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tender crisp zucchini and yellow squash pan roasted with cumin and black pepper

Easy Sautéed Zucchini

This recipe for easy sauteed zucchini a must-try if you love this vegetable. Tender crisp zucchini pieces are seasoned with cumin seeds, salt, and pepper.

This vegan, gluten-free recipe is a quick one to prepare in a skillet and comes together in less than 15 minutes.

Try this quick, easy and healthy zucchini and yellow squash recipe which is super simple that even a beginner cook can get it right!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 3 -4


  • 2 350-400 grams |approx. 3 cups when diced Small zucchini/Courgette (See Recipe Notes°).
  • tablespoon oil
  • ¾ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • few turns of pepper mill; adjust to taste
  • salt to taste


how to prepare easy sauteed zucchini (and yellow squash)

    prep work

    • Wash and dice zucchini into ½ -inch pieces.
    • mise-en-place (get all the ingredients ready)


    • Heat oil in a large skillet/frying pan on medium-high heat.
    • Add cumin seeds. Fry for 30 seconds. Add freshly ground black pepper. Fry for 30 seconds.
    • Add zucchini. [Note: When you add the zucchini, it should sizzle]. Spread in one layer. Sprinkle salt.
    • Cook for 5-6 minutes until just about tender, caramelized/browned in few places. Stir occasionally (once about every 2 minutes or so) to ensure browning.
    • Turn the heat to high. Cook for a minute. Remove from heat. Transfer to a serving dish.
    • Serve hot.



    °You can use Zucchini, Yellow Squash, or a combination of both.
    1 CUP = 250 ML. (US cups are typically 240 ml. You can use US cups with no significant change to the dish)
    Grams to cups measurements – we strive to provide these conversions as accurately as possible. There might be some slight variations depending on the brand, weighing scale, etc.
    This serves 3-4. Adjust the serving size to suit your dietary needs.
    Adjust the black pepper used to suit your taste.
    Do not overcrowd the skillet/frying pan.