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quick zucchini sauté

My favorite side dish takes five minutes to make. It has only three steps. No garlic or shallots get minced, nothing gets topped with butter, and shockingly, it involves no truffle salt. It has only two ingredients, and the only reason I’ve held out this long telling you about it is because when I see a recipe that swears it will combine two ingredients in an entirely new and innovative way, I roll my eyes.

But this doesn’t mean that you should be limited by my jaded expectations. In fact, I’d be spectacularly sad if you were, because this is wonderful. Fantastic. It’s so fresh but deep, so simple but eloquent. I have craved it incessantly this week, and am certain I could eat it morning, noon and night.

I had it for the first time at the Red Cat restaurant in Chelsea a few years ago. I liked it, but found it a tad oily for my tastes. I don’t like it when something as innocent and taste in its original packaging as zucchini is rendered into something excessive. (Fine, you got me, I’m lying.) I started making a version of it at home with far more minimalism, not to mention improvisation: I don’t measure a thing about this. That’s right, nothing gets measured. If you want a high almond-to-zucchini ratio, go for it. If you want more zucchini than almond, this will work for you as well. The only two things that matter are that the almonds get brown and toasty in the pan, and that you only cook the zucchini for one minute.

nice and toastyibid, madoline love

It cannot be made in advance. It benefits from a good salt and pepper seasoning. You can throw some thin slices of parmesan on or skip it, as I often do, but beyond this, no matter how hard I try, I can not make this any less simple than it is. It is impervious to my need to make everything more difficult than it actually is. It will not bend to my fusspot will. It wants nothing to do with my fluted tart pans, my differently textured salts and my lightly fried discs of garlic. This recipe could be my Lord Voldemort; I’m convinced it mocks me.

The last time we ate at the Red Cat, they inserted the recipe for this with our check. I have to admit, I snickered. Two frying pans? Adding ingredients to each half at a time and setting them aside? A quarter-cup of olive oil? Apparently somebody figured out how to make this dish high-maintenance, and for once, it wasn’t me. For a minute there I gloated, until I realized that the joke was on me because they’d already figured out how to market it for eight bucks a serving. Thank goodness I’ve got no qualms about giving the goodies away for free, eh?

quick zucchini saute

More zucchini:

Quick Sauté of Zucchini with Toasted Almonds
Inspired by the Red Cat, NYC

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons thinly sliced almonds
1 to 2 small zucchini, cut into 1/8-inch matchsticks with a knife or julienne blade on a mandoline
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Few ounces pecorino romano or parmesan cheese, in thin slices — a peeler works great for this

Heat the oil on high in a large skillet. When it is hot but not smoking, add the almonds to the pan. Cook them, while stirring, until the almonds are golden-brown, approximately a minute or two.

Add the zucchini to the pan, tossing it with the oil and almonds until it just begins to glisten, about one minute. The idea is not to cook the zucchini so much as warm it.

Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately, with or without cheese on top.

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164 comments on quick zucchini sauté

  1. This is not your “he who shall not be named.” It is your Harry Potter, simple, with only good in its heart and no desire to be the difficult, fussy star. Looks like a sure win to me. And finally an excuse for me to buy zucchini (I don’t like vegetable breads). Thanks for yet another great idea.

  2. I love this at Red Cat, but I also love the big triangles of cheese they put on top of it- so sculptural. We make this at home too, except ours has 3 ingredients: zucchini, almonds, and (important) lemon zest, so good and takes 5 minutes!
    I have the Red Cat Cookbook and think it’s fab, except I totally agree the way they’ve written up this particular recipe is wack. Still, the cookbook is worth checking out, the corn soup, the trout recipe, and the malted chocolate ice cream have all been hits in our kitchen.

  3. Ah! I make this all the time. In fact, I made it last week with the leftover zucchini slices from your ratatouille recipe . SO good!

  4. This is one of our family’s summer favourites. I toss through a handful of torn mint leaves fresh from the garden (sounds odd but tastes wonderful) with the salt and pepper. Unfortunately in drought zucchini are $8 per kilo now so we won’t be having this anytime soon.

