Squash and Onions Recipe

| August 12, 2018 | 16 Comments

Squash and Onions

Squash and Onions are easy to make with our complete, step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions with printable recipe.

Squash and Onions Recipe, as seen on Taste of
Southern style Squash and Onions


Squash and Onions, slider.
Squash and Onions Recipe, with printable recipe at bottom of post.


If you have a garden, live close to someone who has a garden, or just know someone who knows someone that has a garden, you’ll probably end up with a good supply of squash during the summer.

Squash is one of those vegetables that just seems to keep on giving. But, that’s a good thing.

Finding a variety of ways to prepare that abundance of squash each year might be more difficult.  You can fry it, bake it, roast it, steam it, stew it, casserole it, pickle it, and a few more things.

I’ve posted several recipes here on Taste of Southern that use yellow squash. This one is probably the simplest and easiest though since it’s just – squash and onions.

Around here, we see yellow squash all throughout the summer. It’s one of the first vegetables that seem to start showing up fresh out of the local gardens.

Mama cooked a good deal of squash back in my younger days. It appeared on the Sunday dinner table quite often, but I wasn’t always a fan. Thankfully, I’m doing better with that now. Smile.

You’ll enjoy this best if you use a younger squash. The seeds inside will be smaller, and will cook up more tender. It’s even better if Vidalia Onions are in season. I just happened to have a few handy today.

I do hope you’ll like it should you make it. It’s a really great side dish, or you can about make a meal out of it by itself.

So, if you’re ready to give this super easy recipe a try, then let’s head on out to the kitchen and… Let’s Get Cooking.


Squash and Onions, you'll need these ingredients. -Taste of
You’ll need these ingredients to make our Squash and Onions.


Squash and Onions, slice your onion.
Begin by slicing your onion.


Squash and Onions, add the butter.
Place your skillet over Medium heat, then add the butter.


Squash and Onions, add the bacon grease.
Next, add the bacon grease.

I wanted a little of the added flavor that comes from using bacon grease. If you don’t have it, then just use another Tablespoon of butter instead. Also, using the bacon grease is going to add a little darker color to the finished dish, but it sure does make it taste better. Smile.


Squash and Onions, add the onions to the skillet.
Place the onions in the skillet. Stir them around in the butter and bacon grease to coat them.

We will let these cook for about five minutes or so to let the onions become a bit translucent.


Squash and Onions, slice the squash.
While the onions are cooking, go ahead and slice the squash.

You want to wash the squash first of course, then cut off both ends. I cut off most of the smaller long end of the squash as well, as it will cook much quicker than the bigger slices. You can keep it and slice it if you like. I just knew I had plenty so I cut that end off and discarded it.

Keep the slices about one quarter of an inch thick in size.


Squash and Onions, add the squash to the skillet.
Place the squash in the skillet.


Squash and Onions, add the black pepper.
Add the black pepper.


Squash and Onions, add the salt.
Add the salt.


Squash and Onions, add the sugar.
And a little bit of sugar makes about everything taste better according to Mama. Add that in.


Squash and Onions, stir and cover.
Give everything a gentle stir, then cover the skillet.

Cover, then lower the heat to Medium Low.

Let this cook, covered, for about 15 minutes.


Squash and Onions, cook until tender.
Cook until tender, stirring as needed.

These were well done in 15 minutes for me. When the squash starts to look translucent, it’s done. Just cook it to the way you like it. Some folks like it with a little crunch, but I like mine well done. Smile.


Squash and Onions, enjoy.

Squash and Onions make for a great side dish. All you need is a fried bologna sandwich for the main entree and you’ll be good to go. Good stuff.


Squash and Onions Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2-3 servings

Squash and Onions Recipe

Easy to follow, step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe for making Squash and Onions.


  • 1 medium Onion, sliced
  • 2-3 Yellow Squash, sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Bacon Grease
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Sugar


  1. Slice the onions.
  2. Place a skillet over Medium heat on your stove top.
  3. Add the butter.
  4. Add the bacon grease.
  5. Add the onions. Stir and cook until slightly translucent, about 5 minutes.
  6. Wash and slice the yellow squash about ¼ inch thick.
  7. Add the squash to the skillet.
  8. Add the black pepper.
  9. Add the salt.
  10. Add the sugar.
  11. Stir gently to combine the ingredients.
  12. Cover the skillet. Reduce heat to Medium Low.
  13. Cook until squash are tender. About 10-15 minutes.
  14. Remove from heat. Serve warm.
  15. Enjoy!


Your cooking time may vary. Mine were well done after 15 minutes. Just keep a check on them and cook until they reach the desired tenderness. Squash are done with they begin to look translucent in the center.


