Recipe for Fried Squirrel

Just for fun, I’ve been thumbing through my Grandmother’s “The Household Searchlight Recipe Book” that her mother (my great grandmother) gave to her in 1941. I just had to share the recipe for fried squirrel – just in case you’re ever isolated in a disaster, and have to resort to eating the local fauna.


  • 1 Squirrel (dressed)
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Flour
  • Cooking fat
  • Lemon slices (optional)
  • Parsley (optional)


  • Large pot
  • Frying pan


  1. Dress squirrel.
  2. Wash thoroughly.
  3. Cut in pieces for serving.
  4. Cover with salted water.
  5. Let stand overnight.
  6. Drain.
  7. If squirrel is not tender, parboil 10 minutes.
  8. Drain.
  9. Roll in flour.
  10. Fry in cooking fat until tender.
  11. If the squirrel is young, parboiling is unnecessary.
  12. Make a brown sauce.
  13. Serve squirrel garnished with lemon slices and parsley.

What you should know

  • Beulah Canterbury, Canton, Ohio.
Re: Recipe for Fried Squirrel

This is absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much for this gem of a recipe. Are there any more delicacies from your grandmother’s book that you can share with us all?

Re: Recipe for Fried Squirrel

Thanks for the recipe. I have my hunting boots on and my rifle cocked. I am using my nuts as bait hoping to land a critter before sun-up.

Re: Recipe for Fried Squirrel

What colour squirrel? We have them Grey and Red in the UK. I believe that you have them black as well. We think the grey squirrel is a rat with a bushy tail. Can we really eat it?

Re: Recipe for Fried Squirrel