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Grilled Yellow Squash Recipe

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Grilled Yellow Squash Recipe

If you’re looking for a quick and tasty way to enjoy summer vegetables, this grilled yellow squash recipe is perfect for you. Grilling yellow squash brings out its natural sweetness and adds a smoky flavor that’s hard to resist. Whether you’re having a backyard barbecue or a simple family dinner, this dish is easy to prepare and even easier to enjoy.

Yellow squash is a versatile vegetable that pairs well with a variety of seasonings. Olive oil, garlic powder, and a touch of salt and pepper are all you need to make your squash flavorful and delicious. The key is to grill it until it has nice char marks, which takes about 3-4 minutes per side.

By following this simple recipe, you can transform yellow squash into a delightful side dish. It’s not only healthy but also quick to make, saving you time in the kitchen so you can focus on enjoying your meal.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

To make delicious grilled yellow squash, you need some basic ingredients and a few optional ones for different flavors. Here’s what you’ll need:

Yellow Squash

  • Substitute: Zucchini or any summer squash

Olive Oil

  • Substitute: Vegetable oil or melted butter

Kosher Salt

  • Substitute: Sea salt or regular table salt

Black Pepper

  • Substitute: White pepper

Garlic Powder

  • Substitute: Fresh minced garlic or onion powder

Red Pepper Flakes (Optional)

  • Substitute: Paprika or cayenne pepper for a bit of heat

Optional Add-ins

For extra flavor, try these:

Parmesan Cheese

  • Substitute: Grated Pecorino Romano


  • Substitute: Thin slices of ham or turkey

Mix these ingredients to coat the squash before grilling. This combination ensures you get a tasty, well-seasoned dish every time. Remember, these are flexible and can be adjusted to your preference.


  1. Preheat the Grill
    Preheat your grill to medium heat, around 350°F (175°C).

  2. Prep the Squash
    Wash the yellow squash. Slice it horizontally into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thick strips.

  3. Season the Squash
    In a bowl, toss the squash slices with olive oil until they are well-coated. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

  4. Grill the Squash
    Place the squash directly on the grill grates. Grill each side for about 2-3 minutes or until you see nice grill marks and the squash is tender.

  5. Serve
    Remove the squash from the grill. Let it cool slightly before serving. Enjoy your grilled yellow squash!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Tip 1: Preheat your grill to medium heat (350°F/175°C to 375°F/190°C). This ensures even cooking.

Tip 2: Cut the squash into uniform slices about ¼ to ½ inch thick. This helps them cook at the same rate.

Tip 3: Brush each slice with a light coat of olive oil. This prevents sticking and promotes even browning.

Tip 4: Season generously. Use garlic salt, pepper, or your favorite spices. You can even try a sprinkle of Parmesan or a dash of red pepper flakes for extra flavor.

Tip 5: Keep an eye on the time. Grill each side for about 3-4 minutes, or until tender and displaying grill marks.

Tip 6: Arrange slices parallel to the grill grates. This helps prevent them from falling through.

Tip 7: Use a grilling basket if you have one. It makes flipping and removing the squash much easier.

Storing Leftovers

  1. Cool completely before storing.

  2. Store in an airtight container.

  3. Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

  4. Reheat in a microwave for 1-2 minutes or in the oven at 350°F (175°C) until warm.

  5. Freeze for up to 3 months. Wrap slices in aluminum foil and place in a freezer-safe bag. Thaw in the fridge before reheating.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

You can change the flavor of grilled yellow squash by using different seasonings. Try adding cumin, paprika, or chili powder for a bit of heat. If you’re a fan of herbs, rosemary, thyme, or basil can add a fresh twist.

Top It Off

Grilled yellow squash can be a tasty topping. Slice it up and add to:

  • Pizzas
  • Sandwiches
  • Salads

Squash Swap

Zucchini and butternut squash are great alternatives. They grill just as well and bring their own unique flavors to the table.

Grilled Squash Salad

For a refreshing twist, add grilled yellow squash to a salad. Mix it with:

  • Mixed greens
  • Crumpled feta cheese
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Thinly sliced red onion

Drizzle with balsamic dressing for extra flavor.

Side Dish Ideas

Grilled yellow squash makes a great side dish. Pair it with:

Simple Seasoning

Sometimes simple is best. Just a touch of salt, pepper, and olive oil can let the natural flavor of the squash shine.

Serving Tips

Serve grilled squash warm, right off the grill. For a bit of extra flavor, squeeze some lemon juice over the top just before serving. This will add a fresh, tangy kick.

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.