Sauteed Zucchini and Onions with Butter, Garlic, Spring Onions and lemon juice are the perfect side dish for your meat and fish dinners. So refreshingly delicious and healthy!
This sauteed zucchini and onions side dish is so darn good, you will not think about the fact that you’re eating healthy veggies.
What you will need for this dish:
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 medium-sized zucchini
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
Here’s a quick step by step of this recipe to create extra delicious sauteed zucchini and onions:
- Add one tablespoon of butter to a large saute pan on medium heat. Note: It’s best to use a larger pan than you think to allow enough room for the individual veggie pieces to brown.
- After butter is melted and hot, add in zucchini and onions.
- Saute for 3-5 minutes on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to ensure all sides of veggies are browned.
- Add the minced garlic in at the end in a separate area of the pan to cook for about 20-30 seconds to take off the raw, bitter taste, and allow the aroma to be unleashed. Stir garlic in with the rest of veggies.
- Serve immediately. Top with spring onions for more texture if you’d like.
I have learned that browning raw veggies in the manner above help to create a delicious veggie dish that you will want to make over and over again. The butter and garlic work with the veggies to create a flavorful dish.
This is a good thing as we all try to incorporate more veggies into our routine.
Do you peel zucchinis for Sauteed Zucchini and Onions?
For this dish, I would leave the peel on. Without the skin, the inside would turn too mushy while sauteeing. For a zucchini bread, you will most likely want to peel the zucchini with a potato peeler.
Do you cook onions or garlic first?
Its best to start sauteeing onions first, then add garlic in at the end. Garlic has a tendency to burn, so cooking for about 20-30 seconds, at the end of cooking time, is best. This will bring out the aroma of the garlic as well as cook away the initial raw bitter taste.
How should I cut my zucchini?
We like slicing our zucchini down the middle, then turning 180 degrees, slicing it again, then chopping up to about 1/2 inch to 1-inch size pieces. You can also slice up zucchini into large circles. Really, any way you cut it will work just fine.
Additional toppings for your sauteed zucchini and onions:
- Chopped spring onions
- Freshly shredded parmesan cheese
- Garlic Salt
- Freshly shredded mozzarella cheese
Hope you enjoy this side dish as much as we did! Here’s to more veggies in our menu plans!
Sauteed Zucchini and Onions
Sauteed Zucchini and Onions with Butter, Garlic, Spring Onions and lemon juice are the perfect side for your meat and fish dinners. So refreshingly delicious and healthy!
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 medium-sized zucchinis
- 1 medium-sized yellow onion
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- chopped spring onions (optional)
- freshly shredded parmesan or mozzarella cheese (optional)
In a large, wide saute pan, add butter and turn stovetop to medium heat.
After butter has melted, swirl around the pan, and add in the zucchinis and onions. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned on all sides of veggies.
Add in garlic in separate area of the pan and cook for 20-30 seconds, until aromatic. Mix garlic in with the rest of the veggies.
Remove from heat. Squeeze fresh lemon juice all over veggies. Optional: Top with chopped spring onions or freshly shredded parmesan or mozzarella cheese. Enjoy!