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Yellow Squash Patties: A Fun-To-Eat Side Dish with Ranch

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Preview: Savory Yellow Squash Patties are miniature pancakes, patties, or cakes made with cooked yellow squash. Enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Serve with Ranch.

“This is the only way I can get my husband to eat squash.” My friend added that note to the recipe when she gave it to me.

If you have somebody in your family who thinks he or she doesn’t like squash, be sure you try these yellow Squash Patties. Serve with ranch dressing, catsup, or something like this Cajun Dip.

Yellow Squash Patties ready to eat with Ranch dressing on the side

What happened to “self-rising flour?”

The original recipe I received from my friend called for self-rising flour. I couldn’t find a single bag of the stuff at the big Walmart near our house today.

Must be time to rewrite the recipe — without self-rising flour.

Recipe updates

According to the King Arthur website, adding 1.5 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt to 1 cup of all-purpose flour makes a good substitute for self-rising flour.

After testing the new recipe several times, I made several changes. If you’ve made this before, you might notice I substituted 1/4 cup of yellow cornmeal for the same amount of flour.

So now the recipe calls for half flour and half cornmeal. The final product is more substantial and tastes better, too.

What condiments are best with Squash Patties?

Kids who prefer to eat with their hands will probably like these, too.  If they want to dip everything into ranch dressing, you’re golden. However, our condiment of choice is catsup. or Mayochup. Remoulade sauce or Cajun dip would also be delicious.

How to make Squash Patties:

raw yellow squash, onions, and red peppers
Slice yellow squash and place it in a microwave-safe container.
veggies covered with plastic wrap
Cover and cook in a microwave on HIGH for 9-10 minutes. Drain.
mashing cooked and drained veggies
Mashed squash.
draining yellow squash a second time with a sieve
Place cooked veggies in a strainer and push on them with a spoon to get as much liquid out of it as possible (similar to draining cooked spinach).
adding remaining ingredients
Add egg, flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
adding ground pepper to squash patty batter
Season with freshly ground black pepper.
beginning to brown patties in a hot skillet
Drop batter by spoonfuls into skillet with hot oil.
frying squash patties in skillet
When brown on the first side, flip patties to brown on the other side.
Yellow Squash Fritters served with ranch dressing

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Yield: 4 servings

Yellow Squash Patties Recipe

yellow squash patties

Miniature, savory, yellow squash pancakes

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 pound yellow squash, sliced
  • 1/4 cup yellow onions, chopped
  • 1/4 chopped red, yellow, orange, or green peppers, optional
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • A sprinkle of fresh thyme (optional)
  • 2-3 tablespoons oil (for the skillet)


  1. Finely chop yellow squash and place into a microwave-safe glass bowl along with onions and peppers.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 9-10 minutes or until squash is thoroughly cooked and soft. Drain. Mash. Drain again. (I place cooked veggie mixture in a sieve and press on it with a big spoon.)
  3. Add remaining ingredients to cooked squash and stir to combine.
  4. Heat a large skillet on medium. Add oil and heat until it glistens. Drop batter by spoonfuls into your skillet without crowding. Flatten with the back of a spoon to make a patty.
  5. Cook until browned on one side, then flip to fry the other side (similar to making pancakes).


Make these Keto by substituting Wheat Belly's All-Purpose Baking Mix for the flour and baking powder. Substitute Swerve (erythritol) for the sugar or a few drops of Stevia.

A tablespoon of chopped green chilies makes a tasty addition if you like things a little spicy.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177Total Fat: 1.5gCarbohydrates: 35.7gFiber: 3.1gSugar: 4.4gProtein: 5.6g

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Revised and updated August 2019.

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Sunday 11th of August 2019

Hi Paula! Would you recommend eating these at room temperature or better to enjoy piping hot? Id love to take these to cookouts (for me and my fellow vegetarians) if they don’t need to be warm. Love the idea of adding chopped green chilis for a zing!


Sunday 11th of August 2019

I like them best hot because they are still crispy. They lose their crispiness as they cool, just like pancakes and waffles. However, I eat them leftover all the time with no problem.


Monday 11th of July 2016

I grate the squash .. Add chopped onion( not cooked) add an egg flour and cup of grated cheddar cheeses .. And omit the sugar

judith collins

Tuesday 23rd of April 2013

Read the recipe to compare the difference to my own. I omit sugar. I add one tablespoon of finely chopped sage (herb). The flavour is savory and delicious. Everyone comes back for more. Sometimes I omit the sage and add a quarter tspn smoked paprika. Its a spicy taste without the heat. And so, appeals to fussy eaters. We have lived a self-sufficient lifestyle for 40 years. Accordingly my recipes are devrived from what is seasonally in the garden.I think my blog has a personal recipe for squash patties. Love Salad in a jar.


Friday 10th of February 2012

squash patties are wonderful. I used to boil my squash day decided to grate it along with the onion....added the egg...flour, salt pepper....never boiled again. Yum!


Monday 28th of November 2011

I'm going to try these on my 10 yr old picky eater...hmmm. I will let you know the results - I'm guessing he will roll his cute eyes and say...Mom, what's in 'em this time!