  5. Ooooh I love this dish idea. Also, it’s fun to see a harry potter reference… I must admit that I can’t seem to get my mind off of book 7 and the end of the series…

  6. Woah…people are BUYING zucchini around here? I have bushels and bushels, and none of my friends like vegetables (how did I find such rascals to be my friends?! Just KIDDING, dears)! I wish it would ship well or I would thrust some into your poor deprived hands. No zucchini?! No zucchini! I had previously thought it inconceivable this time of year.

  7. A co-worker of mine brought in a ginormous basket of torpedo-sized zucchini today. As much as I like the vegetable normally, these mutant-seeming ones freak me out. I think two of them could polish off all of the recipes you’ve listed here…

  8. Thanks for linking to my gnocchi recipe. This looks wonderful, and though I’m not growing zucchini, I keep buying more than I can use at the farmers’ market. Your recipe is going right to the top of my zucchini list!

  9. how funny… i actually have some zucchini bread in the oven RIGHT NOW! :) i love taking zucchini & saute-ing it with some butter (and that’s it. no spices or anything. not even salt) and then putting it on some pasta with some parmesan cheese. i also like sauted zucchini & mushrooms as a side dish.

  10. I am not sure if you’ve been informed about this already, but the person who writes http://lovelyglamour.blogger.ba has used (without permission, I suspect) many of your photos. She claims that this is actually her blog in preparation of an upcoming book and that the pictures are from her “collection.”

    If I am mistaken, I deeply apologize, but I thought I’d better let you know.

  11. Taking a simple dish and making it complicated is an art form! Totally unnecessary, and I think I’d laugh out loud if a restaurant presented such a tortured recipe for such a simple and elegant dish. I love your version of this and will try it tonight!

  12. Deb, you’re a saint. We just got more zucchini in our weekly produce delivery and it’s too hot for zucchini bread, and I’m tiring of the basic sliced-and-grilled, even if they are perhaps the most delicious zucchini I’ve ever set my teeth to.

  13. Hi Esma — Thank you. Someone mentioned it last week, but every time I click over, the site is down so I have yet to see the offending pictures.

    Rachael — I’m just faking Harry Potter-ness. It’s my husband and his entire family that are obsessed with the books; I just watch the movies. I have trouble suspending disbelief. I am no fun.

    Merecedes — Malted chocolate ice cream? Okay!

  14. Once again proving that it isn’t high maintenance and hard work that makes a particular recipe great. This one looks interesting; I’ll need to try it sometime soon. It looks like Jocelyn doesn’t have a chokehold on the simple food (what’s next Jocelyn? PB&J?). Thirty Minute Meals? Too long! Yeah, this is going to blow that right out of the water. Listen to this: Twenty… Nine… Minute… Meals! (Hmm, there’s something about Mary in there…)

  15. A while ago, I garnished my sauteed zucchinis with toasted flaked almonds. It was just to have the waou, zaouuu vroummm effect. It was good, actually very good. But then completely forget about it. This is indeed a great side dish.

  16. MMMMMmmmmm, love zucchini. My problem with this is that I wouldn’t even know where to begin slicing almonds? And matchbook sliced zucchini? Can you do that in the blender?

    1. You can buy sliced almonds. I doubt a blender would cut zucchini evenly, but a mandolin-type slicer should be pretty fast.

      (BTW, how about another option for comments: “I have a comment” ? Or combine with the question option? This isn’t a question, and I haven’t made the dish.)

  17. That looks fresh and tasty. I’m going to try it as soon as I quit making those Simply Recipe zucchini fritters every week…

  18. Oh my. This looks lovely and simple and just about perfect. I’m sure it will be a fantastic accompaniment for many a meal! I too am a devout zucchini lover, and am happy to have another to add to my repertoire.

  19. I do something similar, but with pinenuts instead of almonds, and crumbled goat cheese instead of romano. Also, a squeeze of lemon juice to finish it off…Yum.

