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Yellow Squash Recipes and Ways to Use Up Summer Squash

Yellow Squash Recipes - recipes to use up your summer squash

Each summer I compile a list of yellow squash recipes to address the abundance that a few squash plants can provide. Below is a list of delicious squash recipes created to help you use up your summer squash. Once we start harvesting squash it isn’t long before I am working it into every meal and my husband and kids are chanting  “squash for breakfast, squash for lunch, squash for dinner, munch, munch, munch”. It isn’t quite that bad, but almost. :)

Summer Squash is a broad term that includes all squash that reach maturity in the summer (instead of fall squash like pumpkins). When I am in the garden I am inclusive in my definition, but once I step into the kitchen I tend to limit my definition or summer squash to the yellow squash varieties.

Recipes to use up yellow squash and other summer squash

Yellow Squash Recipes that allow us to savor fresh picked squash:

Squash Julienne

Scalloped Squash

Garden Pasta Primavera

Summer Squash with Herbs

Summer Squash with Chives

Saucy Summer Squash Skillet

Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Fajitas

Sautéed Summer Squash and Zucchini

Herbed Chicken on Vegetable Confetti

Sautéed Squash with Onions Shelia at KnitsCooksCrochets prepares her yellow squash in a similar manner only she sautés her onions in butter instead of olive oil.

Recipes to use up summer squash

Breakfast Recipes with Yellow Squash:

Fiesta Egg Puffs

Vegetable Frittata

Mediterranean Garden Frittata

Hash Browns with Summer Squash

Don’t feel guilty sneaking squash into breakfast recipes. Desperate times call for desperate measures. You can also work summer squash into lunch with recipes like this Squash Calzone:

Recipes to use up yellow squash

Recipes where the squash acquires more flavor from the recipe’s other ingredients:

Veggie Enchiladas

Chicken Squash Bake

Easy Stir-Fry with Squash

Southwest Squash Lasagna

Yellow Squash Pizza Boats

Chicken Pesto and Couscous Salad

Grain-Free Lasagna with Summer Squash

Angel Hair Squash with Garden Vegetables

Squash-sagna and here are more recipes that use squash as an alternative to noodles

Recipes and tips for using up summer squash

Yellow Squash Tips:

If someone give you a large yellow squash, enjoy it, but if you are buying it by the pound choose smaller squash since they have fewer seeds.

Grated summer squash can be used to replace carrots in carrot cake or zucchini in zucchini bread!

You can freeze your squash. Cut it up into bite size pieces or shred it then freeze it. Erin at $5 Dinners cuts up summer squash along with zucchini, carrots, onion,and celery then freezes it so she can pull it out and add it when she makes Zucchini Freezer Soup.

Amy at The Finer Things in Life has compiled a wonderful list of zucchini recipes, many of which could be adapted to include summer squash.

You can pickle squash! Kendra at New Life on the Homestead shares her recipe for Squash Pickles.

You can eat summer squash raw. Try adding some to your next salad or one of these salads: Italian Squash Salad, Pasta Salad with Squash, and Southwest Pasta Salad.

You can easily grill squash. Cut yellow squash in half inch thick slices, coat with your favorite marinade, and grill it alongside your steaks. Grilled Squash is great in Grilled Ratatouille.

Recipes to use up yellow squash and other summer squash

What is your favorite yellow squash recipe or summer squash recipe?

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. Our garden isn’t doing well at all, but these recipes looks great. Wish I had some more zucchini to use up! I do have some in the freezer though and that might work for a few recipes.

  2. I love to make zucchini bread :)

  3. Awesome tips and dishes! I love them all- now I just have to decide which one to do first!

  4. Mmmm… chicken squash bake… I’m glad it made your list! :D I LOVE yellow squash… but unfortunately have not had a bumper crop (or a crop at all) for a number of years. :( :)

  5. I’m a frittata fan and also of the julienne. I have a vegetable dicer thats called the chop wizard that I found at Bed Bath & Beyond that I LOVE. Perfect 1/2 or 1/4 strips.

    Thanks for hosting and posting at the hearth and soul hop.

  6. Squash can grow on you in a hurry! Zucchini is tricky too since they blend in with the leaves. One day you see nothing, the next a monster!

    Great round-up of squash recipes and info.
    My favorite is grilled or sauteed w/ lemon juice and garlic.

  7. My favorite use of fresh summer squash:
    Slice up 1 squash, 1 bell pepper, 1 onion. Saute all in butter until just tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Toss in a handfull of corn meal, stir and saute til soft. Nothing better! Can’t believe the difference the corn meal makes!!!

  8. I make pickles with my zucinni. I use Mrs Wrights Bread and Pickle mix. YUMMY!! Can and eat all year long!!

  9. Thank you so much for making this list (and featuring my veggie enchiladas). We debated planing a squash plant this year but now looking at all these recipes I can’t imagine not having one!

  10. Thank you so much for sharing my squash recipe! I love all the other round up recipes too.

    Be Well,

  11. I use yellow squash in rattatoullie in place of eggplant. It’s wonderful!

  12. I have 6 Yellow squash plants that made it ^_^ needless to say I have yellow squash coming outta earz! I’ll definitely be using some of these and if i use one on my blog I will give you props! Thanks for the great list.

  13. I am always looking for new recipes to try using my summer squash! Thanks for posting all of these great ideas!

  14. Love all the great ideas! I love all forms of summer squash, but my family doesn’t. I have been incorporating it into other dishes they like and they are adjusting and even beginning to enjoy it. Here’s a healthy muffin recipe I posted this week:

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