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Fried Squirrel and Waffles

Fried Squirrel and Waffles

Stacks of waffles on white plates with wooden cutlery.

Crispy squirrel quarters and waffles get a delicious kick from the spicy rum maple syrup

A number of years ago my mother had asked if I would take her hunting for the first time. At the time she was in her late 50’s and had never been out hunting. I decided I would take her out squirrel hunting. I wanted to take her squirrel hunting because I feel like it is an easy avenue into hunting and also has many of the same elements as deer hunting, just on a smaller scale. The other reason is that when my grandfather died he left me his dad’s old Marlin .22 lever action. My great grandpa Jim, who I had never met but was named after was my Mom’s favorite and for her to go out hunting using his old gun that she never even knew existed was pretty special for her.

I wanted to make something with the squirrels we got that day that would be equally as special so I came up with this fried squirrel and waffles recipe. It was a big hit and now every year on the opener if I get a squirrel this is my first wild meal of the season.

Stacks of waffles on white plates with wooden cutlery.

Fried Squirrel and Waffles

A special way to celebrate a successful small game hunt
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 1244 kcal


Fried Squirrels

  • 4-6 squirrels cleaned and quartered
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika


  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda

Rum Maple Syrup

  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp rum
  • 1 tsp red chile flakes crushed


For the fried squirrel

  • Mix the buttermilk, sriracha, egg, and thyme together with a whisk and soak the squirrel for at least an hour.
  • Dredge the squirrel pieces in the flour mixture and fry in canola oil at 300 degrees for 7-10 minute per side or until perfectly gold brown

For the waffles

  • Mix the wet ingredients together, and then mix the dry ingredients separately. Pour the wet into the dry and mix together. Cook on a waffle iron until golden brown and slightly crisp.

For the rum maple syrup

  • Heat in a saucepan until well combined.

To serve

  • Place a waffle in the center of a plate and top with fried squirrel. Cover with rum maple syrup and enjoy.


Calories: 1244kcalCarbohydrates: 152gProtein: 102gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 518mgSodium: 902mgPotassium: 2104mgFiber: 7gSugar: 66gVitamin A: 1026IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 440mgIron: 18mg
Keyword Small game, Squirrel
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