  20. Thanks so much for all the zucchini recipes! I’ve been getting a lot of summer squash lately and was looking for some simple, delicious ideas.

  21. I’m going to the co-op right now, in a convertible with the top open because the AC kills polar bears, in killlller Vermont sun (ha), to get zukes & almonds. Right now (OK – in a few minutes). This is going to be my excuse for an oaky Chardonnay tonight, like I need one…

  22. Hi Deb!

    I’ve been a lurker for a few weeks; I was steered your way via Molly @ Orangette and DC365. I love your blog and have been reading all of your archives for the past week :) I’m going to the farmer’s market bright and early tomorrow, and they BEST have zucchini because I NEED to make this! It sounds divine, and any post with a Potter reference automatically wins my heart. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Best,
    Sarah

  23. Tried this dish last night and it was wonderful. So simple but so tasty. My husband loved it too. Side dishes are always the tough part for me, so now I have a winner that I will use over and over. Thanks!

  24. Wow, this looks wonderful! Actually when I was in college there was one chef who used to make something just like this, and I’ve never seen it anywhere else. I hope to give it a try soon!

  25. MY, this is so good! I made its last night and even though I forgot to “match stick” the zucchini, it was fabulous. My DH said it is his new favorite side dish and it sure is mine. Two teenagers liked it also.
    I love your web site. Thank You!

  26. I’ve made this twice already! To bulk it up, I used carrot once and mushroom the other time. It was fantastic and my boyfriend who doesn’t like vegetables enjoyed it immensely. :-) Thanks for making a fantastic dish that is so simple!

  27. This post is like a gift from the gods of grow-your-own. This year I have grown my own courgettes (sorry, I’m British, I can’t say zucchini) and now we are buried under a glut of the things. So it’s great to get my hands on some new recipes. Thanks!

  28. Hi Deb,

    Thank you SO much for this post. I’ve never seen this side-dish in Singapore and I loveloveLOVE it! In fact, I love it so much that I’ve recreated it into a pasta dish on my blog with full thanks to you.

    Mmmmmmmm luvlyjubbly!!! xoxox

  29. Sometimes the best dishes are simple and umcomplicated. I came home with 4 large zucchini from my local farmers market on Saturday morning. I am always looking for something to do with it. This is when I miss my gardens and all its fresh produce. You have to give up something when you move to a condo.

  30. Made the zucchini and almonds dish tonight and thought it was delicious – I ate two plates full myself. It will definitely into one of my new standard ‘quick, easy, good’ dishes.

  31. Made this dish tonight, and even though my husband and I usually actively dislike zucchini, we both loved it. We wondered whether it was just that we liked the almonds, but I don’t think so. The shape of the zucchini, and their fresh crunchiness were really pleasant, as opposed to the soggy format they’re usually served in. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  32. I’ve been intrigued with this recipe since seeing it here. We tried it tonight and really liked it. I did burn the first batch of almonds. They go really fast in a hot skillet. But I toasted a second batch and made the dish and it was great. Thanks for a keeper recipe.

  33. Okay, I didn’t believe this. And I may have cooked my zucchini for a tad more than a minute. But.

    It was lovely! So nice, in fact, that my husband accussed me of holding out on him. “It was just posted!” was my defense. I think a month counts as “just” don’t you?

    Anyway, thank you, thank you, I was eating it out of the pan.

  34. An update –

    I had a lazy evening and decided to see what would happen if I shredded the zucchini on the big side of a grater (instead of slicing it by hand). It cooks way faster – 30 – 40 seconds – but is still very very good.

    Continuing thanks for sharing this incredible recipe!

  35. Supper (2nd st. between ave. A and B) does a version of this called “zucchini tagliatelle,” with the zucchini cut to resemble the pasta (and a little flat leaf parsley, just to complicate things)…it’s my favorite side dish there, and I can’t wait to try it at home! Thanks for the inspiration!

  36. Hey — Just found this recipe and made it for the first time last night. Added a chiffonade of basil and it was just delicious — a nice light accompaniment to our first grilled burgers of the season!

