Recipe Ideas for Summer Squash

Is your garden overflowing with squash? Did your neighbor play ding-dong-ditch and leave a bag of squash on your step? (Sorry! Please don’t egg me!) Or did you buy too much when your local store was selling it for .49 cents a pound?

I was inspired by Amy’s wonderful list of zucchini recipes to create a compilation of squash recipes. I only plant one or two zucchini plants each year, so although I have a lot of zucchini, it is still manageable. However, this year I went wild and planted 3 crook neck squash and 5 yellow straightneck squash (and I think I have a volunteer in my pepper patch). Below is a compilation of recipes that I have found to use up yellow straightneck squash and yellow crookneck squash.

Recipes that are in my meal rotation now:

~Zucchini Potato Skillet

~Sauteed Summer Squash and Zucchini

Most of the above recipes allow us to savor the fresh picked squash. As we tire of eating it I will move to recipes where the squash will acquire more flavor from the recipe’s other ingredients.

Recipes that you will find on my Menu Plan in the near future:

~Skillet Squash (might not be the real name, but Lori at A Frugally Old-Fashioned Homemaker did not name it). Another great tip from Lori: Use yellow squash in place of zucchini in zucchini bread.

~Zucchini and Chicken Pasta with Parmesan I know this is a zucchini recipe, but Liz at The Frugal Engineer said it would work well with squash instead of zucchini. Visit Amy at The Finer Things in Life . She compiled a wonderful list of zucchini recipes many of which could be adapted to include summer squash. And since I am passing on zucchini recipes, visit Kara’s Kitchen Creations. She has tons of wonderful recipes including Zucchini Brownies, Cinnamon chip Zucchini Brownies and Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread.

~Zucchini Frittata (I don’t know if this can be adapted to squash or not, but it sure looks delicious).

~Zucchini Pancakes and Summer Squash Breakfast Burritos. If you are really over run with with summer squash and need to step your consumption to three meals a day than try these recipes.

Squash Tips:

~If you have a choice, choose smaller squash since they have less seeds.

~Grated summer squash can be used to replace carrots in carrot cake!

~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.

~You can pickle squash! Kendra at New Life on the Homestead has a recipe for Squash Pickles that I am excited to try.

~You can easily grill squash. Cut yellow squash in half, coat the cut side with you favorite marinade, and grill it alongside your steaks.

~You can eat it uncooked. Try adding some to your next salad.

~Summer Squash is a broad term that includes all squash that reach maturity in the summer (instead of fall like pumpkins). Last week, Fireweed recommended an article on how to use up your extra zucchini. I originally overlooked it because when I think of summer squash, I think of the yellow varieties. Whether you include zucchini in your definition of summer squash or limit your definition to the yellow summer squashes, you will find the article to be a great resource.

If you have a favorite Squash recipe, please leave a link or the recipe in the comment section so I can add it to the list.

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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. Great post Alea! Lots of good stuff here :) And thank you for the link.
    Ya know, one more thing I do with yellow squash is I use it in place of zucchini when making zucchini bread. Works just as well and tastes just as great and moist. :)

  2. I am so jealous. I planted my squash and zucchini late and just barely have my first one starting to grow. But, I know I will soon be overrun so I am sure I will be coming back to use these recipes.

  3. For 13 ways to use summer squash, check out this article in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner:

  4. Kendra at New Life On A Homestead says:

    I have a great recipe for canned "Squash Pickles". It tastes just like Bread and Butter Pickles, only it's squash. If you like to can, this is a great way to use up those extra veggies!

  5. Kendra at New Life On A Homestead says:

    Oops :), forgot to tell you where to find the recipe!

    You can check it out here:

    Hope you get a chance to try it!

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