Can Yellow Squash Be Substituted for Zucchini When Baking?

by Devra Gartenstein
Zucchini and yellow squash are abundant during the summer.

Zucchini and yellow squash are abundant during the summer.

Yellow squash and zucchini are both varieties of summer squash with virtually identical flavors and textures. Some yellow squash are the same shape and size as zucchini; others are yellow patty pans shaped like flying saucers. Substitute yellow squash for zucchini in any recipe, whether it involves baking or stove-top cooking. The only recognizable difference you will notice is the green and yellow colors.

In Casseroles

Zucchini layers well in casseroles, such as zucchini lasagna and egg-based zucchini bakes. Yellow squash can be comfortably substituted for zucchini in any casserole recipe without requiring different handling or changing the flavor of the dish. Steam or saute zucchini or yellow squash lightly to soften it before mixing it with other casserole ingredients. Incorporate a mix of zucchini and yellow squash to make your casserole especially colorful.

Shredded In Quickbreads

Yellow squash shreds as well as zucchini for use in quickbreads, and the only difference will be in the color. Like zucchini, yellow summer squash contribute to a moist loaf that is sweet enough to eat for dessert or dense and nutty enough to anchor a healthy breakfast.

Roasted Recipes

Zucchini roasts gracefully, making dense, lightly caramelized chunks. The oven's high heat evaporates their plentiful moisture, leaving flavor and a chewiness quite unlike the raw squash. Yellow squash roasts in precisely the same way. Like zucchini, it can stand on its own in a simple dish of seasoned, roasted yellow squash, or it can be part of a colorful roasted vegetable mix, along with other summer favorites, such as peppers and eggplant.

Stuffed, But Not Stuffy

Yellow squash, like zucchini, can be stuffed with grains and meat, and baked so the flavors of the filling infuse the vegetable shell. Yellow squash that are cylindrical, like zucchini, can be cut in long, thin boats for stuffing. Slice patty pans across the top, about an inch from the tip, to make a smooth circular surface, then scoop out the flesh to form a cavity for filling.

About the Author

Devra Gartenstein has owned and run a variety of food businesses for more than 20 years. She has published two cookbooks: "The Accidental Vegan" and "Local Bounty." Gartenstein holds Master of Arts degrees in philosophy and English literature.

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