    Thanks!
    Emily

  37. Just dropping by to say we had this with our dinner tonight and it was gorgeous (and so simple!). Even the zucchini hater of the family enjoyed it loads and thought he might be able to make it himself

  38. I just made this for dinner! It was fabulous. Really, I had no idea I would like it so much! I used slivered almonds instead. I will be eating this all summer, what a great use for my extremely abundant zucchini harvest!

  39. I have been meaning to try this for ages & just made it this weekend – and ate a whole little panful myself for dinner! I usually like my zucchini cooked to hell & back rather than crunchy like a cucumber (not sure why) but this has changed my mind & totally become my new favorite side dish too!

  40. Gosh, I just made this (for a light lunch, cooked 10 ounces of whole wheat tortellini and tossed it in at the end) with a little romano grated on top. I love that the entire shebang including slicing the zucchini was 15 minutes tops!

  41. I just happened to buy my first zucchini for some minestrone soup. I had tons left over and knew you would have an awesome recipe for it. I had some almonds (not slivered) and I sliced them up. This was so absolutely delicious I couldn’t believe it. And to think, I thought I didn’t like zucchini.

  42. I’m doing the zucchini and almond side dish tonight!

    It’s early autumn here in Australia and the zucchini are just finishing.

    A recipe from a New Yorker ..I love it! *smile*

  43. When I first saw this recipe, I thought it was a bizarre combination of flavors so I never tried it. This evening I found a bag of sliced almonds from Trader Joe’s that have been in the cupboard forever so I decided to try it out. Wow! It’s really good. I’ll definitely make this again.

  44. i didn’t have zucchini or almonds to hand when i spotted your recipe last night, so i used broccolini and maccadamia nuts instead. i added a bit of lemon juice because it would have been wasted otherwise and cooked exactly as you said – nuts in first to be fried, then added broccolini and then lemon, salt and pepper. tasted great – i ate a whole bowlful which is something i rarely do with veges. thank you thank you for the inspiration!

  45. I made this tonight and it was delicious! The recipe seemed so (almost too) simple, but even without the cheese, it turned out to be the highlight of the meal.

  46. Made this for dinner tonight. Just this. Ate it all myself.
    I used TJ’s Marcona almonds with rosemary because it’s all I had, and it was incredible! So simple and so delicious.

  47. Oh my. So easy. Even inspired me to try matchsticking for the first time. And SO SO SO fast I didn’t even have time to finish matchsticking, so my almonds were overdone (I used sliced). But I am totally cribbing from Maggie and using the flavored marconas that have been hanging around for a while next time–yum! Thank you for this great summer recipe!

  48. I am thoroughly shocked at the previous comments where people have added ingredients to this recipe! The simplicity is the beauty of this dish!!!

    The only change I would make is cutting back slightly on the oil. Otherwise, perfection! I could have eaten a entire garden’s worth of zucchini prepared like this. Excuse me, I need to go lick the pan. . .

  49. Fantastic! I made this for a dinner with barbaqued halibut, corn…It was a big hit…then used left overs for an addition to our lunch salad the next day…another big hit disquised in my “kitchen sink salad” creation…great,
    but, becareful not to over cook the almonds before you add the zuccinis…
    I almost blew it!!

  50. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all these zucchini recipes! We are under seige at Trout Towers and cannot eat them fast enough. The zucchini bread was delicious – I’ve made it thrice.

    Quasi-unrelated, do you know how to take a high-altitude recipe and convert it to sea level? I have a chocolate zucchini cake recipe from my childhood I’ve been craving, but not enough to fly to Colorado, bake it, and bring it home.

  51. I’ve made this twice this week. Loved it. First time with cheese and tonight without; it was still fabulous. This is the best zucchini dish I’ve ever made! My partner and I ate a huge zuc tonight and didn’t have a matchstick left. Thanks.

  52. I made this tonight and everyone loved it – I’ve never heard my 3 year old say “I want more zucchini” before! Thanks for sharing – it was delicious – we served it with slices of parmesan reggiano.

