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Southern Air Fried Yellow Squash

In this post I am sharing a delicious recipe for Southern Air Fried Yellow Squash, also known as summer squash.

Hey Y’all! I’ve been having a lot of fun with the air fryer we were gifted during the holidays. It was a joint decision to incorporate some healthier recipes in our meal rotation and I’d say that is working out quite well for us.

There have been a lot of delicious and successful recipes in our air fryer and one or two fails. It happens. They can’t all be wonderful the first go around.

The traditional Fried Squash recipe on the blog is very successful. It is a reader favorite and also a personal favorite of mine. It’s one of those classic Southern vegetable sides that I grew up with and am very fond of.

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~ William Faulkner

Fried Squash in Air Fryer

Vintage Bowl with yellow flowers filled with healthy air fried summer squash

Taking one of my favorite fried vegetables and developing an air fryer recipe was a bit of a risk. Would I like it? Would my family like it? Well…we gotta try it first and see, so we did. 

It is delicious and seasoned well and has a nice bite of crunch to it. Is it the same as traditional fried squash? Well, no it is not. I had regular bread crumbs on hand that I used in this recipe. Panko would have given a bit more crunch in my opinion so I think I’ll use that next time.

Air fried vegetables are still delicious and have up to 70% fewer calories but can not and will not be quite the same as food fried in oil. My plan is to alternate between the two recipes when I want fried squash

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Besides healthier recipes, another thing I enjoy about using the air fryer is that it makes food preparation so easy. There is no standing over the stove dodging popping hot grease. 

I’m really gonna enjoy cooking with the air fryer when it is summer time in the South and a million humid degrees outside and it’s just too darn hot to cook. 

Air Fryer Vegetables

Locally grown farm to table yellow summer squash

Find a Full Printable Recipe Card further down in this post.

Okay…let’s talk about how I made this gorgeous air fried squash. OH…and if you’re curious about the type of air fryer that I have, I’m sharing a link to it below with the recipe card. 

Step 1: Slice the squash into even slices. It is completely optional but I season the squash with a little salt and pepper before breading too. I think that is an easy way to ensure you have a nice seasoned vegetable.  

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Step 2: Prepare the dredging station. In one bowl, whisk together two eggs with a little buttermilk. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, no worries, just whisk together three eggs. In a separate bowl combine the cornmeal, bread crumbs (preferably panko) together with the seasonings.

 By the way…if you’d like to make this “low carb”, you can use crushed seasoned pork rinds rather than the bread crumbs.

How to air fry vegetables

Step 3: For easier clean up I lay out some paper towels and place the air fryer racks on top of them. Dredge each squash slice in the egg mixture and then coat well with the bread crumb mixture and place on the air fryer racks.

Place the racks into the air fryer and cook at 400°F (204°C) for 20 minutes. Adjust cooking time and settings as needed for your particular air fryer model. 

Depending on the model of air fryer that you own, you may need to rotate racks or turn the vegetables if using a bucket style halfway through cooking. 

Southern Air Fried Yellow Squash

Yield: 2 pounds

Southern Air Fried Yellow Squash

Air Fryer Vegetables - Southern Style Squash - Easy Recipe

Southern Style Air Fried Squash is a healthy, crunchy and delicious low calorie alternative to traditional fried squash in oil.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 3-4 Yellow Summer Squash (Zucchini would work also)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tbs Buttermilk
  • 1/4 c Cornmeal
  • 1/2 c Bread Crumbs, plain (or Panko)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika


  1. Slice the squash into 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick pieces. (Optional: season the squash pieces with a little salt and pepper before breading for extra flavor)
  2. Combine the egg with the buttermilk in a bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the cornmeal, bread crumbs and seasonings together.
  4. Dredge the squash slices in the egg mixture and then coat in the seasoned bread crumb mixture and arrange on the air fryer cooking racks.
  5. Air fry at 400°F for 20 minutes, or until slightly browned.
  6. Serve hot.


Adjust cooking times and temperature settings as needed for your own particular air fryer model.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 96Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 168mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 5g

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Wednesday 9th of December 2020

I have some squash I froze from my summer bounty. I can’t wait to try them in my AF. Is there anything extra I need to do?

Julia Jordan

Friday 11th of December 2020

Hi Sonja, I know that those squash from your garden are going to be delicious. You'll just want to season and bread them with bread crumbs since you're cooking them in your air fryer. Enjoy!


Sunday 8th of December 2019

Very tasty, but mine were done in 10 minutes! Glad I checked them.

Julia Jordan

Sunday 8th of December 2019

Cooking times can always vary. I'm glad that you enjoyed the recipe.


Wednesday 20th of February 2019

I am definitely giving this a go when the zucchini go bonkers this summer. Hopefully they will win little dude over too, he's not a huge squash fan and we eat our fair share during the summer!

Julia Jordan

Wednesday 20th of February 2019

Carlee, I hope y'all enjoy it and that your little man becomes a fan too. I grew up loving yellow squash...of course we ate it fried or in cheesy casserole mostly. It was the first vegetable that I planted and grew as a youngster. Julia

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