sauteed zucchini recipes

12 Delicious Sauteed Zucchini Recipes

Zucchini is incredibly versatile and absolutely delicious, provided you know how to cook them. These tasty veggies are loaded with nutrients and stock up on health benefits. 

In these recipes, zucchini is prepared in a variety of unique ways that even veggie haters and picky eaters will love and ask for a second serving. They are also quick and easy to make that you’ll be willing to make them repeatedly. Try these 12 sauteed zucchini recipes for your next best side dish or a light evening snack.

1. Easy Sauteed Zucchini with Parmesan

Looking for a quick zucchini fix? This recipe makes the best side dish or an evening snack when you’ve got a bunch of zucchini. Slice or cut the zucchini into ribbons, then combine with butter, onions, salt, and some herbs, and cook in olive oil. Once brown, the zucchini becomes crispy on the outside and just soft enough on the inside. Add some shredded parmesan on top for a wonderful taste.

2. Perfect Sauteed Zucchini

Running out of time but want to have some greens on the plate? Not a problem. Slice those zucchini and grab your largest skillet. Use olive oil or butter, garlic powder, onion powder, and oregano for your seasoning. Spread the zucchini slices in the pan and saute evenly by flipping often. Grate some parmesan on top if you want some extra flavor, that’s all you need for the 10-minute snack grab.

3. Garlic Butter Sauteed Zucchini

It’s a weight-watcher’s dream come true to get your vegetables and taste in a delicious combo. This recipe is all for combining the famous taste of garlic and butter with zucchini. Without peeling the zucchini, chop it and add butter, garlic, scallions, and some lemon juice. Saute until brown and soft, season with salt and pepper, throw in some sliced almonds and serve hot.

4. Sauteed Zucchini and Tomatoes

In the mood for something savory or just want to add some greens to your pasta or rice? Mix those cherry or grape tomatoes, some melty cheese, and your favorite seasoning herbs. Fry some onions with garlic, parsley, and basil, and saute the zucchini until they are crispy and soft. Add the tomatoes and cheese, and serve it while it’s hot.

5. Easy Sauteed Zucchini with Only 3 Ingredients

What is the best thing about zucchini? It tastes perfect with minimal ingredients. Combine garlic, parsley, salt, fetch some avocado oil, and slice your zucchini. After seasoning the zucchini, layer them evenly in a preheated pan and cook until perfectly golden brown. Does it get any simpler than that?

6. Italian Sauteed Zucchini and Onions

This recipe may require some prep, but it’s surely worth it. Pat dry your zucchini slices and chop up the garlic and onions. Using a large skillet, saute the onions, add the zucchini and cook until brown on both sides. Add garlic and parsley or oregano to infuse the taste for the last few minutes.

7. Sautéed Zucchini with Parmesan and Almonds

Craving for some fancy side dish that takes minimum effort? Well, this recipe has got you covered. Grab a handful of sliced almonds and stir them in some oil for a few minutes till they’re brown and set them aside. Do the same with some chopped zucchini, cooking them till they are mildly tender and mixing them up with the browned almonds. Add salt, shave some parmesan on top, and you got yourself a fancy dish.

8. Sautéed Zucchini and Corn Skillet

You can taste summer in a Thai recipe with a unique combination of zucchini and corn. Just throw in some fresh vegetables, cook the bacon, mix the onion and some butter, stir in the zucchini and add corn, garlic, and seasonings. You will have people fighting at the table for seconds.

9. Sauteed Zucchini with Oregano and Feta

A season-friendly vegetable like zucchini can never have enough combinations. It’s a side dish winner and when paired with the classic oregano and feta; it’s a no-brainer. Saute the chopped zucchini in oil with oregano until golden brown, then toss in parsley, season to taste, and cover with feta. It pairs well with roasted chicken or pork tenderloin too.

10. Sautéed Zucchini with Garlic Butter

Have too much zucchini and no idea how to use it? This perfect 4 ingredient recipe is just what you need. Cut the zucchini into half-moon-shaped thin slices and cook them in butter with garlic until they are golden and tender. Add salt and pepper for seasoning and top off with parsley or your favorite herb for garnish. And you are all set!

11. Sauteed Zucchini and Yellow Squash

What colors do you think of in summer? Yellows and greens! This recipe is a treat both for the eyes and your palate. Cut some zucchini and squash into half-moon slices and add them to melted butter and olive oil in a pan, along with minced garlic. Season with salt and pepper and saute the vegetables carefully, flipping them often to coat evenly in the butter. Cook until just tender enough and enjoy!

12. Sautéed Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes


Sautéed zucchini can’t get any better than this one. All you need to spruce up this veggie and bring out its fresh flavors are red onions, ground black pepper, garlic and salt. And that’s it. Your sauteed zucchini will be ready within 15 minutes.

AboutJamila Khan

Jamila has worked as a freelance food writer for the last five years, with expertise in recipe how-tos, food facts, and history. When she isn’t writing, you will typically find Jamila whipping up a delicious meal in the kitchen.