Smothered Yellow Squash With Basil

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

Love yellow squash. Smothering is a Cajun cooking term that refers to browning anything from meat to vegetables in oil, then braising it in a small amount of liquid, tightly covered, until tender. The recipe comes from Gourmet magazine.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 12 lbs yellow squash, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/8 inch thick slices
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped (or put through garlic press)
  • 12 cup water
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 18 teaspoon pepper
  • 14 cup finely chopped fresh basil


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot, But not smoking, then add half of the squash and saute, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer browned squash to a bowl, then heat remaining olive oil and saute remaining squash in the same manner.
  3. Return squash from bowl to skillet, add garlic and saute, stirring occasionally, 1 minute.
  4. Add water, salt, and pepper and simmer briskly, covered, until squash is tender and most of the liquid has evaporated, 6 to 7 minutes.
  5. Stir in basil and serve.
Most Helpful

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Excellent Recipe. I would like to point out that "smothering" is a Southern cooking term not a French/Cajun cooking term. "Etouffee" is the French/Cajun cooking term which describes "smothering". I learned that from my French grandmother from Bayou La Fourche who was, like you, an excellent cook.

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Oh yeah! This one is going into the cookbook! Took a chance with the first two yellow squash of the season, and my hubby "yummed" all the way through! Thanks, Barb.

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