A 10 Minute Side Dish – Pan Fried Zucchini Slices

pan fried zucchiniThis is by far the easiest side dish you can make – Pan Fried Zucchini slices. In 10 minutes (or less)  you can have these sliced, cooked and ready to go! You will be shocked that they are only seasoned with salt and pepper, because they are packed with flavor.

This dish is very frugal, because you can often find it cheap at the grocery store – especially Aldi.
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Now my trick to getting perfectly sliced zucchini is to use a veggie slicer like this one. It is great because you can slice up a few zucchinis in just a few minutes – much faster than doing it by hand. AND.. they are all the same thickness so they cook the same amount of time.

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Now the real trick to making this a delicious side dish is to NOT over cook the zucchini. You want them to still be crisp. You also want to remove them from the pan BEFORE they are cooked to your liking. The Zucchini will cook a little more even after you remove them from the pan. If you remember, not to overcook your zucchini, I think you will find that your family will love it even more.



Pan-Fried Zucchini Slices
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  • Zucchini
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. Slice the Zucchini.
  2. In a large skillet, drizzle olive oil. Add Slices of zucchini. Heat over medium-high heat.
  3. Season liberally with salt and pepper.
  4. Let cook for about 3 minutes until starting to brown.
  5. Flip them all and cook for another 3 minutes. Remover immediately from the skillet.
  6. That is it!

Money saving tip:

Zucchini is in season in May, June, July, and August. That is when it is its cheapest. However, you can often find is reasonably priced year round making it the perfect frugal side dish.

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  1. Vicki Gilsinger says:

    throw in some chopped garlic! But then I add garlic to everything!


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