Pan-fried Courgettes (Zucchini if you’re in the USA) – 
a quick and healthy Low-Cal lunch or a tasty side-dish!
Pan-fried Courgettes | Pan-fried Zucchini

Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins
Serves: 4 as a side-dish or 1-2 as a healthy low-cal lunch!
Approx. Calories per serving: 55  


  • 3-4 large courgettes / zucchini (approx. 750-800g in total)
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • salt, garlic powder (or dried chopped garlic), chilli flakes – to taste


Tip: The key to this quick & delicious courgette / zucchini lunch or side-dish is to use a good non-stick frying pan and keep the heat on high!  That way, the courgettes / zucchini don’t stick (despite use of very little oil) and you get that beautiful caramelised taste, texture & look.  After all, who wants anaemic-looking courgettes/zucchini on their plate??

Wash, then top & tail the courgettes/zucchini

Cut them in half, lengthways, then cut each half in half lengthways again (so you end up having quartered them lengthways)

Then cut each length into approx. 1-1.5cm chunks – don’t worry about this looking too precise or pretty.  I put 4 lengths together and cut them all at once, quite quickly & roughly. This is a QUICK recipe!

Heat the oil in the frying pan and when it’s really hot & sizzling, add the courgettes / zucchini.

Season to taste with salt, garlic powder (or dried chopped garlic) and chilli flakes.

Stir occasionally to ensure they caramelise evenly, keeping the heat on high at all times.

After approx. 10 mins, they’re ready to serve (or longer if you prefer them softer).

That’s all there is to it! 🙂

Gloriously Good Food!

Recipe Extension Tip:

Why not beat some eggs and pour them over the courgettes / zucchini once they’ve browned off nicely, to turn this dish into a tasty omelette?

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