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How To Prepare Zucchini

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017

Zucchini has many beneficial characteristics that make it a favorite among gardeners. Not only is zucchini a prolific vegetable in the garden, it also is nutritious and simple to prepare. Once your zucchini vines begin to blossom, it will not be long before you are picking tender and delicious squash nearly every day. Prepare zucchini by washing and slicing it. After you slice the zucchini, you can then sauté it lightly before enjoying it by itself as a side dish or adding it to any savory recipe.

Place the zucchini into the colander, and wash them lightly by rubbing them under cool water.

Set the squash onto the cutting board. Slice off each end from the zucchini, and cut them in half lengthwise. Place the zucchini halves flat side down on the cutting board and cut the zucchini into ½-inch-thick slices.

Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in the frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini slices to the hot oil, and sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over the zucchini. Add 2 tbsp. water if you desire.

Stir the zucchini slices to coat them with olive oil, and cover the pan. Reduce the heat to medium, and cook the zucchini for approximately five minutes.

Remove the lid from the frying pan and turn the burner to high. Stir the zucchini at this temperature until the oil and water evaporate and the zucchini turn a golden brown.

Sprinkle 2 to 3 tbsp. of Parmesan cheese over the zucchini slices. Cover the pan and remove it from the burner. Allow the zucchini to sit for three minutes before serving.


Things You Will Need

  • Colander
  • Cutting board
  • Paring knife
  • Olive oil
  • Frying pan
  • Sea salt
  • Parmesan cheese

About the Author


Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.