Low-Carb Italian-Style Sautéed Summer Squash Recipe

Written by Di Bauer August 10, 2005, Updated by Andrew DiMino January 15, 2015

Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, Paleo Optional, Primal, Vegetarian, Vegan Optional, Dairy-Free Optional, Nut-Free

Italian-Style Sautéed Summer Squash Recipe

This Low-Carb Italian-Style Sautéed Summer Squash recipe is a versatile and delicious side dish that pairs well with any protein. The recipe typically includes yellow squash and zucchini and can be served warm or at room temperature and is a great way to use up an abundance of summer squash.


Italian-Style Sautéed Summer Squash Recipe

Italian-Style Sautéed Summer Squash Recipe

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Spring, summer, autumn, or winter, this Low-Carb & Gluten-Free Italian-Style Sautéed Summer Squash goes with everything! It can be served with fish, beef, or chicken and will elevate any meal. My husband hates, loathes, and detests summer squash, yet eats every scrap of this. I call it Italian Sticks, and he doesn’t know the difference. It’s a big hit with my family whenever I serve it and that says a lot!

  • Author: Di Bauer
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 5 1x
  • Category: Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, Paleo Optional, Primal, Vegetarian, Vegan Optional, Dairy-Free Optional, Nut-Free


  • 1 zucchini squash
  • 1 crookneck squash
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil (more if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend
  • dash garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter


  1. After washing the squash thoroughly, slice each squash in half lengthwise.
  2. Cut each half into 2-inch lengths.
  3. Julienne the sections of squash by placing the sections on their flat sides and slicing each one in thin strips.
  4. Pour the olive oil into a large skillet or frying pan.
  5. Add the Italian seasoning blend, garlic powder, and onion powder and stir with a spatula or wooden spoon to incorporate the spices into the oil.
  6. Heat the oil over medium high heat, then add the squash.
  7. Sauté, tossing the squash frequently, until the squash is crisp-tender. This will take 5-10 minutes.
  8. Add the butter and continue cooking and tossing the squash until the butter is melted.
  9. Serve immediately.


To make this dish dairy-free or Paleo, simply eliminate the butter.


  • Serving Size: ¾ cup
  • Calories: 107
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 2mg
  • Fat: 11g (94 Calories from Fat)
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 2g (1g net carbs)
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 1g
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