This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

There’s nothing fancy about this Squash and Onions recipe. Maybe that’s why I love it so much.

Squash and Onions Recipe | ©

It’s simple, delicious, home-cooked goodness at its absolute best.

Especially this time of year when squash are beginning to make themselves well known in many gardens. In other words, prolific!

We actually fiddled around so much this spring that we failed to get our garden planted. We had the best of intentions by plowing the garden area, planning all of the vegetables we’d be planting, and everything just short of buying and planting the plants.

Once we started looking at our summer calendar, we remembered how it had worked the last three years.

We work ourselves to death to get the garden planted and ready and then, we end up going on vacation right as it begins to come in. We come home to the garden we’ve tended like a baby being overtaken by weeds.

I have to be honest. At this point, some of the fun of my garden has worn thin.

Then, as the hot, humid air just seems hang thick during the later days of July and August, my Georgia garden lost every bit of the charm it could muster

So, this year, once we looked our calendar, we decided we’d be the best customers our local farmer’s market has ever seen. We’re taking this year off from the summer vegetable garden. We planted wildflowers for the honeybees instead.

Squash and Onions Recipe | ©

Do I regret it?

Yes and no.

As I visit friends and see their beautiful gardens beginning to produce gorgeous vegetables, my heart gives a bit of a lurch just thinking of all that I’m missing.

But then, as I drive home from the farmer’s market with tons of delicious produce I just bought from my local farmers, I’m pretty glad of our decision.

Squash and Onions Recipe | ©

So, to make a long story short, whether your squash comes from your personal garden, that of your local farmers, or off the shelf at your grocery store, make this super easy and delicious Squash and Onions recipe.

Here’s my oh so simple Squash and Onions recipe. You’ll love it!

4.93 from 26 votes

Squash and Onions Recipe

Side Dish 15 mins

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 6
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
This classic Squash and Onions recipe is a family-favorite side dish throughout the year, but especially during the summer. Get this easy Squash and Onions recipe your family will love!


  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 5 medium yellow squash sliced
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion diced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Melt butter over medium-low heat in a skillet. Add squash and onions and cook until onions are translucent and squash has become fork tender, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve warm.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 443mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 494IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

Shout Out

Did you make this recipe?

Mention @addapinch or tag #addapinch!

Share it with the world!

Robyn xo

You may also love these squash recipes:
Sauteed Squash
Squash Casserole

Squash and Zucchini Recipes

Vegetable Recipes

Robyn Stone

..where I share sweet, savory and southern recipes, as well as home and garden tips and tidbits of travel.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Review


  1. 5 stars
    Oh Robyn!
    You are speaking right to my SQUASH loving heart!
    There’s nothing better than this.
    And your onions look caramelized.
    I use to love popping over to my grandma’s when she was cookin’ squash.
    Nothing better.

  2. I took a break from the garden this year too. I broke my back the last few years getting it planted (I do most myself), and our summers just get so hot that everything just seems to burn up and die before I get the harvest I dream of. And the bugs. And the snakes that I know are hiding out there. As sad as it made me, I stuck to a few pots of herbs and tomatoes this year and I’m barely keeping up with it. I guess we have our gardening seasons of life.

    That being said, like you, I’m trying to be a great customer at one of our local produce shops, their stuff is great and fresh.

    I love this simple squash dish Robyn!!! I saw it on instagram this morning and I can’t wait to make it. It screams summer 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I do this all the time with both yellow squash and Zucchini. Hubby loves it. I usually just look in my herb/spice cabinet and sprinkle on what hits my fancy. Sometimes coriander or herbs de provence, etc. you get the idea and throw in a bit of fresh parsley. I also use a combo of olive oil and unsalted butter.

  4. Did a rif on this last night using a mix of zucchini and yellow squash because that’s what I had. Added a sprinkle of feta cheese to make it a veggie meal! Yum!

  5. 5 stars
    We make this too, but we remove seeds from larger squash and we add a bag of frozen corn. It’s my favorite.

    1. 5 stars
      Well…we just picked our first squash this past weekend and I cooked them tonight.
      I added just a little sprinkle of garlic powder (cause that’s what my step-mom does)
      and it is so good!!

      I’m pinning this to my board: Tried It & Liked It

  6. I make the yellow squash and onion very often, but for a change I scramble a few eggs into the squash. Delicious!

  7. 5 stars
    Nice recipe and easy! Going to make it tonight for these whiny firemen I work with. Sure it’ll be a hit!