  53. Oh, thank you! I, a non-cook, have prematurely been medically forced into a (nearly) no-salt diet, and a simple, flavorful (healthy!) dish like this just warms the cockles of my taste buds, while keeping my guilt reflex under control. All the best to you and yours.

  54. This was, bar none, the most delicious vegetable recipe I have made in just forever and I am sharing it with all my friends. I can’t stop saying “how about that zucchini recipe last night? Wasn’t that FANTASTIC?!”

  55. I tried this for the first time last night and it was wonderful! So simple, so easy, yet so elegant. My roommate came in and was thoroughly impressed – I felt like I fooled her into thinking I made something much more complex than it was.

    I’ll definitely be making it again and trying the cheese, lemon and mint additions (probably not all together, ha).

    Fantastic, thanks!

  56. I spent most of yesterday preparing several elaborate dishes for a get together with friends. At the last minute they needed an extra veggie so I grabbed all the ingredients for this dish and made it in five minutes at my friend’s house…and what dish do you think got all the rave reviews from amongst my medley of culinary creations? Yep, this one. Great recipe.

  57. Absolutely delicious! A hit with my family, and getting them to eat “green things” isn’t easy. Made this tonight and had an immediate request to make it again! I used only 1 Tbsp olive oil (and possibly could have used less) and added 1 stalk of celery. 3-4 Tbsp of shredded parmesan on top was plenty. I wasn’t sure how I was going to cut those veggies in matchsticks, but my Saladmaster machine (cone # 2) worked perfectly to julienne the zucchini and celery. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

  58. I made this tonight, and while I enjoyed it, my husband did not. He thought there was a hint of rancidness, but he and I ate from the same saute pan, and I have no idea what he was referring to. So, sadly, I will likely not make it again unless I am making it solely for myself and my son. I did like the idea of julienning (sp?) the veggies in my much neglected mandoline, and I plan on using that technique again, so I still consider it a worthwhile experience. Thanks!

  59. I made this last night and am thrilled to report that my last zucchini holdout (middle son, Joe) in our family of 5 LOVED it! And I even forgot the optional cheese. Simple, delicious, lovely.

  60. I am really excited to try this recipe – I wanted a go-to side dish!! I love to bake, and have used a ton of your recipes. I am trying to be a better cook, though, and I have a silly question (or 2). Could you give advice on how to cut into matchsticks? And do you peel the zucchini?

    1. Erica — I don’t peel the zucchini. I cut matchsticks by making very thin slices and then cutting them in the other direction in parallel lines, close together.

  61. I made this last night- 3 days after stumbling over the recipe, which I kept for some lazy night. This was fantastic, just as promised!! No parmesan on hand, but I did add a touch of lemon juice according to some other reviewers, and found this zucchini sauté spectacular. The key – really – was to cook it minimally to keep it crunchy. I can’t believe I never had the idea of preparing zucchini like this before! It was just as you just as you said it would be: so simple, so fresh, so tasty!

  62. yum! enjoying this as i write. although, i fully succumbed to my inner fusspot and added parmesan, lemon juice, AND parsley. also put the whole thing over some bulgar for a delicious vegetarian dinner. thank you!

  63. Just made it for dinner and loved it! But, oh my, I wish I were the executive chef and could make my sous chef do all the chopping!

  64. I’m *sob* on a new diet plan, and this fits right in with what I’m doing. I use slightly less olive oil, since I have a brilliant new non-stick pan, and I shred the zucchini in my processor instead of cutting it into matchsticks, but it still turns out delicious. I ate a whole zucchini myself yesterday! Oh, I also use a squeeze of lemon juice, stirred in at the last minute, with 7-year-old aged cheddar grate on top. It’s zucchini heaven!

  65. side dish? i do believe i just ate a whole plate of this for dinner (along with remnants of last night’s warm butternut squash and chickpea salad). the perfect solution to the scenario: it’s 6:45, i just got out of class, i need to leave in 1 hour, and i have a zucchini in the fridge that will go bad before i get a chance to actually cook something with it.

