Summer Squash Recipes: Delicious Ways To Prepare Squash

by Margielynn

Dive into these squash recipes to deliciously prepare your abundance of squash. Grill, bake, stir-fry or make a salad!

Squash, Squash, And More Squash!

I love the summer when there is an abundance of squash, we get to use our imagination on how to use them.

I have included several of my favorite recipes for squash. The ways are numerous in how you can use them from stir fry to pickles to desserts!

I favor the yellow, zucchini and patty pan squash for most of my cooking. You can also use these squash raw in salads or a marinated relish also.

Grilled Squash

Grilled squash is so easy and yummy!
Squash Ready For The Grill
Squash Ready For The Grill

Grilling fresh vegetables are so good and a healthy way to cook them! Try different seasonings to find your favorite!


  • 4 or 5 squash, sliced or as many as need
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Slice the squash ¼ inch slice lengthwise or crosswise.
  3. Toss the sliced squash with the olive, salt, pepper and garlic power. Place the squash on a large sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil, pull the foil around the squash to seal it.
  4. Put the squash package on the grill and cook for 20 minutes or until tender.

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Mexican Squash Casserole

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Mexican Squash Casserole
Mexican Squash Casserole


  • 4 cups cooked yellow or zucchini squash
  • 1 chopped small onion
  • 1 can tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 cup crushed cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder


  1. Wash and cook the squash
  2. Add the onion, tomatoes and green chilies and chili powder to the cooked squash and mix.
  3. Place into casserole dish; top with the cracker crumbs and cheese.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.

Serves: 6-8

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Zucchini Squash Slaw

Zucchini Squash Slaw
Zucchini Squash Slaw

Zucchini slaw is a delicious way to use an abundance of your fresh garden zucchini. This slaw is coverd with a creamy sauce. Simple and fast to put together.


  • 4 medium zucchini, coarsely shredded
  • 1 carrot, coarsely shredded
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ small red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, minced (optional) (If like milder, remove seeds)
  • salt to taste


  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix the coarsely shredded zucchini and carrot.
  2. Add the cidlantro, jalapeño, bell pepper, garlic and red onion.
  3. Mix the mayonnaise and mustard, add to the vegetables and stir until well blended .
  4. Add the salt to your taste.
  5. Chill the zucchini slaw for at least one hour.

Makes 8 servings.

Green Chile And Chicken Stuffed Squash

Stir-Fry Squash

I really love to stir fry my squash, it is delicious, quick and easy. You can do one type of squash or a medley of different types.
We raise yellow, zucchini and patty pan squash, so that is what I usually cook I also occasionally add rings of onions or bell peppers strips with them.


• 4-6 sliced squash any type
• 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
• 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes


1. Place the the olive oil in medium-high heated skillet, depending on how many squash you use and size, just so they are coated with the oil.
2. Slice and season the squash, omit red pepper flakes if you do not like spicy.
3. Cook the squash over medium-high hit stirring constantly until tender crisp, about 2-3 minutes.

Tips From Margielynn

  • You may use 2 cloves of fresh garlic in place of garlic powder
  • Add one medium onion cut into rings and ½ bell pepper cut into strips with the squash for variation.

What are your favorite summer squash?

Pickled Squash

Pickled Squash
Pickled Squash

If you have never eaten squash pickles, you must try this recipe. It is made with summer squash, onions, green peppers, vinegar and seasonings.

This recipe tastes just like Bread and Butter cucumber pickles and they are usually crisper. They are delicious with just about anything. Squash pickles will be ready to eat in 24 hours.



• 8 cups yellow summer squash, sliced
• 2 onions, sliced
• 2 green peppers, sliced
• 1 red bell pepper, sliced
• 3 teaspoons salt
• 2 /12 cups sugar
• 2 cups vinegar
• 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
• 2 teaspoon celery seed
• 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (optional)


1. Sterilize 6-8 pint jars, lids and rings.
2. In a large non-aluminum pot layer the squash, onions and peppers.
3. Sprinkle with salt.
4. Let stand one hour in cold ice water.
5. Drain off excess liquid.
6. In a pan heat the sugar, vinegar, mustard seed, celery seed and turmeric.
7. Pour over the squash, onion and pepper mixture.
8. Bring the mixture to a boil.
9. Spoon the squash mixture into hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace.
10. Seal with sterilizes lid and rings.
11. Turn the jar upside down to help seal.
12. Ready to eat when cold.
Makes 6-8 pints.

Tips From Margielynn

  • Do not over cook or pickles will be soft.
  • Chill 24 hours before serving.
  • Sterilize jars, lids and rings in dishwasher
  • Use caution when filling the jar with the hot mixture.

Easy Squash Casserole

Easy Squash Casserole
Easy Squash Casserole

Squash casserole is a great recipe for using up some of the many squash you are harvesting. It is quick and easy to assemble and bakes in less than 1 hour.
It uses squash, sour cream, carrot, cream of chicken soup and onions. Serve with a pork roast and fresh garden salad or meat of your choice.


  • 2 cups cooked yellow squash
  • 1 cup sour cream, 8 ounces
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1-10 3/4 ounces cream of chicken soup
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 package seasoned bread crumbs
  • salt, black pepper and butter to taste 



1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Cook the squash, drain and mash.
3. Add to squash; cream of chicken soup, sour cream, onion, carrot, salt, black pepper.
4. Sprinkle a layer of the seasoned bread crumbs in a shallow buttered dish.
5. Spoon the squash mixture over the crumbs.
6. Top with more crumbs and dot generously with butter.
7. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
• May use 1 roll Ritz crackers (crushed) or package of herb stuffing instead of bread crumbs.
• 1 cup of cheese of your choice may be added.
• Serve with meat and a fresh garden salad.

Now The Grand Finale, Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Chocolate Zucchini Cake

You say, squash in a sweet bread, a cake or a pie! Yes, and they make it moist and delicious, you have no taste of the squash! Okay, let's get started making Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate zucchini cake is a delicious way to use up an abundance of these summer squash. You may top with a cream cheese frosting or leave plain. It is a very moist and yummy cake, you would never guess it was made with zucchini squash!



• 1 ½ cups margarine, softened
• 1 ¾ cups sugar
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 2 cups grated zucchini
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 4 tablespoons unsweetened powder cocoa
• ¼ cup chocolate chips
• ½ cup oil
• 2 ½ cups flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 2 eggs
• ½ cup buttermilk
• ½ teaspoon cinnamon 


1. Cream the margarine, oil and sugar.
2. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and buttermilk; mix well.
3. Add the sifted dry ingredients; baking powder, cocoa, flour, baking soda and cinnamon; beat well.
4. Add the zucchini last and mix evenly.
5. Put in a 13-inch x 9-inch pan, I make mine in a tube pan!
6. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
7. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes.


Updated: 01/21/2018, Margielynn
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Margielynn on 08/23/2017

DerdriuMarriner if you leave the seeds in it will be hotter, we like spicy, if you do not like spicy leave the seeds out or for that matter you can leave the jalapeno out!

DerdriuMarriner on 08/22/2017

Margielynn, Do your family and friends prefer the zucchini squash slaw with or without the jalapeño seeds inside?

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