  8. This is how my mama and grandma fixed squash as far back as I can remember. Now, I make it for my husband. It’s just good and simple. Sometimes, if we had it, mama would use a little bacon grease in with the butter and it made it even better!

  9. This recipe brings back memories from my childhood. I remember walking into the kitchen and smelling the squash and onion cooking. Mom always added bacon grease along with the butter. I know the bacon grease is not very healthy for us, but it was so delicious!!

  10. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe. Living in Texas for one year now, it’s the first time I cook some squash. It’s smell so good and I can’t wait to have it for dinner!

  11. 4 stars
    I prepared the recipe using 5 yellow squash and added 1/2 diced green pepper, 2 tsp minced garlic, 2 tablepspoons of greens seasoning, 1 tablespoon of sugar everything just like the orignal recipe. Delicious, it truly is tasty.

  12. 5 stars
    Yes, SIMPLE is best!!!!! I have messed up so many recipes by trying to add more when it was already perfect.

  13. 5 stars
    Prepared for yesterday’s dinner using squash from the garden. My daughter and I loved it.  Cooked in a frying pan so the squash and onions have to be stirred frequently to cook evenly.

  14. This is the exact same recipe I grew up with as a kid.  I love this recipe.  Simple easy and no hassle or special ingredients. 

  15. This dish is so good as a stand-alone when I’m craving the starchiness of perhaps, a pasta…but when I cnt, calorically speaking, afford to chow down on a big bowl of noodles… the squash has a tender yet firm bite and the best flavor with some caramelized onion or, even better, shallots…mmm. I’m eating a bowl right now. Yum!

  16. I do mine this way. Sometimes tho, I’m in a hurry and just throw the ingredients in the microwave and cook until done (about 4-5 minutes) to your taste. My MIL used to boil the squash till soft, but my husband wouldn’t eat it. Then I tried this method and he ate it all summer long. Thanks for reminding me of good times.

  17. I’m from the south and squash and onions are a favorite! I render a couple slices of bacon to use instead of butter. Just a very simple and delicious dish!

    1. Thanks, Tina,
      Squash and onions have always been a favorite around our house.

  18. 5 stars
    Robyn, thank you for sharing!!  I don’t usually tweak recipes, but I had to use up some garden veggies. I added Julianne sweet red and yellow peppers, finely chopped rosemary, and minced shallots (I didn’t have sweet onion). I sautéed it all with a mix of olive oil and freshly churned Amish butter until soft. Topped it off with chopped Italian parsley kosher salt & ground pepper. Your recipe and my need to use veggies have this gorgeous dish a fun and lovely twist. 

    1. Thanks, Mimi!
      Your additions to the recipe sound delicious! Glad you could use those garden veggies with this recipe.

    1. Susan, this recipe freezes well. After this dish has cooled completely, place in airtight freezer containers and freeze for up to 6 months.

  19. 5 stars
    I’ve been eating this squash recipe for over 65 years. It is my go to recipe when I have too much squash. The only thing I add is a bit of sugar.

    1. My grandmother always made this recipe when I was growing up, Phyllis. I’ve never tried adding sugar.

  20. May I substitute frozen squash? If so, would recipe change? How would it? Thank you.

    1. Hugh, I would allow the squash to thaw in the refrigerator and then follow the recipe.

  21. 5 stars
    I caramelize my onions a bit, then add both to steam. I was using a bamboo steamer (bowl inserted), but now I have a metal umbrella type thingy that gives incredible results!!! I *love* fresh, young crookneck this way, but in winter we only get the zucchini yellow hybrid. I never met an onion I didn’t love!!!

  22. Made me this recipe today with some squash from my garden. It’s hard to beat! Great for cooking when the kids and grandkids come visit. They love it.

    1. There is nothing like fresh vegetables from the garden! They just make everything taste that much better. Thanks, Greta.

  23. 5 stars
    It was going home! The only difference is we use bacon grease and cover, so I guess it’s actually steamed!😂 Thanks, it was wonderful!

  24. 5 stars
    This is how I make mine. The only difference is I also add a little garlic powder along with the salt and pepper. So good and quick to fix! 😋😋

  25. 5 stars
    Great simple recipe; I add bacon and cook it all together. Served with fresh cucumber sandwiches it makes a quick, easy and delicious meal for the 2 of us.