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Sautéed Yellow Squash

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This simple sautéed yellow squash recipe allows the crisp, fresh flavors of the squash to shine. The mildly sweet, nutty flavors of the squash are deepened over the heat.

It's topped with fresh herbs, garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon juice for maximum flavor.

This recipe is great whenever you can find summer squash, but the best time of year to enjoy it is the hot summer months when it's bountiful at grocery stores and farmer's markets.

Sautéed yellow squash topped with herbs in a white serving bowl.

Why You'll Love This Yellow Summer Squash Recipe

This easy side dish is ready in minutes. This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy summer squash and I'm sure you'll love it too.

This simple recipe is perfect for a weeknight dinner. Serve it with some Grilled Red Snapper, Crispy Baked Haddock, or Baked Caprese Chicken for a healthy meal.

You can also use this recipe to make sautéed zucchini the exact same way!

Three yellow squash, butter, garlic, olive oil, thyme, seasonings, half a lemon, and basil.

Sautéed Summer Squash Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to make this simple side dish.

Squash - You'll need 3 medium yellow squash (also called summer squash). You'll cut these into bite-sized pieces. The peak season for yellow squash is June through August.

Fat - You'll cook the squash in 1 tablespoon of olive oil (you can use extra virgin, but you don't have to) and 1 tablespoon of butter.

Seasonings - You'll season the squash with several herbs and spices, including fresh thyme, basil leaves, lemon juice, sea salt, and black pepper.

Chopped yellow squash on a black cutting board.
Chopped garlic, thyme, and basil on a cutting board.

How to Make this Recipe

Prepare the Ingredients - Chop the squash, mince the garlic, chop the herbs, and squeeze the lemon juice. You'll want all your ingredients prepared before you start cooking because this recipe goes quickly.

Heat the Fat - Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and butter.

Cook the Squash - Once the oil is hot and the butter is bubbling, add the yellow squash. Stir the squash to coat them in butter and oil. Sauté for 5 minutes. Stir again and flip the squash over and cook for 4 more minutes. 

Add Seasonings - Add the garlic and thyme to the pan. Stir to combine and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

Finish Before Serving - Remove the squash from the heat and add the chopped basil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Stir and serve immediately. 

Chopped yellow squash in a large frying pan.
Sautéed yellow squash topped with herbs in a frying pan.

More Summer Squash Recipes to Try

If you love yellow squash and zucchini, try some of our other favorite recipes!

Stovetop yellow squash in a frying pan.
Sautéed yellow squash topped with herbs in a white serving bowl.

Tips for Making this Recipe

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Cooking Tips - Yellow squash cooks quickly and can become a soggy mess when overcooked. Make sure to watch your squash closely while it's cooking. An additional minute or two of cooking can take squash from perfectly tender to overdone. If your squash starts releasing a lot of water, remove it from the heat.

Recommended Tools - I like using a large nonstick skillet for this recipe.

Storing Tips - You can save the cooked squash in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The squash will become a little soggy when you reheat it, so consider adding it to something like risotto or pasta that would benefit from the moisture.

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Yield: 4 servings

Sautéed Yellow Squash

Easy sauteed summer squash in a white serving bowl.

This delicious and easy sauteed yellow squash recipe is a perfect side dish! It comes together quickly and has great flavor.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 medium yellow squash, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and butter. 
  2. Once the oil is hot and the butter is bubbling, add the yellow squash. Stir the squash to coat them in the butter and oil. Sauté for 5 minutes. Stir again and flip the squash over and cook for 4 more minutes. 
  3. Add the garlic and thyme to the pan. Stir to combine and cook for an additional 2 minutes. 
  4. Remove the squash from the heat and add the chopped basil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Stir and serve immediately. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 112Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 291mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 3g

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