3-Ingredient Sauteed Summer Squash

by Simon
3-Ingredient Sauteed Summer Squash

How to quickly enjoy summer squash or gray squash? The 3-ingredient sauteed summer squash is a quick way to enjoy the bounty of your squash in peak season. This three-ingredient stir fry also works for gray squash (calabacitas), yellow squash, and zucchini (courgettes). In just 10 minutes you can enjoy it.

3-ingredient sauteed summer squash is the perfect summer meal.

When summer squash is at its peak season, I want to share with everyone a quick way to enjoy the squash you harvest, just add spices and sauté it. Simply use yeast and chili powder to add flavor to your squash. Remember, you can try this recipe on yellow squash, gray squash and zucchini. Before we look at the recipe, let’s dive back into summer squash.

A Quick Intro to Summer Squash

A Quick Intro to Summer Squash

We have tested this delicious recipe with 3 types of squash, yellow summer squash, gray squash also known as calabacitas and Korean gray squash, zucchini also known as courgettes. This type of honey has the same texture but the taste is different, even though it is not significant.

In general, a greener squash will taste more bitter and grassy, but that doesn’t mean the zucchini is very bitter, but if you feel zucchini is a bit bitter, then you can try yellow squash which tastes sweeter than the other types.

When Gray Squash Replaces Avocado

Today’s interesting fact about squash is that it is a substitute for avocado. In America, avocados are currently very expensive due to high demand, so many people use gray squash as a substitute. What’s really interesting is that the taste is very similar to standard taquería guacamole: spicy, bright, rich and of course very satisfying.”

Well, this shows that gray squash is so delicious and soft and creamy that it is an alternative substitute for avocado.

Actually there are other types of squash that are similar but we didn’t use them to experiment with this recipe. If you have it you can try and experiment more. The squash we haven’t tested yet are pattypan and golden zucchini. Both types of squash taste sweeter and might be good as experimental material.

How to Know What’s in Season

To know when everything is in season, there are several things you should know. Let’s check the following:

These are some indications that a vegetable or fruit is in season.

  1. Pay attention to what is cheaper than usual, that means the product is available in abundance.
  2. when you see there are many types of the same fruit or vegetable, even though usually only one type is available.
  3. You can search on the internet, ask Google, then you will find the answer, depending on your location.

How to Make 3-Ingredient Sauteed Summer Squash

If you want to try a squash stir-fry recipe with only 3 ingredients, I say that this is very easy, don’t worry, quickly you know how to do it.

  1. Wash and cut the squash, heat your frying pan with a little oil, sauté the squash briefly with a little salt.
  2. Add the nutritional yeast, stir-fry again for a minute and season with chili powder or other spicy ingredients, and you’re done.

If your pan is large, you can make more, such as for two portions. However, for faster and best results, you only need to make one serving.

3-Ingredient Sauteed Summer Squash

3-Ingredient Sauteed Summer Squash

Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 1 pound summer squash (500 grams) or yellow, gray squash, Korean, courgettes, calabacitas, zucchini, pattypan, or golden zucchini
  • One tablespoon of olive oil or other neutral cooking oil
  • Prepare enough salt
  • 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • Chili powder shichimi togarashi, you can also use chili flakes according to taste.


  1. Slice the squash about 1/4 inch (1/2 centimeter) thick. The size should be easy to bite.
  2. Heat oil in a large frying pan, use medium heat, when the oil is hot, add the sliced squash in one layer, season with salt.
  3. Don't touch the squash until the bottom is brown, this takes about 5 minutes. If it's been 5 minutes and it's not brown, you can increase the heat.
  4. Turn the squash periodically until both sides are browned, but not all of it should be browned (don't let it burn). Sprinkle nutritional yeast over the squash and stir to combine. Cook until the yeast is evenly distributed. Season with chili flakes or shichimi togarashi and serve as soon as possible.


If the Squash becomes soft when it is about to finish cooking, remove it immediately and season immediately. We expect the squash to be tender, but not overcooked.

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What to Serve with the 3-Ingredient Sauteed Summer Squash

This is a quick and easy side dish to make. Want to know how or what you should enjoy it with? Here are some ideas for what to serve 3-ingredient summer squash with:

  1. Enjoy with 15-minute Chickpea Curry with Kale, it is rich in protein and other nutrients and easy to prepare.
  2. Mediterranean Buddha Bowl, you can include squash in your meal during preparation, or cook a dish from meal preparation to accompany the squash, the flavors will usually blend and blend together.
  3. You can also enjoy it with 3-ingredient Vegan Creamed Spinach. This is a food that is prepared the same way you would prepare the squash itself.
  4. Also try enjoying it with Air Fryer Carrots, add simple spices such as cumin and chili to the carrots when roasting and caramelize them until perfect.

Note: In this recipe we do not count oil, pepper, salt as ingredients, as some chefs say.

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