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Pan Fried Zucchini Recipe is the easiest side dish and so frugal. Get this on the table in 10 minutes or less for a flavor packed side to your meal.

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If you are trying to get your family to eat more vegetables, try this easy vegetable recipe. Slice zucchini makes an easy side dish that everyone loves.

You may also love this Easy Roasted Zucchini and Squash Recipe. Feel free to add your favorite seasoning for a simple side dish.

Why This Recipe Works

Zucchini is a delicious recipe that can be seasoned many different ways. We have even made Zucchini Boats for a family favorite low-carb dinner idea.

This easy sauteed zucchini recipe is quick and easy to make. It makes the perfect healthy side dish to any recipe.


Pan Fried Zucchini Ingredients - zucchini, olive oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper
  • Zucchini
  • Olive Oil
  • Minced Garlic
  • Kosher Salt and Black Pepper

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Variations Ideas

This vegetable is so versatile and you can easily add what you prefer to the recipe. However, it is simply amazing using just the basic ingredients.

Yet another reason to love zucchini!

  • Parmesan Cheese – Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving. It is even delicious topped with feta cheese.
  • Add Veggies – Add sliced yellow squash to the zucchini. Onions are good in this and add even more flavor.
  • Change Spices – Feel free to add in additional spices to what you prefer. We have added in fresh basil herbs, thyme, oregano, garlic powder and sea salt.

Step by Step Instructions

Slicing zucchini on a cutting board

Step 1 – First, cut the zucchini.

Placing oil in the cast iron skillet

Step 2 – In a large skillet, drizzle with olive oil and heat to medium high heat.

Slice zucchini in a cast iron skillet topped with minced garlic and seasoning

Step 3 – Add the slices of zucchini in a single layer and minced garlic. Season with salt and pepper and cook zucchini.

Slice zucchini in a cast iron skillet

Step 4 – The zucchini will only take a few minutes to cook golden brown. Make sure to stir frequently until they start to brown.

  • Step 5 – Remove the zucchini before they are finished cooking. The slices will continue to cook in the pan and you do not want the zucchini to over cook. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • Zucchini Slices – When preparing these zucchini slices make sure they are about the same size. This helps to ensure that the slices are cooked evenly and are nice brown texture.
  • Frying Pan – For the best texture, we recommend using a cast iron skillet. But a regular skillet works great too to make these sautéed zucchini.
Close up image of slice zucchini on a fork

Serving Suggestions

Pan Fry Zucchini can be served with many different meals. These are some of our favorite recipes. It really goes with anything. Zucchini is such a great side dish and frugal too.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Zucchini need to be peeled?

We recommend keeping the peel on which helps to keep the zucchini from getting soggy.

How to Store Leftovers

Zucchini is best served immediately after cooking. But if you do have leftovers, store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days.

How to Reheat

You can reheat the leftovers in the microwave but we recommend reheating in a skillet or the air fryer. This helps to create a crispy texture again.

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We love hearing from you. If you make this Pan Fried Zucchini Recipe, please leave us a comment or star review.

Pan Fried Zucchini

4.94 from 16 votes
This Pan Fried Zucchini recipe can literally be made in less than 10 minutes, maybe even less than 5 minutes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 38


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  • Slice the Zucchini.
  • In a large skillet, drizzle olive oil.
  • Add Slices of zucchini and minced garlic.
  • Heat over medium-high heat.
  • Season liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Let cook for about 3-5 minutes stirring frequently until starting to brown.
  • Remove them right before they are how you like them. Zucchini will continue to cook as it sits.
  • Serve.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 38kcal, Carbohydrates 3g, Protein 1g, Fat 3g, Saturated Fat 1g, Sodium 105mg, Potassium 256mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 196IU, Vitamin C 18mg, Calcium 16mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Irene Sannino says:

    I make zucchini this way, the only difference I make is that I defrost a bag of frozen sliced carrots and cook them along with green and yellow zucchini and minced onions and salt and pepper. They come out really delicious!

  2. Carrie says:

    Thank you! I hope you enjoy them!

  3. Glinda says:

    Sounds delicious I’m going to try

  4. Carrie says:

    That sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Lynda says:

    dill gotta add dill with zucchini…dried fresh…doesn’t matter……

  6. Kris says:

    Five star receipt really good and fast reasonably priced and very healthy food I loved it very much..

  7. Jacqueline says:

    4 stars
    These are some super yummy yummy and super healthy great tasting food thanks for the great posts

  8. Lena says:

    This is a standby with us but I brown some onion slices in the Skillet before adding the zucchini. After both are cooked, I sprinkle Parmesan on top. Yummy! I also cook yellow squash this way sometimes.

  9. Vicki Gilsinger says:

    throw in some chopped garlic! But then I add garlic to everything!