How to Cook Zucchini Noodles on the Stove

cooking zucchini noodles on stove top

Spiralizing veggies has become quite the trend among low-carb, low-cal, Paleo and Keto diets recently. However, vegetarians and whole food fans have long been taking advantage of this trick to add nutrient rich veggies to the plate without compromising on flavor and texture.

My favorite, and probably the most convenient and tasty way, to enjoy fresh zoodles is to cook them on the stove right before topping with my favorite sauce. This quick cook method seems to yield the firmest texture since this water-packed veggie can turn to mush in a hurry when overcooked.

If you have not already invested in a spiralizer, I highly recommend it! It will make quick work of making your zoodles as well as many other fancy spiralized veggies like sweet potatoes, carrots, beets or squash. However, if you are on a budget, check out my guide to making zucchini pasta with equipment you probably already have in the house.


How to Sautee Zucchini Noodles

  1. Wash and spiralize your zoodles.
  2. Optional: Sprinkle some salt (about 1 teaspoon per pound) over your zoodles, then toss to coat.Place in a colander in the sink and allow to drain for one hour. Quickly rinse in cold water then pat dry with paper towels. This will give a slight texture advantage as well as season your zukes to brighten up the flavor in your dish.
  3. Place a non-stick sauté pan over medium-high heat. Allow it to warm up then add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan.
  4. Drop up to 2 cups at a time of your prepared zucchini noodles into the sauté pan. You should hear a sizzle when they hit the pan. The trick here is to make sure that you do not put so much in the pan that all the water comes out and you are basically boiling your noodles to death. Working in batches will make sure your zoodles turn out right.
  5. Let them sit in the pan for about 90 seconds before stirring, allowing them to start to develop some color. Unfortunately, zoodles are delicate so each stir will break them down a little bit.
  6. Stirring only a few times, your goal is to get a bit of color on the zoodles while warming them through. Taste test as you go for the doneness that you enjoy most.
  7. At the last minute, top with your favorite sauce, grated cheese or fresh herbs and serve immediately!

For more ways to cook your zucchini noodles, check out my guides for how to boil them and cook them in the oven. Looking to preserve your zoodles? How about freezing and drying them?

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