Lemon and Pesto Zucchini

Try my easy Lemon & Pesto Zucchini! This recipe for pan-fried zucchini with pesto, garlic and lemon juice is the perfect low carb side dish for an Italian meal! close-up of Lemon and Pesto Zucchini served in a white oval bowl with a big silver spoon on the side

Before we talk about this awesome Lemon & Pesto Zucchini, I got a question for you: are zucchini trying to take over the planet? I have seen so many healthy zucchini recipes floating around lately that I couldn’t help but wonder.

I’m not considering myself a zucchini fan and I realized the other day that I had over 8 zucchini waiting in the fridge. How is that even possible? I don’t even have a garden so there’s no “it’s-summer-I-have-too-many-zucchini-ready-to-be-harvested” problem.

Anyway, I had to do something with those healthy veggies before they went bad. This Lemon and Pesto Zucchini side dish was a perfect way to use them up!

My Lemon and Pesto Zucchini is an easy recipe for pan-fried zucchini with pesto, a hint of garlic and a good squeeze of lemon juice to brighten this healthy low carb dish.

As you know, zucchini tends to shrink a lot when being cooked so you need to use a lot of them if you want to obtain a decent amount of Lemon & Pesto Zucchini!

As I had just made some basil and sun-dried tomatoes pesto, I used that for my Lemon Pesto Zucchini and I got to say that the bold Mediterranean flavor pairs perfectly with the tender, pan-fried zucchini.

I added some garlic and lemon to round up Pesto Zucchini and tada – the tasteless zucchini was transformed into a very tasty low carb side dish!

This sauteed zucchini with pesto and lemon juice would also be delicious with regular basil pesto, if that’s what you have on hand.

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Lemon and Pesto Zucchini

Try my easy Lemon & Pesto Zucchini! This recipe for pan-fried zucchini with pesto, garlic and lemon juice is the perfect low carb side dish for an Italian meal! 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword easy, Italian, low carb, Mediterranean, pesto, side dish, simple, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 74 kcal


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 small garlic cloves minced
  • 6 small zucchini peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 batch of basil and sun-dried tomatoes pesto


  1. Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook garlic for about 30 seconds.
  2. Add sliced zucchini and lemon juice to the skillet. Cook over high heat for about 6-7 minutes, stirring regularly. You want your zucchini to stay a bit crispy and not mushy.

  3. Turn off the heat, add pesto and mix well to cover all the zucchini slices. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Save some time by using a food processor to slice the zucchini.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon and Pesto Zucchini
Amount Per Serving (1 /4th)
Calories 74 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 24mg1%
Potassium 776mg22%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 590IU12%
Vitamin C 56.3mg68%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Marie, I agree with you completely about zucchini. Preparing it this way should make it edible. If I end up making it, I’d have to leave half of it without pesto because my husband decided when I made the crispy green beans with pesto that pesto is too frou-frou on vegetables. I still have half a batch of pesto left over from that time in my freezer, so this would be a great way to use it up. I usually eat my veggies plain, but I really like them with pesto.

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