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Besides being abundant, the good thing about all types of squash is that they’re colorful and loaded with nutrition. They add gorgeous color to our family’s table, and they are a healthy addition to eating a balanced diet. We love all squash, but yellow squash is one of our favorites.
If there’s one thing you can count on every year if you have a garden, it’s an abundance of yellow squash and zucchini.
Yellow squash and zucchini are both super easy to grow and they are incredibly prolific veggies.
Yellow squash, a versatile and nutritious vegetable, offers a plethora of options when it comes to incorporating it into delicious recipes. Often overlooked in favor of its popular cousin, zucchini, yellow squash deserves its place on the culinary stage. With its subtle, slightly sweet flavor and adaptable texture, it can be the star of any dish, whether it’s served as a simple side or incorporated into a sophisticated entrée.
For those seeking healthy meal options, yellow squash is an excellent choice. It is low in calories, high in vitamins A and C, and a good source of fiber. In addition to providing essential nutrients, its tender flesh and mild taste make it a popular ingredient in numerous dishes, from comforting casseroles to vibrant summer salads.
To highlight the versatility of yellow squash, we have curated a selection of mouthwatering recipes that range from quick weeknight dinners to leisurely weekend feasts. With these dishes, you will undoubtedly discover fresh, inventive ways to savor this delightful vegetable and enrich your culinary journey.
Do you know what this means? Get ready with tons of yellow summer squash recipes!
The fact is, even if you don’t have a garden, if you know people who garden, they’re going to be showing up at some point with so much squash and zucchini.
And we’re not even mad about it. The best squash recipe may be on the list below, waiting for you and your neighbor’s bumper crop.
Also, any of these yellow summer squash recipes can be easily adapted to yellow zucchini squash. And vice versa. Yellow zucchini recipes can be used for regular yellow summer squash.
Are you ready? Let’s get some yellow squash cooking!
Fresh herbs and delightfully crispy panko bread crumbs topping add tons of flavor to simple sauteed yellow squash.
The herb oil that’s used to make this yellow squash recipe is made from fresh lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, fresh parsley, sea salt, and black pepper.
The garlic really brings out the flavor of this cooked squash.
You can even keep this summer squash recipe vegan if you use vegan parmesan cheese (recipe included).
The bread crumb topping has a pinch of red pepper flakes that makes this dish absolutely perfect.
When you’re grilling chicken or beef, there is no easier side dish than grilled summer squash.
You’ve already got the grill nice and hot, so why not pop some squash onto the grill, too?
You can skewer your sliced squash, or you can just lay them on the grill to cook. We’ve also seen these squash slices cooked in a grilling pan on the grill.
The secret to the perfect grilled squash is the seasoning. Spices include sea salt, onion powder, and garlic powder (or garlic salt). A tablespoon of lemon juice adds a delightful zing.
Sometimes we see recipes that have sliced squash on skewers like kebabs.
Those are excellent recipes, but we love this one because it really shows the beauty of the squash.
To make this grilled squash, all you need to do is cut your squash in half. It retains a gorgeous shape and is oh so tender.
Even better than how good this yellow squash looks is how short the ingredient list is. All you need to make this grilled squash recipe is yellow squash, sea salt or kosher salt, olive oil, and black pepper.
You can also do this same recipe with zucchini.
We love roasted summer squash because it’s so easy. Also, roasting yellow squash brings out all of the subtle flavors.
The breading for this squash is made with panko breadcrumbs, lemon pepper, parmesan cheese, and smoked paprika.
For this delicious recipe, you can also use other types of squash, including pattypan squash, fresh zucchini squash, crookneck squash, and yellow zucchini.
Here’s the part we love the best. You can also add other veggies to your baking dish. Try tomato, asparagus, and bell pepper, for example.
Garnish with fresh parsley flakes.
We love the gorgeous colors of a pan full of zucchini and yellow squash.
For this roasted squash recipe, the zucchini and yellow squash are both tossed with Italian seasoning and olive oil.
Then, these beautiful veggies are roasted in the oven.
In just 20 minutes, you have a wonderful yellow squash and zucchini recipe that is perfect with chicken, steaks, and more.
Once the squash comes out of the oven, sprinkle it with freshly grated parmesan cheese. The parmesan cheese adds tons of flavor and a bit of protein.
You can also drizzle melted butter on top of your yellow squash recipe and garnish with fresh parsley flakes or fresh basil leaves.
A casserole is the best type of soul food, and this Southern squash casserole is as heartwarming (and soul-warming) as can be.
This casserole recipe is also a great way to use up your summer squash bounty in the summer. Be sure to spray your baking dish with cooking spray so that it’s easy to clean.
You can make this squash casserole with just yellow squash or you can also toss in some zucchini.
This casserole recipe calls for shredded cheddar cheese, but you can also use Colby cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, or even Gruyere cheese.
Put a few pats of butter on top of the bread crumbs to add tons of buttery flavor.
With butter, onion, bell pepper, sour cream, and mayonnaise, this casserole recipe is a winner.
Want to send this yellow squash casserole over the top? Crumble crispy bacon on top before baking.
Nutrition in Yellow Squash
Does yellow squash have a lot of vitamins? You bet it does.
For one thing, yellow squash is low in calories. Specifically, one cup of sliced raw yellow squash has just 18 calories.
Equally important, yellow squash is a vegetable that is loaded with vitamin C. One cup of yellow squash (raw) has about 32% of the daily recommended allowance for vitamin C.
In addition to vitamin C, yellow squash has loads of vitamin B6, vitamin A, magnesium, folate, phosphorus, riboflavin, and potassium.
Delicious and full of wholesome nutrition? Count us in!
Ideas for Eating More Yellow Squash
We’ve given you some great recipes for how to cook yellow squash, but don’t stop there. To get more of the goodness of yellow squash into your diet, get creative with your squash.
You can add squash to veggie skewers. There is nothing more gorgeous than a veggie skewer with yellow squash, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and red onion.
Also, you can use yellow summer squash to make stir-fry recipes. Add a squash mixture of yellow summer squash and zucchini to a chicken or shrimp stir-fry for the perfect light meal.
You can even cook yellow summer squash on a pizza. If you add yellow squash to a pizza, be sure to lightly saute it first.
Also, yellow squash is one of the veggies that are delicious when eaten raw. And it has all of the same nutrition that cooked yellow squash has. Use yellow squash to dip into your favorite veggie dip, or add your summer squash to a salad with crumbled feta on top.
Do you want a bonus yellow squash recipe? Watch the video below to learn how to cook one of the most easy squash recipes: Southern-style yellow squash and onions.
Our BEST Delicious Yellow Squash Recipes (+Grilled Zucchini and Yellow Squash)
- 2-3 summer squash
- 2 zucchini
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 Tablespoon sea salt
- Slice the summer squash and zucchini into circles.
- Heat the grill to high heat.
- Grill the squash for 3-4 minutes on each side.
Organize all the required ingredients.
Enjoy the food.