Get to enjoy some of your summer squash early! Try these fried squash blossoms for an amazing side dish, or meal!
When you get your seeds planted, you can imagine a time when you get to enjoy that full harvest. For many plants, it can take up to 2 months before you get to enjoy the fruit of your labors. Over that two month time period, you are planting, mulching, weeding, watering and caring for your seedlings. Nurturing them to full grown plants.
Do you really need to wait for 2 full months to enjoy your summer squash? Can you not bear the thought of fresh baked zucchini bread being so far away? Fear no more, friends! You can enjoy golden brown, crispy fried, squash blossoms in no time at all! Squash blossoms can be fully opened in as little as 4 weeks from the time you plant your seed.
This time of year is the only time you can really get this delicious garden fresh treat. It’s when squash is blooming, but not forming it’s fruit yet. They are so yummy, and so easy to make…you’ll have a hard time stopping and leaving some blossoms to form squash!
All varieties of summer squash with blossoms work great.
Try yellow summer squash zucchini blossoms early in the season. Fried zucchini blossoms will have a mild tasting zucchini flavor, but also take on the flavor of any stuffing or breading you add.
Winter squashes such as butternut, spaghetti, and pattypan squash will also have the same blossoms you can fry and enjoy. Each blossom will take on the flavor of the squash vine it came from.
When you are looking to make some fried blossoms, first find the flowers. Zucchini flowers, like all squashes, will have two genders of flowers, male and female. The male blossom is the one that pollinates the plants, and the female blossoms will produce the fruit.
We want to use only the male blossoms.
Remember to leave a couple on the vine to allow for pollination. Here’s how to tell the difference:
Once you have found your male flowers:
- carefully snip them off with a sharp knife or scissors. You want to cut as little of the vine as necessary to remove the flower.
- Gently shake to remove any bugs or dirt
- Once inside, rinse gently under cool water.
What if you don’t grow a garden? Can you still enjoy these?
Absolutely! For places where to buy squash blossoms, check your local farmer’s markets, specialty grocery stores, or even ask your friend who DOES garden.
Fried Squash Blossoms Recipe
Ingredients you need
- squash blossoms
- 2 eggs for every 6 blossoms
- 1 cup finely ground cornmeal
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 T. Water
Put it together
- In a medium bowl, mix together the eggs and water to create a “wash”
- In a separate bowl, mix together cornmeal, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Heat the oil in a large heavy bottom skillet over medium heat. (I like cast iron for this)
- Gently dip the blossoms in the egg/water mixture.
- Dredge in the cornmeal mixture.
- Shake off excess.
- Place in the hot pan and fry until golden (about 2 minutes) flip and fry the other side.
- Remove to paper towel to drain.
- Sprinkle additional salt, if desired, over hot blossoms.
If you want to try fried stuffed squash blossoms, you can try adding:
- ¼ cup softened cream cheese
- ½ lb. ground turkey sausage, browned
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms, sauteed
- Mix together well, then gently stuff the blossoms in the center.
- Fold over the tops to close stuffing in.
- Dip in egg wash and batter.
- Fry as above.
What are some ways you would serve these delicious blossoms? As an appetizer, snack, light lunch or a full meal?