Sautéed Zucchini Noodles with Lemon and Thyme

Naturally low carb and gluten free, Sautéed Zucchini Noodles with Lemon and Thyme is a quick and delicious vegetarian dish perfect for a weeknight.

Sautéed Zucchini Noodles with Lemon and Thyme

It only took me 8 months to use the spiralizer, I got for Christmas. Now I’ve made up for lost time since then. I felt like a little kid giggling about these long “noodles” the zucchini made. At first, I thought it was just me and my nerdy love of all things food. So I called over my little one. She giggled and was so proud of her long noodle.

I had my husband use it when he was making Sour Cream Dill Cucumber Salad for my birthday. He calls me over to proudly show me how long he got his cucumber noodles. It runs in the family, what can I say? The best part of making food fun is that everyone seems to enjoy eating it more. Even my little one who hates zucchini tried it. She didn’t eat much of it, but zucchini even entering her mouth is a huge step forward.


Sautéed Zucchini Noodles with Lemon and Thyme

Sauteed Zucchini Noodles are the perfect side dish for summer plus it is cheap. This time of year with all those new school supplies to buy and Christmas just a few months away (yes, I’m already thinking about Christmas), cheap dishes are a lifesaver. One little tip, go head and spiral the zucchini (or shred) , salt it and squeeze dry the night before. Then you can throw it all together in just a few minutes the next day. Dinner will be served in no time. I should call this a double bonus dish, cheap and quick. Let’s hear it for Sautéed Zucchini Noodles with Lemon and Thyme. I am keeping the easy and quick weeknight meals coming. Come back on Thursday for Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce.

Sautéed Zucchini Noodles with Lemon and Thyme

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Sautéed Zucchini Noodles with Lemon and Thyme

Sautéed Zucchini Noodles with Lemon and Thyme

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 10 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla


  • 2 lbs zucchini shredded or spiralized
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp grape seed oil or any neutral olive oil
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion
  • ¼ tsp dried red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped thyme


  1. Place zucchini shreds or spirals in a colander and mix with salt. Place into a bowl and let sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Place zucchini in a clean towel and squeeze as much water out as you can.
  3. In a non-stick skillet over medium heat, add oil and onions. Cook until onions start to become golden, about 15 minutes.
  4. Add zucchini and red pepper flakes and stir fry for 2 minutes.
  5. Take off the heat and stir in the rest of the ingredients.

Recipe Notes

I calculated 1  Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Nutrition Facts
Sautéed Zucchini Noodles with Lemon and Thyme
Amount Per Serving
Calories 10 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Adapted from Sara Moulton

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  1. Must get spiralizer. Those noodles do look so fun! I still slice my zucchini by hands - usually praying I don't cut my fingers off! Love the simplicity of this dish but those flavors are amazing together so I'm sure it's delish! Thanks for sharing!
  2. I love Zoodles!! I can't believe it took you that long to try the your spiralizer! If I had one it would be zoodles everyday! :) Pinned
  3. I am obsessed with Zoodles, and these sound awesome!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      They are so fun to make Brianne. I'm going to be sad when zucchini season is over. Guess I'll have to try a winter squash.
  4. YUM! I really need a spiralizer!!! I often saute zucchini with shallots and thyme, so I know your noodles taste amazing!!!
  5. I still need to give zucchini noodles a try! This looks so good!
  6. I have never made zucchini noodles before. Loving the lemon and thyme flavour too.. I can imagine how good this dish tastes. Will be recreating the recipe.. thanks for sharing it!
  7. Why put the salt and then squeeze and throw the juice which ,I am sure has lots of nutrients! I normally I just drain the water that comes out of zoodles immediately after spiralizing and proceed to follow the recipe as described, TRUST ME, ZOODLES TURN OUT VERY WELL WITHOUT BECOMING TOO MUSHY OR WATERY.


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