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Easy Garlic Zucchini Parmesan

This garlic zucchini Parmesan is a delicious side dish that adds a boatload of flavor to any meal. Serve it with your favorite beef, pork, chicken, or seafood.

Garlic zucchini Parmesan in a bowl and on a plate

Easy Stovetop Side Dish

I make quite a few side dishes in the oven. But there are times when I just want something quick that I can cook on top of the stove.

Zucchini is very versatile, so I add it to quite a few recipes, including this zucchini and squash salad.

This garlic zucchini Parmesan dish is the perfect side dish. Whether you cook it for an at-home family dinner or bring it to share with others, it will disappear quickly.

As most people know, vegetables are essential to stay healthy. You can get two or three servings of fruits and vegetables at one meal with this zucchini Parmesan dish.

I typically cook meals that serve two people with enough for leftovers the next day. This dish is just as good heated up the next day as it is the first time around.

You can enjoy it with meat again, or you can have it with a salad or slice of bread. The rich flavors will satisfy you while giving you the nourishment you need to get through the rest of the day.

Garlic Zucchini Parmesan Ingredients

You obviously need zucchini, garlic, and Parmesan cheese based on the name of the dish. But you need to add more to pull it all together.

Although you can make this however you like, I add basil, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Other ingredients you might like include oregano, thyme, and onions.

Zucchini, garlic, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, basil, salt, and pepper

If you want this to be a complete meal, you can add a protein such as chicken or tuna. I like it with shredded pieces from one of the rotisserie chickens at the Costco deli.

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

How to Make Garlic Zucchini Parmesan

You’ll need a large skillet.

Sometimes I use one of my cast iron skillets, while other times I use one that’s nonstick. It really doesn’t matter.

First, slice your zucchini. You can make thin spears or round slices.

Slices of zucchini

It’s up to you. This time, I made thin round slices so it would cook quickly.

Secondly, add the oil to the skillet and heat it on medium-high. It only takes a couple of minutes for the oil to get hot enough.

Then, add the zucchini to the oil. Cook it for a couple of minutes, stirring frequently.

Sliced zucchini in a skillet

Next, add the garlic, basil, salt, and pepper to the zucchini.

Stir while you cook this for another few minutes.

Zucchini and seasonings in a pan

Remove the skillet from the heat and sprinkle it with Parmesan cheese.

Now serve it while it’s hot. It’s good on its own or served over rice or noodles.

Bowl and plate with garlic zucchini Parmesan

Baked Garlic Zucchini Parmesan Casserole

If you want to bake this in a casserole dish, you can do this. But first, cook the zucchini in the skillet to caramelize the outside for the best flavor.

It always tastes better with browned edges. Then add the seasonings and stir.

Spray your baking dish with nonstick cooking spray before putting the food in it.

Pour your zucchini mixture into the baking dish and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top.

Now bake it for about 20 minutes on 350 degrees F. If you want it to stay hot for a while, just put a lid over the top or cover it with foil.

Sometimes baking this dish is the best option if you’re taking it to a potluck. However, I like the ease of cooking it on top of the stove.

Main Dish Recipes

This zucchini Parmesan goes with so many different main dishes. For example, it’s delicious with these oven-fried chicken strips.

You’ll also love it with these crispy on the outside yet moist on the inside chicken thighs. They’re super easy to make in an air fryer.

It is excellent to serve alongside this savory beef and rice casserole. Or you might prefer it with this Crock Pot Mississippi pot roast.

If you’re a seafood lover, try this yummy pecan-crusted fish. It has great flavor and plenty of satisfying crunch.

Garlic zucchini Parmesan in a bowl and on a plate

More Side Dish Recipes

If you’re like me and enjoy having more than one side dish, make these yummy buttermilk garlic mashed potatoes. The balance of flavors and textures makes this a favorite comfort food.

Another side dish to serve it with is this flavor-packed onion-seasoned rice. Just be sure to have enough for seconds.

My friend Miz Helen has a recipe for baked hush puppies that are delicious with everything.

Or you can serve your favorite meal with my traditional southern-style cornbread. I like it with plenty of butter.

See this recipe shared at Weekend Potluck, Full Plate Thursday, and Meal Plan Monday.

Yield: 6 servings

Garlic Zucchini Parmesan

Plate with garlic zucchini parmesan and barbecue ribs

When you're looking for a side dish with a boatload of flavor, you'll love this garlic zucchini Parmesan.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 medium zucchinis, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh or dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


    1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
    2. Add the zucchini. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
    3. Add the garlic, basil, salt, and pepper. Continue to cook and stir for another 5 minutes.
    4. Remove from the heat and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.
    5. Serve hot.


You can also put this in a casserole dish, top it with cheese, and bake it until the cheese melts.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 41Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 2mgSodium 86mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 2g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Miz Helen

Tuesday 20th of October 2020

Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday,506. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon! Miz Helen

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