What Is Korean Squash? A Guide to the Unique Vegetable

What is, how to use it, and an easy recipe for when you’re feeling curious.

Adobe Stock / Brent Hofacker

Never heard of Korean squash? Learn more about what it is and how to use it, then try an easy recipe for when you’re feeling curious.

Description: Egg-shaped with a deep-green skin, the softball-sized Korean squash (aka ball squash) looks like a watermelon and a summer squash met up at a dive bar, had one too many tequila shots, and nine months later…

Flavor Profile: Korean squash tastes similar to zucchini but a bit richer. It cooks like zucchini or yellow squash, though, because it is denser, slice it a bit thinner to get the same texture.

Easy Recipe: Korean Squash Fritters (makes 12 to 16 fritters)

- Advertisement -
  • 2 Korean squash, stems
  • cut off
  • 6 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp cornmeal
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • canola or vegetable oil for sautéing
  • salt and pepper to taste

Grate squash (with skin) into a colander in sink; let sit 10 minutes. Place grated squash on a paper-towel-lined plate to remove any liquid. In a bowl, mix squash, flour, cornmeal, eggs, corn, sugar, and parsley until well coated. Heat oil in pan (medium flame) and, when hot, fry generous spoonfuls of the mixture, flattening with a spatula, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels and season with salt and pepper.

Related: Here’s Where to Get Korean Fried Chicken in Westchester

Our Healthcare Heroes Awards event takes place on May 9!

Our Westchester Home Builders Awards take place on April 4!

Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Forum is March 14!

Unveiled: A Boutique Bridal Brunch is February 25!

Our Best of Westchester Elimination Ballot is open through March 6!

Holiday flash sale ... subscribe and save 50%

Limited time offer. New subscribers only.