Fried Stuffed Squash Blossoms

| 9/16/2016 11:15:00 AM

Erin SheehanI have always wanted to try to do something with squash blossoms. What held me back was simply that I didn’t know how to distinguish between male and female flowers. I was afraid to pick flowers that might turn into squash. Come to find out, it’s easy to distinguish between the two.

To identify the male flowers, just look for a stem between the plant and the flower. Female flowers grow right next to the plant, but male flowers come off a long, slender stem. That’s all there is to it.


You can use any squash blossom for frying: pumpkin, winter squash, zucchini, yellow summer squash, anything. My favorite is tromboncino squash flowers. Tromboncinos are similar to zucchini but grow very large. I like the flowers because they are also very large and easy to handle. They are a little tougher than smaller flowers, however, so you may want to take that into consideration when you are harvesting your flowers. Yellow summer squash have small, tender blossoms, but they can be hard to work with due to their size and fragility. No matter what you use, they get stuffed with cheese, dredged and deep fried, so you really can’t go wrong!

The recipe below is one I pulled together after reading through several recipes online. Some people fry without stuffing, but where’s the fun in that? I thought if I go through the trouble to fry them, I want them to be hearty and filling. I hope you will give fried squash blossoms a try!

Fried Stuffed Squash Blossoms