Summer Squash (and Zucchini) are one of the most versatile and delicious summer ingredients that can be used in a variety of dishes. (Especially when your garden just won’t quit producing them!)

Whether you’re looking to grill, bake, or sauté, these 25 Spectacular Squash Recipes will inspire you to make the most of this seasonal favorite. From simple sides to hearty mains, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.

Fried Squash & Zucchini

Fried Squash or Zucchini. Photo Credit: Southern Bytes.
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Southern Fried Squash is a summer delicacy. Fresh yellow squash and zucchini are dredged in buttermilk, breaded with flour and cornmeal, and fried until they are golden brown and crispy. This such a delicious way to cook summer squash and it’s the perfect summer side dish.

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Oven Roasted Squash Recipe

Oven Roasted Squash. Photo Credit: Southern Bytes.

This Oven Roasted Squash recipe is the perfect side dish for busy summer nights. It is a simple and easy way to cook all kinds of squash with so much flavor!

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Summer Squash Soup

Summer Squash Soup. Photo Credit: Peel with Zeal.

The best Summer Squash Soup recipe. Creamy, silky smooth, and loaded with the flavors of summer. This soup is a great way to use up an abundance of summer squash. This soup is a simple recipe, best made with in-season yellow squash.

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Sautéed Yellow Squash

Sautéed Yellow Squash. Photo Credit: Southern Bytes.

This simple Sautéed Squash Recipe is so easy to make and allows the flavors of this delicious summer vegetable to shine. The delicious squash is tender, buttery, sweet, and so flavorful.

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Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins. Photo Credit: Beyond the Chicken Coop.

Moist Chocolate Zucchini Muffins with two kinds of chocolate – chocolate chips and cocoa powder. These delicious muffins are a perfect way to use up some of that garden zucchini!

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Jalapeño Cheddar Zucchini Muffins

Jalapeño Cheddar Zucchini Muffins. Photo Credit: Southern Bytes.

These Savory Zucchini Muffins with Cheddar Cheese & Jalapeños are cheesy with a little bit of subtle heat. They have so much flavor. The shredded zucchini keeps the muffins from drying out, and cheese always makes everything delicious.

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Zucchini Pasta Pesto Primavera

Zucchini Pasta Pesto Primavera. Photo Credit: Eating Rules.

Learn how to make a tasty Italian entrée with a healthy twist! This raw, vegan, gluten-free Zucchini Pasta Pesto Primavera is a hearty meal with none of the guilt. It’s fun, healthy, easy, delicious, and of course unprocessed. Enjoy!

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Lime Zucchini Bread with a Fresh Lime Glaze

Lime Zucchini Bread with a Fresh Lime Glaze. Photo Credit: Beyond the Chicken Coop.

Delicious and moist Lime Zucchini Bread with a Fresh Lime Glaze. This tasty loaf is perfect for serving breakfast or brunch. It’s made with 2 full cups of shredded zucchini which makes it perfect for using up all that garden fresh zucchini!

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Zucchini Cornbread

Zucchini Cornbread. Photo Credit: The View from Great Island.

Zucchini Cornbread is a moist variation on one of the most versatile quick breads around. Pair it with chili, chowder, soup, stews, baked beans, ribs, ham, and of course, fried chicken. But this easy cornbread is delicious enough to stand on its own.

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Zucchini Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Zucchini Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. Photo Credit: The View from Great Island.

Zucchini Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is a moist zucchini walnut cake with a generous layer of fluffy cream cheese frosting!

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Zucchini Cheddar Pancakes

Zucchini Cheddar Pancakes. Photo Credit: Beyond the Chicken Coop.

Zucchini Cheddar Pancakes are made with fresh zucchini and shredded cheddar cheese. These tasty zucchini fritters are perfect to eat as an appetizer or a side dish.

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Parmesan and Panko Roasted Squash

Parmesan and Panko Roasted Squash. Photo Credit: Peel with Zeal.

Zucchini and squash, squash and zucchini. These vegetables are inseparable. Add a little seasoning, a dash of parmesan, and some crunchy panko (GF for me, please!). Suddenly we have the best Roasted Zucchini and Squash recipe! An easy side dish that takes just minutes of prep.

Get the Recipe: Parmesan and Panko Roasted Squash

Sautéed Zucchini

Sautéed Zucchini. Photo Credit: Southern Bytes.

