July 29, 2015

Steamed Summer Squash with Onion & Pepper

Steamed Squash & Onion | The Naptime Chef

This is one of those quick recipes that I learned from my Mom and eat on a regular basis. It is so simple it is hardly a recipe but I still want to share it in case you are looking for a new way to eat squash. The premise is simple: slice summer squash and vidalia onions very thin.  Set in a strainer over a pot of water and steam until cooked through and wilted. Stir in a thin sliver of butter, good sea salt and a grind of pepper, and enjoy.

The beauty of this recipe is that it is both healthy and easy. The ingredients are incredibly inexpensive, even totally free if you happen to grow squash in your garden. We often serve this alongside grilled fish or chicken or even just with an easy cheese omelet. I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Steamed Summer Squash with Onion, Salt & Pepper

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 to 4 servings

To add more flavor to this dish you can toss in some freshly chopped herbs like basil and parsley. It also tastes good with a generous sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

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  • 2 large summer squash
  • ½ vidalia onion
  • ½ tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Good quality sea salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper


  1. Thinly slice the squash and onion so they are no thicker than ¼-inch. Then cut them into halfmoons.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and set a mesh strainer over the top. Add the squash and onion to the strainer and let them cook for about 15minutes or more, tossing lightly with a spatula so they cook evenly. Once the onion turns translucent and wilts and the squash is easily speared with a forked, transfer the mixture to a bowl.
  3. Stir in the butter and mix it around carefully until it melt. Sprinkle in a pinch of sea salt and fresh pepper. Serve.