Yellow Squash Recipes for a Low-Carb Diet (With Photos)


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Sauteed squash—it's low-carb!

Sauteed squash—it's low-carb!

The Low-Carb Diet

The subject today is squash recipes. If you’ve been reading my articles about low-carb recipes, you know that I’m trying to stick to a low-carb diet. I eat a lot of eggs, chicken, beef, pork, turkey, shrimp, crabmeat, and finned fish, and I also try to include low-carb veggies. Yellow squash is one of my faves.

Year-Round Yellow Squash

Thanks to modern farming methods and transportation of produce, we can now enjoy summer squash all year in the United States. I love the flavor of fresh squash in just about any recipe I can think of. In fact, sometimes I eat it raw in salads to add interesting texture, color, and taste to a green salad made with raw spinach or lettuce. Sometimes I eat raw squash by dicing it and combining it with diced onion, diced cucumber, diced fresh tomatoes, oil, vinegar, and herbs and spices.

When it comes to how to cook yellow squash, I have a veritable arsenal of squash recipes, and I’m sharing a few with you here. One is a detailed recipe for sautéed squash, while the others are more in the idea category. In other words, you don’t need hard specifics on those—just some guidelines. Next time you see some attractive summer squash at the supermarket or vegetable stand, pick up a few and try a couple of my squash recipes!

The best squash recipes start with tender fruits.

The best squash recipes start with tender fruits.

Recipes for Yellow Squash

I’ve created numerous recipes for yellow squash. That’s because I like it and because we used to grow lots of it in our gardens over the years. If you’ve had experience growing summer squash, you know that once the plants start producing, they’ll continue to do so up until a hard frost, as long as they’re cared for properly. That means bushels of squash! Also, you can use zucchini in practically all the same recipes, too.

My squash recipes include stewed squash, fried squash, squash soup, squash fritters, squash pancakes, baked squash, stir-fried squash, stuffed squash, pan grilled squash, grilled squash, pickles, sautéed squash, and casseroles. (I have more than one type of squash casserole, by the way.) As you can see from the variety of my squash recipes, it’s a pretty adaptable vegetable, and it’s low in carbs. Let me clarify that—yellow squash recipes can be low in carbs. Winter squashes are higher in carbohydrates.

Watch out for Carb-Laden Ingredients

Recipes for yellow squash can be high in carbs, too, if you add carb-laden ingredients. For example, deep-fried squash that has a batter made from white flour wouldn’t be a very good dish for a low-carb diet. The same goes for squash casseroles and stuffed baked squash that include crushed crackers or bread crumbs. Rest assured that the dishes I’m sharing here are all made with low-carb recipes.

Wondering how to cook yellow squash and zucchini? You have lots of options!

Wondering how to cook yellow squash and zucchini? You have lots of options!

How to Cook Yellow Squash

The best methods for cooking yellow squash are somewhat limited to the squash itself, especially on the tenderness factor.

  • Older, larger squash are usually going to be harder and tougher, and so are the seeds within the fruits.
  • Small, immature fruits are great steamed or boiled, but they’re not really large enough to use for fried squash or grilled squash.

Obviously, how to cook yellow squash also depends whether or not you’re preparing foods for a low carb-diet. The veggie itself is okay, but you have to be careful about which ingredients you add.

For most of my recipes for yellow squash, I prefer to use fruits that are about five inches in total length. The fruits should be firm but not hard. They should be a pale yellow color instead of being a deep yellow or gold shade. Before cooking yellow squash, I wash the fruits well in cool water and remove any blemishes from the skin with a knife. In most cases, I also remove both ends of the fruits.

