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Summer Squash and Onions

Summer Squash cooked in a little bacon fat with lots of onion and a little thyme or tarragon. This Summer Squash and Onions is one of the most delicious ways to eat squash.

Summer Squash and Onions on a serving platter.


Summer squash is plentiful in the south during July and August. I much prefer it to zucchini. It has a natural sweetness and pan frying it brings out even more sweetness.

Summer Squash and Onions sauteed in bacon grease.

Fresh yellow crookneck squash are so tender and delicious, especially the smaller ones.

Summer Squash and Onions is a simple dish with plenty of flavor from bacon grease and onion.

If you wanted to make this vegetarian, you could leave out the bacon grease and use more butter or olive oil. I like to add just a little dried or fresh thyme for some herb flavor. Basil or rosemary would be good too.

Summer Squash and Onions sauteed in bacon grease.


If you’re trying to find more vegetable dishes your kids will eat, try this one. Kids love the sweetness. If they don’t like onions, just remove them before serving.


Summer Squash and Onions


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Summer Squash and Onions

Summer Squash and Onions

Summer Squash and Onions is an easy summer side dish flavored with bacon. Pan frying the squash really brings out its sweetness.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
TOTAL: 25 minutes
SERVINGS: 6 servings


  • 3 tablespoons bacon grease
  • 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • 5 medium yellow squash, sliced into circles
  • 1 medium sweet onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme or tarragon, or use about 2 teaspoons fresh


  • In a large pan, preferably cast iron, heat bacon grease and butter. Add squash and onion.
  • Sprinkle sugar over squash and onion. Cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in salt, pepper, and thyme and serve.


Calories: 104kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: summer

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24 thoughts on “Summer Squash and Onions”

  1. ANSI Gardner

    Good recipe. I dislike the seeds ( bad texture and they add so much water) so I use small crookneck without seeds or cut out the seeds on larger squash. Same for cucs. Much better without the seeds.

  2. Frances Whittle

    I have made squash this way for years. My hubby is a Georgia boy and I learned how to cook this from his mom and all his Aunts. I see the calorie content but not the serving size. It it 1/2 cup or 1cup?

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