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  1. Barbara says:

    Memories of my granny. Loved fried squash and onions. Yum. My kids love them too.Had some last week that looked just like yours.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Barbara, I bet your granny was a great cook. I’m happy we could bring back a few memories for you with the recipe. How did you ever get kids to eat squash and onions? Smile. Thank you for your visit and for sharing your comment. I do hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  2. Debbie F says:

    Steve, this is one of my favorite, loved the way my Mom made them from the squash from her garden. You brought back great memories of my Mom’s southern cooking with this recipe and all the recipes you have on your site. I always look forward to see what you are cooking each Monday. Thanks.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Debbie, I’m delighted to know we could bring back some good memories of your moms cooking with our recipes. I always get a kick out of hearing that because I know how those same type of memories of my mom make me feel. I appreciate your comments. Thank you for all of your support and for your visits to Taste of Southern. I do hope you will continue to stop by. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  3. Jennifer A. says:

    We’ve been without a stove for a couple months now due to remodeling but discovered that squash and onions can be made in the microwave! Not quite the same but put all in microwave dish – I use 8×8 glass baking dish – cover, about 5mins, stir, recover and about 5mins more – we have smaller microwave so times might be longer than with larger ovens. Not exactly the same but satisfies a craving. Can add sliced potatoes as well.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Jennifer, I do hope your remodeling work is going well. At least you’re without a stove during the hotter summer months. I must admit to using my own microwave very often. I’d hate to be without one now. Smile. Keep up the great work and thank you for sharing your comment with us. I appreciate your visit and hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  4. Regenia says:

    Thanks for all these wonderful receips. My husband wouldn’t touch squash until I tried these receips. Now it’s one of our favorite dishes.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Regenia, It’s my pleasure to share the recipes with you. I’m glad we might be converting a squash hater into a squash lover even if we have to do it one at a time. Smile. Thank you for sharing your comments and for stopping by. I do hope you’ll visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  5. Donna says:

    Thank you Steve! I’m enjoying the ‘easy’ recipes 🙂 This is an oldie but goodie my mom would make. Appreciate you bringing back forgotten memories of simple good food.
    Take care and God bless!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Donna, I’m all about being easy. Smile. Sometimes the simplest ones are the best. Thank you for sharing your comment and for stopping by. I do hope you’ll visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  6. Joyce Willis says:

    Steve your remark about the fried bologna sandwich made me lol. I like cornbread with my fried squash n onions and a few slices of tomatoes as well. Homegrown veggies are so darn good I don’t want any meat a lot of time. Thank you for your recipes and the newsletter. It’s always good to hear from you! I hope you get over the vertigo ASAP! Peace and blessings friend.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Joyce, Bologna sandwiches are great. I might eat more of them than I should. Smile. Agreed, homegrown foods, especially tomatoes, are the best of all. What you find in the grocery stores these days just can’t compare. Thank you for your comments and for your blessings. Vertigo is no fun at all, but we just keep trying to push through. I’m glad you subscribe to the Newsletter. I appreciate all of your support, including your visit today, and I do hope you’ll continue to visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  7. Marilyn Allison says:

    Good Morning!

    My favorite way to eat squash is sauteed like this, but I have never put bacon grease in it before. Told my husband about your recipe, he says it sounds really good. My mother-in-law introduced this dish to me years ago(without bacon grease). As a child, my mom would boil baby yellow squash, (which you can’t find any more) and split them down the middle and put a pat of butter in it. A serving was several of these on each plate. Later, she learned to make squash casserole with onion, cheese and eggs. This became her specialty at Thanksgiving. Squash is indeed versatile. Sorry to hear about your fishing buddy’s troubles, but glad that Jan is improving. I do pray that you and your friends will all be better soon. Looking forward to hearing from you next week!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Marilyn, I do hope you’ll try this with some bacon grease. I think both you and your husband will like it. I do hope so anyway. Squash Casserole is another good dish, but I’ve not tried them the way you say your mom fixed them. Give me time though. Smile. Thank you for your kind words about me and my friends. We all appreciate the prayers. I’m glad that you subscribe to the Newsletter and I will always be grateful and thankful for your support. Thank you for sharing your comments and for stopping by today. I do hope you’ll visit again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  8. Paul P. Smith says:

    My recollection of fried squash with onions go back many years. My Mother and later my wife would cook until browned and was so delicious. I think the squash was breaded prior to placing into a skillet with oil.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Paul, I haven’t done a recipe for the fried breaded squash, but maybe we can get one up soon. They’re really good that way too. Thank you for sharing your squash memories with me today. I appreciate you taking the time to write and to visit. I do hope you’ll stop by often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

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