Sautéed Squash Recipe

This sautéed squash is wonderful! When I’m following a low-carb diet, I often have it as a meal. It’s filling and satisfying, and it’s a good way for me to add some calcium without getting all the carbs and sugars in milk. If you have a Vidalia onion, use that here. If not, use any type of yellow onion.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

15 min

30 min

Makes 2 servings


  • 4 strips bacon
  • 4 yellow squash, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 onion, sliced, diced, or chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • grated cheddar cheese


  1. In a black iron skillet, fry bacon until just crisp. Remove and drain on paper towels.
  2. Cook squash and onion in bacon grease over medium heat. Stir until squash begins to brown.
  3. Add garlic, salt, and pepper. Cover skillet with heavy lid and cook to desired tenderness, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or so. Crumble or tear bacon and add to squash.
  4. Line a plate with paper towels and place squash on plate. Quickly transfer squash to another plate and sprinkle with grated cheese. If cheese doesn’t get “melty” enough, heat squash briefly in microwave or oven.

Photo Guide

Fry bacon.

Fry bacon.

Prepare the squash and onion.

Prepare the squash and onion.

Sautee squash and onion in bacon drippings.

Sautee squash and onion in bacon drippings.

Add seasonings and cover pot.

Add seasonings and cover pot.

Drain on paper towels.

Drain on paper towels.

Top with grated cheese.

Top with grated cheese.

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Easy baked squash made in the microwave.

Easy baked squash made in the microwave.

Baked Squash

Baked squash is super easy to make! In fact, you don’t need a recipe. When the old man or dinner guests come over for grilled steak, BBQ chicken, or smoked pork shoulder, I often make baked potatoes in the oven while the meat is cooking outdoors on the grill or smoker. I make a baked squash or two for myself in lieu of the potatoes.

  • In the Oven: I simply wash and dry the squash and bake it on a cookie sheet with the spuds.
  • In the Microwave: If you’re not baking potatoes for others, you can cook squash in the microwave. Again, I just rinse off the squash, remove any bad spots, and nuke it until it’s tender. I then split it open or cut it into chunks and add butter and garlic salt. Sometimes I might sprinkle on some Parmesan, grated cheddar, or shredded mozzarella.
Low-carb fried squash.

Low-carb fried squash.

Fried Squash

Think fried squash can’t be part of a low-carb diet? Think again! The secret it to leave off the white wheat flour and use soy flour, instead. The only problem with this low-carb fried squash recipe is that soy flour cooks and browns quicker than regular white flour does, so you have to make sure the squash itself gets done at the same time the batter does. You have to slice your squash very thinly.


  1. Make an egg wash with an egg and a little milk or buttermilk.
  2. Add some soy flour to a bag and season it with salt or garlic salt, onion powder, and/or black pepper. For some extra zip, you might want to add some cayenne, chili powder, paprika, or chipotle.
  3. Heat at least two inches of oil to 360°F.
  4. Dip the sliced squash in the egg and milk, and then shake it in the seasoned soy flour. Fry the dredged slices in the oil a few at a time, until the squash is golden brown.
  5. Drain the fried squash on wire racks or on paper napkins or towels.
Fried zucchini.

Fried zucchini.

Fried Zucchini

You can make a low-carb version of fried zucchini using the same method I describe above for fried squash.

With Parmesan

You can also change it up a bit by adding some grated Parmesan cheese. When I do this, I sometimes just add the Parm to the soy flour, but sometimes I do it a little differently by dipping the squash in the egg, then in the flour, then back into the egg again, and then into the grated cheese.

With Mozzarella

Another way to make fried zucchini is to first stuff the fruits with a square slice of mozzarella cheese. You might want to use one of those round cheese string sticks. Then slice the zucchini into thin slices and follow the recipe for low-carb fried squash from that point. To make the recipe healthier, you can add some flaxseed meal to the soy flour.

Leave your feedback!


Dr. Elizabeth Hezekiah on August 14, 2020:

I tried the recipe for zucchini squash bread with crushed pineapple and raisins. Great!

