How To Cook Yellow Squash – 4 Easy Ways

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Yellow squash is an easy, healthy summer veggie side dish that can be roasted, grilled, sautéed, or even fried in the air fryer!

Grilled, roasted, sautéed, and air fried squash on separate plates

Yellow Squash

We love squash as a BBQ Side Dish. It goes well as a side for your favorite grilled recipes or even casseroles. Try it with our easy cheesy chicken and rice casserole!

It’s about this time of year when our garden seems to be overflowing with squash and zucchini. We have squash with just about every meal and no one is complaining. Most of the time we simply sauté it (recipe below) but sometimes it fun to switch it up and use a different cooking method or a variety of toppings. In this post we will share all of our favorite ways of preparing this delicious Summer squash.

A yellow crookneck squash and two straight neck squash on a table

Types Of Yellow Squash

When someone refers to “Summer squash” they are most likely referring to the yellow variety. These come in two common types. Straight-neck and Crookneck. Either of these varieties can be used in the recipes below. They taste similar but there are a few different subtle differences:

  • Straightneck – More commonly found in stores. It has a thinner, smoother skin than crookneck varieties. It has a mild, smooth flavor.
  • Crookneck – Has a slightly thicker, bumpy skin. It often grows with a more pronounced, bulbous end and a crook-neck (hence the name) near the stem but can sometimes grow with a straighter neck (like the picture above). The flavor is a little nuttier than the straight neck varieties and because of the thicker, waxier skin, it could take longer to cook.

Yellow Squash Nutrition

Yellow squash is a great, nutritious vegetable (well, technically a fruit but we won’t get into formalities) that is high in Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, and Potassium. It is also low carb (7g*), low calorie (31 calories*), and 2.2g of fiber*. It’s great vegetable for those practicing a low-carb or keto lifestyle.
*based on a medium sized squash according to the USDA.

Close up of a slice of sautéed yellow squash with seasoning

How To Cook Yellow Squash (4 Easy Ways)

There are so many different ways to cook up squash. It can be roasted, steamed, sautéed, grilled, baked, fried, or even air fried. Here are our 4 favorite easy methods of cooking yellow Summer squash:

  • Roasted (or Baked) – Cut in half, slice or cut into pieces. Brush with olive oil and season with salt. Bake at 400-degrees for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Throw some other veggies on there to make a delicious roasted vegetable medley.
  • Sautéed – Slice or cut into smaller pieces and sauté in butter over medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Season with salt or seasoning (see ideas below).
  • Grilled – Cut into thick slices or wedges. Brush with vegetable oil and grill for 5 minutes per side or until tender. Season with salt with each turn.
  • Air Fried – Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Air fry at 375-degrees for 8 minutes, flipping half-way through. Season more after flipping if needed.
A close up of vegetable seasoning for squash

Add Some Toppings

Now here’s the fun part. I love topping my cooked squash with fun toppings and seasonings to add some variety. Of course you can never go wrong with simply seasoning with salt and pepper. Sometimes you just want to bring out the natural flavors, and that’s totally fine. But sometimes it’s fun to try something new. Here are some of my favorite ways to switch things up:

  • Seasoned Panko Breadcrumbs – You can add the breadcrumbs after cooking or if you are baking, roasting, or air-frying your squash you can add the breadcrumbs beforehand. Just add a little oil or cooking spray over the top to help the breadcrumbs stay put.
  • Flaked Parmesan Cheese – This is such a quick and easy way to add some extra flavor. Simply sprinkle on a generous amount of parmesan cheese before serving (not the powdered kind, try to use the shredded or flaked).
  • Grill Seasoning – my favorite grill seasoning to put on this squash is the Kinder’s Buttery Steakhouse Blend seasoning (see above). I found this stuff at Costco and I find myself putting it on EVERYTHING. It gives the squash a nice boost of flavor. If you want to go all-out, add this seasoning, THEN sprinkle with breadcrumbs AND parmesan cheese. I’m telling you, it’s heavenly.
Parmesan Squash Casserole with layers of sliced squash and zucchini in a white ceramic baking dish

Squash Casserole

Try your squash in a casserole like this easy Parmesan Squash Casserole or our flavorful Ratatouille recipe!

FAQ’s

How many carbs in yellow squash?

According to the USDA, there is 7g of carbs in 1 medium-sized yellow squash.

What’s the difference between yellow squash and summer squash?

Yellow squash is a type of summer squash. Not all summer squash is yellow, however. Zucchini, for example, is a type of summer squash, even though it is not yellow.

Are zucchini and yellow squash the same thing?

No. They are both varieties of summer squash but they are not the same thing. They are two different varieties of squash.

Recipes to Serve with Cooked Squash

Squash is a great side dish, especially in the Summer and Fall. But what recipes go well with squash? What can it complement? Here are some of our favorites main dish ideas:

Yellow Summer squash cooked four different ways and on separate plates

How To Cook Yellow Squash (4 Easy Ways)

5 from 4 votes
Yellow squash is an easy, healthy summer veggie side dish that can be roasted, grilled, sautéed, or even fried in the air fryer!
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
0 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Wash and dry squash and cut into 1/2" slices. Choose a method below to prepare.
    Two yellow Summer squash on a cutting board, one has been sliced half-way through

To Roast (or Bake):

  • Brush with olive oil and season with salt. Bake at 400-degrees for 20-25 minutes or until tender.
    Sliced Summer squash on a baking sheet with olive oil ready to be roasted

To Sauté:

  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add squash slices. Sauté for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Season with salt and pepper.
    Sliced yellow squash being sautéed in a skillet

To Grill:

  • Brush with butter or oil grill for 5 minutes per side or until tender. Season with salt with each turn.
    Yellow squash being grilled on a grill

To Air Fry:

  • Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Air fry at 375-degrees for 8 minutes, flipping half-way through. Season more after flipping if needed.
    Sliced squash in an air fryer ready to be cooked

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 71kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 53mgPotassium: 344mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 436IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    I have learned to love squash!! It has become one of my favorites to eat & use in recipes. When I am wanting to eat healthier, I will substitute the pasta with squash. These tips help for sure!

  2. 5 stars
    I have an abundance of squash right now. So many ways to prepare it. Can’t wait to try them all.