  66. I made this for dinner the other night and then used the little bit of leftovers as the base for a fritatta for breakfast! yum.

  67. laura: similar experience! my girlfriend & i slaved over homemade pesto manicotti with homemade tomato sauce & the hit of the night: this silly little (wonderful! delicious!) side dish. he he

  68. I cannot tell you how much I love this recipe! It’s so simple, so quick and so delicious that I’ve craved it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Now I have a habbit of always keeping my refrigerator stocked with zucchini. It’s also delicious cold! I saw your note about how it’s best when it’s fresh, but I had some zuchini and yellow squash past their prime and decided to make it and take it to work for lunch. I was going to heat it up, but I ate the whole bowl cold and it was delicious! I came across your blog not too long ago, but now I check in every week! Thanks for your great recipes!

  69. I was looking for a zucchini side dish, and this fit the bill perfectly. I loved it! I’ll definitely be making this again and again. My only complaint was that I didn’t have enough zucchini because I want more.

  70. This was AWESOME! It’s now my favourite quick & easy vegetable dish! I made it with your roasted chicken with dijon mustard sauce for dinner last night, and I couldn’t resist raving about it for the entire evening. I just wish I made more because it was gone so quickly! I didn’t add the cheese (I forgot about it), but even with teh omission it was so good. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  71. I just made this to go with our dinner and it was so delicious! Sometimes the simpler, the better. I never really fell in love with zucchini before but this has changed my mind. :)

  72. Wow, this is scrumptious. My husband who said he would never eat another zucchini gobbled it up. I did just what you said and loved it . Thanks!

  73. Had this for supper and it was great! I also added some tomatoes in to the second half and it was a nice add in! Thanks for the awesome recipes!

  74. Does it taste bad if you make it in advance? Or is the raw/half cooked zuchini a health concern? I’d love to make this, but I usually cook for 2 at night, eat one for dinner and bring one as lunch for next day (usually without heating it).

    1. It’s not a health concern but it does get soggy and the crisp-ness of this is much of the charm. Don’t underestimate the recipe, however! You might eat the whole thing. We always do. :)

  75. Although the pictures looked pretty, I did have my doubts. BUT I tried it anyway as written, and it is my new favorite way to eat zucchini!! I had it for dinner, and plan on having it again for lunch tomorrow! YUM!!!!

  76. I just stumbled across this after getting a garden-grown “squash” from my parents (that looks suspiciously like a zucchini). Can’t wait to try this as–interestingly–this is the exact same way I make green beans! Great blog, I’ll be coming back again.

  77. This is a great recipe! I too reduced the oil and tossed in several handfuls of sliced almonds. What a great side dish that takes only moments to complete.

  78. Just made this and it was a WINNER! Not only was it easy and delicious but it used zucchini… I’m always looking for good zucchini recipes to use up my CSA zucchini. Thank you so much!

  79. Thank you for this recipe Deb! I made this last night and now I cannot stop thinking about it. We completely forgot to put the cheese on, and it was so good I can’t even imagine how the cheese would make it better!

  80. I made this last night as a side dish to accompany baked grouper and bacon + pea risotto. the zucchini was so simple to make, and delicious. i’m looking forward to the leftovers for lunch tomorrow. thanks for the simple, elegant (and delicious!) idea.

  81. Thanks so much for this recipe! I just found out after 22 years of thinking I have a nut allergy, that I actually don’t; and this is the first nut including meal I have made. A perfect milestone meal for me! also, being a broke college student, I paired it with a little cottage cheese and pepper, and the two go together quite well. Thanks again!

  82. Thanks so much Only vegetable I had in the fridge was a zucchini and although I didn’t have any almonds I made it with pumpkin seeds enjoyed by the whole family thank you for the inspiration

  83. This is my favorite side dish too. After having made it, about a year ago, it has become a favorite at my house. I loved the Voldemort poke, by the way; and your comment of different textured salts and such. This dish’s greatness definitely lies in its simplicity.

