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Yellow Summer Sauteed Squash with Parmesan. My kids loved squash only if it was cooked like this. Great side dish!!

Updated 06/22/2020

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Do you peel yellow squash before cooking?

Make this side dish with or without the skins on. If you have picky eaters, you may want to peel the skin. However, the skins have most of the nutrients in them, if that’s what you’re looking for. Usually, I have the skins on, unless I’m cooking for someone who prefers not to have them.

Nutritional Information

All varieties of summer squash have fewer nutrients than winter squash because the latter have a longer period of maturity and time to develop. Nonetheless, summer squash has a good combination of vitamins and minerals, especially manganese, vitamins C and K, folate, and potassium, and many of these nutrients have been found to be helpful in the prevention of heart disease. The skin is where most of these nutrients are found, and fortunately the entire squash – flesh, seeds, and skin – are edible.

Can you eat squash raw?

Absolutely. Slice up raw squash on a vegetable tray. Use it as a side on your plate with your meal. Shred some up and add it to your salad.

Is sauteed squash healthy?

This dish is not as healthy as it could be. You will still get the benefits of the squash, however, with the butter, can’t say that it’s healthy. If you made sauteed squash in olive oil, or even avocado oil, that would be much healthier for you.

How to cook sauteed squash

Add butter or oils (coconut, olive, avocado) to your pan. Throw in the sliced squash and cook on medium until you reach the texture you prefer.

Other recipes to try..

Baked Squash Casserole

Loaded Potato Salad

Rice and Crab Salad

Serve with the Southern Salisbury Steak or Bacon Ranch Chicken.

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Sauteed Squash

Yellow Summer Sauteed Squash with Parmesan. My kids loved squash only if it was cooked like this. Great side dish!!
Course Sides
Cuisine American
Keyword how to cook sauteed squash, sauteed squash in butter, squash recipe, yellow squash recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 255kcal


  • 3-4 Quart Saucepan


  • 2 Medium Squash
  • 3-4 Tbsp Butter
  • 2-3 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese Optional


  • Peel (if desired) & slice the squash NOTE: The thinner the slice the faster it cooks. If you have thicker slices, please adjust cooking time.
  • Add butter and squash to skillet on medium to medium high heat. NOTE: You can substitute the butter for olive oil if you wanna be healthy.
  • Stir occasionally to cook all slices as evenly as possible. Cook about 15 minutes or until desired “softness”.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan, if desired.


Substitute crook neck squash for your favorite. Or mix and match.


Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 1320mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 40148IU | Vitamin C: 79mg | Calcium: 212mg | Iron: 3mg
Close up of a big bite of sauteed squash on a fork.
Close up of sauteed squash in a serving bowl with a silver serving spoon.
Close up of a serving of sauteed squash with parmesan cheese on top.  There is a piece of bacon ranch chicken atop a bed of rice in the background.

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