Super Easy Sauteed Summer Squash

Super Easy Summer Squash Saute
Diana Rattray
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4
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This simple summer squash sauté is a great way to enjoy fresh summer squash. Feel free to use either yellow summer squash or zucchini in this easy recipe, or make it with a combination of both. This is a wonderful and easy side dish to serve with a grilled steak or chicken meal, along with rice, baked potato, or another side vegetable.

I used nonstick cooking spray to keep the dish low in fat, but you may use butter or some olive oil to saute the squash.

Fresh basil gives this dish flavor along with some crushed garlic and green onions. 

The recipe takes about 20 minutes to prepare and cook, and it makes approximately four servings. 

What You'll Need

  • 4 small summer squash (or 2 to 3 medium)
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic (crushed)
  • 3 or 4 green onions (thinly sliced)
  • 12 leaves basil (cut chiffonade)
  • Dash kosher salt (or to taste)
  • Dash freshly ground black pepper (or to taste)

How to Make It

  1. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Saute the sliced summer squash, stirring constantly, for about 2 minutes. Add the vegetable broth to the skillet and continue cooking and stirring for a few minutes longer, until almost tender.
  2. Add the garlic and green onions and continue cooking and stirring until tender but still a bit firm.
  3.  Stir in the basil and add salt and pepper to taste.

    Kitchen Notes

    • To cut chiffonade, stack the leaves, roll them up tightly, and slice them thinly.
    • For a simple variation, sauté about 1 cup of sliced mushrooms along with the summer squash.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 19
    Total Fat 0 g
    Saturated Fat 0 g
    Unsaturated Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 0 mg
    Sodium 87 mg
    Carbohydrates 4 g
    Dietary Fiber 1 g
    Protein 1 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)