Zucchini and Green Bean Sauté

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes

A 10 minute side dish for busy weeknights, this zucchini and green bean sauté is healthily made with olive oil and finished with lemon juice.

Zucchini and green bean saute.

We don’t have a vegetable garden, but I have a standing date with my farmers market every Saturday morning that makes up for it. Zucchini is growing like weeds right now and I’m thrilled because it’s cheap, versatile, and packed in nutrients. I love shredding it into baked goods, turning it into zoodles, and sautéing it with other veggies. This Zucchini and Green Bean Sauté came together in 10 mintues, and was a delicious and easy side dish!


  • Olive oil: Fairly neutral in flavor, but a heart-healthy oil that helps to sauté the vegetables evenly.
  • Zucchini: A mild sweet and bitter flavor, but it’s great at absorbing the flavors around it.
  • Green beans: They taste earthy and green, but also have a very mild flavor.
  • Scallions: Or green onions, they add some fresh herb flavor to the finished dish.
  • Lemon juice: The bright, acidic flavor tastes great with that of the green beans.
  • Cheese: Feta, blue cheese, or even parmesan adds a great nutty, sharp flavor to top off this side dish.

How to Make Zucchini and Green Bean Sauté

Cutting green beans

Prepare for your zucchini and green bean sauté by washing and cutting your vegetables.

Adding zucchini to pan

Then heat your olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the zucchini.

Adding green beans to pan

Followed by your green beans.

Seasoning saute

Season with some salt and pepper to taste.

Stirring saute

Stir frequently while they cook. You’ll know when they’re done because they’ll turn a brighter green.

Topping saute with feta cheese

Remove from heat, and top with scallions, feta cheese, and red chili flakes (if you’re feeling spicy).

Garnishing zucchini and green bean saute.

Finish your dish with lemon juice, serve and enjoy your Zucchini and Green Bean Sauté!

Shake It Up

  • Add more veggies. While delicious in its simplicity, you could increase the flavor with a chopped small onion, some halved cherry tomatoes, and more fresh herbs.
  • Add some protein. Some crumbled up bacon always adds heaps of flavor to sautéed veggie dishes.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What seasonings are good on green beans?

Garlic (which tastes good with most things), basil, oregano, and salt and pepper.

How do you not overcook green beans?

Watch the color. If they start to lose their vibrant green color, then remove them from the heat.

How do you store leftover sautéed vegetables?

Keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave, or throw them back into a pan.

Zucchini and green bean saute

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Zucchini and Green Bean Sauté

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A 10 minute side dish for busy weeknights, zucchini and green beans are quickly sautéed in olive oil then finished with lemon juice.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 15 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 1 large zucchini (halved and thinly sliced)
  • ½ pound trimmed green beans (cut in bite-sized pieces)
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese (feta or shredded parmesan – optional garnish)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • red chili flakes (optional)


  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and drizzle the olive oil. Add zucchini, green beans, salt and pepper to the pan.
  • Sauté, stirring frequently, until vegetables become bright green and crisp-tender, about 7-9 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in scallions, lemon juice and garnish with cheese and red chili flakes to serve.


Calories: 111kcalCarbohydrates: 11.5gProtein: 2.7gFat: 6.9gSaturated Fat: 0.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 299mgFiber: 4.7gSugar: 3.3g

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29 responses to “Zucchini and Green Bean Sauté”

  1. Georgie Avatar

    Hi there. Looking forward to trying this to use up the last of our home grown beans and courgettes. Can you recommend a main or two this could go with? Needing inspiration!
    Thank you!

  2. Lisa Avatar

    I cannot thank you enough for all of your inspired veggie dishes. You’re my #1 go to for fresh ideas. And they’re always a hit.

  3. M Rose Avatar
    M Rose

    This was tasty. I added beans 2 minutes before the zucchini; next time I’ll add 3 minutes before and cut zucchini thicker, maybe 1/4 inch.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Great idea!

  4. Rachel Avatar

    This was so delicious! I’ve never actually commented on a recipe but this was so good. I usually favor the garlic and butter route for my zucchini and green beans but I wanted to try something new. I’m so glad I did! I’ll do this recipe way more often than the other now. I didn’t have blue cheese so I threw some feta in instead. So good!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      So happy you enjoyed this!!

  5. Anna Lombardozzi Avatar
    Anna Lombardozzi

    Looks so delicious cooking, cant wait to eat this with our dinner…

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you love it!

  6. vanessa Avatar

    What is the second tablespoon of olive oil for?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      My gosh I’m not sure why it says that! Ironically I just made this just this week for lunch. You only need one tablespoon. I adjusted the recipe – so sorry about that!

  7. Liren Avatar

    I can’t get enough of the zucchini right now, too, and this has everything I love!

  8. Becky Avatar

    What a beautiful dish!! And I had no idea zucchini had less calories than other veggies! Thanks for contributing to the eat seasonal group. I think you are pretty awesome :)

  9. Aggie | Aggie's Kitchen Avatar
    Aggie | Aggie’s Kitchen

    Those yellow zucchini are my favorite! They are gorgeous!! This is so my kind of veggie dish, simple and to the point – the way enjoying veggies should be :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes – simple and to the point is my favorite!! Thanks girl!

  10. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles Avatar
    Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    Zucchini is my lunchtime BFF these days. I like how you added some blue cheese to this!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh my gosh yes!! I’ve been making it for lunch all the time lately!!

  11. Joanne Avatar

    I am always looking for new zucchini inspiration!! Love that this is so quick, easy, and HEALTHY.

  12. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) Avatar
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)

    This is my favorite type of side dish! So fresh and vibrant. I’m trying to eat my weight in zucchinis before they go out of season and not quite as good anymore :(

  13. Shawnna Avatar

    Yummy! This sounds really good!

  14. Liz @ Floating Kitchen Avatar
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Low calories, 10 minutes and only costs pennies to make = I’m SOLD! Like a million times over. Looks delicious, Liz!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Aww thanks chica!

  15. marcie Avatar

    I’m just getting a garden started but I will still hit the farmer’s market — I can’t grow everything and there’s such a gorgeous variety of produce! This saute looks wonderful — it would be such a delicious side for just about any meal!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Good for you getting a garden started!! I wish I had a green thumb!

  16. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog Avatar
    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog

    I absolutely love farmers markets on Saturdays too. There’s one about 3 blocks from my house and I love going and using local produce. Since Wisconsin weather is pretty similar to Michigan weather, I am SO HAPPY that the same produce is in season as it is by you, because I totally love dishes like this and cannot wait to try this one out! Happy summer Liz!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      haha right?? Like when Florida is talking about strawberries in March – haha!

  17. lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain Avatar
    lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    I would have never thought to be green beans and zucchini together!! Love this!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Girl you could even garnish this with tots!! Why not? xo

  18. Catherine Avatar

    Dear Liz, this sounds so wonderful! I look forward to your next seasonal eats recipe. Sounds like a great idea. xo, Catherine

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you love it Catherine!!

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