Squash and Onions

This Squash and Onions {Southern Style} recipe is easy, delicious, and sure to become a favorite summer side dish. It’s not fancy, but it’s good!

Recipe Origin

Every year we plant a garden, and squash is one of the first seeds to go into the ground. We usually grow either a straight neck or crookneck squash. They both taste the same- one has a crook at the neck; the other one is straight. Squash is an easy vegetable to grow and produces in abundance.

We enjoy squash in a variety of ways, especially fried squash. It’s lightly battered and then pan-fried until golden. This vegetable can be used in so many dishes and is always delicious.

Why You Should Make This Recipe

Easy: This recipe is straightforward and comes together in minutes. 

Great way to use garden vegetables: We usually have a lot of squash each season, and there is nothing like picking vegetables and putting them on the table at night. Fresh is so good.

Sauteed Squash with Onions Ingredients

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Yellow Squash: Squash is easy to find during the summer months. If you don’t have a garden, visit a local farmer’s market or grocery store.

Onion: My favorite onion is the Vidalia onion, but any onion will work in this recipe.

Oil— Just a small amount of oil is needed to make this fantastic squash recipe. If you have bacon grease, use it instead.

Salt– Salt as desired.

Pepper– Just a small amount of pepper is needed. You don’t want to make it too hot, especially for children.

Water– Water allows the squash to get tender and cook down without burning. If you need more water, add it until your squash cooks to desired tenderness.

How to Make Squash and Onions Southern Style

  1. Dice the onion and slice the squash. Set aside.
  2. Add oil to the bottom of a medium cast-iron skillet.
  3. Turn heat to medium and add onion, squash, water, salt, and pepper to the skillet.
  4. Stir well and cook until desired tenderness.
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Cast-Iron Skillet: A cast iron skillet is used for this recipe, but if you don’t have one, any skillet will work. 

Expert Tips and Variations for Cooking Summer Squash

Allow the oil to get hot before adding the squash and onions.

The caramelization on the squash and onions is what you are going for–flavor and more flavor!

If your skillet runs dry, add more water and continue to cook until you reach desired tenderness.

I like to cook my squash way down- almost mushy. Your squash, you decide how long to cook.

If you have zucchini, throw some in with the squash.

Add some cheese before serving.

Add some tomatoes or fresh corn to this recipe.

Storage Tips

Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Recipe FAQ’s

Cook squash for less time so it doesn’t get soggy or mushy. Taste test until you get desired tenderness.

Small squash is better for this recipe. They don’t have as many seeds, and they are more tender. However, the larger squash have bigger seeds, and I choose to remove those before cooking. 

Other Vegetable Dishes:

Roasted Cabbage Steaks-Once baked, they are soft, buttery, and have crispy edges. They are easy and delicious and are the perfect side dish. It only takes minutes to prep and is excellent with just about anything. 

Honey Butter Skillet Corn– Honey Butter Skillet Corn is a must-try recipe for any corn lover. It’s perfect for a side dish to just about any meal. This recipe only takes minutes to prepare and comes together super fast. 

Southern Style Collard Greens– Southern Style Collard Greens are simmered with bacon and onion and cooked slow and low until tender. This comfort side dish is down-home southern and quite delicious. If you’ve never tried collard greens, now is the time.

Southern Skillet Fried Potatoes and Onions– Southern Skillet Fried Potatoes and Onions is an easy one-skillet side dish. Potatoes, onions, and oil are the only ingredients needed for this simple dish. Just a few ingredients that yield a huge taste!

Other Dishes I Should Try:

Sausage and Mushroom Pizza– Take pizza to a whole new level using a cast-iron skillet. Sausage and Mushroom {Cast Iron} Pizza has a crispy crust with sausage, tasty mushrooms, caramelized onions, spinach, and cheese. A quick meal for all to enjoy.

Hamburger Steak and Gravy– This delicious hamburger steak is cooked on the stovetop, covered and smothered in a thick gravy, and then simmered on low until done. It’s tender, juicy, and oh, so good!

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Squash and Onions {Southern Style}

Gina Abernathy
This Southern Style Skillet Squash and Onions recipe is easy, delicious, and sure to become a favorite summer side dish. It's not fancy, but it's good!
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • 2.5-3 pounds yellow squash sliced into rounds
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¾ cup water


  • Dice the onion and slice the squash. Set aside.
  • Add oil to the bottom of a medium cast-iron skillet.
  • Turn heat to medium and add onion, squash, water, salt, and pepper to the skillet.
  • Stir well and cook until desired tenderness stirring every 10 minutes. I usually cook for 45 minutes to an hour. 


Notes: Any medium skillet will work if you don’t have a cast-iron skillet.
The longer you cook, the more tender and softer it gets. Begin checking for tenderness at the 30 minute mark. I usually cook for 45 minutes to an hour.
If your skillet runs out of water before desired tenderness, add more. I usually add 1/4 cup at a time.
I like my squash cooked down a lot and a little mushy. Cook until you get your desired tenderness.
Keyword Squash and Onions


  1. 5 stars
    I love that this isn’t a “fancy” side dish but the whole family loves it! Easy to whip up and great to use up garden veggies!

  2. 5 stars
    Love this simply, summery side dish! It was perfect with the barbecued chicken thighs we had for dinner last night.

  3. 5 stars
    This is perfect!! I am so excited to make this tonight! I almost always have all of the ingredients at the ready so this is so good for me

  4. 5 stars
    This was such a simple and satisfying side dish! We served it alongside our dinner tonight and it turned out great!

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