Summer Squash Rice (easy side dish)

Summer squash rice is an easy side dish with tender veggies, rice and lots of flavor!

This dish is perfect to serve next to your favorite roasted pork tenderloin or even alongside baked chicken breasts.  

Summer Squash Rice with a spoon

Favorite Summer Squash Recipe

I’m always looking for new summer squash recipes, and this rice is a favorite! In this recipe rice is cooked with seasonings and tossed with garlic butter summer squash and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.


SUMMER SQUASH Summer squash comes in a variety of sizes and colors, I most often use a yellow squash (the one that looks like yellow zucchini in this rice). 

Feel free to mix it up and use any type of summer squash like zucchini, pattypan, or crookneck!

OTHER VEGGIES For more pops of color (& flavor), add some diced red bell pepper or sliced mushrooms, pretty much anything goes.

ADDITIONS This recipe uses long-grain rice but you can use or brown rice in place. You’ll need to adjust the cook time and the liquid ratio slightly.

ingredients to make Summer Squash Rice

How to Make Summer Squash Rice

Summer squash rice is colorful and pleasing, but super easy to make!

  1. Cook rice in broth with butter and seasonings until tender.
  2. Cook squash with garlic butter.

frying squash to make Summer Squash Rice

  1. Stir in squash, tomato & a sprinkle of parmesan.

Summer Squash Rice ingredients in pot

Like most rice recipes, this versatile side can be served with almost any entree from grilled chicken to pork loin for a truly special meal.


  • No need to peel summer squash for this recipe as the skin will soften (& add extra color and nutrition)! 
  • For a gratin-like dish, put the cooked recipe in a casserole dish and cover with breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. Place the casserole dish under the broiler for about 3 minutes until the gratin is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.


  • Keep leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator. It should keep about 3 days.
  • Reheat by popping it in the microwave and refresh the flavor with a little salt and pepper and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese on the top!

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Summer Squash Rice

Summer Squash Rice is a quick & easy dish that's ready and on the table in 40 minutes!
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 289
Author Holly Nilsson


  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons butter divided
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups summer squash or zucchini, diced ¼"
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 small tomato diced
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped


  • Bring chicken broth, rice, 1 tablespoon of butter, and Italian seasoning to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook 15 minutes or until rice is tender.
  • Meanwhile, heat remaining butter over medium heat in a small skillet. Add summer squash and garlic and cook just until squash is tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Once rice is cooked, stir in cooked squash, tomato, parmesan cheese, and salt & pepper to taste. Cover and let rest 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with parsley and additional parmesan cheese if desired.


Squash does not need to be peeled.

Brown rice can be substituted but will need extra liquid and a longer cooking time.

Garnish with fresh herbs if desired.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. 

Reheat in the microwave until heated through.


Serving: 0.25of recipe | Calories: 289 | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 686mg | Potassium: 361mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 659IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 180mg | Iron: 1mg


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