Tender grilled zucchini piled onto a white plate and garnished with grated parmesan cheese and ribbons of fresh basil.

Packed with flavor and nutrients, summer squash is a delicious and versatile addition to any meal. Try these summer squash recipes to add a unique twist to your veggies.

Zucchini and summer squash are an absolute staple of summertime farmers’ markets and produce stands. The plants are incredibly productive, and we have no shortage of squash in our house during the summer months! However, summer squash can definitely get boring if you’re running out of interesting ways to fix it.

Lucky for you, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite summer squash recipes to help you spruce up your meals. Zucchini, pattypans, crooknecks—no matter what summer squash you have lingering in the fridge, these recipes will help you get through your stash. And they’re so tasty that even summer squash haters may become fans!

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Stacks of summer squash and zucchini in a long row.

How do you cook squash and zucchini without it getting mushy?

A light touch is the key to keeping summer squash and zucchini delicious. Don’t over-steam, boil, or stir-fry your squash vegetables—they simply fall apart and get mushy when cooked too vigorously. You want to cook your squash until it is crisp-tender.

Two wooden baskets with handles filled with yellow summer squash on the right and green zucchini on the left.

Can summer squash be eaten uncooked?

Most folks can handle uncooked summer squash just fine (think: raw zucchini noodles or shaved zucchini salad), but if you have digestive issues after eating raw summer squash, consider cooking them first to see if it helps alleviate the problems.

Do you peel summer squash?

We recommend that you keep the peel on your yellow squash and zucchini. Not only does it hold a lot of the color and vitamins, but it also keeps your squash from falling apart when you cook it.

Zucchini and patty pan squash lying in a heap.

Should you salt zucchini before cooking?

You can use salt on zucchini to help remove some of the moisture. This is helpful when you want a “drier” final result for your summer squash—like is the case for our vegetable chips or zucchini noodles. It’s not necessary to salt it prior to cooking for most recipes, though.

Can I freeze summer squash?

Let’s face it—no matter how much you shred, sauté, and bake your zucchini and summer squash, you could still have some left over. Those plants can be productive, baby! If you’re running out of ideas, or just want to preserve some of your harvest for the cold winter months, try freezing some of your squash!

Luckily, freezing summer squash is a breeze—there’s no blanching required. We’ll teach you how to freeze zucchini slices, shreds, and noodles, so you can make your favorite summer squash recipes year-round.

A large pile of various types of summer squash.

What can I do with a lot of summer squash and zucchini?

You’ve come to the right place, because we’ve gathered all our favorite recipes in one spot. Let’s dig in to our best summer squash recipes!

10+ Delicious Summer Squash Recipes

Packed with flavor and nutrients, summer squash is a delicious and versatile addition to any meal. Try these summer squash recipes to add a unique twist to your veggies.

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  1. Love your squash recipes…another one is zucchini fritters with grated zucchini, grated cheddar cheese and a couple of eggs plus seasonings and fry.