This Sautéed Zucchini recipe is not just easy to make, but is also low-carb and so delicious. 

A side dish of sautéed zucchini is low in calories and the best to serve alongside almost any main dish. Made with some healthy zucchini, a little oil, garlic, and some parmesan cheese, it has so much flavor and incredible texture, not to mention is also so quick and easy to make.

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Sautéed Zucchini

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Sauteed Zucchini Recipe

  • This sautéed zucchini recipe turns that summertime squash into a nutty and savory creation that is full of flavor and low carb.
  • With such a mild flavor this versatile dish is so good served with almost any entree.
  • It also has so many possibilities for add-ins.

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Ingredients & Variations

ZUCCHINI Buy small yellow or green zucchini for this recipe. Make sure that it is free of blemishes, brown, or soft spots. Trim the ends and slice them into moon shapes.

PARMESAN This cheese has a slightly nutty and salty flavor to it. Not much is needed to perk up that simple zucchini. Freshly grated parmesan has a deeper flavor profile than its boxed pre-shredded counterpart. But both will work well with this recipe.

VARIATIONS Because this dish is so mild, there are so many possibilities for add-ins. Some ideas include some onion, mushrooms, tomatoes, or shredded chicken.

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How To Saute Zucchini

It won’t take long to whip up this tasty zucchini recipe.

  1. Cut the zucchini (as per the recipe below).
  2. Sauté zucchini with the garlic.
  3. Season and then top with parmesan cheese.
  4. Serve.

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What Goes With Sautéed Zucchini?

This dish is so mild-tasting that it can almost be served with anything. It can also be used as a replacement for recipes that call for noodles. It would also pair nicely with skillet chicken and mushrooms, chicken meatballs, or beef Rouladen.

Recipe Tips!

  • Don’t overcook the zucchini, as this may make it a little mushy.
  • Cook it over high heat, so it crisps up quickly.
  • Zucchini cooks in no time, so it should only take 6-7, minutes.
  • For the best flavor, add the parmesan after it has finished cooking.

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Sautéed Zucchini

This low carb pasta substitute is loaded with flavor from cheesy parmesan!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly



  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound zucchini , about 1 1/2 medium, sliced into moons
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese shredded


  • Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  • Once hot, add the zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the butter and garlic, cook for an additional 2 minutes or until the zucchini is tender.
  • Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with parmesan cheese.


  • Stir zucchini just slightly to allow it to brown well.
  • Cook zucchini quickly at medium to medium-high heat for best results.
  • Avoid over cooking zucchini, as it can become mushy.
    • For softer zucchini, cook longer.
    • For more firm zucchini, reduce cooking time. 
  • For the best flavor, add the parmesan after it has finished cooking.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 305mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 276IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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At Easy Low Carb® we believe that every meal should be full of big bold flavor! From amazing main dishes and simple sides to the best party snacks, reducing carbs doesn’t mean giving up your favorites!
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