How to Cook Yellow Squash

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Steaming Squash

Perhaps the healthiest way to eat most vegetables is to steam them. Just boil water in a pot, place a steaming basket over it. The water should just reach the bottom of the basket. Place cut pieces of yellow squash in the basket and place a lid loosely over the top. (Make sure that the steam has a small place to escape.) Steam for 6-7 minutes until squash is tender.

Sautéing Squash

One of my favorite ways to make yellow squash is to sauté it with spices, and possibly with other vegetables. Make sure to cut the squash into thinner pieces for sautéing. Heat some oil in a frying pan, and add garlic and chopped onions. Stir for several minutes, until onions are translucent, and then add the squash. Stir the squash often, removing it when the edges are light brown. You can add salt, pepper, or any spices you’d like to the squash as it’s cooking. For an interesting twist, try sprinkling some parmesan cheese over the squash about a minute before it finishes cooking.

Roasting Squash

You can also roast squash in an oven. Put the cut yellow squash into a plastic bag and pour a bit of olive oil and spices over it. Seal the bag and shake well to distribute the oil and spices evenly. Then dump the mixture into a baking pan and cook it on 350 degrees for about half an hour. I like adding zucchini, onions, pepper, and even potatoes to roasted yellow squash as well.

Alternatively, you can make crunchy roasted squash by dipping rounds of squash first into eggs, and then into breadcrumbs. (You may want to add spices to either the eggs or the breadcrumbs, to taste.) Then bake the yellow squash in a single layer on a greased baking sheet to create a crunchy, snackable, and healthy treat!


Don’t forget about the wonderful taste of grilled squash! Brush spiced olive oil over squash rounds, and stick them on the grill with the rest of your dinner. The grill imparts a special flavor to the squash that cannot be replicated by roasting or sautéing. If you’d like to free up the grill for other foods, grill the squash ahead of time and warm it in the oven while the rest of your dinner is grilling.

Never knew there were so many methods you could use to cook yellow squash, did you? Now that you know how to cook yellow squash, go ahead and try some!

This post is part of the series: How to Cook Squash

Trying to find some exciting new vegetables recipes? Squash is a healthy, easy-to-cook vegetable. Just take a look at this series on how to cook squash for specific instructions about acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, and yellow squash.

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