Zucchini Stir Fry Recipe

Updated: September 24, 2023, By Swasthi

Zucchini stir fry made under 15 mins. This stir fried zucchini tastes delicious and goes well with just anything. It can also be used as a filling in wraps, kathi rolls and sandwiches. It is minimally spiced and flavored so it is kids’ friendly too. This Zucchini Stir Fry is vegan and can be gluten-free if you leave out soya sauce or use your favorite gluten-free sauce.

zucchini stir fry

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Since this recipe is vegetarian it does not call for any eggs or meat. However you may simply stir in and scramble eggs at the last stage to add some protein.

My family loves simple vegetarian sides. This zucchini stir fry goes often on the dinner table because it is easy and is ready in no time. Here are the ingredients you need for this recipe:


Zucchini: Choose firm and fresh zucchini, avoid softer ones. Soft zucchini have soft pulp inside & that’s inedible.

Onions: Onion can be substituted with spring onions or shallots. You can also leave them out completely.

Vegetables: I have used bell peppers here as we like their flavor with zucchini. You may leave them or add any other veggies like mushrooms, carrots or thin sliced butternut squash or pumpkin. If using pumpkin or butternut stir fry until slightly tender, then add the zucchini.

Flavoring: Zucchini stir fried on a high flame with some oil, garlic, bell peppers and black pepper smells great. It doesn’t need any other flavoring. For a change I use different spices and sauces. Here are some tried and tested ideas that we love:

You can use soya sauce, vegetarian mushroom sauce, hoisin sauce or schezwan sauce for flavor variations. Steak seasoning or/& garam masala also go very well in this recipe.

Steak seasoning is just a mix of onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cumin and coriander.

For spice & heat: Crushed black pepper, green chilies or dried chilies can be used to impart heat to the dish.

A wok or a cast iron skillet works good for this stir fry.

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How to Stir Fry Zucchini (Stepwise Photos)


Rinse all the veggies under running water. Fine chop ginger and garlic. Slice onions & bell peppers thin. You can chop zucchini however you like. I prefer to chop them to 1/4 inch thick. If you slice them too thin they will overcook and turn too soft in no time.

Stir fry

1. On a medium flame, heat 1¼ tablespoon oil in a wok or wide skillet. Add ¾ tablespoon chopped garlic (1 garlic clove) and ½ teaspoon chopped ginger (½ inch ginger peeled). Fry for just 20 to 30 seconds.

frying garlic ginger in oil

2. Add the sliced onions (1 small onion) and fry until transparent, for 3 mins.

frying onions to make zucchini stir fry

3. Add ½ cup sliced bell peppers and stir fry for 30 seconds.

frying bell peppers

4. Add 1½ cups zucchini (1 medium) and stir fry just for 2 to 3 mins. Do not over cook them, they should be half done and crunchy.

frying zucchini on a black pan

5. Add 1 teaspoon soya sauce, 1 teaspoon vinegar and ¾ teaspoon black pepper or steak seasoning or half teaspoon garam masala. Stir fry just for 30 seconds until you begin to smell it good. Turn off the stove and add salt to taste. Mix it. You can adjust salt and spices to your taste.

pouring soya sauce and vinegar

6. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds or roasted and crushed peanuts.

adding black pepper and sesame to stir fried zucchini

Serve stir fried zucchini as a side or wrap it in your rolls or sandwiches.

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Recipe Card

zucchini stir fry

Zucchini Stir Fry Recipe

5 from 49 votes
Simple and quick stir fry made with Zucchini, bell peppers, garlic, onions and black pepper. Serve it as a side.
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Prep Time8 minutes
Cook Time7 minutes
Total Time15 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • cups zucchini (250 grams)
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • ½ cup bell peppers (sliced thin)
  • ¾ tablespoon garlic chopped (1 clove)
  • ½ teaspoon ginger chopped (optional)
  • tablespoons oil (sesame or olive oil)
  • 1 teaspoon soya sauce / tamari/hoisin sauce or vegetarian mushroom sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar (rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar)
  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper (or steak seasoning or ½ tsp garam masala, read notes)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds or 2 tbsps roasted & crushed peanuts



  • Rinse all the veggies. Slice onions and bell peppers thin. Chop zucchini to ¼ inch thickness. Chop ginger and garlic.

How to Make Zucchini Stir Fry

  • Pour oil to a hot pan. Stir fry ginger and garlic for 30 seconds.
  • Add onions and fry until transparent. Then stir fry bell peppers for 30 seconds.
  • Next add zucchini and stir fry on a high heat until half done yet crunchy. Do not over cook as they tend to turn too soft.
  • Then pour soya sauce and vinegar. Add black pepper /steak seasoning/garam masala. Stir fry just for 30 to 60 seconds.
  • Turn off the heat and sprinkle toasted sesame seeds or roasted & crushed peanuts. Taste test and sprinkle salt if you want.
  • Serve zucchini stir fry as a side or in your wraps and sandwiches.


  • steak seasoning is a combination of garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, paprika, coriander and cumin powder. You may make your own for this recipe


NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Zucchini Stir Fry Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 133 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 179mg8%
Potassium 372mg11%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1352IU27%
Vitamin C 68mg82%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
Easy recipe and great visual and taste
My daughter and family enjoyed it
Thank you for the detailed recipe

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It was delicious. I used sliced carrots left out onions and bell peppers. Didn’t have garam masala so used onion powder garlic powder and chili flakes.

How do you prepare zucchini. Mine is bitter after cooking. Tasted the raw zucchini they taste the same

5 stars
Good recipe to use up the zucchini hanging around. I make this often with a sprinkle of garam masala and red chili flakes.

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This zucchini stir fry came out well with mushroom sauce.

Awesome recipe.I tried lots of your recipes and turned out very good

This turned out so good. Thanks for sharing such quick, simple and tasty recipes.

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Hi Swati,
I really like your recipes. I am your follower since 3-4 years. I am curious to know why all your recipes are repeated steps. One with images that’s good. Other without images why? Is any specific reason for that?

Swasthi can you please share dhokla recipe

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You make awesome recipes. I made your zucchini last night with hoisin sauce and crushed peanuts. My gals loved it with bee hoon. Cheers!