Pan-Fried Squash 2

I know that frying isn’t the healthy option when it comes to food but sometimes you need a good fry, am I right? You want to make sure that whenever you cook at high temperatures that you use stable fats such as coconut oil, butter or animal fat. If I had some duck fat on hand, that would have made this recipe out of this world!  

Note: please, do NOT cook with olive oil. It isn’t stable at high heat which compromises all of its health benefits (actually makes it bad for you). This recipe is a delicious alternative to eating your squash, especially if you are a little bored from roasting them all winter. Plus, it fills that need to be a little naughty. Well, almost.

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2 c. winter squash, seeded, and chopped into bite size pieces (leave the skin on)

2 tbsp unrefined organic coconut oil

Sea salt

Filtered Water

Fresh herbs (cilantro, rosemary, thyme, oregano)

You can use any type of winter squash, however these are my favorites:

Butternut Squash-creamy nutty flavor

Buttercup Squash-sweet candy flavor that melts in your mouth

Acorn Squash-a little harder than the two butter types (hence the names)

Kabocha Squash-heartier texture and flavor but still a good pick


  • In a frying pan, pour filtered water so it just covers the bottom and set burner at medium to high.
  • Place chopped squash in pan and cover with a lid.
  • Allow to cook for 3-5 minutes or until squash softens. (You can test this with a fork)
  • Drain out any remaining water
  • In the same pan, add coconut oil to the squash and set burner at medium to high heat


  • Cook squash for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from burner. Season with sea salt and fresh herbs.

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2 thoughts on “Pan-Fried Squash

  • Jen

    We did this this morning for breakfast with scrambled eggs and oatmeal. I didn’t know what herbs to use so we just put Himilayan pink salt on it and it was really yummy – even with the skin on!

    • Maria

      Leaving the skin on is the best! Less hassle in preparing, plus you get all of the phytonutrients that the skin has in it:) Happy to hear you liked it.