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Friday, June 3, 2022

Fried Squash Blossoms by Stephanie Suesan Smith

In the South, the four food groups are grease, starch, chocolate, and sugar.  If you can eat it, you can probably find a recipe to fry it!

Squash have tons of flowers.  The male flowers come first, then the female flowers with the baby squash at the base.  Pick some, but not all, of the male squash blossoms off your squash plants one morning.  Carefully bring them home.

Fried Squash Blossoms

  • squash blossoms
  • canola or peanut oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • ranch style dressing
  1. Very gently, remove the flower parts from the inside of the flower, leaving only the petals.  Leave about 1/4-1/2 inch stem on the outside of the flower.
  2. Again very gently, wash the flower, inside and out.
  3. Set the flower face down on a paper towel to drain.
  4. Put 2-3 inches of cooking oil in a 10-12 inch skillet.
  5. Heat oil until it is shimmering, but not smoking.
  6. Dip a blossom in the egg mixture.  Shake off excess.
  7. Roll flower in flour.  Make sure you coat both the inside and outside of the flower.
  8. Place flower in grease.
  9. Cook until crisp, turning as necessary to cook the entire blossom.
  10. Remove from the oil and set on paper towels to drain.
  11. Dip the cooked flower in ranch dressing and enjoy.
Caroline Clemmons will be back next month.  Her new book Samantha is out today.


  1. I've heard of fried squash blossoms but have never eaten them. Might have to try it later this summer!

  2. I don't want to cook them, but would love to try them. I will admit that what cooks in the South do with their food groups is close to heaven.

  3. Wow! I lived on a farm and we raised squash but I have yet to eat a fried squash blossom but now I am intrigued!


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