Sautéed Squash and Zucchini


Need a healthy side dish in a hurry? Round out the dinner menu with one of our favorite one-dish wonders: Sautéed Squash and Zucchini.This quick-and-easy veggie combo comes together in less than 20 minutes, making it an ideal recipe for busy weeknights. It pairs well with protein, so serve it alongside mains like grilled chicken, steak, or fish. This delightfully simple recipe requires only seven ingredients. (Swing by the farmers' market to pick up fresh vegetables when they're in season.) When we think about side items featuring squash, we usually picture 13- by 9-inch dishes filled with creamy casseroles that are topped with buttery breadcrumbs. Opt instead for this lighter option that's doesn't skimp on delicious flavor but won't leave you in a lethargic food coma after dinner.To prepare this dish, start by slicing two medium-size yellow squashes and two medium-size zucchini into ¼-inch-thick slices. Then chop one small onion. Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat, and sauté the three vegetables in one tablespoon of hot oil for five minutes. Toss in the minced clove of garlic, and cook for one minute. To finish, sprinkle the mixture with salt and pepper to your liking. This simple side of favorite Southern veggies is sure to be a family crowd-pleaser, and you won't have to coax kids into finishing their servings.

Sautéed Squash and Zucchini
Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
6 mins
Total Time:
16 mins
4 servings


  • 2 medium-size yellow squash

  • 2 medium-size zucchini

  • 1 small onion

  • 1 tablespoon hot oil

  • 1 minced garlic clove

  • salt and pepper


  1. Cut 2 medium-size yellow squash and 2 medium-size zucchini into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and chop 1 small onion.

  2. Sauté vegetables in a large skillet with 1 tablespoon hot oil over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Add 1 minced garlic clove, and sauté 1 minute. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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