The Simplest Stir Fried Italian Zucchini

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, we earn from qualifying purchases.

Stir Fried Italian zucchini is mildly flavored and so versatile. It complements garlic and herbs in this easy recipe.

With six simple ingredients and a large skillet, you can make Stir Fried Italian Zucchini, the perfect side dish for almost any dinner. While zucchini is plentiful during the summer months, it’s a great side dish option all year long.

Stir Fried Italian Zucchini Recipe:

Zucchini is one of my favorite summer vegetables.  I pan fry it, roast it, bake it in pies, breads and cakes. Now, I’m happy to add this easy sauteed zucchini to my list of favorites.

I’ve had this recipe for a long time, all the way back to my college days when I lived with 30 other girls in a cooperative house at Purdue University. Honestly, I’ve been meaning to make it for a long time. It’s been marked and looked at and looked at again. But I have so many other favorite zucchini recipes that it kept getting put on the back burner.

Recently, I started a 30 day challenge to eat clean and reset my digestive track. With that, I’ve been on vegetable overload, making this the perfect time. Let me tell you, it is delicious! My husband commented that I was making an obscene amount of zucchini for lunch, but I ate half of the pan all by myself.

Ingredient List

  • Sliced Zucchini
  • Olive Oil
  • Minced Garlic
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper

How to Sauté Zucchini

Step By Step Instructions

  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat, sauté sliced zucchini in olive oil, stirring occasionally until golden brown or to your desired consistency.
  2. Add minced garlic, and continue to saute for 30 seconds to 1 minute longer.
  3. Remove from heat; and drain onto paper towels.
  4. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, salt and black pepper.

Storage Instructions

Let leftovers cool. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 5 – 7 days.

For the full instructions for stir fried zucchini, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

Recipe FAQs

  • The end outcome of this Stir Fried Italian Zucchini is in your hands. If you prefer a soft zucchini (I do), then sauté for 10-15 minutes or until nicely browned and falling apart. Some people prefer a crisp-tender zucchini. In that case, sauté for approximately 5 minutes before adding the garlic.
  • Make your own Italian Seasoning blend by combining oregano, rosemary, basil and/or thyme or substitute any of your favorite seasonings for Italian seasoning if desired.
  • This recipe can easily follow a clean-eating diet or be a part of a 30 day clean eating challenge such as Arbonne 30 days to healthy eating. To make it clean, use all organic ingredients and substitute Pink Himalayan Salt for seas salt.

Recipe Variations for Stir Fried Zucchini

  • Add fresh tomatoes with the zucchini during the cooking process, or stir in fresh diced tomatoes at the end.
  • Substitute in other types of oil such as vegetable oil or canola oil.
  • Sprinkle fresh herbs over top before serving. Fresh basil or fresh parsley look beautiful.
  • Top with Parmesan cheese. YUM!
  • Use summer squash (yellow squash) instead of zucchini.

Easy Zucchini Recipes

Spicy Roasted Zucchini

The gentle spice of this Spicy Roasted Zucchini makes it a perfect side dish for any meal, especially when you need a dish using easy ingredients.

Old Fashioned Cheesy Zucchini Casserole

With a buttery, crunchy top, this Cheesy Summer Squash and Zucchini Casserole is a perfect side dish. 

Mom’s Perfect Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Our Mom's Perfect Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread is delicious and really easy to make.

Zucchini Fritters

Easy Pan Fried Zucchini is a fast side dish to use up garden zucchini.  These zucchini coins are breaded lightly and pan fried until crispy, salty and delicious. Grate with fresh Parmesan, and serve!

Should I remove seeds from large zucchini?

If you are using an extra large zucchini, it is going to have some extra large seeds on the inside. I recommend, cutting the zucchini length-wise in half. Then take a spoon, and scoop out the seeds to discard. Use what remains in your recipe.

Can you eat huge zucchini?

In theory, you can eat a huge zucchini; however, it will have very large seeds on the inside. If you want to use it so that it is not wasted, cut the zucchini in half, and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. The seeds can be tossed to the trash, and the rest is ok to use.

Do you peel zucchini before cutting?

Zucchini have a thin peel. This means the skin can be left intact before cutting. If you prefer to peel a zucchini, it is fine; however, peeling it is not necessary.

Our Favorite Vegetable Recipes

Kentucky Southern Squash Casserole

Low-carb Sesame Broccoli

Sweet Potato Casserole

Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower

Stir Fried Italian Zucchini

With six simple ingredients and a large skillet, you can make Stir Fried Italian Zucchini, the perfect side dish for almost any dinner. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: arbonne 30 day challenge recipes, Arbonne recipes, clean eating recipe, easy zucchini recipes, sauteed zucchini, stir fried italian zucchini, stir fried zucchini
Servings: 4
Calories: 162kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 2 oblong zucchini
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt (or Pink Himalayan Salt)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Slice washed zucchini into thin slices.
    With six simple ingredients and a large skillet, you can make Stir Fried Italian Zucchini, the perfect side dish for almost any dinner.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; stir fry zucchini, stirring occasionally until it reaches your desired texture. (see notes)
    With six simple ingredients and a large skillet, you can make Stir Fried Italian Zucchini, the perfect side dish for almost any dinner.
  • Add minced garlic, and continue to saute for an additional 30-60 seconds.
    With six simple ingredients and a large skillet, you can make Stir Fried Italian Zucchini, the perfect side dish for almost any dinner.
  • Drain zucchini onto a paper-towel lined plate. Sprinkle with mixture of Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
    With six simple ingredients and a large skillet, you can make Stir Fried Italian Zucchini, the perfect side dish for almost any dinner.

Notes

  • The end outcome of this Stir Fried Italian Zucchini is in your hands.  If you prefer a soft zucchini (I do), then saute for 10-15 minutes or until nicely browned and falling apart. Some people prefer a crisp-tender zucchini.  In that case, saute for approximately 5 minutes before adding the garlic.
  • Make your own Italian Seasoning blend by combining oregano, rosemary, basil and/or thyme.
  • Substitute any of your favorite seasonings for Italian seasoning if desired.
  • This recipe can easily follow a clean-eating diet or be a part of a 30 day clean eating challenge such as Arbonne 30 days to healthy eating.  To make it clean, use all organic ingredients and substitute Pink Himalayan Salt for seas salt. 
  • Try our Spicy Roasted Zucchini for a new spin. 
  • The nutritional information below is auto-calculated and can vary depending on the products used. 

Nutrition

Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 437mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

Similar Posts

One Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating