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Parmesan Yellow Squash Fritters

If you're looking for summer squash recipes that are easy, cheesy and family friendly, Parmesan Yellow Squash Fritters is perfect! These pan-fried golden patties are crispy on the outside and filled with shredded yellow squash and cheese on the inside. Five ingredients and 15 minutes from start to finish.
Prep Time9 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 93kcal
Author: Kathleen Phillips | GritsAndGouda.com
Cost: 2


  • 2 small or 1 medium yellow squash (1 cup shredded)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional-Parmesan is pretty salty)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • Vegetable or olive oil for frying (about 2 tablespoons unless cooking in batches)


  • Using a box grater or a food processor's shredding blade, shred the squash to get 1 cup firmly packed shredded squash.
  • Working over a bowl or the sink, squeeze the squash with your hands. Discard the liquid and place the squash in a medium bowl.
  • To keep from washing another bowl, lightly beat the egg off to one side of the bowl with a fork. Add all remaining ingredients except for the oil and stir together with the fork.
  • Heat a large cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add oil and heat 1 minute or until hot. Drop the fritter batter by about heaping 2 tablespoonfuls in the skillet. Do not let the fritters touch, cooking them in batches, if necessary. You can make them smaller if you like. You will need a little more oil to fry them in batches.
  • Cook the fritters 3 to 4 minutes on one side or until the tops are set enough to turn. They will not bubble like pancakes. Turn fritters and cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes on the other side or until golden.
  • Serve immediately as a side dish to entrees or as an appetizer with Ranch dressing or sour cream and green onions.


The older and larger the yellow squash, the less liquid you'll have to squeeze out. 
Easily freeze cooked fritters by freezing in a single layer on a baking sheet, then placing in a plastic freezer bag or container until ready to reheat.
To reheat frozen fritters in the air fryer, preheat the air fryer on 390 degrees for 3 minutes. Place the fritters in a single layer on the rack and air fry or roast at 360 degrees for 4 minutes. Turn and cook an additional 1 minute or until crispy on the outside and heated through in the center.
For fluffier thicker fritters, use 1/2 cup flour instead of 1/3 cup.


Serving: 2fritters | Calories: 93kcal