritters?
We have many favorite recipes, but fried squash is my family’s favorite yellow squash recipe. However, this recipe was created to try to get picky eaters to eat a variety of squash and okra. I have taken simple ingredients from our garden and created the perfect simple side dish.
- yellow squash or green zucchini squash
- all purpose flour
- whole milk
- black pepper
- garlic powder
- vegetable oil or olive oil
During the peak season of summer veggies are easy to find. If you do not have your own garden, seasonal produce can be purchased at your local farmer’s market or grocery stores. Squash or okra can be fried, sauteed or baked in the oven (bake at 350 degrees f).
An easy way to cook fresh yellow squash, sliced zucchini or zucchini fries is to take a baking sheet (or sheet pan) and spray it with oil or add a sheet of parchment paper to it. Then, place a single layer of your favorite veggies and bake in the oven until done.
What ingredients can I add to my fritters?
- parmesan cheese
- Italian seasoning
- fresh garlic or garlic powder
- lemon pepper
- chili powder
- caramelized lemon
What can I make with squash or okra?
- fried squash or fried okra
- oven baked squash or oven baked okra
- sauteed zucchini or sauteed squash
- zucchini bread
- zucchini noodles
- air fryer zucchini
What supplies do I need to make fritters?
- cutting board
- sharp knife
- large bowl
- large skillet
- paper towel
What favorite protein goes with an easy side dish or zucchini recipe?
- baked chicken
- fried chicken
- pork chops
- ground beef patties
How do I make squash and okra fritters? (scroll down for printable recipe card)
- Gather ingredients
- Cut up the okra, squash and onions and place into a large bowl.
- In another bowl, add the milk and egg and whisk with a fork.
- Combine the all purpose flour, cornmeal, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.
- Pour dry mixture over the veggies.
- Pour the egg/milk mixture over the veggies. Combine together with a spoon.
- Place skillet over medium heat and heat up the vegetable oil. Then, take a tablespoon and spoon into hot grease. The fritters will brown within 1 or 2 minutes and then turn them over to the other side until they are golden brown. They brown very quickly so do not leave them unattended.
- After the other side has browned, place the fritters onto paper towels.
Yellow summer squash and zucchini squash Q&A
What can I do with all my summer squash? Fry, sautee or bake your squash. You can also freeze the squash by cutting it up and placing it into an airtight container. Place in the freezer for up to 3 months.
What is the healthiest way to eat squash? The best way to eat squash is to bake, roast or steam it in a roasting pan. Dice up the squash, spray with olive oil and bake in oven at 350 degree f until squash is soft and brown.
Can you freeze squash? Here is one of the easiest ways to freeze squash. Dice up the squash, place a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze. Once squash is frozen place it in a Ziploc bag and freeze up to 3 months in the freezer.
Do you peel squash before eating? No, the smooth skin can be eaten and so reduces the minutes of prep time. Just slice up or cut up the small squash with the skin on and cook.
What meat tastes good with squash? Squash make the perfect Summer side dish! However, to have a complete meal you can pair your zucchini squash recipe or summer squash side dish with your favorite protein. Ground beef patties, ribs, or chicken all have delicious flavors to add to your veggie side dish. Any meat will taste great!
What are the most common squashes? Crookneck yellow, patty pan and green zucchini squash.
Is squash a main meal? No, squash by itself is a delicious side dish for those Summer dinners.
What is the best way to eat squash? Fried! My favorite way to cook squash is to slice it really thin, toss it in cornmeal and fry in a skillet (with oil) over medium-high heat until golden brown, really brown, LOL! It’s so easy! Basically, a handful of ingredients and it will be the best squash that you have ever eaten!
Is squash healthy for you? Squash is full of Vitamin C, A & B. Also, rich in fiber and are high water content vegetables.
“How to Make an Easy Squash & Okra Dish: Simple Recipe”
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