  84. When my husband & I were courting, 21 years ago, we ate a very similar dish at a restaurant. It was so sublime that we didn’t imagine it could be made at home. Lovely to find this, kids liked it, I polished off the pan, and I can’t wait for my husband to be home later this week so I can make it again.

  85. I had my tonsils out last week and have spent the few hours I wasn’t conked out from the meds perusing my favorite blogs, yours included! When I found this post I remembered that I might have a lone zucchini in the bottom of the produce bin and lo and behold when I checked it today, I did! It wasn’t in the best shape, it was mighty fine in this saute. My 9-year old son and I inhaled it for lunch with lots of pecorino. Thanks (as always) for the lovely recipes and inspiration.

  86. Don’t usually comment on blogs, but had to on this one. This has been my very favorite side dish recipe for years now, so I just wanted to say thank you. And you’re awesome. Cookbook pre-ordered. :)

  87. OMG !

    Super easy, delicious, but I found this the year we decided NOT to plant zucchinis! Ah, well, we will just willingly accept everyone else’s zucchinis when they lose their taste for them. About a month, usually. ;)

  88. I’ve been making a variation of this for the past few years since discovering it on Fine Cooking. I use butter instead of oil and julienne a combo of zucchini and yellow squash. I finish it with a squeeze of fresh lemon.

  89. I am totally with your comments in the blog (written only 5 years ago, I’m sure you remember) that you could eat this dish morning, noon, and night. Wow so yummy. A recipe that stands the test of time.

  90. Omg! It’s 1:00am and I just read your recipe…. Proceeded to the kitchen… Lord voltomore is spot on! Iol! When my boyfriend gets home I’m making this for him! For sure it’s as new FAV!!! Thanks so much!

  91. Charming! I have the same fusspot tendency for high maintenance dishes, while loving the simple elegance found in Italian cooking, which this dish reminds me of – three essential ingredients delivering a pure, potent experience straight to the heart. Thank you, Deb.

  92. I think I can get done with this recipe. Love the simplicity. Let the 2 ingredients shine through. They are both incredible on their own so why not together. I look forward to whipping this one up.

  93. I did not have any almonds, so I used chopped walnuts. Great! Made it again a few days later and tossed it on pasta with fresh grated Romano cheese. Fab! (I only recently found your blog after your appearance on Today Show.) Love it!

  94. I’ve made something similar for years, but I start with a shallot quickly sauteed in the pan before the zucchini gets tossed in. Like Chloe (no. 85), I shred the veg with my food processor. It all cooks in about 2 minutes, flat. I like a bit of fresh tarragon in my version.

  95. um, i’m sorry that this is the only thing i have to reply to this post… but you HAVEN’T read the harry potter books?! after all your references to it, and your “suspension of disbelief” for game of thrones? HP is nothing compared to GoT, but once you fly through the first or second book you’ll get sucked in.

    also, can’t wait to try this. thanks for providing the recipes that constitute 75% of my cooking :)

  96. hi deb,
    i’ve made this 3 times now and still it doesn’t taste very good to me. i’m thinking that maybe i’m not seasoning it correctly (I’m a very inexperienced cook!). i was wondering if you could give me some pointers. i think i’m adding too much pepper and maybe not enough cheese.

    btw, thanks so much for all of your recipes, especially your quick ones! they are keeping me and my bf from starving while in school. :D

    1. Hi Stephanie — It may just not be something you enjoy. I know zucchini isn’t for everyone. The key flavors in the dish, however, are: deeply toasted almonds (so they have a lot of flavor), don’t skimp on getting them a deep light brown color; enough salt and pepper that it tastes right to you; zucchini that’s still firm enough/not limp, you only want to quickly cook the zucchini; then parmesan for salty/nuttiness/depth.

  97. Thanks for this simple recipe. I’m growing several delicious varieties of summer squash (Lebanese squash, Costata Romanesca, and more) and we’re eating this dish every night. I use chunkier sliced almonds and no cheese. Also cooking your zucchini fritters and zucchini bread. Many nights at our house are all-Smitten dishes!

