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Sautéed Zucchini Ribbons with lemon zest, garlic and chili flakes.  A quick and simple side dish- delicious with grilled protein for dinner or try it with eggs for breakfast.  Keep it vegan or jazz it up with cheese.

Sautéed Zucchini Ribbons with Lemon and Garlic

  • Author: Tonia Schemmel | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 4
  • Total Time: 19 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 cups 1x
  • Category: side dish, vegan side dish
  • Method: saute
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Sauteed Zucchini Ribbons with lemon zest and chili flakes.  A quick and simple side dish!  Delicious with eggs for breakfast or grilled protein for dinner.  Keep it vegan or jazz it up with cheese.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 23 large cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes, adjust to taste
  • 23 medium zucchini, ribboned with a peeler, about 1 pound of ribbons
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • a squeeze of lemon juice
  • black pepper to taste

top with basil ribbons, cherry tomatoes,  feta or pecorino and toasted nuts if desired!


  1. Saute’ garlic and red pepper flakes for 1 minute on medium heat until just softening.
  2. Add zucchini ribbons and cook 1-2 minutes more until just slightly wilted.
  3. Toss in zest and sea salt.  Mix gently.
  4. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and a few grinds of black pepper.
  5. Optional garnish suggestions: basil, cherry tomatoes, feta, pecorino, pinenuts, or toasted nuts


Medium to small zucchini squash works best.

Slice zucchini with a vegetable peeler.  Discard the middle as you get to the seedy part of the squash.  Peel one side until you reach the seedy center, turn squash over and repeat peeling on all four “sides”.  (The center breaks down faster and can get mushy.  Save these parts for scrambles and stirfrys.)


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 86
  • Sugar: 3.3 g
  • Sodium: 156.2 mg
  • Fat: 7.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.1 g
  • Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 1.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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