Steam Sauteed Summer Squash

I absolutely love this time of year.  It is the time of year when I get to enjoy yellow summer squash and zucchini.  These two types of squash are actually the only kind of squash I like.  I don’t care for the texture of all the other ones.  Too mushy for me.  However, i am in heaven with zucchini and yellow squash.  I found this recipe at $5 dinners that steams the squash a little before you saute it.  It is also cooked in olive oil with a little sugar which is different than the usual butter that I do, plus it’s better for you.  I love this way of cooking the squash.  It was light and delicious with a hint of sweetness.

I have a good selection of zucchini/yellow squash recipes on my site since each summer I am trying to keep up with my one zucchini plant.  However, I have listed my absolute- must-make-favorite recipes below for you.

Right to left: Lemon Zucchini Blueberry Cake, Squash Casserole, Panko Encrusted Fried Zucchini, Pineapple Zucchini Cake

Other favorites not pictured include Blueberry Zucchini Bread, Zucchini Cakes (like crab cakes), Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

Steam Sauteed Summer Squash

  • 2 medium yellow squash, sliced (zucchini would work too)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

1. Place the sliced squash into a skillet with the water, sugar and olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2. Cover the squash for about 2-3 minutes, allowing the steam to begin cooking the squash.

3. Uncover the squash and stir with wooden spoon.  Let the remaining water boil off and then saute the partially cooked squash for 3-4 minutes…or until begins to brown.

4. Once a few of the squash slices begin to brown, saute another 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

5. Serve warm as side dish.

Makes 6-8 side dish portions.

12 comments on “Steam Sauteed Summer Squash

  • I am very thankful to this topic because it really gives great information ~;,

  • This is a great, easy recipe. I love the little touch of sweetness from the sugar!

  • I like that you added a bit of sugar! I wouldn’t have thought of that but now that you mention it, it makes perfect sence. Think of onions!

  • I love all the different things you did with squash! The steamed sautéed squash definitely sounds tasty =).

    ~Kurious Kitteh

  • Thank you for all the great recipes you post.

    Love all the squash & zucchini recipes. You post such wonderful recipes and would like to to try them all.

    Keep up the good work!

  • I love summer squash in all ways shapes and forms!

  • You have a great and fantastic blog, I frequently read all your posts but this is the first time I’m commenting, it won’t be the last! Your summer squash looks good… looking forward to your next post. Have a good weekend!

  • I just made something similar but added tomatoes with the squash and basil from the garden in the last minute or so. The dish was even better the next day. Thank you!

  • Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

  • Keep the squash recipes coming. Great one also from years past.

    SUGGESTION: I hope you highlight some main dish slow cooker recipes for the hot summer nights or busy back to school nights.


  • I love zucchini and am always looking for new ways to try it. Thanks for the great recipes!

  • yummy! we grow tons of both in our garden. My kids LOVE squash and zucchini, well that is if it is cooked the right way.

    The 2 ways they really like it is fried-Yellow squash-slice it, mix pancake mix with a little milk not to thin not to thick, dip the slices in the batter, then fry in butter flavor crisco!YUMMO or for either I will slice lengthwise then toss with EVOO and seasoning (what ever sounds good at the time, usually a Mrs. Dash type thing) and grill til tender

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