Lemon in all of its wonderful forms is a zesty compliment to Zucchini, perhaps it’s because of their Mediterranean origins. For the most beautiful side dish and flavorful too, slice the zucchini either with a mandolin or a very sharp slicing knife into very thin diagonal slices and flash fry and top with zest. You will definitely fall in love with the flavor!


Yield: 6 servings


3 small zucchini, thinly sliced on a diagonal

3 Tablespoons olive oil

1 large lemon, zested—some in a fine grate—a few in long curls



  1. Thinly slice the zucchini in angular slices. When almost through slicing—heat the oil in a large flat sauté pan or skillet. Add the zucchini and flash fry—stirring to prevent browning. Cook for only 2 to 3 minutes. Toss with the fine lemon zest. 
  2. Serve in a bowl or on the plates and garnish with the long “curls” of lemon.


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