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Mediterranean Sauteed Yellow Squash with Sweet Onions, Bell Peppers and Garlic in Cast Iron Skillet

Mediterranean Sauteed Yellow Squash Recipe

  • Author: Suzy Karadsheh
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6 1x


Easy sautéed yellow squash recipe, prepared Mediterranean-style with sweet onions, bell peppers, garlic and a warm Eastern Mediterranean spice combination. You can totally tailor this recipe to your liking, check out the notes for recipe variations.


  • Extra virgin olive oil (I used our Greek Early Harvest olive oil)
  • 1 sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 medium yellow squash
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Crumbled feta cheese (optional)
  • Pitted marinated olives, sliced (optional)
  • Handful chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Spice Mixture


  1. Heat 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil over medium heat until shimmering but not smoking. Add sweet onions and cook for about 4 minutes until translucent (you can raise heat to medium-hot and toss onions regularly.)
  2. Add garlic, yellow squash, and red bell peppers.  Drizzle a little more extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Season with salt, pepper, and spice mixture. Toss with a wooden spoon to make sure vegetables are well coated with the spices. Cook on medium-high, stirring occasionally, until squash and peppers are nice and tender (I like my squash to have some carmalized parts, so it helps to raise the heat for a little while.)
  4. Transfer to a serving platter. Add another drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a generous pinch of za'atar. If you like, add a sprinkle of crumbled feta cheese, pitted olives, and a handful of chopped fresh herbs like parsley. Enjoy!


  • Cook's Tip: Cooking time will vary depending on how tender you like your squash. Personally, I like to get a little caramalization/char on my yellow squash, so, I turn up the heat for a short while to accomplish that while maintaining some bite to the squash.
  • Recipe Variations: This is a super forgiving recipe and is meant to be tailored to your taste. You can mix things up and use a combination of yellow squash and zucchini. Or try a different combination of spices. For example, go the Italian route with a little dried oregano and fresh thyme.
  • Serve it next to your favorite protein such as Mediterranean lemon chicken; baked fish; fish gyros; or kofta kabobs!
  • Visit The Mediterranean Dish online store for our Greek extra virgin olive oils (from organically grown and processed Koroneiki olives), and browse our selection of all-natural and organic spices, including Za'atar, Aleppo Pepper, and Cumin.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Vegetarian/Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: yellow squash recipe, sauteed yellow squash, stovetop summer squash