Zesty oven fried squash is my favorite way to prepare and eat squash. The Italian dressing gives the squash a wonderful zesty flavor. Baking the squash instead of frying the squash is a healthier way to enjoy fried squash.
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This recipe taste exactly like good old southern fried squash.
It is that time a year for fresh squash. Whether you grow your own squash or purchase your squash, this is a great way to serve this vegetable.
A friend told me about marinating squash before you fry it over 15 years ago, and I rarely make it any other way. When you marinate the squash in Italian dressing, it gives it a wonderful tangy flavor that reminds me slightly of fried pickles. My son says it hides the taste of the vegetable, but I am just glad that he ask for me to make it.
I use to fry this squash in oil, but ever since we realized that baking it in the oven was much better tasting and healthier, we only eat oven fried squash now. Use a strong flavored dressing. Marinate the squash in a mixing bowl and place it in the refrigerator for several hours or for as little as 30 minutes. I like for it to marinate for at least an hour. Since it is marinated, you do not need to use milk or eggs before dipping in the cornmeal and flour. I love to use breading trays for my cornmeal and flour.
Enjoy the recipe!
Zesty Oven Fried Squash
- 2 medium squash or more if needed.
- 1 cup cornmeal or more if needed.
- 1 cup Italian Dressing or more if needed.
Slice squash thinly. Soak the sliced squash in the dressing for at least 30 minutes.
Remove the squash from the dressing when ready to cook.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat the marinated squash in the cornmeal and lay on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Lightly spray the squash with cooking spray to help brown the squash.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
If you like this recipe, you may like my Golden Oreo Banana Pudding for dessert.