Deep Fried Yellow Summer Squash

In July we had a heat wave in Roby Texas. Grandma Simpson’s decided it was time I planned the mid day meal, cooked, and serve it to the ranch hands and Grandpa. I was out in the ice box looking at what we had on hand when one of our neighbors’ shows up. She is carrying with her a large sack. I had taken from the ice house some large T-Bone Stakes for lunch.

 I arrived in the kitchen to see a large bag of Yellow Summer Squash sitting on our table. Our neighbor had been growing Yellow Summer Squash in her garden and had more than she could use. She had been canning Yellow Summer Squash and trying different recipes.

 This was the first time I had seen a Yellow Summer Squash and had no idea how to prepare this vegetable. After our neighbor left Grandma Simpson and I tried to figure out what to do with Yellow Summer Squash. I had T-Bone stakes thawing out in the sink and needed a vegetable to go with them.

 I spoke with Grandma Simpson on different ways we could prepare this vegetable to go with the steaks I had thawing. I asked can we boil it. She thought that might not be such a good idea. The men loved potatoes with their steaks. Normally it was fried potatoes. So we decided to try and make a deep fried Yellow Summer Squash to go with the T-Bone steaks for lunch.


  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt


 Wash the Yellow Summer Squash well. Cut into round rings removing the flower tops and end from the squash. Lightly salt the rings and set aside.

 In mixing bowl add the flour, salt, and egg mix well. Slowly pour in the milk to make your batter. If you want a thicker batter use less milk. If you want a thinner batter add extra milk.

 In cast iron skillet heat lard so that the lard is around 2 ½ inches in the skillet

 Once the oil is hot in the skillet dip the round rings into the batter coating completely on both sides

 Place the rings in the hot oil and brown on both sides. Normally it takes 2 to 3 minutes on both side to cook completely done.

 Remove the cooked rings and place on a paper towel to drain off excess oil

 Serve hot. You may serve with ketchup, BBQ Sauce, or Mayonnaise.

 The Deep Fried Yellow Summer Squash is easy to prepare and has a wonderful taste. In later years after making the deep frying batter I have rolled the rings in bread crumbs before frying. This adds to the flavor of the rings.

 If you have any Yellow Summer Squash recipes would you please share them with everyone. Thank you so much and I hope you enjoy this recipe and try it at home.