This simple Sautéed Zucchini Recipe is so easy to make and allows the flavors of this delicious summer vegetable to shine. The delicious squash is tender, buttery, sweet, and so flavorful.

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread. Photo Credit: Beyond the Chicken Coop.

This tender Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread combines the freshness of grated zucchini with the irresistible sweetness of chocolate chips. Indulge in a slice of this comforting treat that’s sure to satisfy your cravings.

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Cheesy Stuffed Zucchini

Cheesy Stuffed Zucchini. Photo Credit: The View from Great Island.

Cheesy Stuffed Zucchini (Zucchine Ripiene) is a classic summer recipe from the Italian countryside. It is a little lighter than a heavy pasta dish so it is perfect for a summer meal.

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Zucchini Bars with Caramel Frosting

Zucchini Bars with Caramel Frosting. Photo Credit: The View from Great Island.

These Zucchini Bars with Caramel Frosting are the richest and most decadent in my arsenal of zucchini desserts ~ the cake is so moist and the frosting is dense and delicious, almost like a caramel fudge.

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Cheesy Zucchini Casserole

Cheesy Zucchini Casserole. Photo Credit: The View from Great Island.

Cheesy Zucchini Casserole is a comfort food classic made with garden fresh zucchini, plenty of cheese, and a buttery crisp cracker topping.

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Tex Mex Stuffed Zucchini

Tex Mex Stuffed Zucchini. Photo credit: Inquiring Chef.

Filled with rice, cheese, black beans, corn, and spices, this flavorful Tex Mex Stuffed Zucchini Recipe is great as a vegetarian, gluten-free main dish or a colorful side.

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Zucchini Pie

Zucchini Pie. Photo Credit: The View from Great Island.

This rustic Zucchini Pie is the cousin to one of the most beloved summer traditions of the South — tomato pie. Zucchini pie is a riff on the classic Southern tomato pie, with a cheesy sweet onion base topped with thin rounds of zucchini, all baked up in a buttery crust. The effect is lovely and the flavor is pure summer.

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Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips. Photo Credit: Sustainable Cooks.

Make amazing Air Fryer Zucchini Chips for your family with this simple recipe! A crunchy coating of panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese makes these healthier fried zucchini chips poppable and irresistible.

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Zucchini and Corn Fritters

Zucchini and Corn Fritters. Photo Credit: Piper Cooks.

If you’re looking for a dish that combines two summer classics – zucchini and corn, these Zucchini and Corn Fritters are the perfect fit. These cheesy, crispy fritters are pan-fried and super easy to mix together. Crispy savory veggie fritters are great for a weekend breakfast, an appetizer, or an easy weeknight dinner with a side salad.

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Grilled Zucchini and Squash

Grilled Zucchini and Squash. Photo Credit: Peel with Zeal.

This Grilled Zucchini and Squash is the perfect side dish for summer nights with friends and family. It’s a simple recipe that tastes great and has endless options. Zucchini and yellow squash are paired with a marinade that comes together in a snap, then grilled until tender and slightly charred. Serve with fresh herbs, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, or a little crumble of feta.

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Lemon Zucchini Muffins

Lemon Zucchini Muffins. Photo Credit: Beyond the Chicken Coop.

Delicious Zucchini Muffins with lots of fresh lemon flavor! These lemon zucchini muffins are perfect for breakfast or brunch and are a great way to use up that garden zucchini.

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Caramelized Zucchini Pasta

Caramelized Zucchini Pasta. Photo Credit: Josie & Nina.

The what-to-do-with-all-that-zucchini recipe you didn’t know you needed! When cooked low and slow, zucchini melts into a caramelized, almost creamy sauce that tastes so rich you’ll think there’s cream in it…but there isn’t. A big hearty squeeze of lemon and a spicy honey glaze adds a double exclamation point to the whole dish.

Make this Caramelized Zucchini Pasta and you’ll convert the most die-hard zucchini hater!

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Zucchini Pasta Salad with Balsamic Vinegar

Zucchini Pasta Salad with Balsamic Vinegar. Photo Credit: Butter & Baggage.

Pull out the spiralizer and make a refreshing Zucchini Pasta Salad with Balsamic Vinegar. With cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and zoodles, it’s a twist on a classic caprese salad. Just a few ingredients and you’ll have a healthy delicious salad to add to any meal.

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I am a newlywed, food blogger, health coach, and mama to a hot mess of a border collie. I love to put a new spin on old family recipes and I try to make as many meals as possible with an Instant Pot.

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