• Pan-Fried Zucchini with Yogurt Dressing

Pan-Fried Zucchini with Yogurt Dressing

I wanted to post this Pan-Fried Zucchini with Yogurt Dressing recipe before the 4th of July because I think this dish goes exceptionally well with grilled meat and fish. The beauty of these zucchinis is that they can be a lovely side dish or a completely independent vegetarian main coarse. It’s up for you do decide.

Since I don’t have access to a grill right now, so I pan-fried these bad boys. But if you’re among those lucky people who can enjoy a backyard BBQ, you can grill your zucchinis, and the result will be delightful. Also, if you want to add a pop of color and some subtle acidity, try putting a handful of chopped ripe tomatoes on top. Drizzle everything with some nice extra virgin oil and you got yourself a perfect summer meal.

Pan-Fried Zucchini with Yogurt Dressing

If you like this Pan-Fried Zucchini with Yogurt Dressing and looking for more 4th of July recipe ideas, check this Smashed Potato with Zesty Tarragon Dressing and Georgian-Style Vegetable Salad With Walnut Dressing.

Pan-Fried Zucchini with Yogurt Dressing

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Servings: 2 to 4


  • 3 small or medium-small, zucchini
  • salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic, 1 unpeeled and crushed, 1 peeled and minced
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dill, minced
  • 1 tablespoon mint, minced
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Halve the zucchini lengthwise and score the flesh with a paring knife in a crosshatch pattern. Sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt and leave for 10 minutes to drain the access moisture. Pat dry zucchini with a paper towel until completely dry.
  2. Heat the oil in a large Hestan NanoBond skillet until hot and shimmering. Lower the heat to medium and place the zucchini on a skillet cut side down. Fry for 7 to 8 minutes or until crispy and then turn on the other side. Add 1 clove of unpeeled crushed garlic and thyme. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook the zucchini until completely soft, about 5 to 7 minutes. Then remove from the heat and transfer to paper towel-lined plate to blot excess oil.
  3. In a small bowl, mix yogurt, minced garlic, herbs, black pepper, and a tiny pinch of salt.
  4. Arrange zucchini on a serving platter and drizzle with the yogurt dressing or serve it on the side.


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