  98. Made this for lunch today. Wow, it’s so delicious. Thanks for the scrumptious recipe. Of course I DID add the cheese. Can’t wait to go pick another batch of zucchini and have this again. There’s no cursing and gnashing of teeth going on at this house over the onslaught of zucchini. We consumed the better part of a half bushel basket this week, and the piggies enjoyed the rest.

  99. This is now one of the regular weekend veggie sides. Perfectly seasoned, crunchy – even the kids like eating their zucchini. I will probably try this preparation with a number of other vegetables, as well.

  100. I added lentils to this – in between the almonds and the zucchini so I could get them nice and brown and almond-flavoured before adding the zucchini. I know it ruins the simplicity, but it added protein and made it the main dish!! Super yummy :)

  101. I over-toasted my almonds to dark brown but this was still wonderful. I was a tad skeptical of the “warm” versus “fully cooked” zucchini, but the texture was perfect. I resisted all temptation to add garlic, onions, bacon, etc. I added a small splash of lemon-herb marinade I had on hand to a small amount, just to see what happened, and it was good, but I wouldn’t say “better.”

  102. Deb, I just wanted to say thank you – I am literally obsessed with this dish, I make it at least 1-2 times a week as my go-to side. I have started crumbling some fresh feta on top, which I don’t see that anyone else in the thread has tried – so just wanted to recommend trying that as a fun variation – it is really delicious!

  103. Just made this – the first vegetable I’ve eaten in probably 5 days after being sick with no appetite – and it was SO good! Thank you, Deb, awesome as usual. :)

  104. Just made this after reading through the recipe once (typically takes me multiple rereads even for something as simple as toast). I remembered your note to add as little or as much of the ingredients as was desired. It was one of the least stressful dishes I have ever attempted to reproduce. Thank you for this. I thought I had burnt the sliced almonds, but this was not the case. I added lemon juice after serving a bowl for myself. The flavor is addicting. This one is a keeper. Perfect.

  105. Just discovered this recipe today and made it tonight. Oh my goodness! It was SO good and I will be making it frequently this summer. Thanks, Deb; you’re the best!

  106. another wonderful way to cook the zucchini that ‘friends’ keep dropping by. very simple and delicious just the way it is. Thanks

  107. Made this last night. My husband and dad both don’t generally care for zucchini; they each had seconds, and my dad said “your mom tries to tell me that zucchini is good for you, but I don’t see how something good for you can taste so good.” I served with a veggie pasta that was a riff on your tomato zucchini galette filling made w some green tomatoes, some red, smoked paprika and a few pieces of bacon and about 3/4lb of rotini.Thanks for consistently great recipes!

  108. Is it possible to OD on zucchini? Because I’ve been eating this almost daily for the last few weeks. Mostly because it is SO easy. I sometimes add garlic or a red chili or a touch of butter, but for the most part, 3 minutes and done means I’ve been eating a zucchini a day while its in season

  109. I just bought one of those kitchen tools that makes ‘noodles’ out of zucchini ad squash, etc. That tool works great and makes this recipe even easier, as it takes less time to prep the zucchini than cutting into matchsticks. If you use the ‘thick’ side of the tool, and cut the ‘noodles’ into smaller strands, they cook up in about the same time as called for in the recipe.

  110. So good!! I was looking for something to do with my courgette today and was momentarily puzzled why you didn’t seem to have any recipes for them when I remembered that of course they are zucchini in the US! I had everything for this in the house and it was delicious, nutritious and quick, just perfect! Thank you!!

  111. Just made this the other night as the garden zucchini have started to roll in in hoards…..It was fantastic. Because I can’t ever leave anything alone, I also drizzled a bit of sesame oil over it when it was done and it was fantastic! The few leftovers found their way on top of some orzo to make a pasta salad of sorts for lunch. Delicious!

  112. I made with this with a bunch of extra almonds and mixed it with pasta, adding in a bunch of grated Parmesan, crispy prosciutto, and lemon juice. I just ate it for lunch and put some raw CSA tomatoes on top. Heaven.