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Summer Squash – Sauteed


Sweet summer squash. Dave’s favorite way to be served this vegetable is to have it sauteed with onions and bacon. If you don’t want to use bacon, then use some bacon grease. That’s right. A tablespoon will do. Save some of your “fat” when you fry up some bacon. It can be stored at room temperature for several weeks. Add some sea salt and pepper if you’d like, and saute away. You can serve some small bacon pieces with it if you’d like.

IF, however, you don’t want to use anything bacon, you can use olive oil. I have to do that sometimes when I don’t have any bacon on hand. ‘Always wish I did, though because it’s just not quite as good.

Fresh, small squash is the most tender and flavorful.  It’s a pretty dish when you slice this vegetable thinly and use the dainty rounds.

For sauteeing, you can use a large skillet. I am blessed with a cook-n-dine, so that’s what I use. (I don’t get anything for referring you to the cook-n-dine, but if you want to call them, you can get the number from the link above; ask to speak with Bea Gebhardt and tell her I sent you.)

I fry a pound of bacon on my cook-n-dine and then ladle the drippings into a container for later use. By the time the bacon is done, my “skillet” is well oiled and I’m ready to go. The bacon is used for garnish and for other recipes later in the week.

Yes. It looks dirty, but it isn’t. It’s the only photo I took and I know it’s a fail.

Put onion into the bacon grease/oil and let it sautee for a minute or two, then add thinly sliced squash. Season with sea salt and pepper (optional). Keep mixing and moving the ingredients around so they don’t get too brown (as I am prone to do.)


Put the vegetables into a bowl and top with bacon pieces (optional).


This dish only takes minutes to make and is bound to please. I’ve also added fresh, whole green beans to the mix. They take a little longer, so you’ll want to start with the beans first before you add the succulent yellow squash.

Summer Squash - Sauteed

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A simple, easy way to serve fresh summer squash and guaranteed to have kids asking for more.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 4 strips bacon - or more
  • 4 cups sliced squash
  • 1-2 onions sliced thinly
  • 1 Tbsp. bacon grease OR olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Wash fresh squash and slice thinly
  • Slice onions
  • Season skillet with olive oil OR bacon grease
  • Add onions, stirring for a minute or two
  • Add squash and mix together with onions
  • Season to taste
  • Stir-fry until squash and onions are tender

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