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Sauteed Zucchini and Carrots

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These Sauteed Zucchini and Carrots are super easy to prepare, and make the perfect side dish along side seafood, steaks, and chicken. This recipe uses minimal ingredients, and the addition of butter makes them extra special!

Sauteed Zucchini and Carrots in a white serving bowl.

I enjoy my vegetables the most when pureed in a soup like this Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic or Roasted Carrot, or tossed into a stir-fry like this Chicken Teriyaki or Paleo Chicken Stir-Fry!

Carrots and broccoli are my go to veggies, and you can’t beat Sauteed Zucchini and Carrots served alongside your favorite protein like a Pan-Seared Ribeye Steak or Cherry Chipotle Glazed Salmon.

Looking down on a Ribeye Steak served with a Wedge Salad and Sauteed Zucchini and Carrots.

How do you make Sauteed Zucchini and Carrots?

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and butter.

Once the better is melted, add the zucchini and carrots. Sprinkle with thyme, salt and pepper, toss to coat.

Sliced Zucchini and Carrots in a cast iron skillet.

Saute vegetables until lightly browned and tender, stirring occasionally so they do not burn.

Sauteed Zucchini and Carrots in a serving bowl.

These Sauteed Zucchini and Carrots are special enough for date night, but easy enough for weeknight meals. So delicious!!

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • The amount of time needed to cook will depend on the thickness of your vegetables, how hot your stove cooks, and how “caramelized” your like your zucchini and carrots. I like mine with some brown around the edges, and that took about 10 minutes.
  • I used Thyme because I like the simplicity of the flavor, but feel free to use your favorite herbs.
  • The zucchini and carrots were cut at an angle this time, but round slices and crinkle cut work as well.
  • This side dish is Whole30 and Paleo compliant.

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Sauteed Zucchini and Carrots

These Sauteed Zucchini and Carrots are super easy to prepare, and make the perfect side dish along side seafood, steaks, and chicken.
4.33 from 103 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy side dish, vegetable side dish recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 97kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sized zucchini thinly sliced
  • 2 medium sized carrots thinly sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons clarified butter or ghee for paleo and whole30
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • sea salt and ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and butter.
  • Once the better is melted, add the zucchini and carrots. Sprinkle with thyme, salt and pepper, toss to coat.
  • Saute vegetables until lightly browned and tender, stirring occasionally so they do not burn.

Notes

  • The amount of time needed to cook will depend on the thickness of your vegetables, how hot your stove cooks, and how “caramelized” your like your zucchini and carrots. I like mine with some brown around the edges, and that took about 10 minutes.
  • I used Thyme because I like the simplicity of the flavor, but feel free to use your favorite herbs.
  • I cut my zucchini and carrots at an angle this time, but round slices and crinkle cut work as well.
  • This side dish is Whole 30 and Paleo compliant when you use ghee.

Nutrition

Calories: 97kcal | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Vitamin A: 85IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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9 Comments

  1. This is a great recipe and super easy but please note this is not Whole 30 compliant because you have butter in your ingredients. If you want to switch it to ghee, then you’ll have a Whole 30 compliant recipe. 🙂

  2. Perfect! I’ve been craving zucchini, and this was phenomenal. I did add a couple of sliced bell peppers, just because I had them. I generally roast my veggies, but this is so much faster. I can eat almost any veggie if it’s roasted, with nice little charred bits on the edges :).

  3. While I appreciate this post and the recipe, it is not Whole30 approved. Whole30 does not use butter at all. Can you recommend a substitute ingredient to use in place of the butter? Thanks!

  4. I’m sorry! I didn’t see in the recipe that you used clarified butter. My bad! Your recipe sounds great and I look forward to trying it! 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Hi, I often do this dish. I like to fry some onion wedges/shallots with the carrots and zucchini and add a teaspoon of sugar to help the caramelising (but i omit the butter). Also, a pinch of saffron totally transform this dish and takes it to the next level (especially for date night…)

  6. I made this tonight, with a couple of slight modifications: used ghee instead of butter, added Penzey’s Paris seasoning and cooked until most of the slices were browned. Delicious!

  7. I was looking for a simple side dish and very glad I found this recipe. I sautéd them in a little lemon infused rapeseed oil and this added to the flavour.

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