Sauteed Zucchini is an easy-peasy way to whip up a veggie side dish that’ll go with just about any meal, especially when your garden is overflowing with this popular summer squash.

Sauteed zucchini in a cast-iron pan with a wooden spoon

It’s so quick and easy. Simply slice your zucchini into coins, then add little olive oil to a hot pan, and saute the garlic for a minute. Then toss in your zucchini, cook until tender, add some salt and pepper, and a sprinkle of basil or another favorite herb or two. Done and done.

Sauteed zucchini in a cast-iron pan with a wooden spoon

Here’s the official, printable recipe!

Sauteed zucchini in a cast-iron pan with a wooden spoon
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Sauteed Zucchini

Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 7 minutes
Yield: 4
The easiest, quickest side ever. Zucchini sauteed with garlic until tender, then finished off with a sprinkle of basil. So simple, so delicious – and in just 7 minutes, to boot!


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 pound zucchini (about 2 medium zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch thick coins, halved if large)
  • pinch salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 6 fresh basil leaves (cut chiffonade style [feel free to substitute other fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary, or parsley])


  • Place a medium saute pan over medium heat. When hot, add the olive oil and then the garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, for one minute. Add the zucchini along with a pinch or two of salt and black pepper. Saute, stirring occasionally, until bright green and fork tender, 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and top with basil leaves. Add additional salt and pepper if desired. Serve.
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