Skillet Yellow Squash or Zucchini With Onions and Bacon

Skillet Summer Squash With Onions
Diana Rattray
Ratings (8)
  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 Portions (4-6 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
40 Calories
1g Fat
6g Carbs
2g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you are covered up with zucchini or summer squash, this is an excellent alternative to a loaf of zucchini bread or the ever-popular summer squash casserole.

We love this squash with the bacon drippings, but use olive oil or vegetable oil if you prefer. We sprinkle the crumbled bacon over the squash for serving. It is so easy to fix with fresh from the garden zucchini or summer squash. 

The zucchini we had were quite small, so instead of slicing them into rounds, we cut the squash in half crosswise and then sliced the pieces lengthwise.

We used sliced sweet onions in the dish pictured, and then we sprinkled the squash with a little Creole seasoning and the crumbled bacon just before serving. It was an instant hit!

For more ideas, take a look at the tips and variations for more serving and flavor ideas.


  • 2 strips bacon
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds yellow squash or zucchini, about 4 small to medium summer squash
  • 1 medium onion, sliced or chopped
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Steps to Make It

In a large skillet or saute pan over medium heat, fry the bacon just until crisp. Remove the bacon to paper towels to drain, and then crumble and set aside.

Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon drippings. 

Slice the squash in 1/2-inch rounds or slice each squash in half or thirds crosswise (depending on size), and then slice them lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick slices.

Slice or chop the onion.

Place the skillet back over medium heat. When the drippings are hot, add the squash slices and the onion. Sprinkle lightly with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Saute, turning frequently, until the squash is tender and the onions are lightly browned.

Transfer the squash and onions to a serving dish and top with the crumbled bacon. 

Tips and Variations

Omit the bacon and use 1 tablespoon of olive oil or vegetable oil to cook the zucchini and onions.

Instead of salt, use a seasoned salt blend or a bit of Creole or Cajun seasoning. If the seasoning is salt-free, add salt just to taste.

Use a combination of zucchini and yellow squash or another summer squash of a similar size.

Sprinkle with a little garlic powder or add 1 clove of pressed garlic about 5 minutes before the squash is done.

Use diced pancetta instead of bacon. Sprinkle the cooked pancetta over the squash when it's done.

Sprinkle the squash and onions with some grated or shredded Parmesan cheese instead of crumbled bacon.

Toss the vegetables with toasted chopped pecans before serving.

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