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3 Ways to Cook Summer Squash Any Time of Year

Despite its name, summer squash has a place at the table all year round. Here’s how to do it right:


Prep the Squash


  1. Start with a sharp chef’s knife and a cutting board larger than your squash.
  2. Wash and dry the squash before cutting.
  3. Cut off the bottom and top of the squash and discard.


Choose a Cooking Method  



  • Slice squash in half lengthwise
  • Use your knife to remove the seeded core from each half
  • Slice the squash diagonally into even pieces that are about the width of your finger
  • Heat oil in sauté pan over medium heat
  • Add the cut squash to the hot pan
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Stir frequently until the squash is tender and starts to brown



  • Preheat a grill pan or outdoor grill to medium-high heat
  • Cut the squash lengthwise into even-size planks about the thickness of a matchbox
  • Use a pastry brush to coat each slice with olive oil
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Once grill is hot, add squash slices and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side



  • Preheat oven to 425ºF
  • Cut squash lengthwise into quarters
  • Then cut horizontally to create bite-size pieces
  • Place squash in a bowl and drizzle with just enough olive oil to coat each piece
  • Season with salt and pepper and stir so the squash pieces are well coated
  • Spread squash pieces evenly on a baking sheet
  • Roast for 10 to 15 minutes


Expert Tips

  • When cutting squash in planks, first slice off the skin lengthwise from one side of the squash. Turn the cut side over so it touches the cutting board. Now your squash won’t roll when you cut it.
  • Place parchment paper on your baking sheet when roasting squash to keep it from sticking to the pan. It also makes cleaning the pan easier.
  • Minced garlic adds flavor to roasted squash. Toss one minced clove along with the oil before cooking.
  • Try using Cajun seasoning instead of salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle minced fresh herbs like basil or chives over the cooked squash for extra flavor and color.
  • Add sautéed squash to pasta dishes, or roasted squash to pasta salad. Grilled squash is great on sandwiches and wraps.
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