Jesse L on January 13, 2020:

Pan fried texmex with garlic, onions and a thinly sliced chile , fried in a butter olive oil mixture until lightly browned is my favorite way to eat them.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on July 03, 2019:

I love Squash & Zucchini & am so excited to try these recipes. I really like your recipe for a squash salad- cutting up onions, tomato, cucumber, oil, vinegar, herbs & spices. It reminds me a little of my cucumber salad recipe.

Petra Newman on January 12, 2013:

Hollee; I bookmarked this page. I love squash and the recipes you have shared are fantastic. I tweeted and liked it on fb.

Thanks for the great hub.

Connie Smith from Tampa Bay, Florida on January 12, 2013:

No, Holle, I have not. She had a birthday and turned five in December. She is having an MRI on Monday. At the last one, they thought the tumor had grown very slightly and she started on a different chemo. However, we had some experts look and they didn't think it really had grown. This MRI should be interesting. Praying as always. She is still trying very hard to sit. She can, but lacks balance. She is now getting PT again, so hoping they can help with that. On a sweet note, just yesterday, her mommy asked Lexi to give her hugs and she tried to put her arms around her mommy!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 12, 2013:

vocal, thanks so much for your kind words!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on January 12, 2013:

Like Karen I'm a vegetarian and diabetic and always on the lookout for new recipes. Squash is my favorite, especially yellow. So glad I found your hub and it's so beautiful with the photos and easy step-by-step instructions. A healthy thank you habee!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 12, 2013:

lrc, hope you enjoy the results of the squash recipes! It's one of my favorite veggies, too. I think I could eat it every day.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 12, 2013:

Karen, I think high fiber foods like legumes keep you full for a long time. At least, they do for me. Thanks for stopping by!

Linda Crist from Central Virginia on January 12, 2013:

A great hub about one of my favorite veggies. As a Type II diabetic, I also try to follow a low carb diet. I usually stir fry or bake squash. I'll give some of your tips a try. Thank you for keeping it simple and healthy.

Karen Ellis from Central Oregon on January 12, 2013:

Great recipes. I'm vegetarian, but also diabetic, so I try to eat as healthfuly as possible. I'm not vegan yet, but working on it. I still add parmasan, cheddar and string cheese (some butter and eggs) to my diet. Interestingly, since I have added high fiber foods, such as dry beans, lentils, peas and brown rice to my diet weight seems to be coming off on its own (although slowly).

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 12, 2013:

Hi, Bill. Never tried it over pasta, but I could try it over some zero-calorie Miracle Noodles and still stick to my low carb diet. Thanks for the idea!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 12, 2013:

Carol, you're always so supportive. Thanks!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on January 12, 2013:

That sauteed squash, onions and bacon over pasta looks really, really good. May have to try that one. Love it grilled also. Great ideas Holle. voting up and sharing.

carol stanley from Arizona on January 12, 2013:

Love these squash recipes...So versatile. We love squash...Voting up and pinning for others to enjoy.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 11, 2013:

PS, you're certainly welcome. Glad you enjoyed the hub!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 11, 2013:

Lol, Hatter. You're a good husband!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 11, 2013:

Squash are a deliteful veggie and can be prepared in so many ways. thank you for this sampling of squash recipes. :) ps

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on January 11, 2013:

On behave of my wife, squash lover extraordinaire, thank you for this.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 11, 2013:

Hi, Connie! Have you posted any updates on Lexi lately?

Connie Smith from Tampa Bay, Florida on January 11, 2013:

We eat a lot of squash at our house too, Holle. I love it fried, but normally, just sauteed with some onion. I never thought of putting cheese on it. I am going to try it.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 11, 2013:

Amber, glad you liked my squash recipes! I find them to be good substitutes for corn, rice, and potatoes for my low carb diet. Glad you stopped by!

alwaysamber on January 11, 2013:

Thank you for posting these recipes! I have recently been trying to eat healthier and was running out of things to cook. I am definitely going to try some of these yummy recipes!

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