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All Recipes, Tapas / August 16, 2023

Spanish Paprika Zucchini | Irresistibly Delicious and Easy Recipe

This Spanish Paprika Zucchini, known as Calabacín al Pimentón, is packed with amazing textures & flavors, it´s made with simple heart-healthy ingredients and done in about 30 minutes. Serve it as a tapas appetizer or even as a side dish.

Spanish Paprika Zucchini
What makes this dish stand out is the method on how you prep and cook the zucchini. First you cut into thick slices, then you salt it and finally you let it sit for 15 minutes. The salt will help extract the water out of the zucchini, that way once you cook it, it keeps its firm texture with absolutely no mush.

Spanish Paprika Zucchini
What really flavors this dish is the sweet smoked Spanish paprika. Of course you can use other types of paprikas. But Spanish paprika has a deeper depth of flavors than other paprikas, taking this dish to the next-level in goodness.

Spanish Paprika Zucchini

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: I cut the zucchini into thick strips, but you can also cut it into rounds if you prefer. You can serve this dish warm, at room temperature or even chilled. It will hold in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days in an air-tight container.

Spanish Paprika Zucchini

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Spanish Paprika Zucchini

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 98 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 zucchini
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.50 grams
  • 2 tomatoes
  • handful fresh parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Wash and pat dry the zucchinis, cut off about 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) from the ends, then cut each one into 2 inch (5cm) pieces, cut each piece in half lengthwise and then into 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick slices

  2. Add the cut zucchini into a colander with a plate underneath, season generously with sea salt, mix together and then let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes

  3. In the meantime, roughly chop the garlic, finely chop the parsley and finely grate the tomatoes

  4. After 10 to 15 minutes, transfer the slices of zucchini over paper towels, all in a single layer, pat completely dry

  5. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  6. Once the oil is hot but not smoking, about 3 minutes, add in the slices of zucchini, mix with the olive oil, then place them in a single layer, just as best as you can, cook for 1 minute without mixing, then mix the slices and once again place in a single layer and cook for 1 minute, do this until the zucchini is lightly sauteed

  7. After 5 to 6 minutes and the slices of zucchini are ligthly sauteed, add in the chopped garlic, mix continuously, after 30 to 45 seconds add in the paprika, quickly mix together, then add in the grated tomato, chopped parsley and season with black pepper, mix together and then simmer without mixing

  8. Once the grated tomato has slightly thickened, about 3 to 4 minutes, remove the pan from the heat, transfer into a large serving dish, serve warm or at room temperature, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Spanish Paprika Zucchini
Amount Per Serving
Calories 98 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 303mg13%
Potassium 431mg12%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 955IU19%
Vitamin C 27mg33%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Jane in Shropshire

    Perfect for the vegan house guests!

    25 . Aug . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Absolutely!!! Much love 🙂

      26 . Aug . 2023
  2. May

    Love it xx

    18 . Aug . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Glad you like it! Much love 🙂

      18 . Aug . 2023
  3. Joseph Doueihi

    I made this dish, so nice.
    I love this site. Simple yet delicious dishes.

    18 . Aug . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      18 . Aug . 2023
  4. Vanessa

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious

    17 . Aug . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Glad you enjoyed it! Much love 🙂

      18 . Aug . 2023
  5. Lee

    5 stars
    Great recipe. Thanks. Especially salting zucchini before frying – good trick to avoid it going mushy.

    17 . Aug . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love!

      18 . Aug . 2023
  6. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me i love zucchini soooooooooo much i never had spanish paprika zucchini before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    16 . Aug . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment Ramya! Much love 🙂

      16 . Aug . 2023

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