Grandma's Southern Squash & Onions Recipe: A Downhome Squash Recipe With a Colorful Twist by Donna John

2 years ago

Grandma's Southern Squash & Onions Recipe: A Downhome Squash Recipe With a Colorful Twist

When does a dish become a recipe? I wonder this every time someone asks me for the recipe for my southern squash and onions. Yellow squash cooked until soft with onions and lots of butter and pepper is a southern staple and something I grew up eating on a regular basis – no recipe needed. But I can see if you've never eaten it, you would need a roadmap on how to prepare it.

And here's the roadmap, though my squash and onions recipe has as twist, using yellow squash and zucchini. (If you want it full-out southern, use only yellow.) This is not a crisp-tender vegetable recipe – the squash is cooked until soft. Just be careful not to cook it too long where it starts falling apart. Season with lots of black pepper and add as much butter as you'd like. (My grandma was not stingy with the butter!)

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 yellow crookneck squash, cut into rounds
  • 2 zucchini squash, cut into rounds
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 4 tablespoons butter, or to taste

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Put about 1/4 cup of water into a frying pan over medium heat. Add the squash and onions. Cook, stirring often, until squash and onions are soft, but not falling apart, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Add the butter. Season with salt and lots of black pepper (or to taste). Cook about 1 more minute.

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That’s definitely a recipe and a keeper at that 😋
Elisa Schmitz
I love yellow squash and zucchini together. Awesome recipe, Donna John , thanks for sharing!
Ann Marie Patitucci
My favorites veggies! Thanks, Donna John !

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