Easy Sautéed Zucchini Recipe - The Fresh Exchange

Easy Sautéed Zucchini

Simple Sautéed Zucchini Recipe

This easy sautéed zucchini recipe is a simple way to enjoy the abundance of zucchini right now! This week marks the first time we harvested our zucchini. For a few summers now I have only gotten zucchini at the farm market because truly I don’t enjoy having a zucchini plant that takes over my life. But I have learned that when you know WHAT to eat with Zucchini it actually is amazing. Many times I have avoided it because it can be soggy, seedy, and way too abundant. So I have tried for summer after summer to find a dish that doesn’t get boring and gross within a few weeks but we all like in this house…even the picky eaters. So here it is and it is massively simple and doesn’t involve too much process.

Easy Sautéed Zucchini Recipe - The Fresh Exchange

First though, to avoid the dreaded watery zucchini here are a few tricks:

  • Harvest or purchase zucchini that the blooms have just recently fallen off off. They should be about 5-8 inches and about 2-3 inches thick at the MOST. These babies are the very best of zucchini. Bigger is not better in this situation.
  • If you do get one that is slightly bigger, slice and then let sit on a towel so the towel can absorb some of the liquid before you cook with it.

Easy Sautéed Zucchini Recipe - The Fresh Exchange

It is pretty simple to avoid and if you do get a lot of seeds just scoop them out before cooking.

Okay here we go the Zucchini dish you will love this summer and so will your kids!

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Pesto Zucchini Recipe - Vegan and Simple

Easy Sautéed Zucchini

  • Author: Megan Gilger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Vegetarian - Summer


Simple and Easy Sautéed Zucchini that doesn’t skimp on flavor but uses fresh herbs from the garden to make a big impact.



Sautéed Zucchini:
45 freshly harvest zucchini
2 tbsp Olive Oil – Cooking Grade
1 Small Onion
1 Garlic Clove
Salt and Pepper To Taste

Pesto Recipe:
2 large handfuls of Basil
1/4 cup pine nuts or other seed or nut of choice
1/4 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves
Juice of 1 Lemon
1 tsp sea salt

Optional toppings: Red Pepper Flakes, Micro greens, pine nuts, or any chopped nut. 

See this recipe for herb or nut adjustment suggestions if you need it.


  1. Heat your skillet
  2. Chop onion and place olive oil in pan. Once the pan is warm with the oil add the onions. Stir and lower the heat then sauté the onions. Once fragrant add the garlic.
  3. Slice the zucchini thinly and layer in the pan in as much of a single layer as possible and bring them up to medium to high heat. Do not stir and let cook in that layer for 5-7 minutes or until becoming golden brown, but not burnt.
  4. While the zucchini are cooking place all the ingredients for your pesto into a blender or food processor until roughly chopped or smooth. The texture is up to you.
  5. When the Zucchini are getting crisp flip them to their other side and let them cook again till they are golden.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat and toss the zucchini in the pan while still warm with the pesto.
  7. Move to a serving bowl and top with red pepper flakes and a chopped nut of choice and enjoy!


  • It is best to use small or medium size zucchini for this recipe and not larger ones. They are less seedy and watery.
  • Use this pesto recipe for mixing herbs if you don’t have basil on hand

Keywords: Zucchini, Pesto, Basil

Easy Sautéed Zucchini Recipe - The Fresh Exchange

Easy Sautéed Zucchini Recipe - The Fresh Exchange

The recipe is that simple and I promise!!! You are going to love this. For kids I pull some slices for the baby before the pesto goes on and then pull some with the pesto on it for the 4 year old. They both eat it. Then we put the red pepper flakes on it for adults.

A very simple recipe and great way to do sautéed zucchini!

Now tell me what do you love to make with zucchini and what is your favorite thing to do with them.

If you have questions about harvesting. I did an IGTV where you can see when I harvest them and at what size. You can see it below if you are curious.


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  1. We love making zucchini slice (a bit like quiche) or slicing them to about a quarter inch, sPrinkling With garlic salt and CookIng on thE grill. But i am going to try yours for sure!

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