Sautéed Zucchini and Onions


Sauteed zucchini and onions is a simple, flavorful dish of tender zucchini and onions with garlic that makes the perfect side for chicken, beef, pork, and even seafood!

Overhead closeup shot of large wooden spoon full of sauteed zucchini and onions.

I'm not exactly a health nut, but I do like to make recipes that are flavorful and healthy whenever I can. One of my favorites is this zucchini onion saute. It's full of flavor, and it's healthy. The best part is that even my kid will eat it!

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • It uses limited ingredients, the majority of which are kitchen staples.
  • It's an easy, flavorful dish that's ready in no time.
  • It's highly versatile and pairs with almost any main meal.

Top Tip

Be careful when removing the seeds. You want to take all of the seeds and none of the flesh.


You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this recipe, and most of them are probably already in your kitchen. Everything you need is either in the produce section of the spice aisle if you do need something. Be sure to check the recipe card at the end of the post for exact quantities.

  • Medium-sized zucchini
  • Olive oil
  • Sweet onion, cut into wedges
  • Minced garlic
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Overhead shot of whole zucchini along with the rest of the sauteed zucchini and onion ingredients in individual bowls on table


This is a super easy recipe that comes together in a snap and that anyone can make. From beginners to experienced cooks who just love recipes that are delicious and simple, this one satisfies everyone. The highlights are here, but you'll find the complete instructions in the recipe card at the end of the post.

1: Prep the zucchini.

Overhead shot of zucchini slices in half with seeds removed.

2: Cook the zucchini, onion, and spices until tender.

Closeup overhead shot of zucchini, onions, and spices in skillet.
Overhead shot of skillet full of sauteed zucchini and onions.

Substitutions and Variations

  • If you don't have minced garlic, you can add a bit more garlic powder.
  • Add tomatoes for a splash of even more fresh, summery flavor.
  • For a richer dish, use butter instead of olive oil for sauteeing.


  • Measuring spoons
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Pan
  • Spoon or spatula
Overhead shot of bowlful of sauteed zucchini and onion next to another bowlful of uncooked zucchini


Refrigerator: Store for up to 4 days in an air-tight container.

Freezer: Store in an air-tight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

Make Ahead: While you can reheat this dish, I recommend serving it fresh the first time.

Reheat: Place the zucchini and onions in a pan with a little oil and saute over medium-low heat until heated through.

What to Serve with Sauteed Zucchini

Serve this zucchini as a side with almost any of your favorite chicken, beef, pork, or seafood recipes. Its mild flavor profile makes it work with virtually anything.


  • Don't be overly aggressive when removing the zucchini seeds. Scoop down to where the seeds meet the flesh to avoid removing any delicious zucchini.
  • Sautee your zucchini and vegetables over medium heat to avoid burning the onions and garlic.
  • A spoon will be your best bet to easily move around the ingredients while sauteeing this dish.
Overhead closeup shot of wooden spoon full of sauteed zucchini and onions.


How do you avoid burning garlic while sauteing?

The best way is to keep the heat at medium and no higher and to add the garlic a bit after the other ingredients unless otherwise stated in the recipe.

Is sauteed zucchini and onions healthy?

Absolutely! This simple recipe features zucchini, onions, garlic, and spices, and it's sauteed in olive oil, a healthy fat.

Is zucchini the same after freezing?

Raw zucchini can get watery after being defrosted. However cooked zucchini doesn't, as the excess water has already cooked out of it.

More Zucchini Recipes

Yield: 4 servings

Sautéed Zucchini and Onions

Sautéed Zucchini and Onions

Sauteed zucchini and onions is a delicious, healthy side dish that's perfect with chicken, beef, pork, and even seafood.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 4 medium sized zucchini
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper


  1. Slice your zucchinis lengthwise and scoop the seeds out with a spoon.  (This will help keep your zucchini from getting mushy because seeds are almost all water.)
  2. Continue cutting your zucchinis into chunks
  3. Heat a large skillet with olive oil over medium-low heat.  
  4. Add zucchini, onions, garlic, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.  Continue cooking and stirring until zucchini is tender.  This will take about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 126Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 595mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 3gSugar 8gProtein 3g

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