Italian seasoning, a hint of garlic and a burst of fresh lemon surround crisp tender bites of zucchini in this Simple Sauteed Zucchini with Lemon. A great healthy side dish!
With summer just around the corner my family will soon be enjoying all of the fresh from the garden produce that we can get our hands on. One vegetable that is versatile and underrated is fresh garden zucchini. Simple Sauteed Zucchini with Lemon offers tons of flavor with very little effort!
Ingredients and Variations
ZUCCHINI – small zucchini are the easiest to use for this recipe and you’ll want to cut off the ends but there is no need to peel them. The skins are actually really good for you! You can use large zucchini as well – just remove the seeds and discard then cut the zucchini into bite sized pieces.
Garlic powder is used in this recipe for convenience. Fresh garlic, peeled and minced can be used instead and it is totally delicious!
Italian seasoning is great if you have it but if you don’t, you can substitute oregano leaves with a shake of thyme leaves (if you have them) and end up with the same result.
While fresh lemon is always the best, bottled lemon juice will work just as well. Don’t skip it – the addition of the acid adds the perfect hint of bright an sunny flavor.
How to make Simple SauteED Zucchini with Lemon
Quick and easy side dishes are a great thing. This one is a summer favorite. With only about 5 minutes cook time, this can be made just before dinner is served and is versatile enough to be paired with any number of proteins.
Wash and cut the zucchini into bite sized pieces. If using large zucchini, you may wish to remove some of the seeds.
Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.
Add zucchini, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and salt & pepper.
Cook, stirring occasionally for 4-5 minutes until crisp tender.
Add lemon juice to the zucchini and cook an additional 30 seconds until heated through.
Remove from heat and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Other Easy Side Dishes you may Like
Oven Roasted Cauliflower – Tossed in an easy tangy marinade and then roasted to sweet perfection using high heat. Keto friendly and delicious!
Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts with Bacon – Bacon, garlic and Parmesan wrap tender crisp Brussels sprouts in layers of flavor.
Creamy Cucumber Salad – Refreshing and delicious bites of cucumber with onion and dill in a light and creamy dressing. A perfect potluck side!
Roasted Radishes – Tender-crisp creamy Roasted Radishes are a colorful and delicious low carb alternative to potatoes!
Garlicky Potato Stacks – Flavorful individual little stacks of thinly sliced potatoes coated with garlic and thyme and baked in a muffin tin!
Simple Sauteed Zucchini with Lemon
- 1 tbsp butter
- 4 small zucchini cut into bite sized pieces
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1/2 small lemon about 1 tbsp
- Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add zucchini, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and salt & pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally for 4-5 minutes until crisp tender.
- Add lemon juice to the zucchini and cook an additional 30 seconds until heated through.
- Remove from heat and serve immediately. Enjoy!