Simple Sauteed Summer Squash

One of my favorite dishes my mother made when I was a kid was a simple sauté of lovely yellow summer squash. She would just cut the squash into little discs, cook them with some onions and within minutes we had a simple side dish that was full of flavor. To give my take on her recipe a little more oomph, I caramelize the onions first and occasionally sprinkle on a bit of Parmesan cheese to give the flavor even more richness and depth. When squash is in season, I quadruple this recipe, yes quadruple it, just so I can enjoy it as a snack during the day. It's not exactly pretzels or potato chips, but to me it's equally addictive. I was eating a bowl of it cold yesterday and Chloe was asking me for forkful after forkful until my bowl was bare. A cinch to make and straightforward delish, try making some this summer for your gang!

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Simple Sauteed Summer Squash (4)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 15 mins

egg free

dairy free

gluten free


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 5 yellow squash, sliced into coins
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • splash of water
  • parmesan cheese, grated


Summer Squash serves 4

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 onion, diced
5 yellow squash, sliced into coins
1 teaspoon salt
splash of water
grated parmesan cheese, optional

1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté for 5-7 minutes, or until they start to turn brown and caramelize.
2. Add the squash, salt, and a splash of water. Stir to combine, cover, and cook for 10-12 minutes for tender but crisp squash or 15 minutes for softer squash (the way I like it).
3. Let cool slightly and serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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  • Sue Wachtel

    I ate and adored this as a kid too. My southern born mom used zucchini and yellow squash together, butter, onions and lots of black pepper. It's one of my all-time favorite dishes.

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  • Ruth Pinnell

    Yep - an old favorite! I also use zucchini and yellow squash, but my husband has a debilitating onion aversion, so I've replaced onions with julienned sweet red bell pepper strips (and/or cherry tomatoes) - so pretty, and just as yummy!

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  • Chris B

    Do you think this recipe would work well with patty pan squash? We got patty pan squash from our CSA and I need to use it up.

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    • Catherine

      Yes it would! Yum! :)

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  • Aida Mollenkamp

    Such a classic! I always loved a saute like this tossed with pasta and a ton of ricotta cheese!

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  • Sara

    Can you use coconut oil instead of canola?

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  • Amy

    I made this last night and half of my onions burned. Should I have added more water?

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  • Lisa

    Love yellow squash. Our family version is sauteed in olive oil, then once the squash softens, which takes a while, toss in a litte bit of salt, brown sugar, nutmeg and evaporated milk (whole, low fat, fat free, doesn't matter). Continue cooking until the sugar caramelizes and the milk cooks down. Yum! You should try!!

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  • Collette

    This was delicious! I was having a \"what am I going to make for dinner\" moment last night, opened weelicious and saw this - and happened to have a summer squash in the fridge! My one year old ate a ton! Thanks!

    And @Sara, I used coconut oil :)

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  • Lisa With Style And Grace

    I sure hope my little one loves veggies as much as I do & picks off my plate!

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  • Cathy Noble Pig

    Funny, I am a cold-day-after-squash eater too! I love it. also love making someting like this with zucchini.

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  • Jenna Walraven

    i love the sauted squash 2 years i used to eat it alll the time like 5-6 a month for 2 months straight

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  • Leah

    This was delicious! And easy to make! Thanks for sharing :) I will definitely be making it again.

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