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All Recipes, Tapas / August 29, 2022

The EASIEST Zucchini Recipe with the BEST Flavor | Quick Recipe

We have made a ton of zucchini recipes here on Spain on a Fork, however, these Sautéed Zucchini with Paprika & Garlic have to be the EASIEST Zucchini Recipe with the BEST Flavor we´ve ever done. We´re talking basic ingredients, effortless to put together and a bombshell of flavors.

Zucchini Recipe
The secret to this recipe is to salt the slices of zucchini and then let them rest for 10 minutes. This will extract the water out of the zucchini. That way when you cook it, it keeps its firm texture and will not get mushy.

Zucchini Recipe
I flavored the slices of zucchini with just sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder and sweet smoked Spanish paprika. You can add other spices & herbs if you like. But this simple combination gives the zucchini the best flavor ever.

Zucchini Recipe

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: I sauteed the slices of zucchini for 2 minutes per side on a medium heat. This is enough time to lightly brown the zucchini and for the zucchini to be fully cooked through. However, every pan and stove top heats differently. It might take you 1 1/2 minutes per side or even up to 3 minutes per side.

Zucchini Recipe

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Watch the Video Below on How to Make Sautéed Zucchini with Paprika & Garlic

Sautéed Zucchini with Paprika & Garlic

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 79 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 35 ml
  • 2 zucchini
  • dash black pepper
  • dash garlic powder
  • dash sweet smoked Spanish paprika
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Cut each zucchini (washed & patted dry) into diagonal slices that are 1/4 inch (.635 cm) thick, then place them all in a single layer over a wire rack with paper towels underneath, season with sea salt on both sides and let them rest for 10 minutes

  2. After 10 minutes, pat the slices of zucchini completely dry

  3. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in a generous 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  4. Meanwhile, season the slices of zucchini with black pepper, garlic powder and sweet smoked Spanish paprika, just on one side

  5. Add the slices of zucchini seasoned side down into the hot pan with the olive oil, all in a single layer, cook in batches, go for 2 minutes per side, as you finish each batch transfer the slices of zucchini into a wire rack, once again in a single layer

  6. Serve the slices of zucchini warm, at room temperature or even chilled, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Get the Sweet Smoked Spanish Paprika I used to make this Recipe

Nutrition Facts
Sautéed Zucchini with Paprika & Garlic
Amount Per Serving
Calories 79 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 8mg0%
Potassium 256mg7%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 196IU4%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  2. Ramya

    cant waiy to make this soon for me cant wait to use my air fryer for this i never had sauteed zucchini with paprika and garlic before i love zucchini soooooooooooooooo much perfect for my after office snacks love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    29 . Aug . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      30 . Aug . 2022

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