Let’s face it: in the South, we love fried food. I wish fried food were more nutritious. I’d eat it a lot more often if it were. Unfortunately, it’s not healthy to eat fried food all the time. That’s why I started “oven-frying” my vegetables instead of deep frying them. To oven-fry, you just bread the vegetable or meat you’re cooking and stick it in the oven to get it nice and crisp, just as if it were fried.
My oven-fried squash recipe that I’m sharing today tastes just like deep fried squash, but it is a lot healthier. The breading gets nice and crunchy in the oven, and the seasoning gives it a little extra kick. I enjoy cooking, so I want to share that part of my life with y’all on this blog. I’m planning on doing some more recipe posts in the future!
Southern Style Oven-Fried Squash Recipe
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4-6 people
- 3 small squash (or about 1-1.2 lbs)
- 3/4 cup flour
- 2-3 eggs (I used 2, but it was just barely enough for the breading. Use 3 to be safe!)
- 1 cup original breadcrumbs
- 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese (I used the reduced fat kind, but you don’t have to.)
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tbsp garlic salt
- Cooking spray
- Baking sheet
- Two small bowls
- One large bowl
- Chef’s knife
- Cutting board
- Aluminum foil
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Put the flour in one small bowl and the eggs in the other. Beat the eggs using your fork.
- Put the breadcrumbs in your large bowl. Mix in the parmesan, paprika, and garlic salt. I usually use my hands to do this, but you can use a utensil if you’d like.
- Chop your squash into slices that are about 1/3 of an inch in width.
- Cover your baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray the aluminum foil with your cooking spray.
- Dip each slice of squash into your flour mixture. Make sure it is thoroughly coated in the flour. Then, dip it in the egg, making sure it is well-saturated. Finally, dip it in the breadcrumb mixture, making sure it is coated on each side. If the breadcrumbs aren’t sticking well in a particular spot, sometimes it helps to press the breadcrumbs onto it a little just to get them to stay.
- Place each breaded squash slice on the baking sheet you prepared earlier. Try to place them so they’re not touching one another.
- Bake the squash for about 15 minutes on one side. After 15 minutes, take the squash out of the oven and turn them over. Then, bake for another 10 minutes, or until the squash is crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.
- Once you take the squash out of the oven, sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired.
- Serve immediately with your favorite dip!
That’s it! I love this recipe because it’s both simple and delicious. If you enjoyed this post, please pin it to your food board on Pinterest and enter your email in the box below to subscribe to me.
Thanks so much for reading! Comment below with your results if you try this recipe out.